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Design: quirky facts

delhi Updated: May 14, 2008 17:59 IST

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Nicolas Cugnot, a French military engineer, designed the first ever self-propelled car in 1769. The steam-powered road vehicle built at the Paris arsenal was capable of attaining a speed up to 6 kmph.

One of the earliest designed logos still in use today is that of the dog Nipper sitting in front of a phonograph and listening intently. Inspired by a Francis Barraud painting titled ‘His Master’s Voice’, the logo made its debut in 1910 and was used by HMV for many years.

American Edward C. Walker created the lava lamp while trying to redesign a wax-based egg timer he had seen in a pub.