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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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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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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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Trends: Instrument Binnacles

Trends: Instrument Binnacles

Have you noticed how instrument dials seem to be bursting out of their surroundings? Looking around the recent Paris Motor Show we noticed a number of c...

10 November 2008
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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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