7 Habits of Successful Designers

Web Designers, Fashion Designers, Car Designers, Graphic Designers, Interior Designers, Interaction Designers, Interface Designers… designers are everywhere today. Every product, every service and every industry has a bit of ‘Design’ that’s breathing life and beauty into them. Making them more presentable, more acceptable, more usable and of course lovable.

Though they are a plenty of designers in every industry, only a handful of them succeed to reach such heights which will become new benchmarks for others to aim. And it’s not just their design skills and creativity that gets them there. It takes a lot more than that; it takes discipline, dedication and a few habits that are ingrained into one’s lives. Here is a list of such habits that every successful designer has in this ever-changing and out-of-the-box industry.

1. Successful Designers manage their ‘Precious Time’
If you have to be a successful designer, firstly you must know how precious time is to you and your clients. Successful designers plan their day, set realistic deadlines and make sure they meet those deadlines without fail. They also multitask and precisely know how many projects to focus at a time. Also they keep distractions like music, social media and emails away when they work. Lesser the distractions, sooner you complete your work!

2. Creative Designers ‘Chill’ on a regular basis
Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t mean to say they just relax on their bums. But, creative designers know when to put their pencil down and take a break from work. Design is a creative field and it demands you to think creative, think fresh and think ahead of time. Creative designers don’t get fixated on a particular problem for hours. Instead they take a break, distract themselves and get back to it with a fresh approach. Remember, first time’s not the charm in Design!

3. Successful Designers constantly ‘Update’ themselves
Design is a very volatile industry where change is inevitable and rapid. If people’s mindset change, a designer’s mindset has to change ten folds to correspond. Successful designers always keep track of the booming industry, new trends and outdated methods. Be it the design style or the design software, they keep track of everything that’s happening in the industry, know what the newest fad is and always like to stay ahead of others. They are humble to accept change and are always keen on learning more.

Keeping Updated

Keeping Updated

4. Great Designers constantly ‘Improvise’ their skills
If you want to be a great designer, the first mistake you must avoid committing is ‘assuming that you have the finest skill-set that needs no refinement’. No designer is perfect and no matter how successful you are, your design mindset needs rework, refinement and a new approach to stay alive. Great designers always maintain a design portfolio, document all their best works and strive to out master their own works.

5. Successful Designers keep their ‘Network’ big
In order to survive in the design industry you need to have a lot of contacts, either contacts who are potential clients themselves or contacts who can introduce you to your potential clients. The phrase ‘more the merrier’ holds true in this case as the more people you know, higher the reputation among like-minded individuals. However, one must know when to say ‘Yes’ and when to say ‘No’, because not every project is crucial to success in the design industry.

People Network

People Network

6. Successful Designers ‘Listen’ and ‘Accept’ healthy criticism
It’s usually easy to judge whether a design is good or bad, but it is not easy to come up with designs that will please everybody. First of all, successful designers take out the illusion of ‘perfection’ out of their heads and heed to their critics. They try to take the best out of any criticism and see everything under a positive light. However, successful designers are also good orators, who can convince people and also explain why they should be convinced.

7. Successful Designers always design keeping their ‘User’ in the mind
The purpose of design has always been simplifying life through innovative ideas. Design on a broader perspective is not about patterns or colors, it’s about the usability of a product or service and crucial it is to mankind’s growth, based on its function and cost. Successful designers always make sure to keep their user’s preferences as the underlay to design anything; simply put they always put their user ahead of their design.

Functionality of Design

Functionality of Design

 

 

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Future Car Design Trends

Starting their journey in the 18th century, cars have become a part of human culture and civilization. It is very hard to ignore the contribution of this wondrous automobile to the world we live in today and the feats mankind achieved over the past two centuries using them. Cars have been evolving ever since their inception, be it the efficiency of the engine or the speed, functionality or design, every car aspect has underwent numerous iterations and has seen many benchmarks and ultimatums. But car manufacturers never seem to settle down and with easier access to technology today, evolution of cars is taking place at a faster pace than ever.

In this article, we are going to focus only on the design aspects of a car and predict the future car design trends that we are going to see in the cars of tomorrow.

1. Broader, Lower and Lighter
Yes, cars of the future are going to be broader, lower and lighter when compared to the cars today. With fully-automated, self-driving cars not being science fiction concepts anymore, designers will be emphasizing on spacious and comfortable interiors where passengers can relax and rest while the car can drive by itself. More and more low ride cars are going to be designed to improve the car’s aerodynamics, speed and performance. Unnecessary chunks of interiors are further going to be removed making the interiors more spacious and also improving the power weight ratio by making the car lighter.

Spacious and Smart Interiors

Spacious and Smart Interiors

2. Panoramic Roofs and Double Doors
Though this particular design movement has already begun, we are going to see a lot of cars with extended window lines and transparent roofs. Considering the concept of automated, self-driving cars again, panoramic roofs made of strong, unbreakable glass can offer excellent views of the outside world to the passengers within and also add the illusion of a spacious interior. Also, we are going to see a lot of double door car design as opposed to a four-door vehicle. However these double doors are going to be swing out, thus occupying lesser space and still providing the full functionality of a traditional, four-door car.

Panoramic Roofs

Panoramic Roofs

3. Aggressive Headlights
With every car adopting an edgy, sports car design today, it won’t be late when we see headlights that are too aggressive to look and too bright to stare at! With headlights being one of the most important design aspects of a car, sharp and aggressive looking headlights are soon going to replace the wide eyed, oversized headlamps of today. While traditional headlights drain out a lot of battery power on long trips, newer technologies like LED lights will consume less power and emit stronger lights for longer durations when compared to their traditional counterparts.

Aggressive and Sharp Headlights

Aggressive and Sharp Headlights

4. Smarter Interiors
Probably the greatest bet on the future cars is the integration of smart technology and bringing internet on the wheels. Be it the heads-up display windshield which displays all the information about the car and the surrounding or a voice-activated speech-and-response system that gives the driver the power to control all the operations of the car over verbal commands like Apple’s Siri and Google’s Google Now… designers will have to work a lot on creating smart interiors to accommodate these systems that are interactive and responsible for their actions.

Heads-Up-Display

Heads-Up-Display

5. Hybrid Cars
Though all electric and self-driving cars prove that the future is brighter than ever, it is too soon to expect cars to drive by themselves and run long on batteries. Most of the car manufacturers believe this is still a matter of 10 years and we are only going to see such cars in the market somewhere between 2020 and 2030. Hence car designers have to come up with future car concepts that are a hybrid of the existing cars and the projected futuristic cars to fill the 10 year gap. Cars which can have both plug-in electric and diesel power sources and manual cars which can be allowed to park themselves occasionally using cameras and sensors.

BMW i8 - A Luxury Hybrid Car

BMW i8 – A Luxury Hybrid Car

 

 

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Learn Automobile Design and Sketching in Bangalore | Chennai | Mumbai

Launchpad Academy – Automobile Design and Sketching Classroom Course Launched in India .

After many pending requests from hundreds of students to make our online course available to regular, mentor-led classrooms, we have finally devised a classroom model of our Diploma in Car Design course!  Launchpad’s flagship online course, Diploma in Car Design is finally coming offline as a Classroom Course’.

In a short span of time, our Diploma in Car Design – Online course has become a known name among car design enthusiasts. The course has helped hundreds of talented individuals in India and abroad to take the first and the most crucial step of their car design career i.e. understanding the concepts of sketching and rendering.

Students come to us with high hopes to learn how to draw cars and that’s exactly what they get in a span of 3 months. The students will be able to understand the basics of Transportation Design, learn how to observe a car as a designer and apply those concepts to their innovative ideas. They will be able to visualize, sketch and digital render their own concept cars by the end of the course.

Why Are We Introducing A Classroom Course?

Though Launchpad Academy is located in Bangalore, the online learning convenience of our DiCD program has helped hundreds of students all around India and the world. Apart from South Indian cities like Chennai and Hyderabad, we have students pursuing the course from distant parts of North India and even from foreign countries like Uganda, Saudi Arabia and Germany. However, we have a lot of course applicants who feel they can express themselves better in classrooms when they can interact with the mentor face-to-face.

There are many students who are interested in Car Design but still unsure about the ways online education works. We would like to help such students by teaching Car Design the way they prefer. However, along with the new Classroom course Launchpad Academy will also retain its Online course which is preferred by the rest of the course applicants living far from Bangalore. In short, we want what our students want!

How Will Be The Classroom Course Different from The Online Course?

Diploma in Car Design-Classroom course will be different from its predecessor Online course in the following ways.
• All the 10 sessions will be conducted in a well-equipped classroom
• Students can interact with the mentors face-to-face
• Hands-On training
• Instant feedback and individual attention
• Students get to interact with each other and share their ideas, face-to-face
• Even after the class, students can make use of the classroom for practice and discussions

Course Objectives
Diploma in Car Design – Classroom Course is aimed to provide students with fundamental knowledge of Automotive Design and Sketching  through mentor-led classroom sessions, intuitive assignments and other hands-on experiences. By the end of the three month course, a student will be well versed with the fundamentals of Transportation Design, with special emphasis on Cars. Student will be able to sketch and digital render their own concept cars, prepare their Design Portfolio and gain the skills and confidence to apply for reputed Design Schools or get Internships in Design Studios.

Course Structure
• 3 Months Course
• 10 Classroom Sessions
• Assignments at the end of each session
• Final Project at the end of the course
• Hands-On sessions for better understanding of Sketching and Rendering concepts • Design Kit for regular practice and participation in Hands-On sessions

Course Highlights
• First of its type in India
• Faculty comprising of industry experts,
• Hands-On Training
• No age restrictions, open to both students and professionals
• No prerequisite educational background required
• Design Kit comprising of imported markers and pencils
• Introduction to Photoshop
• Industry certified Course Completion Certificate
• Payment can be made in two installments
• Internship opportunities after the completion of the course

Course Content
Class 1: Introduction to Car Design
• Overview of Transportation / Automobile Design
• What is Car Design?
• Historical perspective on Car Design
• What do Car Designers do?
• Some important Car designers & Case Histories
• Trends in Car Design
• Design process
• Automotive Design- Body Styles, Layout, Proportions and Themes Class 2: Design Communication
• Introduction to sketching as communicating tool
• Sketches Classification- Ideation Sketches, Exploratory Sketches, Explanatory Sketches and
Persuasive sketches
• Sketching Basics
1. Learning to sketch straight lines
2. Learning to sketch circles and ellipses
• Sketching Exercises to train your arms and hands to acquire consistency in your line work
Class 3: Sketching Fundamentals- Part 1
• Applying Sketching Techniques- Lines, Circles and Ellipses
• Introduction to Perspective Theory
• 1-Point Perspective Sketching
• Geometry- Cubes, Cylinders and Spheres
Class 4: Sketching Fundamentals- Part 2
• 2-Point Perspective Sketching
• Sketching geometry shapes in 2 Point Perspective
Class 5: Sketching Fundamentals- Part 3
• Building Blocks to Car Sketching
• Sketching a Block Car
• Using Primitive Shapes to build a car in Perspective
• Understanding the basic Form and Proportions of a Car Sketch
Class 6: Sketching Fundamentals- Part 4
• Understanding Light & Shadow- Highlights, Reflections, Cast, Core and Shadow
• Wheel Sketching
Class 7: Car Sketching Fundamentals- Part 1
• Using block car techniques to sketch
1. Side-view of a Car
2. Front and Rear view of a Car
3. 3/4 Front and Rear view of a Car
Class 8: Car Sketching Fundamentals- Part 2
• Freehand Sketching a car using 1-Point Perspective and 2-Point Perspective
Class 9: Sketch Rendering Fundamentals
• Approach Rendering with proper methodologies for execution
• Understanding how to Render Reflective surfaces
• Understanding Contrast, Highlights, and Color
• Rendering Exercise 1- Pencil/Pen shading
• Rendering Exercise 2- Marker Rendering
Class 10: Concept Sketching and Digital Rendering
• Concept Sketching Cars
• Rendering Exercise 3- Using Digital Methods to render the Concept Sketches

Classroom Location
launchpad Design Studio, Indranagar
Bengaluru, Karnataka-560079

Additional Course Details
Call / Whatsapp: +91 9632027594 
Mail: info@launchpadacademy.in

 

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Car Design Student Project – Jonathan Kasumba

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.

The Situation

The Situation

Jay, the Character

Jay, the Character

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.

Bio-Mimicry

Bio-Mimicry

Modern Technologies

Modern Technologies

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.

Urban Transportation

Urban Transportation

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.

Design Objectives

Design Objectives

He then beautifully blends all of the inspiration and styling influences and explores various designs until the final sketch is realized.

Design Explorations

Design Explorations

Design Development

Design Development

Finalized Sketch

Finalized Sketch

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.

Side View

Side View

Front View

Front View

Rear View

Rear View

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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Car Design Student Project – Royce De Souza

Royce De Souza is one of those bright design students whom Launchpad Academy will treasure for a long time to come. Royce completed his BFA (Bachelor of Fine Art) from Goa College of Fine Art, specializing in Illustration. Currently working as a Visual Designer in an IT firm, 24 year old Royce plans to pursue his career in transportation design and is hoping to get into one of the top design schools in India. ‘It’s actually a childhood thing/wish. I have been crazy for cars from the very first time I saw them. So all I drew was cars and nothing else than cars!’ says Royce about his passion for cars and car design.

Royce De Souza belonged to Batch 2 of our Diploma in Car Design course. ‘I got to know about Launchpad’s Diploma in Car Design course through a friend from Facebook. After talking to one of their student coordinators and clearing my doubts regarding the course, I was eagerly hoping to join. The course helped me to a great extent and more importantly, gave me a platform to showcase and improvise my works’ says Royce. Speaking about Sathiya Sir, Royce goes like this ‘I learnt many things about transportation design from Sathiya Sir. He explained car design and sketching concepts to students in a very convincing manner and made sure we are on the same page as him. Also, he is a very patient teacher’

As a part of his final project and assignments, Royce designed an urban vehicle that combines the benefits of a 2-wheeler as well as a 4-wheeler. According to Royce, Indian city roads are crowded, chaotic, dusty and polluted. While 2-wheelers offer the benefit of squeezing through tough traffic and reaching the destination faster, 4-wheelers come with great comfort and seating space. However, 2-wheelers are unsafe and uneasy to drive, and at the same time, 4-wheelers are unnecessarily big for a single passenger, that occupy a large amount of the road causing traffic. So the challenge was to create an urban vehicle that can combine the good features of a 2-wheeler and a 4-wheeler. And we think Royce has done as excellent job on the challenge he was given. See for yourself and be ready to be blown away!

Concept

Concept

As shown in the above image, Royce recognized the good features of a 2-wheeler such as agility, small footprint, quick getaway and also the perks of a 4-wheeler such as comfort, safety and luggage space. Royce’s concept city car is a beautiful blend of both these features offering additional features like 360 degree turning, dual riding positions and airbags for safety.

Components

Components

The concept car runs on fuel like every other car that we see today and has a powertrain to rotate the 360 degree turning wheels. It has seat lifts, sliding doors and footsteps that open automatically for easy accessibility. Below the handle bar, Royce has ensured that there is enough foot space for operation and also place for tool kit and luggage. The handle bars are adjustable for ease of operation, and airbags, seat belts and automatic breaking systems (ABS) are included for safety.

Front and Rear Views

Front and Rear Views

Handling

Handling

The car also offers great handling capabilities, owing to its 360 degree turning wheels feature.

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 Royce De Souza in our Academy and see them reach great heights in the design world. All the best Royce, for all your future design ventures and dreams! Launchpad is proud of you!

 

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