Issigonis was a genius on many levels. As Dyson notes, the father of the Mini was nothing if not elegant in both his design solutions and his structured approach to problem solving:
Sir Alec Issigonis… came up with his
ingenious idea while sipping on a gin in a hotel in Cannes — a very
civilized approach to engineering.
If this article is indeed written by Dyson and not some pathetic PR flak, it poses an interesting question: why not have real, working designers write the history of design? Why leave it up to non-pracitioners who don’t know really understand the design process? I’d like to see more designers follow Dyson’s lead. Gin or no gin.