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    How to be a car designer part 3: Going to design school

    Professional Car Designer and transportation design teacher Luciano Bove offers aspiring car designers advice on how to make a career out of car design and get into a university which teaches transportation design. This series of articles is a must-read for anyone who wants to become a professional car designer. In this featue he offers advice on how to make the most of your time at university and put yourself first in line for a job in car design

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    How to be a car designer part 2: Starting design school

    Professional Car Designer and transportation design teacher Luciano Bove offers aspiring car designers advice on how to make a career out of car design and get into a university which teaches transportation design. This series of articles is a must-read for anyone who wants to become a professional car designer

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    How to be a car designer Part 1: Turning passion into a profession

    Professional Car Designer and transportation design teacher Luciano Bove offers aspiring car designers advice on how to make a career out of car design and get into a university which teaches transportation design. This series of articles is a must-read for anyone who wants to become a professional car designer

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    An interview with Karl Smith, author of Brave New Car

    2021-10-12T10:15:00Z

    A new publication by longtime Car Design News contributor Karl Smith looks at the future of the car, examining how electrification, autonomy, fresh ideas around luxury, interior concepts can offer a way out of the current cul de sac we find ourselves in 

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    Opinion: Secret design sauce comes from expert artistry

    2021-08-18T09:58:00Z

    Car design is shrowded in mystery, with brands pedalling an intangible narrative that detracts from the talent and expertise of highly skilled professionals

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    Opinion: Rollin’ coal, culture wars and Ford’s ‘Truck of the Future’

    2021-05-27T16:18:00Z

    In the United States, the ICE versus EV debate became a battleground in an ongoing culture war. But as more and more combustion era icons go electric, can design help cut through the noise and usher in a new automotive culture?

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    Opinion: The car remains king in Barratt Homes Britain

    2021-04-29T11:58:00Z

    From automation, EVs and new ideas of urbanism – the role of the car is under question when it comes to urban centres. Venture outside metropolitan areas and you will find a new suburbia designed and built with the car at its heart. Good news for any OEMs wedded to the status quo but a challenge for proponents of new ideas of mobility 

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    Opinion: Transforming old into new

    2021-03-24T14:23:00Z

    Revered retrofit architects Lacaton & Vassal’s recent Pritzker Prize win poses some interesting questions for car designers, writes CDN editor James McLachlan

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    Review – DeLorean: Back from the Future

    2021-02-25T14:07:00Z

    A testament to hubris wrought in stainless steel – the DeLorean story elevated the act of building a car into the realms of shakespearean tragedy. A fascinating new BBC documentary profiles the man at the heart of it 

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    Comment: Too much minimalism?

    2020-12-21T15:29:00Z

    Everyone is a minimalist these days, but beyond being a handy catch-all for pared back aesthetics, what does the term mean for car design? Are designers sacrificing ornament at the altar of functionality as embodied by touchscreens? 

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    CDN Podcast Episode 3 featuring Rebecca Heath, lead colour and materials designer at Envisage Group

    2020-07-22T13:03:00Z

    Rebecca Heath, lead colour and materials designer at Envisage Group, explains how different approaches to sustainability could play a role in the car of the future

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    Seating Trends: Increased integration and biometric systems

    2020-04-08T16:21:00Z

    Biometric technology is providing another layer to safety and infotainment, and is another challenge for car design

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    Seating Trends: Driver centred solutions

    2020-04-08T16:19:00Z

    Designing the cabin to allow the driver to sit in the centre and the development of lighter, more sustainable seats

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    Seating Trends Spotlight

    2020-04-08T15:37:00Z

    Car designers have been exploring different seating configurations in expectation of self-driving technology

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    Design Essay: how adversity shapes cars

    2020-04-06T07:59:00Z

    The changing face of car design through difficult times is in fact a prime example of humanity’s remarkable adaptability and resilience – not to mention our collective mood.

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    Are ’quadri-mobiles' the future of small cars?

    2020-03-19T16:43:00Z

    Over the last ten to fifteen years, a combination of more rigorous regulatory demands and increasing customer expectations conspired to create the finest superminis ever made. One look at cars like the Volkswagen Up or the latest Hyundai i10 is enough to realise that buyers of entry-level models never had it so good

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    Design Essay: Surprise & delight, the importance of detail design

    2020-03-16T12:50:00Z

    What makes people fall in love with cars? Aidan Walsh argues that small details in design cement long-term love affairs with vehicles

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    Design Essay: Big Screen, Big Problem?

    2020-02-10T13:33:00Z

    Integrating screens in car interiors comes with a set of significant problems, from aesthetic decisions to considering the life-cycle of the vehicle. You could argue that how screens are handled within the instrument panel highlights many of the wider creative challenges of mobility design 

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    Jukeboxes: the unlikely automotive influence

    2020-01-31T17:44:00Z

    A look at the connection between mid-century American cars and jukeboxes

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    2020 Trend Report by CnTFactory

    2020-01-29T12:37:00Z

    CnTFactory has teamed up with CDN and Interior Motives magazine to provide a quarterly report on the trends that every automotive designer should have in their moodboards