Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, 1935-2012
The Porsche 911 was unleashed upon the world in 1963; it is still in production, albeit now it is heavier, more powerful and a lot more expensive. When Ferdinand Alexander Porsche designed it, it was simple and basic, with nothing unnecessary or superfluous. In Worldcarfans, Porsche is quoted about his philosophy:
Design must be functional and functionality must be translated into visual esthetics, without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained...A product that is coherent in form requires no embellishment. It is enhanced by the purity of its form.
He left the Porsche car company in 1972 and went on to design watches, sunglasses, appliances and other consumer goods, but the car retains the classic lines that he gave it fifty years ago. TreeHugger isn't a big fan of gas guzzling sports cars, but the design philosophy can be applied to anything.
Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, dead at 76. More at Core77