So, I wasn't entirely satisfied with the texturing, here's what it looks like toned down a bit. Since the basic surface properties are something I'm hoping to recycle for other objects on the bridge, it's kinda important I get this right.
I'm not sure, it's not the finished product; I intend to add a few switches and knobs (hehe, knobs) and shit, maybe a couple of pieces of paper, and that'll fill up the space and probably justify the size. Oh, and I'm going to put in a couple of those stupid red alert boxes from TOS for kitsch value...
Getting the stuff to scale is a pain in the ass, though.
Another thought... given the assumed amount of data/information that would probably be displayed, I think much larger displays would be in order, to facilitate a touch-screen (or similar interface) that would compliment the qwerty interface. Otherwise, I get the impression that this Enterprise is being operated by a couple of souped-up PC gaming rigs. Don't get me wrong, your skills are top-notch, and the image looks fantastic. Just my $.02.
Another thought... given the assumed amount of data/information that would probably be displayed, I think much larger displays would be in order, to facilitate a touch-screen (or similar interface) that would compliment the qwerty interface.
There'll be touch screens, don't worry. I'm just trying to avoid the TNG style thing where it was the only interface they had, y'know? You can't touch type on a tablet PC. Also, some of us are lazy buggers and don't really want to have to reach all the way over to the monitor to double click on a porn movie.
Also, I guess I'm just a bit of a technology skeptic. I have no doubt that our technology will advance and integrate more and more into our lives, but there's just some stuff we can do now but we still choose not to. I mean, we have had something superior to QWERTY for years, but it's only used by power geeks, and most people aren't going to suffer the loss in productivity as they try to adjust to a new keyboard layout.
I've used touchscreen tills extensively, and I fucking hate the things; the amount of keys I hit by mistake is ridiculous, they collect finger grime like magnets and are just hard work a lot of the time. Similarly, stylus/tablets are useless for anything but graphics work, and rollerballs have serious ambidexterity issues. For my day to day work a mouse is just fine, and unlike if my LCD monitor were touchscreen, I don't have to move my wrist very much.
Another one is phones. My mobile phone can facilitate visual conversation, but I don't use it, nobody does. It's distracting, and as someone recently said to me; who wants to have to put pants on to answer the phone?
But still, you wouldn't be able to touch type the way I am now. I'm using my familiarity with the way the keyboard feels to be able to do this, much faster than I could write by hand. You can't do that with a flat piece of perspex.