Design Process at Local Motors

Automotive Design 9 Jul 2008
Design Process at Local Motors

The Design Process section recently introduced at Local Motors’ website is a collaborative environment where selected projects are developed through design iterations by the designer and Local Motors’ team and feedback by the entire community.


The designs invited into the Design Process section will be chosen by the community and
Local Motors Team – four projects have been chosen so far.

PanTerra Concept PanTerra Concept PanTerra Concept - design sketch
PanTerra Concept by Filip Tejszerski, winner of the first Local Motors competition

"These will be only the designs from with stellar reviews and
possibility, the most promising competition entries, and the highest potential designs
chosen from portfolios."

P-51 Off-Road Rally P-51 Off-Road Rally P-51 Off-Road Rally

Included designers have the opportunity to work directly with the LM Design Team to further develop concepts. 

The entire community is invited to give feedback and suggestions to effect the styling of the vehicle, but only the owner of the design and Local Motors will post iteration.

P-51 Off-Road Rally P-51 Off-Road Rally P-51 Off-Road Rally

"This is a process all designers are familiar with, but this is the first time the Community is invited to participate collaboratively and through a web based studio."

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Design iteration for the P-51 Off-Road Rally concept by Sangho Kim

As in a recent interview by Car Design Fetish, Local Motors CEO Jay Rogers said "We have emphasized style […] We want to build something that is really desirable and really simple to use."

Mito Concept by Victor Design Mito Concept by Victor Design Mito Concept by Victor Design
Mito by Victor Design

In order to achieve this, Local Motors is going to develop very simple vehicles based on Space Frame architecture, where the body is separated from the chassis as opposed to the conventional unibody contruction.

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Ex-Ta-C by Me2

"The Design Process section symbolizes a change of tides in the automotive industry, and is an example of collaborative car design."

"This area is meant to develop designers and their work in a design
process similar to what one might find in the top studios. We see this as an extension of real
design development.

Local Motors - sketch wall"Castriota may have penned the Birdcage but he was guided by
Okuyama and a team of many others at Maserati. This same dance goes for David Rojas who
had Carl Zipfel and a whole team at Hummer not to mention Ed Welburn and the Ghost of
Harley Earl looking over his HX and pushing it to be the best it could be. And so on and so on goes the story of furthering design in a great studio."

For more information visit Local Motors’ Design Process page.

(Source: Local Motors)

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