What makes something gnarly? And when can one be sure that one is experiencing true unabashed gearhead gnarlyness, and not some flimsy substitute?
I'm not sure of the answer(s). I know gnarlyness when I see it, but I'm only just starting to tease out the underlying design principles. Perhaps I'll embark on a public journey, a la John Maeda and his Laws of Simplicity, of surfacing the true drivers of gnarlyness via a public conversation. Let's see. Where this goes depends largely on you.
For now, though, I think gnarlyness happens when four design principles are held in mind:
1. Embrace the visceral, dude:
2. Have a strong point of view:
3. Celebrate workmanship:
4. Be red. Really, really red: