Form Etymologies

There is a tacit vocabulary we all understand, it is constructed from surfaces and textures. This is the vocabulary of form. If there is a raised dome you know to push it, a tab, to pull it. This language has existed since man began building objects. In this book I examine both modern and prehistoric examples of task oriented forms and attempt to categorize them by form and function.


By examining large collections of digitized artifacts I found 14 forms that were task specific and had both modern and prehistoric examples.

The language of form is vast and subtle, this book only covers the surface. I am continually adding to this list of forms and looking to the past to find their etymologies.