Two sentences, ‘Form follows functions’ by Louis H. Sullivan and ‘Ornament is a crime’ by Adolf Loos often appears in Modern design activities and discussion. Forms and Functions are constantly brought up in Design industry, then they became the basic design principles over the 20th centuries. These sentences are reflecting the times which they needed the spread the knowledge and efficiency of mass production in Machine Age. However, we misunderstand them and apply them to Modern design principles. Many designers start to realize that functionality and practicality are most important priority when making design product, then it comes to the end that ornaments should be removed in any uses in Modern age. Although we face another phase of the Design, the world has witnessed a rapid technology development with computer and graphic tools. I therefore have a question, is it a natural and reasonable choice to apply the design principles made in the Machine Age to Present? This is where to start the project. I attempt to see the design by not only functionality but also other principles such as experience and mathematical drawing figure.
The meaning of ornament and decoration have been used the same terms in general use, but historically ornament have been used when it’s in accordance with structure and decoration have been used when it’s not or can be separable from structure. These two terms are different in terms of purpose of action. In this project, I analyze structure of digital graphics using ornaments.
The idea of these artworks are from Jiwon Yu. (2013). Ornament Composition. Kookmin University.