Last friday, we got some insight in how a starship in TOR's being created. The artists took the Imperial Agent's starship
as the example for the process. The concept art does look very nice, in my opinion. The article also contains a Q&A with the community.
Q: Can you miss acquiring a companion without realizing it during the game? (asked by DarthPrecious)
A: Generally speaking, these opportunities are all pretty obvious to the player, as they occur along the main path of your Class Quests. We do, however, reserve the right to put some goodies out there for the particularly ambitious player to find.
The Fan Friday
update contained some cool fan-made propaganda art ("Join the Sith! Meet interesting people... and crush them all!"), among other things.