Departmental Papers (ASC)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

1993

Publication Source

Design Management Journal

Volume

4

Issue

2

Start Page

30

Last Page

37

DOI

10.1111/j.1948-7169.1993.tb00134.x

Abstract

KLAUS KRIPPENDORFF and Reinhart Butter explain why, in our high-tech era, the traditional dictum "form follows function" is no longer valid. In its place, they propose that "form follows meaning, not function," and suggest that designers accept the challenges of this new awareness in design by creating products that can afford the multiplicity of meanings users develop for them in practice. The authors delineate four likely consequences for design management in an era in which meaning matters, including a call for empirical inquiries that would expand the scope of traditional market research.

Copyright/Permission Statement

This is the accepted version of the article which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2648.1998.00831.x

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Date Posted: 04 September 2013