Book Review: H-Point – new digital edition

Automotive Design 16 Sep 2013
Book Review: H-Point – new digital edition

Curb Industries has published the updated version of its popular “H-Point: The Fundamentals of Car Design & Packaging”, currently available on the iBooks Store. We report the first details and our exclusive review.


“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.

H-Point iPad ebook edition available

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.

H-Point car design book - concept packaging

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.

H-Point car design book - History timeline H-Point car design book - history pages

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.

H-Point car design book - concept vehicle

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.

H-Point car design book - preview H-Point car design book - Grid and ground lines

Additionally, there are many updates that take into consideration the latest evolutions in the industry.

H-Point car design book - Truck Concept H-Point car design book - design sketches

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.

H-Point car design book - Interior packaging H-Point car design book - tire coverage

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.

Conclusions

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.

H-Point car design book - Design SketchFor 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.

H-Point: The Fundamentals of Car Design & Packaging

H-Point: The Fundamentals of Car Design & Packaging

Buy from Amazon:

US: H-Point: The Fundamentals of Car Design & Packaging (Amazon.com)

UK: H-Point: The Fundamentals of Car Design & Packaging (Amazon.co.uk)

Note: the above links are affiliate links and help support our website

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)

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