Soviet Tanks: disruptive technology, innovation and product in the 1930's

T26 Light Tank

1/100 Zvezda plastic model

T35 Heavy Tank

BT5 Medium Tank

KV1 Heavy Tank

T34 Medium Tank

A decade of development

  • Tank technology needed ideas of what might be possible to plan what could be made and resources needed to make it.
  • Innovative ideas needed engineering skills to deliver and construct products.
  • Fully constructed tanks were still prototypes until tested in real deployment.
  • The experience of actual use needed to be fed back to design teams to learn and construct products that finally succeeded.



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Alastair Somerville

Alastair Somerville


Sensory Design Consultant, usability researcher and workshop facilitator. Twitter @acuity_design & @visceralUX