Design and Styling

The Lexicon of Auto Shapes

The Lexicon of Auto Shapes

The vocabulary of auto design can be both colorful and mystifying, with some words that are specialized to the field and others that have been appropriated from unrelated usages.

Transology: Reinventing The Wheel

Transology: Reinventing The Wheel

Most people, these days, live in automobile cities. Cars are essential for getting around; they mediate the experience of the city; they occupy huge amounts of real estate; they make a lot of noise and they clutter up the streets. Yet architects and urban designers mostly take them as given, and are content to design […]

Effects of Rendering on Shape Perception in Automobile Design

Effects of Rendering on Shape Perception in Automobile Design

The goal of this project was to determine if advanced rendering methods such as global illumination allow more accurate discrimination of shape differences than standard rendering methods such as OpenGL. To address these questions, we conducted two psychophysical experiments to measure observers’ sensitivity to shape differences between a physical model and rendered images of the […]

The architecture of automobile and building design: learning from 100 years of parallel processes

The architecture of automobile and building design: learning from 100 years of parallel processes

The industrial revolution has had a critical impact on society in general and architecture in particular. How we design, build and use buildings is different due to industrial changes in materials, processes and techniques. A key manifestation of the industrial revolution has been the automobile. Since the automobile is a more direct result of application […]

Interview with David Cole

Interview with David Cole

At the time of this interview automotive designer David Cole was the Director of Industrial Design for the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. He had previously worked for Volkswagen, Ford and Hyundai, including design work on VW’s New Beetle for which he received a Gold Award from the Industrial Design Society of America. […]

Interview with J. Mays

Interview with J. Mays

As vice-president of design for the Ford Motor Company, J. MAYS is one of the world’s most influential automotive designers. Before joining Ford in 1997, the US-born Mays worked for Audi, BMW and developed the Volkswagen Concept One, which became the new VW Beetle. One of J. Mays chief criticisms of his fellow automotive designers […]

Interview with Toyota Auto Designer Simon Humphries

Interview with Toyota Auto Designer Simon Humphries

Simon Humphries has been in Japan a long time – since 1988 – and has worked as a designer for Sony as well as Toyota. What makes him a bit special is the fact that he’s the only Western regular employee at Toyota’s headquarters in Toyota-shi near Nagoya – out of some 700 designers there. […]

Car design competition can be cut-throat

Car design competition can be cut-throat

A new concept car unveiled by Hyundai has helped steer a Brampton native into the automotive industry limelight. Marc Mainville is the brain behind the exterior design of the HCD10 Hellion, a compact three-door sport crossover vehicle, now being showcased at the Detroit Auto Show.

Starting Out: Portfolio Development

Starting Out: Portfolio Development

Setting out your portfolio can seem like an endless task; as soon as you finish one, it’s time to start over with the latest stuff, a cycle that often continues beyond design school. To give you a few pointers on how to go about it, Car Design News spoke with agents from recruiting agencies and […]

Driving Force

Driving Force

Fast cars are going out of fashion, according to Roberto Piatti. Speed, he says, is becoming less attractive, especially in Europe, because of stricter enforcement of highway laws and higher fuel costs. Now, he says, comfort is key. Since people are commuting longer distances, he explains, they spend hours, rather than minutes, behind the wheel […]

Automotive Design

Automotive Design

Love at first sight: For most consumers, choosing a car has as much to do with its design as with its performance and driving capacities. But what is actually involved in shaping the cars we see on the streets of today and tomorrow? commerce germany spoke to member companies in the business about what influences […]

About: Automotive Design

About: Automotive Design

Automotive design is the consideration of aesthetics during the product development of an automobile. This consideration extends to all areas of the product readily visible to the customer; metal, glass, wheels, lamps, mirrors, grilles, badges and other adornments on the exterior and all visible soft trim; seats, door trims, instrument panel and controls; steering wheel, […]

Industrial motivations: Conceptual Automotive Styling Tools (CAST)

Industrial motivations: Conceptual Automotive Styling Tools (CAST)

From the ‘Mathematical Surface Representations for Conceptual Design’ Project – University of Toronto Computer Graphics continues to battle the challenging question: “How quickly and effectively can a designer transform a mental concept into a digital object, that is easy to refine and reuse?”. If hearing, speech and sight are analogous to the audio IN, audio […]

Educating Automotive Design: A scientific approach without compromising tacit knowledge

Educating Automotive Design: A scientific approach without compromising tacit knowledge

The car has, more than any other, become a product with highly emotional properties and a significant impact on society. The automotive styling process as generally educated and practiced today has its foundation in the 1930’s in the Detroit studios of General Motors and has not changed significantly since. The automotive industry and its market […]

Investigation on the Use of Illuminated Clay in Automotive Styling

Investigation on the Use of Illuminated Clay in Automotive Styling

Recent advances in mixed reality systems show a great potential for design, in particular projection-based augmented reality. This article documents an explorative study that was carried out to investigate functional and technical requirements of augmented prototyping in automotive design. A clay model of a car (1:5) was scanned and then a simple video projector system […]

Starting Out: How to become a car designer

Starting Out: How to become a car designer

In this article Nick Hull gives some suggestions on how to start a car designer career. Nick Hull is a contributor to Car Design News and also Course Tutor for the MA Automotive Design course at Coventry Univerity School of Art & Design, UK.

Talking Design

Talking Design

Automotive designer Ken Okuyama talks about current automotive designs and where the industry is going in the future, from a position of deep experience. Currently the Chair of the Transportation Design Department at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, Okuyama has held senior design positions at Pininfarina, Porsche and GM. Examples of his […]

Concept Car with GM and Frank O. Gehry

Concept Car with GM and Frank O. Gehry

In collaboration with Frank Gehry and General Motors, the Smart Cities group at the MIT Media Laboratory is exploring designs for smart city cars based upon these principles. The goal is to produce a working concept car. This exhibit presents exploratory sketches and models from the work in progress. The automobile and the 20th-century city […]

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