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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Judges announced for Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment™ LA

16 of the industry’s brightest and most talented young designers will be vying for the title of World Champion Sketchmaster when the Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment™ comes to Los Angeles on Wednesday November 16th.  The $2,500 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.  Chris Benjamin of Fiat Chrysler, Bryan Thompson of Bryan Thompson Design, Michael DiTullo of Polk Audio, Scott Robertson of Drawthrough and Paul Czornij of BASF will jointly decide the 2016 Los Angeles winner.

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Bringing Detroit to LA – The Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment™ comes to the LA Auto Show

For the first time EVER, the Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment™ is not a side event at the auto show, we are THE EVENT at the Auto Show.  Brook and I are excited to announce that on Wednesday, November 16th in Los Angeles, the Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment™ will be the official party of Automobility LA and the LA Auto Show!  And unlike past Designer Parties at the show, entrance is OPEN to everyone – no need to have a fake business card printed.eventbrite_new Continue reading

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10 Years of Competition, Camaraderie and Charity

Its time to celebrate 10 years of Designer Night at the Races™ presented by Lacks Enterprises – the Detroit Fall events are now open for registration.  Since the first event   the teams at Lacks Wheel Trim and Lacks Trim Systems have supported our drive to engage transportation designers in the fight against cancer.  We have a ton more exciting news so read on to see it all.

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AutoMoto Film Festival ’16

Our own Kristin Shaw interviewed Jeremy Cable, founder of the AutoMoto Film Festival.

On Thursday May 12, the AutoMoto Film Festival kicked off its 3-day celebration of automotive filmmaking. In it’s second year in Detroit, the festival features over 10 films, with the mission to provide a showcase for various and diverse artistic expression of all aspects of the motoring universe through Film, fine art, and technology. Read on to get a behind-the-scenes take on the event and what’s to come next year.     amff16-1

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10 years of Designer Night at the Races™ come to SoCal

Its time to celebrate 10 years of Competition, Camaraderie and Charity as the 2016 Designer Night at the Races™ presented by Lacks Enterprises events are open for registration.  Its hard to believe that the first event was 10 years ago, March 22, 2006 at Dromo One in Orange California to be exact – and the Lacks team has been there for every one (you can see the pictures from the past events here).  While its been just four short months since the 50th event, we are sure there will be a ton of questions to be answered like “Where?”, “When?” and “Can I bring a guest?”.  So read on to as we do our best to answer them all, including:

  1. What kind of trophy will there be for the Spring Car Show?
  2. Who will be Fastest Design Studio in the West?
  3. And don’t forget, can we break the 2016 record for cancer donations?

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And the Winner is crowned – Designer Night at the Races™ #53

Night #3 of Krstin Shaw’s reports.  After 3 nights of racing I was too tired to write. Ed

Designer Night at the Races™ #53 was a big night for first-time attendees.


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