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Personal Luxury Cars of the 1970s

Personal Luxury Cars of the 1970s

As rising insurance cost and increased emissions control concerns gradually phased out the exciting high-performance cars of the late 1960′s, high-image “personal-luxury” style became the new emphasis for the 1970s. From the “entry-level” Chevrolet Monte Carlo and Ford Elite, to the “mid-range” Pontiac Grand Prix, Mercury Cougar, Dodge Daytona and Chrysler Cordoba, sales were exploding […]

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. […]

Understanding design for China

Understanding design for China

With the entire automotive world focusing on China at present, Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design (SD) has announced the creation of a new graduate program following that trend.

Mazda USA Design Boss Speaks Kodo, Not Nagare

Mazda USA Design Boss Speaks Kodo, Not Nagare

Last time we talked to him, Derek Jenkins, head of Mazda’s advance design studio in Irvine, Calif., was talking about Nagare, the company’s design language based on the wave patterns of wind and water. Now Nagare is history, and the new word is Kodo.

Tape car drawing in side view

Tape car drawing in side view

Tape drawings in Car Design were very popular in american design schools like Art Center College in Pasadena and some european design schools. Unfortunately during last years to make tape drawings is becoming rare in design studios as well design schools, this is bad because to make a good side scale 1:1 tape car drawing […]

Designer Interview: Christian Palladino

Designer Interview: Christian Palladino

[...] I had the privileged opportunity to speak with designer Christian Palladino, from Argentina to discuss with him his style and approach to transportation design.  What I really appreciate about Christian is his love for the craft. Christian has been passionate about automotive design at a young age and has had that drive and ambition to […]

The future came true – An Interview with Syd Mead

The future came true – An Interview with Syd Mead

On May 11th 2009, Syd Mead and his manager Roger Servick visited the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences (Dept. of Design) for a talk. We picked both up in Munich. While on the ride to Augsburg, Syd Mead kindly gave the following interview.

Marc Girard, Head of BMW Interior Design, explains the Vision ConnectedDrive Concept

Marc Girard, Head of BMW Interior Design, explains the Vision ConnectedDrive Concept

For the second year in a row, at the same Geneva Motor Show, BMWBLOG had the unique opportunity to interview Marc Girard, BMW’s Head of Interior Design. Girard has worked as a designer for the BMW Group for 17 years. From 2000 to 2002 he developed the interior design for the BMW 1 Series, the […]

Catwalks to Car Dealerships

Catwalks to Car Dealerships

AutoObserver caught up with Anthony Prozzi, Senior Designer at Ford Motor Co, who transferred from fashion design to auto design, after the close of the recent New York fashion week and ahead of this weekend’s opening of Los Angeles’ fashion week. “Fashion and cars have probably never touched so many lives as they do at […]

Harley Earl’s Scrapbooks

Harley Earl’s Scrapbooks

Special Interest Autos, May-June 1976 This very intriguing and well written article concerns three binders of illustrations, with three interesting theories of how they came about. Designer renderings from this era seem to be in short supply, possibly because much was thrown out during the move to the Tech Center. Many of the photos in […]

Daniel Simon

Daniel Simon’s Cosmic Motors

Hello Daniel Simon. When I had a chance to flip through your book COSMIC MOTORS the first time, I was simply blown by the images and their simplicity. And yet everything had a sort of preciseness and accuracy to them. Straight away you know they are more than just a concept, they look like actual […]

A Conversation with Virgil Exner, Jr.

A Conversation with Virgil Exner, Jr.

On January 8, 2003, Virgil Exner, Jr. gave me an opportunity to ask him many of the questions that we Chrysler fans, especially those of us in the Online Imperial and Forward Look clubs, have wondered about and discussed over the years.  He is a wonderfully gracious man to talk to—extremely knowledgeable, considerate, funny, and […]

BMWBlog Interview: Anders Warming, New Head of Design at MINI

BMWBlog Interview: Anders Warming, New Head of Design at MINI

At the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, BMWBLOG continued the series of interview with key designers at BMW Group. Last October at the Paris Motor Show, we sat down with Anders Warming, at the time Head of Exterior Design at BMW, just weeks before the official announcement that he will be heading to MINI to lead […]

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