is a blog about design, technology and culture written by Khoi Vinh, and has been more or less continuously published since December 2000 in New York City. Khoi is currently Principal Designer at Adobe. Previously, Khoi was co-founder and CEO of Mixel (acquired in 2013), Design Director of The New York Times Online, and co-founder of the design studio Behavior, LLC. He is the author of “How They Got There: Interviews with Digital Designers About Their Careers”and “Ordering Disorder: Grid Principles for Web Design,” and was named one of Fast Company’s “fifty most influential designers in America.” Khoi lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn with his wife and three children.
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TUMBLER … clearly the best!
I can’t take my eyes off of 1980.
The Tumbler is a standout, for sure, but I don’t think it’s the only exception to your otherwise spot-on observation. The Batmobile’s from Tim Burton’s movies and the one from the 1992 animated series are both great examples of seizing the blue-sky design brief, imo.
John: I guess I did exactly what The Man expected me to. All the same it’s a great graphic.
Kyle: I guess Tim Burton’s 1989 Batmobile is fairly interesting, but I disliked his Batman movies so much I’m reluctant to really think much of it. To me, it seems to be a riff on the 1950 version.
I always loved the classic from the TV series. There is a scene in the movie Rock Star where Mark Walberg’s character owns that bat mobile. That would be exactly what I would do if I was a freakin rock star.
So many hate on the Burton movies but they were the most true to the combination of comics and television show. Tacky and Corkey… On purpose. Personally I hate the tumbler.
This graphic is great fun, but it bizarrely omits one of THE most iconic Batman stories (and Batmobiles) ever: the giant tank from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns.
Prefigured Nolan’s Tumbler almost 20 years before. I wouldn’t be surprised if Nolan took direct inspiration from it for Batman Begins.
John Pavlus: Too right, it’s hard to believe they forgot “The Dark Knight Returns,” and that version is very obviously an influence on Nolan’s tumbler — so he definitely doesn’t get all the credit for thinking outside of the box. Good catch.
Cpawl: the Lincoln Futura-based Batmobile from the Adam West television show is my favorite as well. Actually, Adam West is probably my favorite Batman period.
I like Frank Quitely’s flying Batmobile quite a bit, the car is featured in Grant Morrison’s Batman and Robin serie. It’s egg-shaped just like a Strawberry iMac, only with fins and a bat-shaped windshield.
I love it 🙂
Real world Tumbler – car type, not tank…
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