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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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Top 10 Car Designers of Modern Times

Every car is first dreamt in the head of a car designer and penned down on paper before engineers understand the concept and head to manufacturing units. Though car design is not as technical as engineering, it is not just about lines, forms and colors either. Aerodynamics, speed, functionality, appearance, understanding customer needs… there are indeed a lot of factors that go into a car design process. Hence every car designer has a great responsibility of imagining the future of transportation and shaping it responsibly.

Though car designers are not household names like the car brands they created, they are one of the most respected people in the automotive industry. The automotive industry has seen a lot of car designers over the years, one time wonders, designers who were the stars of their time and visionaries who will always be looked upon by other designers, creators and innovators. Here is a tribute from Launchpad Academy to those Top 10 Car Designers whom we think were/are the rulers of the car design world.

1. Giorgetto Giugiaro

Giorgetto Giugiaro

Giorgetto Giugiaro

It is a shame if we don’t give the first place to Giorgetto Giugiaro, who is in fact the Car Designer of the Century! An inspiration to generations of designers, this legend didn’t just design 160 cars but also designed motorbikes, cameras and watches!
Country: Italy
Major Companies: Alfa Romeo, BMW, Bugatti, Fiat, Lamborghini, Maserati, SEAT and more
Notable Works: BMW M1, Fiat 850 Spider, DeLorean DMC12, Lotus Esprit and more
Known For: Introduced the Folded Paper concept

BMW M1 by Giugiaro

BMW M1

2. Batista Pininfarina

Battista Pininfarina

Battista Pininfarina

One of the greatest design firms (which Mahindra is planning to acquire) Pininfarina was founded by this famous car designer. Carrying the legacy of his design firm along with his son Sergio Pininfarina, he is most known for his post-war Ferraris.
Country: Italy
Major Companies: Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Fiat, Maserati, Peugeot and more
Notable Works: Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider, Ferrari Dino 246, Cisitalia 202 and more
Known For: His distinctly Italian designs and hailed as the father of modern auto design

Ferrari Dino 246 GT

Ferrari Dino 246 GT

3. Marcello Gandini

Marcello Gandini

Marcello Gandini

Marcello Gandini stands unique amongst car designers as he lived by a design philosophy which focused more on practicality, design architecture, construction, assembly and mechanics of a car rather than its looks.
Country: Italy
Major Companies: Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and more
Notable Works: Lamborghini Miura, Lamborghini Countach, Lancia Stratos Zero and more
Known For: His angular, sharp designs and introduction of Scissor Door concept

Lamborghini Countach

Lamborghini Countach

4. Ian Callum

Ian Callum

Ian Callum

A graduate from the prestigious Royal College of Art in London, Ian Callum is one of the most celebrated car designers till date. He is currently the Director of Design for Jaguar Cars and is highly accredited for Jaguar’s renaissance through his design leadership.
Country: Born in Scotland, British by nationality
Major Companies: Aston Martin, Ford and Jaguar
Notable Works: Jaguar XK, XF, XJ, F-Type and more
Known For: His design leadership at Jaguar Cars

Jaguar F Type

Jaguar F Type

5. Walter De Silva

Walter De Silva

Walter De Silva

He is the Head of Design at Volkswagen and responsible for design overview of all the Volkswagen car brands including Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT, Skoda, Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti! Probably the car designer with the highest responsibility in this list!
Country: Italy
Major Companies: Alfa Romeo, Audi, Lamborghini, SEAT, Volkswagen and more
Notable Works: Audi R8, Audi A5 Coupe, Lamborghini Egoista and more
Known For: His experience and versatility to design cheap cars like SEAT to luxury cars like Audi

Audi R8

Audi R8

6. Peter Stevens

Peter Stevens

Peter Stevens

Two words, McLaren F1! A student of Royal College of Art in London, Peter Stevens’ legacy goes beyond McLaren F1. From 2005, he is also the Consultant Director of Design for Mahindra and Mahindra by the way!
Country: United Kingdom
Major Companies: BMW, Lamborghini, Lotus, McLaren, Subaru and more
Notable Works: McLaren F1, Lotus Elan, Lotus Esprit (Re-design) and more
Known For: His clean, beautiful lines and modern classics

McLaren F1

McLaren F1

7. Chris Bangle

Chris Bangle

Chris Bangle

Probably the most controversial car designer in this list! Chris Bangle was BMW’s Chief of Design and was criticized the most when he dumped BMW’s 50 years of design philosophy down the drain! So much that employees of BMW took part in an online poll to get him fired!
Country: United States of America
Major Companies: Fiat, Opel and BMW
Notable Works: BMW M3, BMW Z4 Coupe and BMW Gina
Known For: His outrageous design philosophy and the infamous Bangle Butt

BMW M3

BMW M3

8. Peter Schreyer

Peter Schreyer

Peter Schreyer

Arguably the best car designer to come from Germany! A design student of the prestigious Royal College of Art, Peter Schreyer rose to fame through his works in Audi and Volkswagen in the 90s and is currently the Chief Design Officer of Kia Motors and Hyundai Motors.
Country: Germany
Major Companies: Audi, Volkswagen and Kia
Notable Works: Audi TT, Audi A6, Audi A3 and more
Known For: His iconic Audi TT design and reviving Kia Motors through his design language

Audi TT

Audi TT

9. Shiro Nakamara

Shiro Nakamura

Shiro Nakamura

Probably the only Asian car designer who made it this big in the Car Design world, breaking all the stereotypes. A graduate from the Art Center College of Design, Shiro Nakamura is presently the Chief Creative Officer of Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun.
Country: Japan
Major Companies: General Motors, Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun
Notable Works: Nissan GT-R, Nissan 370Z, Infiniti Essence and more
Known For: Designing beautiful cars that have a high sale value and global consumer approach

Nissan GT-R

Nissan GT-R

10. Henrik Fisker

Henrik Fisker

Henrik Fisker

Lastly, this Art Center graduate from Denmark. Known for his iconic masterpieces, Henrik Fisker worked with many automotive giants before he founded his own automotive company Fisker Automotive which unfortunately filed bankruptcy in 2014.
Country: Denmark
Major Companies: Aston Martin, BMW and Fisker Automotive
Notable Works: Aston Martin DB9 and V8 Vanquish, BMW Z8 and Fisker Karma
Known For: Designing timeless classics which still comply with today’s design and safety standards

Aston Martin Vanquish

Aston Martin V8 Vanquish

11. Notable Mentions
It’s a very painstaking thing to define something like ‘Best Car Designers’ and choose only a handful. All of the above mentioned car designers and many of those whom we failed to mention are legends in their own way. Every car designer has his own unique approach towards design and it is really unfair to compare designers in general based on a few metrics. So here are a few other car designers we really wanted to mention in the list, but couldn’t because of the top 10 constraint.
1. Harley Earl– One of the most influential car designers of his time
2. J Mays– Former Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motor Company
3. Frank Stephenson– The man behind the popular Mini Hatch
4. Ralph Gilles– Heard of Chrysler 300C and Dodge Viper?

 

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The Future of Design As We Know It

Steve Jobs was more a visionary than a businessman. And when Bill Gates, his long-lasting counterpart and competition was asked the one difference he and Jobs had after the latter’s death, Gates said something like this – ‘He had a design mindset while I had a coder’s mindset. Considering the little engineering background Jobs had, it was his sense of design that made Apple what it is today’. Design!

Design is that universal language which everybody understands, which surpasses the boundaries of age and time; a language which gives ideas a shape and structure. In the world that we live in today that is so abundantly driven by technology, design has its own story to tell in every product/service that we see. Design like any other human trait is evolving over time and the future of design as we know it, is just spectacular. Though the world is more and more inclined towards technology, without design that technology is neither relatable nor functional.

So what is the future of design? How will design shape future businesses and influence our future lives? What changes is design education is going to see in the future and what is the scope of design in India? Here are a few points to answer all these questions.

1. Designers Will Be the Creators of Future Ecosystems
It is designers who will be responsible for analyzing the human behavior and designing ecosystems that will challenge the future generations to innovate, explore and push their creative and emotional boundaries. Designers must work with data scientists to analyze the large chunks of data that digital devices and internet are creating to meet the functional and emotional needs of the user. With baby boomers and millennials being the prime users of these future ecosystems, designers are in the right time to document their behaviors today and envision a future for them tomorrow.

2. Design and Technology Will Come Closer
Well the lives we live today might already seem a technology overload to a few, but as long as human imagination prevails, technology will catch up to make every imagination a possibility. But what good is technology if mankind can’t relate to it and finds it hard to understand and respond in turn? Designers will have a huge responsibility to find new ways to integrate automated systems and complex technologies into our lives without disrupting our very human nature. Designers who come from engineering backgrounds will have a key role to play in this regard.

3. Sustainable Design for a Bespoke Audience
In the wake of increased pollution and global warming, designers must focus on creating ecosystems that are not just functional but also sustainable. More and more businesses are embracing a business culture that is environment conscious, which means there will be more scope for renewable energy sources and recycled products. Also the coming generations would break the path and be creative rather than be submissive and blindly accept a trend. To summarize, designers have to focus on a bespoke audience rather than a global audience and design ecosystems that are technology driven yet sustainable.

4. Businesses Will Need Designers More Than Ever
Businesses of all kinds will need designers more than ever as design is what makes innovation and change recognizable. To cater for the ever-changing mindset of a global consumer, businesses need to constantly innovate and only simplified and interactive design can come to their rescue. With the advent of internet as the media of this generation, businesses are already revamping their marketing and advertising strategies and a lot of designers across various platforms are needed to execute these strategies. Hence there is a great scope for designers in the coming future.

5. Rise of Self-Educated Designers
Internet has proved to be an effective medium to impart education and considering the rate at which online courses and tutorials are gaining importance, universities and colleges will soon turn obsolete. Especially in the world of design, the new generation of designers feel universities generalize talent and limit the boundaries of their skills and imagination. Hence the design industry is going to see a lot of young and self-educated designers who will prefer online communities over universities and skills over degrees.

 

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How to Learn Car Sketching Online

If you are head over heels for cars and willing to learn how to draw cars, the vast world of internet is a great place to start. The web is filled with car sketching tutorials which can teach you everything about drawing cars; from fundamentals to sketching a car in Photoshop. However the problem with online car sketching tutorials is that they are too many of them and a lot of your precious time gets consumed in categorizing the best from the worst. To make it easy for you, here is a list of options that you could try out, which Launchpad Academy feels are quite helpful and worth your time. Also find out the limitations of online car sketching tutorials and learn about the various alternatives available.

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