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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 […]

Design gets personal

Design gets personal – Styling goes in many directions as car market splinters

DEARBORN – At Ford Motor Co.’s Lincoln Design Center, designers cluster around a computer monitor that shows a 3-D rendering of a new concept car debuting next week at the North American International Auto Show.

Styling the Ferrari 360 Modena

Styling the Ferrari 360 Modena

Renown Italian design firm Pininfarina uses Alias|Wavefront design tools to style the Ferrari Modena 360. Italian car manufacturer Ferrari leads the field in producing some of the world’s most stylish and powerful sports cars available. In 1952 the company started working with Pininfarina Group, one of Europe’s leaders in the design development and manufacture of […]

Tough Guys and Pretty Boys: The Cultural Antagonisms of Engineering and Aesthetics in Automotive History

Tough Guys and Pretty Boys: The Cultural Antagonisms of Engineering and Aesthetics in Automotive History

The automobile is the most important technological innovation of the twentieth century. This tool of transportation has profoundly transformed the lives of people around the globe. But nowhere has it had a more profound impact than in the United States, where the modern system of automobility was pioneered. The American auto industry invented the method […]

A History of Scholarship on American Automobile Design

A History of Scholarship on American Automobile Design

Appearance is undoubtably the most important feature of the automobile for the vast majority of American consumers. “”Style sells cars”” has been common wisdom in the industry since at least the 1930s. Market competition and government regulation long ago ensured that all cars would take their passengers from one point to another with roughly comparable […]

Computer Aided Concept Design for Vehicle Stylists

Computer Aided Concept Design for Vehicle Stylists

It is commonly accepted in the manufacturing industries that the earlier concurrent design and engineering are able to occur the greater the reduction in both design lead time and the cost of the design product cycle is reduced. A basic requirement of concurrent design and engineering is a simple 3 dimensional (3D) computer model. This […]

The Process Improvement Impact on the Styling Workflow of an Industrial Design Company

The Process Improvement Impact on the Styling Workflow of an Industrial Design Company

The renovation of the process represents a must for an industrial company involved in the design field. The process is moving from an entirely manual to a digital workflow, so much that sometimes users find many difficulties in the approach to the new tools. In particular, analyzing the methodologies of work it is easy to […]

Design Estetico in Mixed Reality: Studio e Implementazione

Design Estetico in Mixed Reality: Studio e Implementazione

La Mixed Reality (MR) combina tecniche di Virtual ed Augmented Reality (VR e AR) per aggiungere immagini digitali e oggetti virtuali al mondo reale e comunicare all’osservatore un numero maggiore di informazioni. La visione stereo, l’input tridimensionale e la mescolanza di reale e virtuale, fanno della MR una frontiera tuttora inesplorata dell’interazione uomo-computer. Questo lavoro […]

Glossario di progettazione tecnica

Using Clay with CAD Applications

The Development of Woven Velours for the Transportation Market

The Development of Woven Velours for the Transportation Market

Woven pile fabrics may be found in upholstery, apparel, and industrial applications. This fabric formation technology may produces a variety of pile heights and densities appropriate to the end use. The development of woven velour fabrics for upholstery has become a specialized competency with few training possibilities outside the machinery manufacturers or in house training […]

Design Driven

Design Driven – The Development of New Materials in Automotive Interiors

Design is a critical component of the development of textile materials for automotive interiors. It contributes to the overall quality and cost of the vehicle interior. The appearance of the vehicle passenger cabin affects the perception and satisfaction of the occupants. This research analyzes how a fabric is developed through the supply chain from concept […]

Smart Textiles in Vehicles: A Foresight

After technical textiles and functional textiles, also smart textiles came into force a few years ago. The term ‘smart textiles’ covers a broad range. The application possibilities are only limited by our imagination and creativity. This paper gives an overview of the functions that can be achieved by smart textiles in general. In vehicles as […]

Harmonious colors

Harmonious colors

Even colors that seem the same can change in different light conditions. Clariant has developed a new color concept for automobile interior design that creates the same prerequisites for different materials.

Large Displays in Automotive Design

Large Displays in Automotive Design

The ability to display and interact with large-scale representations of vehicles has always been a fundamental requirement of the automotive design industry. This requirement has traditionally manifested itself in a variety of media, including full-scale blueprints, tape drawings, and 3D clay models. More recently, automotive design studios have begun to explore the use of large-scale […]

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