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WHAT IS AN ICONIC DESIGN?

V. Ryan 2010

 

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An iconic design is usually a design that is ‘ground breaking’ and one that sets new standards in its field. It is a design that other designers and manufacturers follow, as it becomes a bench mark for other similar products. Furthermore, an iconic design is one that stands up to the test of time, remaining a good design, despite the passing of years, decades and even centuries.

The BBC carried out a survey in which British people were asked which British designs they believed were iconic designs. Amongst the designs named as iconic were:

Red telephone boxes, red double decker buses, the Spitfire, Concorde, the Mini car, and the London Underground map.
 
A SELECTION OF INTERNATIONAL DESIGN ICONS
 
iconic designs
This is only a very small selection of recognised iconic designs. Each one was innovative in the way it was engineered and in the way it solved a design problem. Each was ground breaking in the features and functions it offered. Each is an icon of its time/decade.
 
 
 
CRITERIA USED TO DEFINE ICONIC DESIGN
 
A simplified criteria which may help describe or determine, which designs are iconic is written below. Some or all of these points, can be applied to iconic designs.
 
A design that sets a bench mark for others to follow.
A ground breaking design, in terms of its technology or manufacturing techniques used during its production.
A design that improves on the past.
A design that sets new standards in terms of quality, functions/features or style.
A design that stands the test of time, remaining popular despite the passing of years.
A design that stays in the memory of those who see/use it.
A design that is often recognised immediately by consumers.
A design that inspires other designers.
Sets a trend.
A design that is innovative.
A design that is aesthetically pleasing.
A design that is often emulated/copied by other designers.
A design that has its place in history, or even helps change history.
 
Other international iconic designs could include; the iPhone, Harley Davidson motorbikes, Rolls Royce cars, OXO Cubes, Hovercraft, Sony Personal Stereo, Jumbo Jet, Concorde, Harrier Jump Jet and many more.
 
 
 
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