Originally, I was aiming for a highly angular design with bright colors and brush fonts, similar to the 80s “High Tech” aesthetic.
I’ve moved over to a more conservative aesthetic, that I see as having numerous, more poorly defined design inspiration. I have always been fascinated by blued steel and gilding, which I see as having some purely practical roots (case hardening), but also the late 1800s Aesthetic Movement.
At this point, I suspect that contemporary case hardened guns are an example of an Aesthetics Movement revival. Afterall, there are no real pictures of the 1800s stuff and most of the relics have blackened by now.
For a while, I thought Steampunk may have been my other aesthetic inspiration, but now I think it might actually be Art Deco. My design isn’t ornate, nor does it have superfluous tubing or gears. In fact, I’m trying to keep it clean and angular. I want my braze lines clean (though that’s hard to do), my steel dark, my carbon darker and my lug interfaces at 30 and 45 degree angles.
I see my design as a minimalist take on both of these movements.