Sometimes it’s hard to tell which quirky cars are initially going to make us blink but grow on us over time (like the Scion XB)…
A quirky car’s “ugly” can have real staying power (e.g. the Pontiac Aztec).
At the advent of car design, the engineers and designers simply stuck the radiators right out in front in all their glory for everyone to see.
As car styling became more aggressive,the radiator began to slink back under the hood – leaving the necessity for adding access holes for air to enter. Car designers adapted this feature, often with gorgeous and iconic results.
The lack of a front grill reminded me of the scene in the dystopian film “The Matrix” where Keanu Reeves’ character has no mouth.
When all boats were made of wood, people noticed that the force of buoyancy would, over time, cause the center of a boat hull to heave out of the water, leaving the ends to sag. This led designers to intentionally curve the hull in order to counteract this tendency.
This curved line is called a “sheer line” and while it started purely for functional reasons, over time it became a recognized expectation in the visual appearance for a sailboat hull.
There are plenty of examples of flat and negative sheer lines. But the recognition that the sheer line became a component of people’s expectations when viewing the proportions of a boat meant designers were generally pretty purposeful in deviating from time-honored traditions.