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Mikael Lugneg

Mikael Lugnegård about design

What is your passion? What motivates you? Under which circumstance do you develop the most and perform the best? Where do you want to be in five years? I been asking myself these questions for the last couple of years. I do this because I have a strong urge to develop my skills as a […]

India

India’s Car Design Guru Wants to Pass It On

Concept wizard Dilip Chhabria is launching a new design school, for an auto market seeing big investment from GM, Nissan, Honda, and Fiat. For years, India’s best recognized auto designer, Dilip Chhabria, was happy doing what he liked most, jazzing up and customizing cars and buses for rich Indians. He once redesigned a five-seat Maruti […]

At Shanghai auto show, China carmakers in search of edge

At Shanghai auto show, China carmakers in search of edge

The main language spoken at the Shanghai auto show is Chinese, but the vocabulary of the designs is polyglot: Italian flourishes, high Japanese roofs, German solidity, American assertiveness. What is missing? Almost anything that could indicate the emergence of a distinctly Chinese school of automotive design.

Wear Your Fiat Like a Pair of Old Jeans

Wear Your Fiat Like a Pair of Old Jeans

London-based architect-turned-vehicle designer Uros Pavasovic has traditionalists scratching their heads. When the covers came off the Fiat Scratch last month at the 2007 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), the staff panicked. They noticed a number of visible scrapes all around the vehicle’s surface. Had the car been damaged during transportation? Was there enough time […]

From Ether to Clay with Ease

From Ether to Clay with Ease

Charged with redesigning its luxurious SUV, Honda Canada turns to AliasStudio for 3D modeling, design and surface creation. Automobile manufacturers know that a car is more than a method of transportation. Personal style, values and sense of identity all influence a consumer’s vehicle purchase. Designing, and redesigning, a vehicle involves years of pressure and effort […]

Scratching the surface

Scratching the surface

An interview with Uros Pavasovic, designer of the Fiat Scratch Concept unveiled at the 2007 Detroit Motor Show. Uros Pavasovic is brimming with fresh ideas. His latest concept celebrates the used look in a new car. Meet the Fiat Scratch. You can’t buy it – yet – but it’s a car that turned a lot […]

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, […]

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