Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Making the Complex Clear

Le Corbusier was the famous French modernist architect. His Savoy house in the countryside outside of Paris is a classic example of how he reduced the form of structure to just essential components. The house design was purposefully structured with no extraneous elements, no decorative motifs nothing that would add embellishments. Le Corbusier’s design philosophy focused on minimalist ideas and elimination of any extras.

He believed that a house is a machine and as a machine the house should not be laden with any elements that otherwise do not support the machine function. He drew these conclusions analogous to how aircraft are designed and built and pointed to how the cockpit of an airplane is fit up with only functional and working controls, instrumentation and features that support the aircrafts performance. The exterior of the aircraft design structurally could not have any additions or parts that were simply for show this after all would impact on how the plane performs. Parts that didn’t contribute to engineering flight on the interior or exterior of an aircraft would not be considered. Le Corbusier questioned why parts would be put on a house if they didn’t contribute to functionality?

We have had the good fortune acting in our client’s interest developing an entire range of aircraft solutions. We’ve produced an arsenal of brilliantly engineered online learning modules celebrating aircraft within National Defense’s asset inventory. Access has been the operative word for this reason. For most people getting “up close and comfortable” with a Globemaster or a CF18 Fighter Jet, a Helicopter or some other defense aircraft asset isn’t an option. Having these great interactive 3D Max. modules online is meaningful. They're educational overviews about aircraft features that define for everyone complex information that is made easy to understand.

Making complex information easy to understand or removing extras that don't support ease of access or performance all contribute to the business of design leadership.


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