This piece of writing has investigated the hypothesis that ornamentation is unnecessary in modern design. In this enquiry the aim was to access whether this statement was true and what were the reasons for this choice to abandon decoration.
The research has shown that design from around the 1900’s changed due to the industrial revolution. This revolution was one of the main contributing factors that created a shift in social and culture attitudes, which allowed the change in design to progress. As well as this technological developments inspired designers to create work in a different manner.
In general the study supports the idea that modern design does not need unnecessary decoration or ornamentation. However this does also suggest that there could be some negative consequences due to this rejection such as loss of culture and tradition as well as the loss of national identity supported by design.
The study confirms preceding findings and contributes extra evidence that suggests that modern design is determined via social, economical and political issues and that design is something that must be explored in context to develop a deeper understanding of this ornamental rejection.
This investigation has only examined a small section of design. Typography was the main focus within the research however in future studies other design elements such as image could be explored. This would allow for a broader study.
It would also be interesting to examine the effects of modern design with respect to the international style and its effects on national identity.