Play with Lego and do some Coloring – AUTO DESIGN WEEK IN REVIEW 6/4/12

With the recent Designer Night at the Races events in California and the Memorial Day holiday we did not get a chance to cover design news last week.  So this week’s report will cover the past two weeks of what is happening in Auto Design.  So we start with a Design Conference, travel a bit with an app-enabled bicycle, ride with the wind, play with some Lego, do a little coloring and end up with a new Mustang and a Zagato.  And make sure to come back Wednesday to see the latest installment of 10 Questions with…

Auto (R) Design Conference 2012

Visit our partner Green Car Design to read all about the event and the who’s-who of auto design check out the article here.

Smart Bike

Bike-sharing programs have cropped up in some of the larger cities in the US such as Washington DC and Boston MA.  The common business-model is expensive to implement because they rely on smart-racks, which can cost thousands each.  Social Bicycles looks to change that with smart bikes that can use regular bike racks.

Ride with the Wind

How many hours does the average car designer spend in the wind tunnel for the development of a current production car?  In today’s Ask Ralph section of our report, the answer is 200 (if you happen to work for Chrysler).

Let’s play with some Lego

If you have read this blog before you are well aware that Lego had an improperly heavy influence in my life.  And while my collection of old Lego may be the biggest in the auto design world, my skills and replicating 1970’s-era Formula One cars takes a back seat to Paul Boratko’s Crowkillers Supercars.

Let’s do some Coloring

BASF is one of the experts in the automotive color industry and recently hosted a conversation between a European Design Legend and their internal color design department.  Read the conversation with George Gallion here.

2015 Ford Mustang Rendering

Here is one designer’s take on what the next Mustang will look like with the Evos influence.

BMW Zagato Coupé

I couldn’t have written this intro any better, so here is Design Boom’s write up of the one-off concept  “At the 2012 concorso d’eleganza villa d’este, BMW cars and Zagato Coachbuilders debuted their ‘BMW zagato coupé’, combining iconic Zagato features like the double bubble roof and truncated rear proportions with the BMW’s signature roadster flanks, styled front face, and interior.”

About Frank Schwartz

Frank Schwartz is the founder of and Advanced Automotive Consulting Services, partner in The Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment and serial entrepeneur. A long time automotive enthusiast, Frank started reading car magazines at the age of 8 and has spent 30+ years working inside the automotive industry. In his spare time Frank races with the Sports Car Club of America, spends time working on his numerous project cars and supports many local charities.
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