The Auto Industry 3.0 – An Enthusiast’s Review of the 2016 LA Auto Show

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Passion.  A strong word and an even stronger emotion.  Yet last week I was struck by the divide in our industry – some have it but unfortunately many don’t.  At the AutomobilityLA prequel to the Los Angeles Auto Show we got a first hand opportunity to see, listen to and meet the  people who have the reins – they are shaping our future. So read on if you want to hear about who I think has it, and who doesn’t, and see my choice for the 3 stars of the show.  dscn0052 Continue reading

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The Last 6 – Contestants for the LA Sketchbattle

First there were 6, then there were 12, now the roster of 18 designers and artists is complete.  Read on the find out about the last 6 selected who will be competing for this title belt designed by Middlecott Design and hand made by Mobsteel.img_15501

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MSBE-L.A. Contestants Part 2

Earlier this week we announced the first 6 contestants who will battle it out Joe Louis style for the title of Sketchmaster at the inaugural Los Angeles Fight Club of Design?  What else would you expect from a city whose most famous statue is a fist?  And hopefully they bring it like Schmelling II in ’38 and not like Schmelling I in ’36.  On a more serious note, and without further ado, here are your next 6 contestants in alphabetical order.  Who are you rooting for?1-ikragmxegbmr9tldid7ztq

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Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment™ LA presented by BASF

The Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment™ LA is the first of many “Fight Clubs of Design” to take place outside of the immediate Detroit area.  The growth of the event from a small local party spread through word of mouth to the current version with tunes and vibe “imported from Detroit” is largely thanks to great partners like BASF.


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The Venues of the Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment™ LA

Venues are an integral part of any event and choosing where to hold an event is one of the most delicate decisions you can make.  Bringing the Middlecott Sketcbattle Experiment™ experience to Los Angeles was an easy decision.  Deciding to hold the event at the prestigious Petersen Automotive Museum? Even easier.  161028_artofbugatti

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Famous Artists at the Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment™ LA

While the Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment™ is known as a sketching/ design competition, there is no doubt that automotive design qualifies as fine art.  And when the artist is as famous and talented as Camilo Pardo, the art quickly becomes out of reach for most of us.  However, on Wednesday, November 16th from 8-11pm, real original art will become affordable to the masses at the Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment™.  camilo-pardo_yellowgt40q_34x17-web Continue reading

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Contestants Announced for Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment LA

I have three reasons to start the introduction of Sketchbattle contestants with a picture of Joe Louis.  First, The Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment is billed as “THE Fight Club of Design”.  Second, the Sketchbattle originated in Detroit, a city steeped in history and well known as the place Joe Louis started his career.  And finally, as Sketchbattle Judge Bryan Thompson has often posted on social media, #designEVERTYTHING.  If you want to read about the Detroit Sketchmaster, check out the profile we did here.  But if you want to read on about the first set of LA Contestants (in alphabetical order to be fair), then we suggest you read on after the break.


Photographer van Vechten’s iconic image of Joe Louis

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