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Inspired by the brand’s legendary motor racing success, the design team at Mini has...

The Packard Predictor concept made its debut at the 1956 Chicago auto show. Measuring...

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The trend of cars growing increasingly larger with each passing generation has really hit...

When I first came across Syd Mead’s work back in the late ’60s and...

  • When I first came across Syd Mead’s work back in the late ’60s and early ’70s it was popular to strongly criticize his illustrative abilities as being all about the background and not about the design. I think that the truth was that all of us young designers were so overwhelmed by his spectacular technique […]

  • The Prologue concept is a showcase for the future design direction for the Audi brand. Just as its name implies, it is a prologue, an epithet to showcase Audi’s manifesto, brand values and intent, and with it signal the arrival of a new leader, Marc Lichte, who joined the company in February last year. That […]

  • Back in 1959, the British Motor Corporation (BMC) introduced a remarkable new small car. There were two model names for the two mass-production divisions of the company: Morris had the Morris Mini Minor whilst Austin had the strangely named Austin Se7en. The idea was to link the new car to the original Austin 7 and […]

  • If you don’t know who Daniel Simon is you’ve probably been living under a rock for the last decade. Or maybe you’re one of those cave dwellers I’ve been hearing so much about. Chances are you’re not, as you’re reading this and therefore require Internet access. But that still doesn’t mean you don’t go home […]

  • Many former tutors at design schools worldwide have spoken out about the current state of design education. With the influx of programs sprouting up on every continent, it could be said that choosing to enroll in these design programs has become an elitist endeavor, where only those fortunate enough to have the financial resources stand […]

  • We keep being told that autonomous vehicles ‘are here’, that ‘they’re coming’ and that they will forever change mobility for the masses in the near future. While that may be true, we needn’t hold our breath. The fact is that even though an Audi can complete a 560-mile journey to Las Vegas from Silicon Valley […]

  • Today is Christmas Day, and while the festive season is a time to kick back and enjoy the company of family and friends whilst unwrapping gifts, it’s also important to remember the religious significance of this day. And so we bring you the work of Adam Gompertz, who traded in a career in transportation design […]

  • The Lamborghini Asterion references iconic cars in the brand’s history, but also showcases the softer design aesthetic first seen on the Hurican. Albeit still extreme, it is a stark contrast to the current angular and aggressive form language seen on the Aventador and Veneno. Could this be an emerging trend for the brand? We speak […]

  • Daniel Simon is a designer’s God. His ability to imagine and create vehicles in otherworldly environments is incredible; he has an amazingly masterful grasp of design tools such as Alias and he has a knack for storytelling. Blessed with talent, Simon went to work for Volkswagen in Wolfsburg and Barcelona following his graduation from Pforzheim, […]

  • Honda’s Japanese Advanced Design studio has won the 2014 LA Design Challenge competition. The Tokyo-based studio came out on top against four other design studios to win the award for the intuitive CARpet concept, which, after much deliberation, the judges felt best answered this year’s brief: “Sensing the Future: How Will Cars Interact with Us […]

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    Fiat Design Director Lorenzo Ramaciotti on the new Quattroporte
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    “Harley Earl is responsible for more than half of GM’s greatest 20th Century milestones. The fact this company had exclusivity of all his work and was able to capitalize off his artistic efforts and innovative engineering ideas first, is perhaps why this man’s story is so controversial and a kept secret today in Detroit.”

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  • Remember when the world was seemingly full of blue-sky concepts? Things you never knew could exist were it not for the creative mind of a designer with the artful skills to show it all to you? It was a...

  • 3D printing first appeared in the 1980s, but it’s a process that’s been rapidly gaining momentum. The process is clearly becoming more widespread, with 3D prints moving into areas previously unheard of. At CES earlier this month there was...

  • Today is Christmas Day, and while the festive season is a time to kick back and enjoy the company of family and friends whilst unwrapping gifts, it’s also important to remember the religious significance of this day. And so...

  • Just over a year ago, an unknown Dutch designer named Dave Hakkens posted a video on YouTube that set the internet abuzz. His idea was Phonebloks, and the modular smartphone he proposed was a response to the throw-away culture...

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