Design Essays

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
Essay: Wood in Cars

Essay: Wood in Cars

In the past, many materials have frequently bettered wood: by concrete for buildings, steel for ships and plastic for chairs. So how is it still in use ...

24 September 2008
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Essay: The Electric Cars of California

Essay: The Electric Cars of California

The State of California is home to some of the world's biggest, most famous IT and technology firms, which, combined with the presence of big name ventu...

03 September 2008
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Trends: Lighting on a different plane

Trends: Lighting on a different plane

The corners of a car represent a difficult area for designers: a number of complex surfaces have to be resolved and the tendency over the last 20 years ...

11 August 2008
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Essay: Nature and Concept Cars

Essay: Nature and Concept Cars

Mazda's ‘flow' (Nagare) design concept was introduced two years ago, and for the design team in Yokohama, it felt very natural to be inspired by nature....

09 July 2008
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Commentary: Auto China 2008

Commentary: Auto China 2008

China is a country that's been trading its bicycles for a more modern mode of transport: the car. And while modernization as a whole can be viewed as a ...

02 May 2008
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Essay: LED lamps

Essay: LED lamps

LED lamps on cars have been around for over twenty years but have only recently featured as a technology used for front lamps. They first appeared in th...

13 February 2008
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Design Essay: Do you recognise that car?

Design Essay: Do you recognise that car?

Design Essay: Do you recognise that car?

16 January 2008
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Essay: From Twist to Touch

Essay: From Twist to Touch

The Apple iPhone has set off ripples throughout the world of product design because of its revolutionary touchscreen display. It's the first display tha...

07 January 2008
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Essay: Variable Degrees of Translucency

Essay: Variable Degrees of Translucency

Car door panels and fenders are generally made of steel, sometimes of aluminum or plastic composites, and you can't see through them. Car windows, on th...

12 November 2007
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