Julian Assange on Wed, 26 Dec 2001 22:51:22 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> design

> Hello,
> "Design follows content" is as much of a fiction as "form follows 
> function".

In which case it's no fiction at all. The only case in which form doesn't
follow function is when the function is the form.

When the revolutionary work on function is essentially complete,
and competing `products' converge, `designers' are used to secure
compeditive advantage on secondary characteristics. This is usually
always trivial, but when two runners are equally fast, the one with
waxed legs wins. Yet one should not use this information to suggest
the wax is as important as the legs themselves.

 Julian Assange        |If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people
                       |together to collect wood or assign them tasks and
 proff@iq.org          |work, but rather teach them to long for the endless
 proff@gnu.ai.mit.edu  |immensity of the sea. -- Antoine de Saint Exupery

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