Friday, February 03, 2006

Industrial Drawing

'I wasn't surprised by the idea that people used to laboriously do something that computers now do automatically...The surprising thing about these drawings is that they were gratuitous -- they just did not need to be that nice. The illustrator could have simply drawn what was necessary — a partial sphere with a bit of shading, or whatever.'

'..the illustrators put a dazzling amount of attention into the shading and the different line-thicknesses and a dozen other details that are not only gratuitous, but which you are generally expected to not even perceive!'

'This struck me as a deeply strange kind of art.'

Sean M Burke has a different sort of online gallery - he has scanned his favourite images from a dozen or so engineering / industrial / mechanical / pneumatic design texts from the first half of the 20th century. [Thanks again D]

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