A Letter From The Publisher: Oct. 12, 1981

With this issue, TIME introduces a new section, one that will encompass numerous areas of human activity and focus them in a fresh, invigorating fashion. The title: Design.

"Form follows function" has been the anthem of much 20th century architecture and design, but it will be the function of the Design section to follow form—to trace its myriad varieties and analyze its influence on the way we live, work and play. The section will interpret, in the widest possible sense, the patterns and shapes of our world. Design, noted the celebrated architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, includes everything from teacups to...

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