Posted by: futurevehicles | August 23, 2009

Internet must-reads part two.

As a follow on from my original post about the treasures to be found on the internet, I thought I might as well post another handful of links to keep you nutters busy for another week.

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m3012/is_12_183/ai_111617000/

This article is a clever little story of how designers change the looks of their cars to suit geographical contexts. European cars look entirely different to American cars and so on and so on- so it is fascinating to get a deeper understanding of why cars are designed a certain way.

http://thesis2009.blogspot.com/2008/11/materials-wear-beausage-and-wabi-sabi.html

This neat little blog post talks about how objects become more beautiful over time as they are used. They show wear, imperfections and how materials can age over time. This all goes back to the Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi- an aesthetic principle which speaks of the transience and beauty of objects that are decaying or aged.

http://www.carbodydesign.com/articles/2005-04-13-chassis-history/2005-04-13-chassis-history.php

This page details the history of the chassis- the backbone of the car. Read how the humble car began life as a wooden carriage with an engine strapped to it and how it evolved in to the space-age designs that are becoming so prevalent on many of todays cars.

http://www.carbodydesign.com/tutorials/hand-drawing-sketching-tutorials.php

Well- if you weren’t drooling after the last 3 then this final link will have you slobbering all over your keyboard. This page has several tutorials relating to hand sketching, presentation techniques and digital rendering. It is a must read for anyone who is among the living.

I’m sure there will be a part 3 to this thing. Sight.

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