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Essay: Open Source Car Design

Essay: Open Source Car Design

The concept of open source design has, until recently, existed almost entirely in the world of software and IT, with the best-known examples arguably Li...

02 September 2009
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Essay: Looking Back in Wonder

Essay: Looking Back in Wonder

We live in a world of wondrous high technology, the globe has never been more connected and access to technology never easier. For the majority of consu...

31 July 2009
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Car Color Trends Shift with the Economy (Video)

Car Color Trends Shift with the Economy (Video)

According to the 2008 DuPont Automotive Color Popularity Report, white is the top vehicle color choice in North America for the second straight year in ...

20 July 2009
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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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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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