“H-Point: The Fundamentals of Car Design & Packaging” was first introduced in 2009 – you can find our review here – and has since then become the most popular reference in the field, being integrated into the curriculum of most transportation design programs worldwide.
The latest incarnation of the book has been completely reformatted for the tablets, and features new content and illustrations, in addition to updates and revisions to the original text.
First hands-on review
We have received a courtesy copy for this review, so we had a chance to compare this new iPad version with the previous printed one.
Given the reference nature of the book, the digital format appears particularly fitting, at it makes easy to search text, highlight and take notes.
The renewed edition includes practically all the original content – both text and pictures. A number of chapters have been re-organized for clarity and most of them have been enriched with additional text and images.
Additions include a new history timeline, a new chapter on design sketches and concept ideation, and some detailed case studies with the presentation of sample concept vehicles that follow the most up-to-date trends.
Additionally, there are many updates that take into consideration the latest evolutions in the industry.
With regards to the implementation of the digital format, the content is well organized and easily searchable through chapter navigation and page thumbnails and the ebook takes advantage of the iPad’s Retina display resolution capabilities.
One small limit we have found on this first release is the inability to zoom-in the pages and images, which especially on older iPads with standard resolution displays may sometimes result in reduced readability. However, given the nature of the book, this can be considered as a minor issue. Also, it would be great to have some interactive contents on future updates of the ebook.
Like the original version, the new H-Point is a must-have reference for any transportation design student or professional, and can be still considered as the only car design textbook available outside of the academic world.
For those who already own the printed book, while the core of the content has been maintained, there are a number of interesting enhancements. Overall, the greatest benefit would be the convenience of the digital format that along with the updates can easily justify the relatively low price-point.
For those who don’t have the book, this is a great opportunity to have it at a lower price and in digital format.
The digital ebook is now available at Apple iBook Store for iBooks at $19.99.
The publisher has announced that the support for other platforms will arrive in 2014. Free future updates will be also available.
For those who prefers a printed version, the previous edition is still available from Amazon.
For more info you can also check the review made by our friend Arvind Ramkrishna from Drive Mavens.
About the Authors
H-Point was written and illustrated by Stuart Macey with Geoff Wardle.
Stuart Macey currently works as a senior studio engineer in Southern California and teaches vehicle architecture part time at Art Center College of Design.
Geoff Wardle is Executive Director, Graduate Transportation Design at Art Center College of Design.
(Image Courtesy: Curb Industries for Car Body Design)