Form follows function
                      Yikang Dai ART 205 Sep 15 2010

Vision and Form
As a “vision animal”, we act basically upon what we see.   Vision is more than looking or seeing.   It is integral to all human action.   It occurs to everything we see like book covers or web designs. Accordingly, the art elements in an object witch we are looking at exert a subtle influence on our mind and feeling.   If something looks horrible, people will not be interested in it. Oppositely, if something is in good design, people will like it.   In other words, the form of design is absolutely essential as a concept to depict and define the objects.
Form and Function
Form is what makes-up the design, and function is the purpose of design.   People can't create art without utilizing, as Louis Henri Sullivan said, “form ever

follows function.”   He is widely recognized as “The skyscraper poet” and one of America’s great architects.   His significant contribution to architecture is visible in any city skyline such as the invention of the high-rise skyscraper (findingDulcinea Staff.)   Sullivan developed the form of the tall steel skyscraper at the very moment when technology, economic and people’s taste converged violently and made it necessary to build (“Louis Sullivan”.)

Because there were more people and less land, Sullivan knew making building taller instead of wider would be utilized better.   The original function of architecture is to act as a shelter for people to protect themselves against Mother Nature. As civilization development advances, we increased our knowledge and became more creative in form.   People started to design buildings for more purposes such as displaying wealth and social status. The skyscraper fits the function to show the social status in such buildings with great height and elegance.   Of course this form of architecture applies many functions even more than display.   High-rise building allows for high-density work and living spaces,...