These weird and wonderful bike designs were produced by product designer Gianluca Gimini, based on designs he had solicited from friends and strangers over several years…

“I would walk up to them with a pen and a sheet of paper asking that they immediately draw me a men’s bicycle, by heart. Soon I found out that when confronted with this odd request most people have a very hard time remembering exactly how a bike is made.”

He sees these designs as proof that sometimes our brain allows us to believe that we understand something when we really don’t.

“There is an incredible diversity of new typologies emerging from these crowd-sourced and technically error-driven drawings.”

This anecdotal fact is amusing too: “Some diversities are gender driven. Nearly 90% of drawings in which the chain is attached to the front wheel (or both to the front and the rear) were made by females. On the other hand, while men generally tend to place the chain correctly, they are more keen to over-complicate the frame when they realize they are not drawing it correctly.”

See also

Craft and creativity

Velocipedia: Bikes drawn hastily from memory, realised by a product designer

“The most unintelligible drawing has also the most unintelligible handwriting. It was made by a doctor.”

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