Introduced by John Coates, Member, on 11 January 1999
Function and aesthetics are two aspects of design, in art, in craft and in all the things we use. In the fine and graphic arts appearance and aesthetics are in themselves the very substance of their purpose, but we also want most things, even the most utilitarian, to be pleasing to the eye. All artefacts thus lie, in effect, across a spectrum from pure art to the purely utilitarian.
On the arts, Roger Fry wrote in his classic Vision and Design: