I just dug out my issue of Game Informer that had a preview of STO long, long before release, complete with screenies and concept art of some ships in action.
Wow, just wow, some of those designs were sleek, sexy, and beautiful. And the original idea seemed to support full customization. Now, I'm sure the CBS licensing stuff is why we will never seem totally customizable ships, but surely Cryptic can go back into some of the old artwork and pull out a few awesome ship designs. There was a cruiser with a 29th century sleekness and a sort of rounded triangle primary hull that was just gorgeous beyond belief.
I support a move to more sleekness in new ship designs - the Fleet Regent model makes me want to curl up and die.
Chances are that these were Perpetual designs. I think Cryptic pretty much threw out those designs and came up with their own. Have to ask a dev that was working on STO from the start why they tossed those designs.