Automotive Art at the Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment™

While the Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment™ is known as a sketching/ design competition, there is no doubt that automotive design is really at its core fine art.  And when the artist is as famous and talented as Camilo Pardo, the art quickly becomes out of reach for many working stiffs (myself included – I have trouble affording many of the prints I want, much less the originals).  However, this Tuesday (January 12th 7-11:30pm)  real original art will become affordable to the masses at the Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment™.  


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Sketchbattle 2015 Champion Profile

Today’s post was written by Kristin Shaw.  Since she was a young girl, Darby Barber has always been interested in cars, and knew she wanted a future in automotive design. Her consuming passion for cars developed as she was growing up. Darby won the Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment Detroit event in January 2015 and graduated from the College for Creative Studies last month (December 2015). Darby chose College for Creative Studies for its reputation in automotive design and location in Detroit, the Motor City. College for Creative Studies is in the top rankings in the nation for automotive and product design. darby

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Judges Announced for Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment™

14 contestants will be vying for the title of World Champion Sketchmaster when the Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment™ returns to the Tangent Gallery next Tuesday night, January 12th.   The $1000 top prize will be awarded by BASF to the lone survivor of 3 rounds of sketching, based on the judging of a unique cross-industry panel of experts and design luminaries.  Ralph Gilles of Fiat Chrysler, Doyle Letson of Ford, Bregt Ectors of GM and Paul Czornij of BASF will jointly decide the 2016 Detroit winner.12468011_10206830385052246_1779931637_n

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Holiday Time Waster – Lego Car Ideas

As many of us have a little time to ourselves over the holidays, and as many of us have children of Lego playing age, we found ourselves wasting some time looking at the proposals on the Lego Ideas Page.  If you don’t know the site, it allows you to upload ideas, have people vote, and if enough people support it the team from Lego will review and possible turn it into a set for sale.  We found so many cool, and a few not-so-cool ideas we decided to try and help some along by featuring them here.  Before we get into the details and unveil our Top 10, here is the only car submitted so far that has reached Step 3!

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Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment™ Registrations opens

If you are a fan of auto shows like we are, you are probably aware of all the side-events.  Manufacturer parties for press, media conglomerates entertaining their own and various “exclusive” events that pop up all over town like a game of whack-a-mole.   Unfortunately most of these are private with restricted admission – unless you work for the right company, have the right job title or know the right people, these awesome events don’t include you.  That’s where we come in – you are hereby invited to our event (because in this case apparently we are the “right” people).  Please read on for info and tickets! e-flyer letter size_v14_map_less information

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Christmas Wish List 2015

Even though this list is generally the top rated post on our blog, last year we skipped putting one together.  For 2015 we are back with a vengeance.


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The History of Designer Night at the Races™ in Pictures

Over the past 9 years more than 600+ design staff from 15+ Studios have attending one of our events and on occasion we are asked about pictures from past events.  (If you want to read about how the events were invented, read here) Unfortunately, many of the events were pre-easy internet so the only way they were distributed was on CD-ROM.  We have managed to get most of them uploaded, but are still searching for some.  So if you have a CD of pictures from 2008 or 2009, please let us know.  We will make sure you get a fast kart at the next event. Continue reading

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