How Important is Design?
Posted 11 September 2012 - 01:45 PM
Here's an example of where design doesn't necessarily please the eye right away, but you know there's something different and beautiful about this.
If anybody knows what type of vehicle this is, chime in. Also, many of us (I guess we are an older crowd now) have been lamenting the death of automobile design since the early 70s.
I have hopes that there will be a group of designers, getting smaller by the minute, who will always sacrifice everything for the sake of design, as I think it should be.
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Posted 12 September 2012 - 09:08 AM
Edited by Rob Hall, 12 September 2012 - 09:29 AM.
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Posted 12 September 2012 - 10:40 AM
I think "design" taken as meaning 'visually pleasing' is important, but I personally have worked on a lot of stuff that sacrificed practicality, user-friendliness and serviceability for the sake of the 'wow factor'. Anyone who'e ever entered / exited a vehicle with 'Lambo style' doors will know what I mean.
It's a lot harder to design something beautiful that also functions beautifully, and the combination of the two, form and function, should be every good designer's goal.
Edited by Ace-Garageguy, 12 September 2012 - 10:41 AM.
Posted 12 September 2012 - 10:46 AM
See you in 30 pages.
Edited by sjordan2, 12 September 2012 - 10:48 AM.
Posted 12 September 2012 - 05:09 PM
Posted 12 September 2012 - 05:24 PM
No, I think they clearly used two different land speed cars- the sides flanking the electric shaver don't quite match.
Almost looks like someone combined an electric shaver with a streamlined motorcycle inspired land speed car...
Posted 12 September 2012 - 05:30 PM
The layout is intended to give 50/50 weight distribution, and a low polar moment (of inertia). The low polar moment would make it turn quickly and easily -- important for a track like Le Mans. The reduced frontal area makes for low drag. Yeah, this totally makes sense to me.
to the original question, I think design is very important. I've seen way too many well executed builds fall short for lack of good design.