Humans are known to be the most evolved of all creatures. Going through various stages of evolution, humans have made amazing developments in every possible direction that came before them. On the path of progress we also made some great designs in every field that are not only magnificent innovations but also symbolize the creative aspect of human brain. From monuments to inventions, from development to modifying, humans have left no space untouched. Some of the greatest designs by man have stood the test of time and might continue to do so. Let’s explore the 10 greatest man made designs that not only brought revolution in the evolution of mankind, but became benchmarks for further designs.
If the discovery of wheel gave mobility to human race then adding tires to those really made travel smooth. Tires are the backbone of any and every type of vehicle. Charles Goodyear invented vulcanized rubber in 1844 that was later used for tires but tires, in its modern shape, was first used by John Boyd Dunlop. With advancement, new features have been added to tires. The design of the tire has remained unchanged ever since its first use. It could be attributed to the fact that the shape of the wheel is the same as it was when discovered.
Who amongst us does not dream of driving the world’s most expensive car, or a sports car? Car, no doubt, has become one of the basic needs for all of us. Cars have various models like hatchback, luxury car, sports cars and off-road cars. The design of car has undergone various changes ever since its evolution. However, the basic structure of the automobile remains almost the same till date. Car designing is in fact so popular that it is often followed as a hobby by many across the world.
The Three Gorges Dam is the largest hydroelectric dam ever made. The dam was built in China and took around 10 years for completion. With the purpose to divert freshwater across 1,000 miles, the giant man-made structure stands as the largest water conservation project in the world. Besides, it is also the world’s largest hydropower plant. The design of this imposing structure speaks for itself the achievements of man.
Although the first Macintosh was a major breakthrough in the world of computers, the design of the IBM 5150 became the benchmark of all PC since 1981. Under the direction of Don Estridge, the IBM designed this machine which made ‘Personal Computer’ a household name. Many in the United States bought the IBM 5150 and continued to do so until it was discontinued in 1987. It came with a CGA monitor and a PC keyboard.
The Olympic logo stands as one of the universally identifiable logo till date. The symbol was designed by Baron Pierre de Coubertin in 1912 and was adopted in June 1914. According to de Coubertin, the ring colors with the white background are the colors that appear on all the national flags of the countries which competed in the first Olympic Games. Interestingly, in spite of more nations participating in the Olympics over the years, at least one color of the symbol can be found in their national flags.
Ever since man explored his potential to bring changes, he has experimented the most with nature. Creating artificial lakes, ponds, caves and reservoirs, man has left no space untouched. Suez Canal is one of the examples of such creativity. It is an artificial sea-level waterway in Egypt, connecting the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea – Europe with Asia. The canal was created to reduce the distance between Asia and Europe. It is the design of the Suez Canal which is interesting and shows the careful planning of Ferdinand de Lesseps. Unlike the Panama Canal, the Suez has no locks.
Arms and armors have always remained an integral part in the evolution of mankind. It started with the invention of Schöningen spears, knives, swords and then, the revolver. Samuel Colt invented the modern revolver which was named after him. Based on cap and ball technology, it was first multi-shot weapon. Today, many-advanced revolvers have been developed; however, the basic design of revolvers remains the same.
Battle tank was used the British Army for the first time on September 15, 1916 at Flers-Courcelette, during the Battle of the Somme. With efforts being made to create similar tanks, battle tanks remain almost the same in design. Internal combustion engine, armour plate and the caterpillar track are still there in modern tanks. In fact, almost nothing has changed in the basic design of the tank.
Watches are one of the best man-made designs. The design is smartest development which will remain same perhaps till the world’s end. Although, many developments have been made in designs and appearance of the watch since the 17th century, the basic concept of the device remains the same. No one can tell who designed the first watch but if you get to see a picture of the earliest dated watch from 1530, you’d notice its similarity with the modern day watches.
Bicycle is considered to be the most innovative design ever created by man. Known as the first walking machine, bicycle gave birth to the concept of automobile. MacMillan’s design of the cycle has witnessed the least number of modifications to date. Earlier bicycles were designed to have a large front wheel and a short back wheel. However, the modern bicycles have both front and back wheels equal.