Jonathan Kasumba is one of the most treasured students of Launchpad Academy. A 33 year old Industrial Designer living in Uganda, Jonathan impressed us the very first day he approached us with his simplicity and desire to learn. Despite having cultural differences and having years of work experience in the design industry, Jonathan was firm about joining Launchpad’s Diploma in Car Design course to learn more about the design philosophy followed here in India.
‘The course enabled me to understand manual rendering techniques and new ideation methodologies the most. Sathiyaseelan sir’s experience is instantly reflected in his teaching and I just can’t get over his side view workflow’ says Jonathan about our Diploma in Car Design course. You can read more about Jonathan, his passion for car design and his future plans as a designer in one of our previous articles featured on him.
Jonathan was an active student of Batch 4 of our Diploma in Car Design course and recently we received his final project after the completion of the course. Like Siva Shanker and Royce De Souza, Jonathan too left us spellbound with his innovative concept car for urban transportation (task for the final project). But what sets apart Jonathan from the rest of our students is that he is not an Indian, yet he successfully designed a 3-wheeled futuristic car for easier transportation for crowded, chaotic and polluted Indian cities. And what’s more impressive is the way Jonathan designed his presentation; clearly explaining every phase of the design process, from drawing inspiration to rendering the finalized concept to everything that comes in between.
Jonathan names his project ‘Reflex’ and takes an innovative approach for presentation by creating a storyboard of his own. He briefly explains the chaotic situation that Indian commuters face with the unwanted traffic, lack of wider roads and pollution. And then, he takes Jay, a fictional Graphic Designer living in a busy Indian city as the character of the presentation and explains what can ‘Reflex’ do and why ‘Reflex’ is needed in the first place.
Jonathan shows instances of bio-mimicry and cites how nature’s design evolution serves as an inspiration to design his three-wheeled, single-seater car. Jonathan also uses up-to date technologies of the recent times to develop the design language and uses loud and expressive colors for representation.
Jonathan uses traditional Indian 3-wheeled vehicles like Cycle and Auto Rickshaws as sources of inspiration and also few of the existing concept 3-wheeled vehicles which address the need of flexibility and quick mobility.
Jonathan plans to use a tricycle layout to design his ‘All-Wheel Drive’ car that has electric motors In-Wheel. The electric motors are powered by a Li-Ion Battery Bank and he relies on 3D printing for easy prototyping and manufacture.
He then beautifully blends all of the inspiration and styling influences and explores various designs until the final sketch is realized.
He further renders them in bright red and includes all the perspectives i.e. Side View, ¾ Front View and ¾ Rear View for better visual representation.
Here's the entire project in slides!
Launchpad Academy aims to help car design enthusiasts irrespective of their age and educational background by giving them the right training and platform to design cars. We hope to see more and more talented and creative designers like Jonathan Kasumba in our Academy and see them reach great heights in the design world. All the best Jonathan, for all your future design ventures and dreams! Launchpad is proud of you!
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