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Honda's instrument dashboard designers have done an incredible job on the Odyssey's speedometer. Not only is it super easy on the human eye to scan the dial for your speed without looking directly at it, but they've introduced a blue atmospheric gradient that is just darn beautiful and soothing to look at. Anyone with any interest in color theory knows that blue is a calming color, and is quite happy taking a back seat in the visual hierarchy (think about the sky, it's just up there, not calling too much attention to itself. In fact, it doesn't care at all if you go about your entire day without noticing it) Also, notice that when reading km/h in the inner circle, the eye is quite happy remaining there without being pulled by the visual demands of the mph outer ring. The designer's wisely chose a smaller font size and subdued color to keep the data secondary in the visual hierarchy so as not to compete with most driver's data needs.

This is a fantastic example of a design that is pretty+useful. The designer could have kept the background black, and it would have worked, since the MPH numbers and tick marks are significantly larger and thus take top biling in the visual hierarchy of information. The subtle touch adds a bit of personality to an otherwise 100% utilitarian tool. When I'm driving my Honda Odyssy—especially at night—I feel like I'm piloting a space craft. If you squint at the dial, try not to imagine that you're witnessing a lunar eclipse!

Kudos to the Honda design team for designing something that's both pretty and useful.

 

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