Continuing the crate-digging, this time with sketches and photos of stuff from my time at CCS, mostly 3rd and 4th year.
First up: Honda city car, spring 2002 (sponsored project for Honda’s CA studio):
First Clay model: Honda Le Mans car, 2001:
Vehicle Packaging, 2002
I loved this class. Taking terrible vehicle packages, redesigning exteriors to meet legal requirements whie retaining specific parts of the chassis and interior.
Sketching and doing tape drawings. Tape drawings are my favorite things. I banged that one out on the wall in the hour before class started, and by the time I was like halfway done, I looked back and realized that I had an audience.
First two images are redesigning the Chevrolet Malibu (2001). Second two are a VW 2L car— 2 liters of gas/100KM.
University of Michigan Dearborn Interior, 2002.
The three UofMD interns the previous year designed the exterior of a lightweight world car. This was my proposal for the interior: a dash built of kenaf, with a large central info screen, and easliy reconfigurable for left- or right- hand drive. The seating configurations are like Lego: four captain’s chairs, a storage/table unit, a chauffer seat, all simple, reconfigurable, and sustainable.
Automotive Bright Products Association, 2002
The “Chrome Project” was a junior-year milestone at CCS for a number of years. Our year’s theme was retro luxury sport. I went for a battleship Renault.
This post’s already getting long, so I’ll do one more.
Jeep Anthem, 2001, Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles.
The main instructor for this studio hated the fact that I came in 6 weeks late (I was at my first internship, in Austria, and delayed a bit by 9/11), hated the idea and the design, but, fuck you, dude, it got me my internship at Ford’s Living Legends Studio, so I must not have been too wrong. Making the fabric roof was a bitch. Mixing the right colors was a bitch. Figuring out the matte paint was a bitch. Compounded by the fact that I got food poisoning from the school cafeteria 2 days before the model was due, and I was puking in trash cans. I wish I had a photo of the tape drawing; I thought I’d taken some, back then. I did it on a big sheet of plexi over the scale drawing print.
Anyway, if you made it this far, thanks for taking the trip with me. While I’m banging out some new work, and writing more proposals, I end up digging back through stuff that’s... old. But here’s a taste of what car design school looked like 20-ish years ago.
Hope you’re all staying safe, washing hands, managing home-schooling, and staying sane.