Scott Wilson spoke eloquently about the the chick-and-egg question of form and function in his follow-up TIME magazine interview following up his well-deserved National Design Award for Product Design from the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
Scott Wilson, now with Motorola
Asked, “How much of design for you is function, and how much is form? Do you find it hard to satisfy them both in some projects?”, he said:
“It’s almost all function. The form part is easy once you’ve defined the problem and designed the solution. If you have good research or good insights, the thing kind of designs itself. Putting a form around it is the easy part, really. Finding the insights and finding the connections and the right puzzle piece that may be missing, that’s the hard part.”
I’ve worked with designers for a long time, and few have expressed it so well! See more at http://ti.me/TG6mxV.