Surprising comment from pierre.d:
Only beautifull designs are working well ... have you ever seen an unattractive sailboat performing well ?
On the other hand: The AK47 is one of the worst gun design (as far as beauty is concerned), but it is well known as one of the most effective for its purpose....
For me, beauty is not a finality in a "tool" design, as it is not related to efficiency at all.
For your information, if you want to challenge your judgment, I know that a few samples of the Sigma serie kites has landed in Britanny for testing and demos these days. Try to find where they are going to be launched (along with the new 2008 boards range) and let us know what you think of these "beasts" in real life.
Have Fun & Ride Safe