"You're all a bunch of design snobs."
When someone says "Star Wars design" you probably think of cool spacecraft and nifty, futuristic objects, but SciFi Scanner's John Scalzi points out an amusing fact: Much of the industrial design of the Star Wars universe actually, well, sucks.
I'll come right out and say it: Star Wars has a badly-designed universe; so poorly-designed, in fact, that one can say that a significant goal of all those Star Wars novels is to rationalize and mitigate the bad design choices of the movies.
Why doesn't Luke wear a seatbelt? Shouldn't lightsabers have certain basic safety features? Why does the Death Star have an open tunnel leading directly to a combustible central reactor? And why does the Emperor have a dangerously deep open shaft right next to his throne, with no handrail of any sort? (I'd at least put yellow tape around the edge of it.)
As Scalzi looks at these questions and more, the geek in me almost wishes the Star Wars universe was real, so I could move there and apply for a job as an industrial designer. There'd be tons of work to do.