Archive for the ‘classic car user interfaces’ Category
__SPACER__ Audi have used designers such as Seymour Powell to continue the design lead that they built up in the 80s with the classic Quattro rally car.<p /><p />No other manufacturer today achieves the same quality of interface design, except perhaps Toyota. The story since the late 90s has been that the larger manufacturers have economies of scale that can actually produce better quality products in terms of specification and tolerances, than small volume super cars which are left to compete on exclusivity and squeezing horse power out of customized engines.
__SPACER__ This is the Yin to the Edsel's Yang. If the Edsel failed because it subconsciously looked like a mobile kitchen with a giant vagina stuck to the front, the Studebaker is all about the male appendage, with conical protrusions like parts of an aircraft<p /><p />The semicircular horn handle and speedometer which line up to create a full circle without obstructing each other is a particularly nice touch.
__SPACER__ The Rover P6 was an unsung design classic. So much so that ripping the superb ergonomic seats out and mounting them on a scaffold frame launched the career of one the world's most famous furniture designers, Ron Arad.<p /><p />The P6 dashboard came in two versions, and ironically the version on the lower powered 2000 was a better design with iconic linear speedometer.
__SPACER__ Consider that the Willys Jeep is a form of car design that has lasted for the majority of the history of automobiles.<p /><p />It is a masterful utilitarian WW II design that is the antithesis of what followed in the 50s and has outlasted nearly everything else, without even looking like it was trying.