Posted by: futurevehicles | August 16, 2009

Luddite: any opponent of technological progress.

Since the beginning of the year, I have been labelled a Luddite or one of its derivatives on six separate occasions. While some may think of this as a very negative label to put on someone; I am actually quite proud of myself. It pleases me to think that people view me as a designer who goes against the grain. After all, isnt that what all designers want?

I am a bit of an old-schooler. Scratch that, I am one HELL of an old-schooler. I avoid technology whenever possible; not because I hate it, but because I am of the belief that the technology is only as good as the person using it.

If you can’t draw in the first place, how is a $3500 Wacom tablet going to make you any better? Sure, you can keep on erasing or undoing the lines until you get the perfect one- but that is cheating in my books. Sitting down in front of a REAL sketchbook, pencil in hand, teaches you to be as accurate and quick as possible with every stroke that you make on the paper. If that makes me a Luddite- then I guess I am a Luddite: AND LOVING EVERY MINUTE OF IT!

Your work stands out when you are a luddite. While everyone is getting sucked in to the allure of the digital age with their Photoshops, Wacom Tablets and CAD packages- there stands big old me in front of his work with a proud smile on his face.

 The marks I got at the end of last semester were a reflection of the impact that this type of ‘classic’ car design development work can have- because while everyone was doing really flashy powerpoint presentations, I took a different approach and presented an entire semesters work in 2 LARGE posters. I remember my lecturer saying “You took a risk with those posters, but it payed off”.

The same anti-technology approach will most likely be evident in my final product/presentation too. I have chosen to model my car the old fashioned way and use car styling clay- and now that I have enlisted the help of some of the best in the business, I don’t see why my model couldn’t be of the same or a better standard than something that has spent hours in a CNC mill and is worth hundreds/thousands of dollars.

In closing- I dont have a problem with technology. In fact, I am a video-game NUT and I love some of the design/art work around that simply would not have been possible without todays myriad of technologies made available to us these days. However, and I say this in as much seriousness as possible, I REFUSE to let technology dictate the outcome of my work.
It has happened to me in the past, and I was left feeling no sense of accomplishment or pride- and so I have made a deal with myself to never let it happen again.

Any pro-techies out there should feel free to comment or send me a trojan.

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