Learning Car Design With Launchpad-Jonathan Kasumba

Jonathan Kasumba is one of those students Launchpad Academy is indeed proud to have. A 33-year-old industrial designer from Uganda, Jonathan is an example how age, profession and cultural differences are no barriers when it comes to learning. An active participant of our Diploma in Car Design program, here’s what Jonathan had to say about design, designers and Launchpad.

Hi Jonathan! Tell us a few things about yourself.

Hi! I am an industrial designer by profession and I currently live in Uganda. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Art and Design and I work in Kiira Motors, Uganda’s leading Automotive Original Equipment manufacturer.

How is the design scenario in Uganda and what made you choose car design as a career?

In Uganda design is still in its infancy in the context of product/ industrial design. The talent is alive and well, however opportunities to make use of this talent are pretty less. To answer your second question, I am very much inspired by the mystery of the world around us and the way nature is designed. There is a constant need to develop our surroundings and evolve with it; and what seems as science fiction today is tomorrow’s future. To me cars came out with a profound attachment to our everyday existence and car design lets us relate cars to the periods in our lives.

What are your strengths as a Designer?

I am a 3D modeler, sketch artist and a problem solver who loves aesthetics. I would say sketching, concept generation and sketch modeling are few of my strengths as a designer. Over time, since my graduation I have seen a drastic digital divide among designers and use of computer aided tools and softwares are a must today. I use 3ds Max, Photoshop, Alias and Illustrator for sketching and design purposes and Unity 3D for simulation.

How is Launchpad Academy’s DiCD course helping you?

Over years as a designer I have realized the prime importance of basics and fundamentals in car design. Complexity in design is nothing but basics multiplied again and again. Launchpad’s Diploma in Car Design Program has helped me to expand my knowledge about these basics and fundamentals and learn more. Also the course is helping me to understand manual rendering techniques and new ideation methodologies. Sathiyaseelan sir’s experience is instantly reflected in his teaching and I just can’t get over his side view workflow. It is simply superb. Car design as a subject is evolving continually and through the course I could learn how car design is approached with new ideas and new ways, especially in Asia.

What are your future plans as a Car Designer?

To setup a design studio that meets the needs of industrial design here in Uganda. Automotive would be the key field of focus of the studio.

Any words/tips for fellow Design Students and Professionals?

Learning is a part of us, never stop learning. Realize your strengths and capitalize on them as a design student. Be willing to experiment and experience new things as the world keeps evolving. Strive as a designer to design different products. Finally, love what you do!

 

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Most Essential Car Design Software Tools

If you want to be a successful car designer, you can’t limit yourself to pencils, markers and paper. For a car designer, you have to be a master of sketch and design both on traditional mediums like paper and advanced mediums like computer aided softwares. In this article we discuss the most useful and the most popular car design software tools that every car designer must know, learn and master. But before we do that, let’s understand the importance of these software tools in the automobile industry.

  • Sketching, Designing and Prototyping of a car using computer aided software tools is quick and cost effective since they allow for multiple iterations and provide advanced automation.
  • Since these tools make the job of a designer easy by providing powerful options and high-end user interface, they promote productivity by motivating designers to do better and do more.

Now that you know the importance of software skills in the car designing sector, here’s a list of softwares that you can start with, to learn sketching, rendering and modeling cars on digital platforms.

  1. SketchBook Pro
    SketchBook Pro by Autodesk is a wonderful car design software tool that enables you to sketch like a pro as the name implies. The software is known for its user-friendly interface, powerful illustration tools and features like flipbook animation, dynamic gradient fill and perspective guides. Sketchbook Pro is made available for Mac OS X, Windows, Android and iOS operating systems thus enabling its users to access the software on all digital platforms.

    Sketchbook Pro

    Sketchbook Pro

  2. Adobe Photoshop
    One doesn’t need an introduction to Photoshop by Adobe Systems. Though its release dates back to 1990, this raster graphics editor still remains to be the favorite of professional car designers and beginner students alike. Photoshop provides a wide variety of tools and features which enables you to explore an innumerable number of options to refine your sketching and rendering skills.

    Photoshop

    Photoshop

  3. ALIAS
    ALIAS is another car design software tool by Autodesk that comes loaded with intuitive sketching, modeling, surfacing and visualization tools. More than sketching, the software’s primary focus is on Surface Modeling and creating Class A surfaces for Virtual Prototyping of cars. Here is a Case Study provided by Autodesk on how Ashok Leyland used ALIAS to design and digital prototype its Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV). Note that the vehicle was designed by Ashok Leyland’s Head of Styling, Mr. Sathiyaseelan Gangasalam who is also the head faculty of Launchpad Academy.

    ALIAS

    ALIAS

  4. PTC Creo
    Creo is a scalable and interoperable CAD design software suite by Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC). It enables you to 2D design, illustrate, view, visualize and perform 3D parametric and direct modeling. The Creo suite of softwares is a composite of PTC’s popular products Pro/Engineer and CoCreate. The software is compatible with Windows operating system and is made available for free for a trial period of 30 days.

    PTC Creo

    PTC Creo

It is well and good if you master all of these car design tools before you pursue your higher education in design in a reputed design school or apply for transportation designer/automobile designer jobs. These software tools will provide the necessary foundation that you need as a car designer and help you thrive anywhere in the design industry by enabling you to learn and adapt to more complex car design softwares and mediums.

 

Love Cars?
Interested in Car Design?
We have a course just right to fuel your interests! Learn more about our Diploma in Car Design online course!