In creating my website, I had a vision that reflects the principle, “form ever follows function”, a phrase coined by architect Louis Sullivan and meaning, the shape of an object should primarily relate to its intended function or purpose. Sullivan’s phrase was inspired by 1st Century BC Roman author, architect, civil engineer and military engineer, Vitruvius, who stated in his work, De architectura, that a structure shall reflect the three qualities of firmitas, utilitas, and venustas…that it be solid, useful and beautiful. Sullivan’s maxim is based on this full quote from his 1896 article, “The Tall Office Building Artistically Considered”:
“Whether it be the sweeping eagle in his flight, or the open apple-blossom, the toiling work-horse, the blithe swan, the branching oak, the winding stream at its base, the drifting clouds, over all the coursing sun, form ever follows function, and this is the law. Where function does not change, form does not change. The granite rocks, the ever-brooding hills, remain for ages; the lightning lives, comes into shape, and dies, in a twinkling. It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic, of all things physical and metaphysical, of all things human and all things superhuman, of all true manifestations of the head, of the heart, of the soul, that the life is recognizable in its expression, that form ever follows function. This is the law.”
I aspire to have my website form follow its function of refining dispute resolution by engaging my clients as expressed in my logo’s Latin phrase, “Ex nihilo nihil fit”, which means, “Nothing comes from nothing”. As with all things, genuine resolution only comes from good faith and good work. I consider that the foundation of “refining dispute resolution”.