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Criticize Design to improve Design!

Criticize Design to improve Design!

When I was a student at ACCD in Pasadena I learned to accept critics about my work and also critic my classmates’ works. Our teachers encouraged us to do so. When I start teaching I also criticize students’ works and asked them to give their critics and opinions about their classmates’ works. At work (Fiat […]

What it takes to be a good Design student

What it takes to be a good Design student

In Car Design Education most of young fresh students believe that the hardest thing to accomplish is to be accepted at a good competitive design school! “Hey to be accepted I had to go through a selection with interview and entry portfolio review, now I am in… I made it!” You know what? In a […]

Choosing the best Car Design School

Choosing the best Car Design School

This is the time everybody is searching for a good Design school to attend next academic year. In Transportation Design , in some ways, it is easier to choose because there are less schools. At the same time all these schools are in competition with each others and offer similar programs, similar methods and similar […]

Digital virtual portfolio for car design modelers

Digital virtual portfolio for car design modelers

[…] To me it is a good thing that design schools seriously start forming young designers to learn and become passionate about the fascinating virtual 3D design world, design studios around the world need such professional profiles because virtual technologies are getting more important day by day into the design process. Autodesk and Maya 3DMAX […]

Master in Design and its importance today

Master in Design and its importance today

Today I would like to tell you a bit about the importance of Master programs in Design offered by many Design schools around the globe. I decided to treat this topic because sometime, during my visits in schools, students ask me if it is adviced to follow a Master Program after the Diploma and if […]

Designer John Frye about car design

Designer John Frye about car design

Much of the traffic this website receives is from people who are interested in a career in car design. It is a very difficult career to secure, and not at as one might visualize. This is a short explanation of how I ended up in this career. It isn’t the path that everyone takes of […]

3D Automotive Modeling

3D Automotive Modeling

Note: Link directs to the book preview hosted by Google Books. Master techniques from top automotive designers and world-class game developers with this insider’s guide to designing and modeling 3D vehicles. With techniques demonstrated in 3ds Max, Maya, XSI, and Photoshop, 3D Automotive Modeling starts with a fantastic series of hot concept designs and continues […]

Car Design Jobs are difficult to find. Things to check before design school

Car Design Jobs are difficult to find. Things to check before design school

Many of you are writing to me asking for info on master Programs in Transportation Design. Many of you come from car design schools and engineering universities, many asking about their age to make sure it (the age) does not become the negative element to stop them from finding a job in car design (risk […]

Design CV

Design CV & Cover letter presentation

Lately I wrote about all mistakes to avoid in preparing and sending your mini portfolio to a car design studio. Today I would like to remind you that your Design CV (editorial graphics) is also very important as wall as how and what you write in you Cover Letter.

Searching for Car Design sketches

Searching for Car Design sketches

Searching for car design sketches,illustrations,digital art, renderings, tutorials, demos is very important for beginners. Transportation Design students or lovers need good quality references to see, understand and learn. If we want to draw well cars we have to follow car sketching lessons, but also we have to help ourself when our teachers and friends are […]

Tips on Transportation Design Courses

Tips on Transportation Design Courses

I keep receiving your mini sketch books via email for an evaluation and I am very happy about the trust you have in me and my judgments. Lately I received some that had the same mistakes and I had to write back telling about: quality, composition on page, rendering quality, visual communication and presentation’s objectives.

Rules for a good mini sketch book

Rules for a good mini sketch book

I keep receiving your mini sketch books via email for an evaluation and I am very happy about the trust you have in me and my judgments. Lately I received some that had the same mistakes and I had to write back telling about: quality, composition on page, rendering quality, visual comunication and presentation’s objectives.

Private Art Schools vs Public Universities Part 2

Private Art Schools vs Public Universities Part 2

What about Public Universities and what exactly do they offer? In contrast, public Universities that offer design curriculum’s will give you a well rounded education.  You study many different subjects but from the artistic skill perspective, you do not benefit from the intense curriculum that is only well known to the private art schools.  The […]

Private Art Schools vs Public Universities Part 1

Private Art Schools vs Public Universities Part 1

Drawing cars as a casual hobby is one thing.  Pursuing the art of designing cars is a completely different animal all together.  Embarking in the journey and quest for your future is scary. The question asked “What do I want to study in college?” creeps up around your junior or senior year of high school. […]

Car design mini portfolios: mistakes to avoid

Car design mini portfolios: mistakes to avoid

Recently I received by email a new small mini portfolio in Pdf format from a young design student asking me for some tips and advices. As usually I do I went through it with attention, it was made of 17 pages with sketches and color rendered illustrations of final chosen designs. At a first glance […]

Car sketching is your food

Car sketching is your food

Several times I wrote about the importance of sketching cars correctly and the image here published made by designer Akos Szas is an example. The car sketches composition about a VW project proposals shows how exciting could be drawing cars. I imagine that Akos’s drawing is part of a larger series of presented works, what […]

20 Steps To Draw a Car

20 Steps To Draw a Car

Jason White, a contract car designer at Ford and an instructor in the Transportation Design department at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies, must be a wonderful teacher. His first book, the self-published and obliquely titled “Old School Viscom: 20 Renderings in 20 Steps”, is fascinating from the first page to anyone who has ever wanted […]

How to: Clay model in Car Design

How to: Clay model in Car Design

In car Design schools there is a course of model making which is very important to complete our car design educational course. To be able to model with our hands our own design is the best thing we could do to learn about car design. In design studios there are several designers (not too many) […]

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