The novel expresses Chris Bangle‘s views on automotive design and is opened by a vision (see below) of a positive evolution of car design that serves as the main theme of the contest. It will be available as an eBook (English language) from 15 January 2012.
Bangle explains: “I have written a fiction book about Car Design and the prologue takes place 25 years in the future. It contains some concepts I have been working on, and this contest is to see what YOU would make of them”.
The competition is open to students of all disciplines of design who are not currently working as a paid professional in their field.
Participants will have to illustrate six different future mobility machines. Works must be submitted in black & white/grey scale.
The submission deadline is 30 March 2012 at 12:00 noon (Italian Time Zone).
Judging will be done by a panel of CBA Associates who will take into consideration the closeness to the original text, the creative content and the illustrative quality.
The overall winner will be given the choice between: a one week visit to the CBA Studio in Italy, including a design workshop with Chris Bangle, or a prize of € 2,000.00.
The best 10 participants will se at least one of their illustrations/designs cited and posted on the CBA website.
Moreover, the overall winner’s illustration(s) will also be published and included in eBook format in the 2nd edition of the eBook – on sale after June 25th, 2012.
For more information on the contest and on the ebook visit www.chrisbangleassociates.com.
Peter Teuful: A Tale of Car Design in three Parts By Chris Bangle
The novel is a 3-part series that explains: the secret to doing True Car Design as learned from the past; the twisted reality of Car Design as it has become today; and the inevitable future that awaits those who will choose this “profession” in the future.
She was still a few kilometres from her destination but Design Director Tina Tums was already worried about her shoes. They were new, green, and suede, and she fretted about making the passage from her vehicle to the exhibition hall without getting them wet.
She chided herself for having to rely on her companion to play the gallant gentleman but hoped it was not too slippery for her to ride across the threshold. “Women with nice shoes attract bad weather; it is in their nature,” Axel had said trying to placate her… (..)
Tina stared out the taxi’s windows. She frowned at the icy sleet slanting down in fits and starts.
It had been 25 years since she had first been here as one of Car Design’s young hopefuls—fresh out of school and vying for the attention of those in command of her chosen profession. Twenty-five years ago, she was young, pretty, and desperate for a chance to show her portfolio and land a job. She checked herself in the glass of the side window to see if the passage of time had magically been erased since she got up that morning…
So begins Chris Bangle’s tale of Car Design; twenty-five years in the future and the weather at Detroit Motor Show is still as bad as we are used to. But nothing else is the same, as readers will soon discover.
(Source: Chris Bangle Associates)