114. Why Weight ! – The Relationship of Weight Control and the Designer


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K Bingham: 114. Why Weight ! – The Relationship of Weight Control and the Designer. 1955.



‘Weight control is a waste of time and money’—————————
Last Fall I heard a Designer in our company make this statement in a spell of anger during a weight-saving campaign on a current project. I argued the point with him, saying that, as the very least of reasons, it was a good way to keep designers weight-conscious. He resisted this point very strongly, saying that he was very weight conscious. To check this point, I asked several other designers if they were or were not weight conscious. Much to my surprise, I could not find a single one who would admit that he was not extremely weight conscious. So, for the record, all designers are weight conscious, -I have their word for it. If you should ever find on that admits he is not, please let me know. Incidentally, if this man is not weight conscious, what would he be, weight unconscious?
When I was asked to prepare this paper, these thoughts came back to me. They started me thinking as to the basic relationship between weight control and airplane design. The following paper addresses several questions to keep in mind:
1. How important is weight control, really?
2. Is it a clerical or engineering function?
3. When did weight control start and why?
4. What function does it exercise, today?
5. What do I, as a designer, expect it to do for me?
6. What does engineering management expect from weight control?
7. Where is it going? What will it be next year? 5 years from now? 10 years from now?


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