What are the morphs and why are they

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Have you ever heard-or spoken – the word is that your Morpho?

You may not be familiar with it, but if you look around you, it won’t be hard to see them: the esqueuomorphs are everywhere.

But what are they?

The word itself comes from Greek: skeuos-meaning tool or container – and morphé-form-, but you will not find it in the dictionary of the Royal Academy of language.

However, the term has long been used, particularly by historians and archaeologists.

He calls “the presence in an object of formal traits that lack motivation in relation to its functions or conditions of its production and that can only be explained as atavisms with respect to a different model in its use or in technical conditions”, as explained in his book “Eloquent forms” the prestigious medieval Serafín Moralejo Álvarez.

Hmmm… still not clear to you? And the photo above, rather than clearing things up, confuses you?

So don’t worry: with a few examples and you will identify youromorphs without difficulty.


Because they are an aesthetic heritage of a time when the jeanera too thick to hold together only with thread. Although later they were no longer needed, metal rivets were still used… and that’s an esqueuomorph.

They are-as Moralejo wrote – “the most spectacular testimony of the deep roots of the figurative instinct of human consciousness and subconscious.”

The esqueuomorphs are produced, he explains,”because the forms, adhered for generations to certain uses, end up feeling as connatural to them.”

On the other hand, the engines were originally placed at the front of the cars because the horses pulled their ancestors from the front.

The “horsepower” to measure its power is in itself an esqueuomorph, which stayed with us long after we freed the horses from that task.

And there’s one more example in luxury cars: the hood ornaments, which used to be simple radiator caps.

A classic example of esqueuomorphism is found in the decorations on the stones of the ancient Greek temples.

The Doric triglyphs, those designs with three vertical bands separated by cords, were derived from those of earlier wooden temples and were created exclusively for ornamental purposes.

The triglyphs in the Stone are in the place that used to be the ends of the beams with which the roofs of the houses were made. Although the wood was no longer used, its footprint remained, as decoration, on the stone.

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