Design Essays

Essay: Fluid Surfacing

Essay: Fluid Surfacing

The ‘T-1000 Terminator' fictional android assassin in the 1991 film ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day' introduced one of the most iconic aesthetics to the ‘ba...

13 July 2009
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Essay: Searching for China's C-Factor

Essay: Searching for China's C-Factor

The notion of national design identities being expressed in exterior car shapes and interior ambience and function is often an intangible one. But at th...

24 June 2009
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BMW DesignworksUSA: Creativity through Diversity

BMW DesignworksUSA: Creativity through Diversity

Here's a new big BMW - but this one's a boat. The Cruiser 55, result of a collaboration between BMW Group DesignworksUSA and Bavaria Yachtbau GmbH, is t...

20 May 2009
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Design Essay: Face-Off

Design Essay: Face-Off

Just as a facelift is a slight alteration to an individual's appearance, making them appear younger while preserving their facial character, the procedu...

15 April 2009
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Design Services: Majenta Academy

Design Services: Majenta Academy

Established in May 2007, the Majenta Academy has continued its drive this year to provide design graduates with the hands-on 3D computer-aided design sk...

03 April 2009
Chris Bangle: Hero of Modern Car Design

Chris Bangle: Hero of Modern Car Design

For 10 years Chris Bangle has been the car designer everyone loves to hate. Here was the man who gave us flame surfacing, who totally reshaped BMW form ...

27 February 2009
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Essay: Retrospection

Essay: Retrospection

Hommage, reinterpretation, retrofuturism, learning from the past. Whatever you call it, retrospection has been a defining movement of car design over th...

20 February 2009
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Architects and Car Design

Architects and Car Design

Having recently employed an architect to produce plans for some remodeling on my house, I was frustrated at the reluctance to embrace new ideas for inte...

23 January 2009
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Southern California's Design Studios

Southern California's Design Studios

The home of the American auto industry may be Detroit, but for the last 30 years California's West Coast has been its design base, playing host to more ...

08 December 2008
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Man-made Modern Luxury Materials in Cars

Man-made Modern Luxury Materials in Cars

Luxury, within the context of a car interior, has been closely related to the use of wood and leather for over a century. These natural materials have a...

29 September 2008