Right on all counts. When I saw 2001 for the first time probably around '73 or '74, my brother kidded me because all the spacecraft I started to draw and design all had a large spherical front end like the DISCOVERY.
Yeah, it's funny how we can run with design trends like that as kids. But hey - Star Wars' ship design philosophy is still reverberating through the media. So few ships are "carefully engineered" on the big screen. Most just look like "cool escapees from an anime" and don't make much design sense. Of course I can't be too harsh. Afterall Space:1999 was pre-Star Wars and the Eagles (used as atmospheric craft) were kind of absurd. Cool... but absurd.
Hmm, how so absurd? I always felt that 1999 design concepts came out of the 2001 mold to a great extent. Of course I am speaking of the earth craft not the alien stuff. But as I aged, I have started to see more of a mix of 2001 and a THUNDERBIRDS flavor as well for obvious reasons. Something that I have always kind of liked for being just different, were the spacecraft designs form "Planet of the Vampires". Totally Italian, and unique. Perhaps not great designs in that they don't appear to be all that functional, but at least unique. yes, and for better or for worse, Star Wars has certainly influence several generations of futurist hardware designers. And sadly, someone like Syd Mead while beloved and hailed as a great designer and futurist, has rarely been used in futurisic films...of course he WAS in one of the best know films about the future, BLADERUNNER, but after that there was 2010, but I can't think of anotehr film that used his style, or him.