When you’re confronted with a great big panel full of dials and buttons and gauges and knobs and cables and lights and switches, you can’t help marveling at the fact that someone went to a great deal of trouble to precisely design all that and make it work. As daunting as a big control panel might be, it can also be beautiful. And if you can resist the urge to push things at random just to see what will happen, you’re a better person than I am.
1. The ballast control area on a British Oberon-class submarine.
Built between 1957 and 1978, Oberon-class submarines were in use until 2000.
2. A Tiptop audio drum module.
3. A power station control room.
4. The control dashboard on a Soyuz capsule.