Posted: February 13, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Tags: concept car, design
This is interesting. I would like to take a look as soon as it is unveiled.
News from RSS. see below for the source.
BMW’s futuristic roadster concept
BMW has been producing amazing roadsters for more than 75 years (the Z4 being a notable example of this), so you’d expect it to know a thing or two when it comes to creating drop-top two-seaters. And despite its usual high standards, Beemer has truly surpassed itself with its latest roadster creation, the BMW Vision ConnectedDrive concept car. Groundbreaking is not the word!
This stunning concept car, which is set to be uncovered at the Geneva Motor Show, incorporates a layering principal in its design, claimed to “demonstrate the bond between the driver, passenger, vehicle and the surrounding environment”.
Alert! This is where it gets technical: the Vision ConnectedDrive’s interior is split into several layers. The first is safety-focused, with a red light that surrounds the driver and comes together in a cone shape on the bonnet. This is said to represent the “flow of safety-specific information and the driver’s focus on the road ahead”. Still with us? Then we shall proceed…
The second layer – outlined by a blue ribbon of light – envelops the safety layer and passenger area, promoting “active social exchangement between the driver and passenger”. “Exchangement”? Anyway. Meanwhile, the third and final layer, which is identified by a green light (seen in the picture above), focuses on the interaction of the Vision ConnectedDrive with the surrounding environment. Got all of that? Good!
To be honest, putting all of that technical jargon stuff to one side (and yes, it went over our heads as well), Beemer couldn’t go wrong if it decided to use the Vision ConnectedDrive as a blueprint for its next major roadster. With its Z1-inspired sliding doors, elongated bonnet and flowing lines, it’s a design study that leaves a permanent imprint on the memory banks.
Don’t believe us? Take a look at Beemer’s latest innovative concept car in the gallery below.
Article source: http://www.orange.co.uk/cars/picturegalleries/pics/8043_1.htm
Posted: February 13, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Tags: concept car, design
The subject of a BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo came to life back in 2010 when first rumors around a 3 Series niche vehicle began to surface. Building on the successful, yet controversial 5 Series GT, the 3 Series GT will offer similar attributes and design ideas as the bigger GT, but with a more attractive and sleeker lines.
The core idea of a Gran Turismo vehicle remains, traveling in style and luxury, but without sacrificing performance. Even though not officially confirmed, we expect the 3 GT to be also a vehicle built from inside out, same as the first Gran Turismo penned by Christopher Weil.
BMW insider Scott27 says the 3 Series GT will offer a simple hatch function forgoing the twin trunk arrangement on the 5er GT. BMW intends to offer both turbocharged petrol and diesel four cylinder engines. For the high-end 3 Series GT, a choice of six cylinders and a hybrid drivetrain will be available. BMW’s all-wheel-drive platform, xDrive, will be optional as well.
The exterior design of the 3er GT will follow its bigger brother, 5er GT, by being totally independent from the 3 Series Sedan design. Some design cues will most likely be shared and elements from the current BMW design language will be present as well.
The 3er GT is much lower and sleeker than the 5er GT. Customers for the 3er GT are entirely different from the 5er GT, especially with the car being a 3 Series in which the customer expects the best premium entry-level Sports sedan.
We learned that internally the 3GT is referred as the “Progressive Activity Coupe” rather than the “Progressive Sports Coupe” naming convention reported by the insider.
We expect the 3 GT to hit the market in 2013, with a concept debut in 2012.
[Source: Scott27 GCF ]
Article source: http://www.bmwblog.com/2011/02/12/insider-reveals-new-details-around-bmw-3-series-gran-turismo/
Posted: January 26, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Tags: Bicycle, design, product design
BICYCLE DI FANTASTICO
this incredible spoke-less bicycle is designed by Italian designer, lberto Del Biondi. although this seems to be conceptual prototype, I hope this becomes a real product anyone can purchase.
Alberto Del Biondi Industria Del Design
Posted: January 4, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Tags: design, methodology
this explanation regarding “Philosophies and studies of design” from Wikipedia is very interesting.
below from Wikipedia…
Philosophies and studies of design
There are countless philosophies for guiding design as the design values and its accompanying aspects within modern design vary, both between different schools of thought and among practicing designers. Design philosophies are usually for determining design goals. A design goal may range from solving the least significant individual problem of the smallest element, to the most holistic influential utopian goals. Design goals are usually for guiding design. However, conflicts over immediate and minor goals may lead to questioning the purpose of design, perhaps to set better long term or ultimate goals.
Posted: December 18, 2010 at 11:27 am | Tags: definition, design, universal design
Definition of Universal design is pretty difficult. is it possible to design something for any people?
Explanation regarding universal design in Wikipedia is pretty clear.
this is from Wikipedia.
Universal design refers to broad-spectrum architectural planning ideas meant to produce buildings, products and environments that are inherently accessible to both the able-bodied and the physically disabled.
It emerged from slightly earlier “barrier-free” concepts, the broader accessibility movement, and adaptive and assistive technology and also seeks to blend aesthetics into these core considerations. As life expectancy rises and modern medicine increases the survival rate of those with significant injuries, illnesses, and birth defects, there is a growing interest in universal design. There are many industries in which universal design is having strong market penetration but there are many others in which it has not yet been adopted to any great extent.
Curb cuts or sidewalk ramps, essential for people in wheelchairs but also used by all, are a common example. Color-contrast dish ware with steep sides that assist those with visual or dexterity problems are another. There are also cabinets with pull-out shelves, kitchen counters at several heights to accommodate different tasks and postures, and amidst many of the world’s public transit systems, low-floor buses that “kneel” (bring their front end to ground level to eliminate gap) and/or are equipped with ramps rather than on-board lifts.
Posted: December 5, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Tags: automotive design, car design, design, product design
CITROEN and LACOSTE seems to make a new concept car. although it looks like a golf cart, it’s cute design!
Posted: November 22, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Tags: Boat, design
Porsche Design firstly designed Boat. Cool.
Posted: November 16, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Tags: definition, design
Design as a noun informally refers to a plan for the construction of an object (as in architectural blueprints, circuit diagrams and sewing patterns) while “to design” (verb) refers to making this plan. No generally-accepted definition of “design” exists, and the term has different connotations in different fields (see design disciplines below). However, one can also design by directly constructing an object (as in pottery, cowboy coding and graphic design).
More formally, design has been defined as follows.
(noun) a specification of an object, manifested by an agent, intended to accomplish goals, in a particular environment, using a set of primitive components, satisfying a set of requirements, subject to constraints;
(verb, transitive) to create a design, in an environment (where the designer operates)
Here, a “specification” can be manifested as either a plan or a finished product and “primitives” are the elements from which the design object is composed.
With such a broad denotation, there is no universal language or unifying institution for designers of all disciplines. This allows for many differing philosophies and approaches toward the subject (see Philosophies and studies of design, below).
The person designing is called a designer, which is also a term used for people who work professionally in one of the various design areas, usually also specifying which area is being dealt with (such as a fashion designer, concept designer or web designer). A designer’s sequence of activities is called a design process. The scientific study of design is called design science.
Designing often necessitates considering the aesthetic, functional, economic and sociopolitical dimensions of both the design object and design process. It may involve considerable research, thought, modeling, interactive adjustment, and re-design. Meanwhile, diverse kinds of objects may be designed, including clothing, graphical user interfaces, skyscrapers, corporate identities, business processes and even methods of designing.
Posted: October 20, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Tags: Communication, design
Text from wikipedia.
Communication design is a mixed discipline between design and information-development which is concerned with how media intermission such as printed, crafted, electronic media or presentations communicate with people. A communication design approach is not only concerned with developing the message aside from the aesthetics in media, but also with creating new media channels to ensure the message reaches the target audience.
Communication design can also refer to a systems-based approach, in which the totality of media and messages within a culture or organization are designed as a single integrated process rather than a series of discrete efforts.
Communication design seeks to attract, inspire, create desires and motivate the people to respond to messages, with a view to making a favorable impact to the bottom line of the commissioning body, which can be either to build a brand, move sales, or for humanitarian purposes. Its process involves strategic business thinking, using market research, creativity, and problem-solving.
The term communication design is often used interchangeably with visual communication, but has an alternate broader meaning that includes auditory, vocal, touch and smell. Examples of Communication Design include information architecture, editing, typography, illustration, web design, animation, advertising, ambient media, visual identity design, performing arts, copywriting and professional writing skills applied in the creative industries.