Being able to do something and understanding how you did something are two different things. You can walk, but if I asked you how you walk, you can’t explain it.
I designed the Barra through a process similar to evolution. Trial and error. Lots of error, picking what worked and adding. The final product accomplished the design objectives – it is a breakthrough board.
But I believed it could be improved. I tried. And I failed. Many times. It became apparent that before I could move forward, I first had to understand what I did.
To understand the Barra, I started to strip away design elements. To get to the core of where the Barra feeling exists. Design by subtraction. Do you need a hip in the tail? Do you need a step deck? A normal nose? The exaggerated tail rocker?
Through the process, I realized that the Barra was over-designed. It worked in spite of the flair. By streamlining the design, the core board became better. And better. When you take a Barra and shape away the excess, you get a better board – The Phantom.