So first I just made a really simple scout ship, just to get my feet wet.
But then I decided to get adventurous and try making it stand out a bit more.
But I still wanted to see how crazy I could get, so I decided to try something much more modern-military-fighter-looking...
As well as a big interplanetary version of one of those private executive jets, just converted for military use.
But in the end, the biggest challenge was making a colony ship that actually looked like it could drop off its pods without any disruption to the lives of the people inside.
I think I pulled it off, though. Pity the shipyard refused to give me a good zoom level on it, and I had to do this from the colony construction queue.