Captain Jed R. wrote:
And what is it about a squiggly line that says "Constellation", assuming it wasn't just the Admiralty deciding "the hell with it, go crazy, design me a patch that looks like a rear end".
Props-wise I'd guess the main mandate was just to get them done in time for the shoot and make them impossible to mistake for each other by the viewer.
Personally I actually loved the wacky assignment patches and missed them in later incarnations of Trek...
I like them well enough, even if the designs are crazily abstract and there's no way in hell to tell what ship they represent if you don't already know.
The "rear end" comment is actually referring to Antares' patch, which literally looks like a rear end. Best. Patch. Ever. At least from a kooky viewpoint.