Material Matters

Icons of industry

What does it take to become an icon, and why are there few, if any, famous engineers who could truly be labelled as such?

Form and function - electricity pylons

Anyone who has studied engineering, design or technology will know that with a truly iconic design the shape or form follows directly from an object’s function or purpose.


Material Matters was the regular Materials World column on topical issues, established by and written for many years by Jack Harris until he passed away in February 2009. From June 2010 it was written by Craig Durham CEng MIMMM, a Senior Production Engineer working in the upstream oil and gas industry and Past President of the Mining Institute of Scotland.