The ship is going to need to land, and the crew will probably want the ability to get out! I add doors and landing gear to my ship design; I don’t want to have to squeeze these elements in after someone has started to turn my drawing into a 3D model.
Weathering design elements
I add weathering to my designs. This helps sell what the ship’s life is like, enriches the game world and gives everything a sense of depth. Think about how a ship could experience wear and tear. An asteroid miner might be covered in dust and small dents. A long-distance goods freighter could feature mismatched body panels, with worn paint work around cargo doors.