On Tue, 30 Apr 2013 14:30:28 -0400, "Tom Del Rosso" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>Jeff Liebermann wrote: >> It's an extreme case of form not following function.
>Their slogan is "Form Beyond Function!!!"
Having helped design a few utilitarian devices, that were all function and totally ugly, I can appreciate the contributions of industrial designers. My favorite example was a marine radio, with no obvious on/off switch. I've also been a victim as much as a contributor. I once worked on a rack mounted utility radio, where the industrial designer had no concept of shielding, grounding, thermal management, connector access, serviceability, and weight. The mechanical design failed miserably in all these areas, but it sure was cool looking. The design was approved by management which proclaimed that "aesthetics is what sells the product, and you can always make it work later". Sigh.