Awesome Hand Rendered Atari Computer Concepts

Atari 900 Concept

Atari 1200 Concept

Atari 2600 Concept
I really love these old school hand rendered Atari computer concepts by Industrial Designer Regan Cheng. The repeated streaking caused by the marker’s nibs can be intentionally controlled to create a wide range of different textures from wood, to stone, to textured or glossy plastic. It looks like Regan was exploring some really exciting Computer Archetypes back then!

By 1981, Atariā€™s home computer division began looking into replacements for the aging 400/800 line of computers. Several types of systems were conceptualized and in the end it came down to two routes. One was called the A-300 project which involved a new series of Atari computers which would work as modules and plug together to form a complete computer system. The second was an evolution of the A-300 project that shed all of the expansion and modular design for a low profile, high tech computer system which became the Atari 1200XL Computer System.

Check out the cool modular A-300 concept below.

Ah the nostalgia! I’m now really inspired to break out my old box of well used markers and broken pastels. Aren’t you?
PS: This is the kind of exploration work you would use my Iteration Book for!
Via: Color Cubic and The Atari Museum.

  • Rene

    September 20, 2010 at 8:24 pm Reply

    Now we have computers to design more computers. Although I enjoy these renderings, I can imagine my boss / program managers giving me crap for wasting my time if I tried to do this at a job. šŸ˜€

  • Carl

    September 20, 2010 at 10:02 pm Reply

    It’s so hard to imagine that these were done in 1981; the drawings were so forward-thinking. Did you notice that the first sketches have a monitor/screen setup that resembles the current iMac? Crazy. Also, I love the ones that have the rendered drawing, and the smaller line drawing in the corner. So clean. I think with presentation renderings these days, many designers go overboard with different angles, and photo-realistic renderings. Is that really necessary? What’s necessary is communicating the design, and these simplistic renders do that job very well.

  • John Frangella

    September 21, 2010 at 9:57 pm Reply

    Amazing renders of the vision behind the computer product. Can’t wait to see the next generation mobile technologies.

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