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Function & Form vs. Colours & Curls

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In the ever-evolving landscape of web application development, it’s easy to become entranced by the allure of aesthetics — the “colours & curls” as we affectionately refer to them. While these elements undoubtedly play a role in the overall user experience, their true value can only be unlocked when they complement, rather than overshadow, the central players of our story: function & form.
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The importance of function & form, the mechanisms that drive performance, cannot be overstated.

Their synergy forms the bedrock of successful web applications — a harmony that transcends the superficial appeal of design aesthetics. Their relationship is akin to the intricate dance between a car’s engine (function) and bodywork (form); without the engine’s power and the bodywork’s streamlined design, even the most visually appealing car wouldn’t get far.

In this book, we aim to shed light on why function & form should always be the primary focus in the design of web applications. We navigate the labyrinth of layout analysis, audience understanding, user interaction, and data-driven decision making — all key players in the grand scheme of effective web application design. It is our hope that by the end, you’ll understand the mantra ‘measure twice, cut once’ is not just about precision, but about creating a harmonious blend of function & form that drives performance and delivers an exceptional user experience.

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