For my final project, I will be making an ebike battery enclosure. My current plan is to match the battery to the bike as best I can. This doesn’t necessarily mean matching the current aesthetic of the bike but rather finding a similar style that pairs nicely with it. The bike style is minimalist and streamline. It has a brushed aluminum finish that is semi satin. The graphics on the bike are minimal and so the whole look is very clean and sleek. I would like the aesthetic the battery to be minimal and streamline but I have been playing around with a few other aesthetics that I think could still match the bike. One of these is the Braun style and similar designs by Dieter Rams. Rams’ moto is “Less, but better” which is exactly what I’m going for with this project. He is also a strong believer in functionalism where everything that is added to the design only adds to its function. This is similar to minimalism in my mind.
For my first sketch, I tried out a Dieter Rams-esc style. Although I’m not a fan of the current ‘design’ I have in this style, I really like the aesthetic as a whole. Next to the sketch is a design by Rams to give some context.
The next sketch I did was in a steampunk style. This was pretty far out in terms of what I was looking for for this project, but I’ve always been drawn to these designs so I thought I’d give it a try. Again, I have a reference image of this aesthetic for context.
Finally, I did a sketch in the style I originally had planned, minimalism/streamline. Next to it is a reference I liked the look of.