The stylistic devices and visual languages employed in the past and present are only a few clicks away, we are able to inform ourselves, to make considerate visual decisions, to synthesise. As our interconnectivity grows, trends blur and there is no longer one predominating style. We experience absolute access to any design development, total stylistic freedom, no restrictions, weightless conditions. Stylistically we are free, and freedom can be paralysing in the multitude of options it offers. A functionalist method might just present an optional guide through stylistic freedom. A thread we can hold on to, follow, or cut anytime we please.
Through my research I came to think of functionalism as a method to shape meaning through a design piece. To design using functionalist methods means approaching design practices in a considerate and careful manner. To me, it came to be the difference between the designer as someone who ‘makes things look pretty’, and the designer as methodical thinker, a visual communicator. It makes the difference between progress and deadlock.