So you are really hooked to the design of this car that you saw online. And you are intrigued by its design? You don’t know how this was made, you attempted and drew but something was always off! You said to yourself “Man, only if I knew how to be a car designer then I could make this car a little better, a little bit more personal”.
Well most of us who aspire to be one of the elite car designers start off with the same thought process.
We all want to get to that state of design perfection. We all wish we were able to create the car design of our dreams. BUT… There is always this BUT that barges in between our dream of being a great car designer and actually becoming one.
So, if you are also in search for that “BUT”, then you have come to the right place. Let us give you peace, let us give you 5 easy steps to become the car designer that you always wanted to be.
Start Sketching Like There Is No Tomorrow
The Dooms Day is near, the Apocalypse, yes, it’s the END OF THE WORLD tomorrow. And you have this one day, this perfect morning that you woke up to. Knowing that there is no tomorrow you want to sketch that one car you always wanted to make.
You take out your pencil, you take out your sheet of paper and you just draw. Draw till your heart’s content, you draw the perfect straight lines, circles, ovals, triangles, cubes and squares. You draw and you are satisfied with what you have done.
If you have reached this stage of satisfaction towards your days’ work, then you have learnt the first thing about being the Best Car designer.
Build A Portfolio and Regularly Update It.
You have the skills; you have the creativity
to create designs from scratch. Now all you need is to Showcase it. A portfolio!
Yes, a collection of all your best works in one place sounds just about
Take a file, and stack all your best works
(Bonus tip: keep a butter paper or a tracing paper between two drawings or get those files with plastic leaves. This helps in keeping the drawings smudge-proof.)
Join a Graduate Programme and Do Master in Design
Join a graduate program in any good college
with graduation in design being the priority. You will not be eligible to do
any kind of work in any established industry unless you have a graduate degree,
it’s as simple as that.
So prioritise joining a good transportation
design college. And even if you have not taken up transportation design as a
graduation subject, then don’t worry a masters in design is your gateway to
becoming a car designer.
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Do A Internship And Learn The Fundamentals Of The Industry
An internship is your greatest opportunity to grow contacts, create impressions, understand the industry internally and hone your existing skills. Apply for internships to every well-known company that you know of.
This is the time to network and to be on the good list of all your contacts. work hard and be in the spotlight.
Apply For Startups With Your Kickass Portfolio
This is the endgame. This is what you have been preparing for all this time.
An automotive designer in India on an average earns more than ₹7.6 lakhs per annum.
Revise the portfolio. Digitize everything. Invest in your personal portfolio website. Put up all your best works in Behance. Make them discover you faster.
Find companies that you like and send them a cover letter, your resume ( please be creative and not boring!you are a designer!) along with your portfolio.
A smaller company will give you flexibility and opportunity to learn from the ground up but will lack the knowledge base and experience of a bigger company. Both have their positives and negatives and hence it’s up to you to decide which sector makes you comfortable.
Designing cars and watching them become a reality is a bliss that very few have experienced. So work hard, follow the steps and be the best car designer in the world!!
And yes, never ever and I mean never miss an opportunity to sketch!
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It was quite a surprise to all present, to see an iconic car return to the centre stage in the Delhi auto expo 2020. The brand is celebrating its 70 years of existence, with the introduction of the all-electric Sierra took everybody’s attention when it was unveiled as a concept by Mr Pratap Bose, the Head of Design, TATA Motors.
The Tata Sierra was the first SUV to be designed and produced in India. It’s a 3-door Sport Utility Vehicle produced by Tata Motors, India. It was based on the Tata Telcoline which, a pickup truck that came out from their own stable in 1988.
The new version of the iconic Sierra is a complete indulgence to the future of clean mobility. Although the design is not the same, the silhouette of the 1991 version is very prominently visible. The Concept is based on the ALFA ARC platform that you get to see in all new tata SUVs.
The evergreen design of the iconic sierra of the 1990s is visible as rear fixed windows and three doors. The overall glass structure is large and sturdy in appearance and it appears to have a long wheelbase.
The electric drivetrain sends power to all the four wheels effectively making it a capable off-roader and it increases out appetite for craving on an AWD production SUV. The Tata Sierra EV concept rides on large wheels fitted with wide off-road tyres and there are square-shaped wheel arches done up in black.
The wide box-like tail section has a strip of thin LED tail lights running across the width of the vehicle that add a futuristic vibe to the car.
They call it the “Sierra for the new era” has some practical feature-based updates that make you think, “Huh! why not?”.
The new era sierra as per Mr Bose has to be a connected car and it has to be shared architecture for the passengers. The interior is a fresh white colour scheme. The seats are made with white textile and plastic blend for maximum comfort.
The car has a total digital detox from conventional cars with basically zero digital appliances. one has to bring their own device like a tablet or mobile to become the instrument cluster of the car.
An out-of-the-box feature that you would most probably won’t expect is the presence of mosses inside the car. Yes, they have made a car that is a moving greenhouse and yes its does filter and create oxygen inside the car. The strip of moss are put in the front and the rear of the car and gives an infinity pool effect.
“If we can keep a plant inside the house then why not inside the car? ” says Pratap Bose
So when can we see the electric SUV on the road? And how much similar to the concept will it be?
Well, Mr Bose has assured that the Real-world car will be kept as similar in design as the concept. The vehicle floats around the price range of 15-20 lakhs and is to be launched somewhere in Nov of 2020.
Rest assure the future of Electric mobility looks bright with cars like Sierra coming to the foreground as electric. We hope TATA Motors under Mr Bose will keep on innovating the mobility sector.
The profession of Automotive Design has evolved a lot since looks became as important as functionality. Automotive design deals in the development of the appearance of automobiles by developing the visual appearance, considering technical feasibility with creativity, to solve problems and create the product concept.
It also deals with the R&D of anything that is connected to mobility, like Aircraft, Marine vessels etc. A transportation designer is the one who makes the future designs of automobiles by proposing newer (and more efficient) ideas.
The task of the design team usually belongs to these three main segments: exteriors, interiors, colour and trim design. These are some of the most renounced colleges which offer automotive design courses
The Mobility and vehicle design course in IDC was founded in 2010. IDC was set up in 1969 by the Government of India under the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IITB). Even when the automotive sector is facing problems like environmental contamination, increasing population, congestion etc. the automotive companies are pushing the limits through design. And these studios need creative designers to function properly.
The course aims to create creative professionals from creative individuals through careful nurturing and guidance. The studies concentrate on finding creative solutions to existing or future problems in the area of mobility/transportation. The program consists of well thought over personal projects which vary from personal to mass transports.
The National Institute of Design is internationally known as one of the first multi-disciplinary institutions in the field of design education and research.
NID’s transportation design course started in 2000, which is the first in India. This program aims to find and nurture highly creative individuals to solve the existing and future challenges accompanied with ‘mobility’, by improving relevant skills and knowledge.
This program is process-centric in nature. The course has a strong emphasis on environmental, social, economic and cultural aspects of transportation. The program sets off with understanding automobile aesthetics (exterior/interior), human factors, vehicle packaging, display & controls etc. and that too in a product level.
This prestigious institute was established in 2006 and offers a range of design programs in both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. The Institute of Design at Maharashtra Academy of Engineering Education and Research offers Graduate and Post Graduate courses in Product Design and Automotive/Transportation Design.
The courses at MIT ID equip the students with the knowledge and skills to become a well equipped professional Transportation designer. the exposure to latest Technologies, Composite materials, Aerodynamics, Fluid Dynamics, Automotive Modeling, Vehicle Packaging Design and Usage of Automotive Clay & FRP make the learners capable of creating newer transportation design and systems to improve mobility.
DYPDC Center for Automotive Research and Studies is an undergraduate and postgraduate school in automotive styling based in Pune, Maharashtra, India. The college is a collaboration between the D.Y. Patil group and Dilip Chhabria, an Indian automobile designer.
The Postgraduate Program in Automotive Styling is a 2-year course offered by the college. To get admission a student needs to have graduation in any discipline of Arts / Science / Commerce / Engineering. The programme fees go all the way up to 7 lakhs per year.
There will be project work too where the students will be able to build an actual car at the end of the course. The final year project is even more interesting where students will get a chance to work on building an actual prototype, right from the design stages to the full working model.
Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing (CPDM) is a design school in India, established in 1996 at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. It offers Master of Design (M.Des.) degree in Product Design and Engineering, M.Sc. (Engg.) by research and PhD programmes in Design.
Eligibility for admission to the M.Des. programme is a degree either in engineering or architecture. Selection for admission is based on performance in a Design Aptitude Test (DAT) and interview(s) conducted at the centre. Shortlisting for DAT is done on the basis of an applicant’s CEED or GATE score.
The DAT / interview will test the engineering knowledge; spatial, creative, and analytical thinking ability; aesthetic sensitivity and communicating ability; and the overall aptitude for the design and the suitability of the candidate for the programme.
M.Des. in Product Design and Engineering is spread over 4 semesters and 2 summer terms, covering courses dealing with engineering, aesthetics, ergonomics, materials, manufacturing, design methodology, CAD, CAE, marketing etc.
Strate School of Design (formerly known as Strate College) is a French private institution for technical education founded in 1993. Its main campus is in Sèvres south-west of Paris.
The school is dedicated to the teaching of industrial design,3D modelling and design thinking. The school is recognized by the French state and its design degree is certified by the French Ministry of Higher Education. Strate School of Design opened in 2018 a large campus in Bangalore, India, together with other institutions from the Studialis group
The M.Des in Transportation is a 2-year post-graduate master’s degree. It is recognized by the French State through its registration by the National Council of Professional Certification (RNCP) at Level 1.
The school is well known in the car design industry since its transportation design course exists since its schools opening in 1993. The website Car Design News, by adding up all the successive results for the years 2011-2015 of student participation in the Car Design Awards competition ranked the school as one of the top transportation design school in the world.
So the big question is, “How do you get in?”
It’s not that hard, to be frank, but it does need dedication and a lot of practice. Getting into a prestigious design college needs not much but a genuinely creative mind. And that you can achieve by following a few steps that are more beneficial if you turn them into a habit.
1. Learn to sketch
Sketch a ball, sketch a block, sketch an apple sketch whatever you see in front of you. Learn to replicate and recreate little by little, inch by inch. Until the sketch can barely be distinguished from the physical object.
2. Appreciate and Observe nature
Nature is a masterpiece. It has beauty and functionality in its optimal balance. Yet its evolving day by day. Such is the life of a designer. A designer creates and builds upon his creation, constantly evolving to something better. And the best way to be a better designer is to observe nature.
3. Practice! Practice! Practic!
There is no substitute for practice. The more you practice the better you get at it. Dedicate 1 hour of your daily routine to sketch and research on automobile or product designs. Learn and understand how designs evolve, say, from a Ford Model T to a Ferrari ITALIA 458. Be creative and have the courage to explore places where others won’t even try to go. Be the Tesla cyber truck in a world full of Ford 150s.
4. Build a kickass portfolio
Once in awhile take up personal projects. Sketch something mimicking the professionals. and keep them safe in a file, treasure them and only put the best of best of your works in them. This will be your portfolio, that will tell them what you can do if given the chance.
Most of the time, it’s not about how great your sketch is but more about how well-thought-of it is, and how creative you have gone to replicate something in your mind, on paper.
5. Have common sense
It’s the most basic need in any stream of study or in life. In design, common sense is mostly about proportions. Have a good grasp over perspective views and proportions of various objects.
6. Be a graduate
You have to be a graduate in engineering, architecture or a B.des in any field of design to get admission.
GATE and CEED are 2 of the most popular examinations to get into possibly any college that offers M.des in automobile design.
Course fees can go anywhere from Rs. 50,000 to Rs.7 lakhs per annum, depending on the college. Though, if you are able to get a scholarship then it’s a different story.
Transportation design trends are getting revived after it plunged recently in India. With the introduction of electric vehicles, more and more companies are using their designers to crack newer dimensions of designs in the electric vehicle segment.
More and more cars are being designed in India by Indians, that are more than just transportation devices to their owners.
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If you have not been living under a rock, you might have learnt about the owner of the Tesla motors unveiling a rather ‘different’ looking vehicle. Designed to be an all-electric pickup truck, the vehicle is very peculiar in its form factor. A polarising wedge shape, as they say, left the audience in severe splits and shock.
Some considered it to be the ugliest thing ever built, while others embraced the change. The monotony in vehicle designs has been in the news for quite some time now. Cybertruck just hits upon the very idea of being a non-conventional looking and outlandish design.
Being somewhat not what one is used to perceiving as the design of a vehicle, the Cyber truck does not fall short on features.
Three models have been announced, with range estimates of 250–500 miles (400–800 km) and an estimated 0–60 mph time of 6.5–2.9 seconds, depending on the model.
The base price of the rear-wheel-drive model of the cybertruck will be $39,900, with all-wheel drive models starting at $49,900.
The interior of the prototype unveiled on 21 November 2019 includes a 17-inch centre display, seating for 6 using two bench seats with the front middle seat being a fold-down centre armrest, a digital rear-view camera-based mirror, a race car style steering yoke, and a dashboard with a surface resembling marble.
The rear middle seat also folds down to allow loading long cargo extending through a door to the vault (enclosed bed). The “marble look” dashboard of the unveil prototype vehicle was a paper composite material made from “paper, wood-based fibres, natural wood pigments and non-petroleum based resins
The exterior features a nearly indestructible body with the colour scheme of raw steel. Tesla boasted a lot about its durability. The company’s website states, “Starting with a nearly impenetrable exoskeleton, every component is designed for superior strength and endurance, from Ultra-Hard 30X Cold-Rolled stainless-steel structural skin to Tesla armour glass”.
It did not stop there. At the Tesla Cybertruck launch, Elon Musk accidentally breaks the armored glass on two Cybertruck windows. The Tesla event was live-streamed, so nothing could be done about the smashed windows. Franz, Elon Musk’s assistance, throws a steel ball at the truck window and the truck window doesn’t break.
During the Tesla Livestream event of the Tesla truck launch / Tesla truck unveiling, Musk said Tesla threw wrenches and even the kitchen sink at the truck windows in preparation, but the windows smashed during the live stream. The Tesla Cybertruck is very futuristic looking, but the live stream fail was unfortunate. The truck windows are supposed to be bulletproof. Musk joked that the issue will be fixed before the trucks go into production.
This was a fine dining opportunity for the memers of “Net-isthan”. Memes started raining as soon as the stream ended. Check out some of the meme gems over the internet.
This is not much far away from the truth, is it?
Probably Lara Croft will be happy–
And in the end, as always! There was one, more thing–
Yes, Tesla unveiled a stream of other cyber-motive products, like this electric quad bike. Which, by the way, fits right into the loading bay of the cybertruck.
Tesla went a step ahead by basically mocking Ford F150 with a tug of war match. The video shows a tesla cybertruck pulling the f150 uphill with no sweat dropped. Although Tesla fans were head over heels with the show of strength, not all were as easily persuaded.
A twitter war broke out, with Elon being Elon all the way through the arguments. And is still on a hot track with millions of twitter users following them avidly. Follow the Hot-link right here.
You have probably ridden in one of his many creations over the year. Even the renowned footballer ‘Lionel Andrés Messi’ advertised one of the most interesting cars to come out of the TATA motor’s garage in 2018.
Mr Bose is well heard of personality when it comes to automotive designing. Born in Mumbai, Mr Pratap is an alumnus of the National Institute of Design, India which he graduated in 1998. Bose also received a scholarship from the INLAKE FOUNDATION to join Royal College of Art, the UK between 2001 and 2003.
For the first five years of his career, he had lent his services to the global automakers such as Piaggio & C.SpA, Pontedera, Italian Motorcycle Co. as a designer between 1999 and 2001. After graduating RCA, he was hired by Daimler Chrysler, Japan till 2007. The real challenge as a designer and manager for Mr Bose was given by Tata Motor in 2007. He has been promoted to the current position of Head of Design since 2011.
Bose is responsible for the design of several passenger cars and commercial vehicles including the likes of TATA Bolt, Tiago, Zest and Nexon. He has led the design of many multiple award-winning cars and commercial vehicles. It won’t be wrong to say that Mr.Pratap has brought a company that was known to manufacture taxi cars to the status of a company that manufactures cars that people love to own.
He has worked across TATA’s three in-house design centres – Pune in India, Turin in Italy, and TMETC (Tata Motor European Technical Center) in Coventry, the UK. His design team headcount is around 200 staff in combined three locations, 120 in India, 50 in TMETC, and 35 staff in Italy. The number of staff increased from 40 to 200 in the last 4 years. UK team started from 4 to 50 in the last 7 years or so.
He has been instrumental for the implementation of Tata Motor’s new design language IMPACT Design 2.0. Tata Motors now rank among top five carmakers in the country and new design language played the crucial role. After being appointed as the head of design of TATA motors in 2011, he has aggressively advertised the role of Design in their cars.
Under his visionary guidance and leadership, TATA motors design studios were able to roll out cars like Racemo, Pixel and MegaPixel Concepts. These concepts earned praises in the Indian as well as international markets. This success has given way to fresher and more contemporary designs of the TATA cars nowadays
Talking about his personal life, Pratap loves cooking, aeroplanes, painting, learning languages and is a terrible amateur drummer. Pratap is also the Visiting Professor at the Vehicle Design department in Royal College of Art.
Advice to aspiring designers:
Every now and then certain personalaties emerge,who knows how to hit the right strings and create music, Mr Bose is exactly that to TATA motors. His success story only gets us more and more excited to anticiate what we might have in store for the future TATA vehicles.