How does a Better Wallet = Better Car Design?

So what is a automotive designer supposed to do when they discover they cannot find the perfect wallet?  Before answering that question, let me digress a bit.  The best part of my passion for automobiles hasn’t been the many, many projects I have worked on over the years.  The best part is the fantastic people I have met. And in the case of my consulting business and this blog, I have met a ton of awesome and talented auto designers.  Every now and then they even let me hang out, and the ensuing conversations always turn to passion.  Passion for the job? sure, but usually the discussion turns to passion for solving some other problem.  Which brings me back to the wallet…….

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Geneva 2014 does Daniele

As promised yesterday, there was much more to the Geneva Auto Salon than new production and concept cars.  Shape and Form are elements of design, and since we tend to be a design-centric blog, we would be remiss not reporting on every shape and form we run across.  Actually, DaniPhotoDesign ran across these shapes and forms and was kind enough to pass them along.

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Daniele does Geneva 2014

Each year I pencil the Geneva show into my plans.  And why not? Geneva is only 275km from where I grew up and I still have family in the area.  But then the winter of Detroit gets on my nerves and by January I am itching for some sunshine.  So decision time comes, Geneva or a beach in the Caribbean.  Guess what I chose?  The good news?  When I don’t go the Geneva you guys get to skip my amateurish and out-of-focus photos and see Daniele Maida’s awesome ones.  So, with limited interruption, here are some awesome shots from Dani Photo Design.

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And the Winner is……… Designer Night at the Races™ #34 Carlsbad

What is better than racing karts 2 nights in a row?  Duh, racing karts 3 nights in a row!  The third and final night of Designer Night at the Races™ moved south from Irvine to Carlsbad.  An intimate group of designers came together for an evening of competition, camaraderie and charity to finish out the week and generate almost $500 for the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.

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Sweet Song, Designer Night at the Races™ #33 Irvine

For most of the designers who race at the Designer Night at the Races™ events , a week of karting is awesome as they only get a chance to race once.  For the sponsors and AACS staff it likely means physical therapy as many of us race each and every night.   To say I woke up sore on Wednesday is an understatement, likely due to Matt Mantz’s head-on hit the night before.  But there is no doubt most of us also woke up smiling as the competition, camaraderie and charity was to continue for another night.

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Rolon-on, Designer Night at the Races™ #32 Torrance

One extra benefit to holding the Designer Night at the Races™ events in February is the opportunity to travel to sunny California and leave the winter behind in Michigan.  I say extra because the obvious regular benefits are still in play: the chance to connect with old friends, the opportunity to make new ones and going racing with Ford, General Motors, Honda/Acura, Hyundai, ICON Aircraft, Intersection Inc, Mazda, Mobis, Nissan, Tesla, Toyota Calty thanks to our main sponsors Lacks Enterprises, Plastic Plate and Dassault Systemes.

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California Designer Night at the Races Registration Opens

Registration for the SoCal Designer Night at the Races™ events is now open.                     Please note that unfortunately the Thousand Oaks event has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control!

Details are on the flyer and after the jump below.Designer Night at the Races #32 33 & 34 SoCal

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