"The qualities of paradoxes which are proving to be of considerable value to design are amiguity and complexity."
- "The importance of paradox to the design process", Thomas Joseph Becher
The paradox of form giving...
Human communication is a two step process
abstraction - allow meaning to be presented, recalled and manipulated, it requires that some structureor pattern be taken from an original context
(meaning is the result of consensus within the relevent community using the pattern system)
shaping - union the abstraction with a medium, in the social environment, the "combine"of an abstracted structure with a medium is to create an institution.
Abstraction is a tool for focusing meaning, shaping is a tool for express it.
"...the object is to be undertood as a concrete persistent thing only after it has been possible to develop a conception of it, that is, paradoxically, that its concreteness depends upon the development of abstraction."
- "Semiotic Approaches to Psychiatry", Harley Shands