Which species has the best design aesthetic ?

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by at Quark's, May 18, 2019.

  1. at Quark's

    at Quark's Commodore Commodore

    Dec 15, 2012
    Yesterday, I was watching DS9's Second Skin, in which Kira is used in a plot to implicate Legate Ghemor. Most of this episode is set in a Cardassian home. Then I had a side thought of how they had to design a lot of stuff (such as the windows, mirrors, chairs, etc), just to make the home look "distinctively Cardassian" (whatever that means). (Of course the same is true for DS9 but I see that in every episode so I got used to that).

    Usually we just see the ships that a species uses, but in some cases we also see more: homes, how public buildings on their home planet look like,etc. I was wondering, all taken together, which species in Trek generally do you think has the best looking design aesthetic (or if you want to go for a different angle: the design aesthetic that probably would work best for that race), and why ?

    There's something about the Cardassian design style I like, but overall I think I still favour Starfleet/human design. Klingon design is too dark and "agressive" for me (not even to mention all red lights and the smoke), and what I have seen of Romulan designs is too drab for me (grey and green), though I do like how their ships look from the outside ...
  2. MacLeod

    MacLeod Admiral Admiral

    Mar 8, 2001
    Great Britain
    Which Starfleet design? The more muted tones of the 24th century or the more vibrant tones of the 23rd century, or the colder metallic tones of the 22nd century?

    Now in the case of the Cardassian style for me the grey needs to be a several shades lighter but some might prefer the darker grey.
  3. at Quark's

    at Quark's Commodore Commodore

    Dec 15, 2012
    I was thinking of the 24th century designs. My opening post by the way wasn't meant to focus exclusively on colour schemes but also on other design aspects, such as the shape of doors, tables, etc.
  4. USS Triumphant

    USS Triumphant Vice Admiral Admiral

    Dec 29, 2008
    Go ahead, caller. I'm listening...
    There's an awful lot of species for which all we have to go off of is ship design - they haven't shown much of, for instance, Romulan civilian design. I suspect they would be my answer, though, if their ships are any indication - them, and the humans. Of course, from a meta perspective, the answer is going to be the humans, anyway. Because we designed the rest. ;)
  5. Mojochi

    Mojochi Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Aug 18, 2007
    It's impossible to not like one Starfleet design or another above the rest, because they are designed to be the most homey for our tastes, but honestly? I kind of like the subdued earthy tones & look of Ferengi designs
  6. Antonovus

    Antonovus Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Mar 25, 2016
    Wrigley's Pleasure Planet
    Vulcans, logically.
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  7. Defiler-Of-Redshirts

    Defiler-Of-Redshirts Commander Red Shirt

    Jun 3, 2017
    I always thought species 8472 had the most unique, utterly alien design - in the sense of creativity and not just another humanoid species.
  8. King Daniel Beyond

    King Daniel Beyond Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Nov 5, 2008
    King Daniel Beyond
    Borg almost steampunk aesthetic.
  9. Seven of Five

    Seven of Five Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    May 1, 2001
    I love the design of DS9, it was just so utterly different to what we'd had before. Those Cardassians were often a horrible lot, but at least they looked good whilst they did it. ;)

    I agree with the Borg as well, I love the way the alcoves seem to go on forever inside the cubes, and they can look quite scary. under the right storytelling circumstances.
  10. Turd Ferguson

    Turd Ferguson Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Oct 8, 2003
    The Borg, but only the First Contact, Season 4 of Voyager-onward look. I like that instead of the pasty white look of TNG, they actually made an effort and had Klingon Borg, Borg with moving parts, fiber optics, etc. It made them look more alien and less generic and more scary.
  11. publiusr

    publiusr Vice Admiral Admiral

    Mar 22, 2010
    It is the best at keeping a certain look. The ships were teardrop shaped as seen from above.