Thursday, December 22, 2011

The anti-Sullivan ...

... Who Was Steve Jobs? by Sue Halpern | The New York Review of Books.

It was architect Louis Sullivan who wrote that "form ever follows function." I think Steve Jobs's insight was that Sullivan got it backward. For Jobs, function follows form. The aesthetic is not an add-on, least of all an epiphenomenon of function. To aim at the beautiful is necessarily to arrive at the functional, and the functional so arrived at is better.

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