Originally Posted by Flaneur
OT, what's with the stupid curves on the rack doors? Imagine how sick of that design you'd get working there. Why does everything have to have senseless curves in this design era? Who's doing these doors, the same outfit that does Hyundai taillights?
I admit that I don't particularly like either the overall curved surface of the door or the raised curves on the surface of the doors.
As to why they are there? It could be any combination of many possible reasons.
Besides specific functional needs (i.e. airflow, heat issues, clearance, or the like) the materials and process used effect the design greatly.What are the doors made of? Blown or vacu-formed plastic, stamped metal? Is it a unibody part or an assembly (i.e. mounted on a structural frame?) Generally speaking, curves add to structural rigidity, rigidity adds to the perception of quality and strength while also permitting the use of thinner material, which means less material, which is generally cheaper (and greener.) Perhaps it was desirable to design the parts for nesting and flat shipping or some other factor.
Aesthetically, the texture, here produced with with the raised curves on the surface, can serve a purpose too. Besides adding rigidity on a smaller scale, they add visual interest just by the way light interacts with them. This texture might be designed to disguise visual flaws that are inherent to the production process. Or maybe the texture used might (in addition to some of the previously mentioned possibilities) be visually suggestive of the company logo, identity, trade dress, or design language.
Most likely it is some combination of all these factors plus several others we haven't considered.