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Designer: Carl Liu

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Another great sketches from a talented industrial designer – Carl Liu. In this article you can enjoy sketches, be inspired by videos and keep sketching till you make it!

Carl is the founder of brand Carl Liu. He is a well-known Chinese industrial designer and currently works as a partner/design director of Idea Dao Design Shanghai.

He has published two design books Carl Liu Design Book and Innovative Product Design Practice since 2005.

His sketches are effortless, bright and easy to understand. Get inspired from some oh his fantastic sketches – from small products to complicated and interesting ones.

Read an interview with him here!

Some sketches made by Carl Liu

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Here is a video of his Moleskine sketch book

Detour Shanghai – Carl Liu from Moleskine ® on Vimeo.


A video from his Moleskine Workshops

Car Sketches by Vaclav Zapadlik

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This collection of car drawings made by Czech artist Vaclav Zapadlik. Most of Zapadlik’s works are of scenes from the Golden Age of motorsports and show images of intense interest or action that capture more detail than larger works by other artists.

Born in 1943 behind the foreboding Iron Curtain. Self-taught and self-disciplined he achieved extremely high level of portraying cars from all viewpoints. Hired as an automotive draftsman, his works were technically brilliant but it lacked emotions, feeling of action. Cars poses were cold and lifeless, just as the political climate in which these drawings were created.

Read more about his biography here – www.blackhawkeditions.com

In this collection are presented these technically brilliant car sketches and also car racing scenes with a lot of action and movement. Enjoy these fantastic drawings created by Vaclav Zapadlik!

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Dynamic car pictures:

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See also 20 cool car concept sketches

Designer: Daniel Simon

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Most of you have seen a movie called “Tron:Legacy” and who can forget these futuristic and really cool lightcycles, but do you know who designed it? Automotive/Concept designer Daniel Simon is behind this new motorcycle icon.

His sketching style is light and sophisticated. You can tell by looking at a sketch that the designer knows all “the right” angles to show a product he is sketching. His sketches look effortless, but behind these neat and straight lines hides a lot of hard work and long practice hours.

Who is Daniel Simon?

Daniel Simon is a concept designer, author and producer, with professional roots as a Senior Designer at Bugatti and Volkswagen. Clients include Warner Brothers, Universal, Disney, Lotus, Puma or DKNY. Simon focuses his acclaimed style on Hollywood blockbuster films like Tron Legacy and own intellectual properties. Read more about him here.

Here are some of the sketches he has created for various projects.

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Daniel Simon answers a few important questions:

1. How to become a designer?
“The safe way is to draw and create every day, and to sharpen three dimensional understanding by studying objects and nature. Study tutorials, create your own blog or submit your work to forums and contests. Feedback will help you to improve and it may lead to the education and contacts you seek.”

2. What advise do you give a young designer?
“Be obsessed with what you do. Work every day on something. Read – I learned more about design through reading then through looking at pictures. Don’t feel bad copying at first, you will find your own style over time. Share your ideas constantly, which is good training for later pitches.”

“And don’t give up – it takes a very long time to get get paid for what you like to do.”

3. What software do you use?

“3D nurbs modeling: Autodesk Alias Automotive 2012 ++++ 3D complex render scenes & pipeline: Autodesk Maya 2012, Mental Ray ++++ 3D rendering and turntables: Bunkspeed Pro ++++ 2D image manipulation & mapping: Adobe Photoshop CS4 ++++ 2D photography: Adoble Lightroom ++++ 2D film editing: Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects”.

Designer Daniel Simon talks about designing the iconic Lightcycles for Tron: Legacy

If you are interested in his works and what he does – check out his blog – http://cosmic-motors.blogspot.com/

Design History

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Every year people create products, sculptures and multiple things that are either forgotten with time or remembered and appreciated.
History of design shows how ideas, concepts and inspirations changes over decades and how it influences designers who create things and spaces we live in.
Are you aware about designers who influenced 60s playful forms or who designed a light bulb? Take a look at these informative videos and useful links.

1960s – Dieter Rams and Verner Panton

Who is Dieter Rams?



Who is Verner Panton?



1970s – Joe Colombo and IKEA

Who is Joe Colombo?



What is IKEA?



1980s – Philippe Starck and Alberto Alessi

Who is Philippe Starck?

Who is Alberto Alessi?



1990s – Ron Arad and Ingo Maurer

Who is Ron Arad?



Who is Ingo Maurer?

John Fenno

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While I am still learning and practicing sketching by myself, I usually look at other designer drawings to learn their sketching techniques, composition so that I could develop my own style and technique.

Today I wanted to show you sketches by John Fenno. I like his sketches and think that they are neat and sophisticated.

His objective is “To positively influence the lives of people through extraordinary, cost-effective, well-rounded design.”

 

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Take a look at this interesting video where John Fenno shows a whole process of portable boat development.

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Alberto Vasquez

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Came across these very cool and neat sketches of a designer Alberto Vasquez from Hungary.  His drawings and sketches are simple but so fresh and easy to perceive.

A good advise from Alberto that he wrote in his website is “During a design process I’m thinking in technology, culture and community/society when I’m analyzing problems and looking for solutions.”

To check out more his sketches and product concept, go to his website – http://www.alberto.hu/

Some of his great sketches. I like the way he shows a construction of shapes and the way he uses colors – just enough to give a sketch a small touch of color.

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