American Car Design Now: Inside the Studios of America's 15 Top Car Designers

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More and more Americans today are paying attention to how their cars are designed. Auto designers are now celebrities, and the look of your car has become as important as the clothes you wear. According to the New York Times Magazine, You are what you drive. Your car is a bold statement of individual identity. American Car Design Now is the first book to take a critical look at this phenomenon, with in-depth examinations of the creative process behind more than thirty contemporary models that embody the trends of...
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Overview

More and more Americans today are paying attention to how their cars are designed. Auto designers are now celebrities, and the look of your car has become as important as the clothes you wear. According to the New York Times Magazine, You are what you drive. Your car is a bold statement of individual identity. American Car Design Now is the first book to take a critical look at this phenomenon, with in-depth examinations of the creative process behind more than thirty contemporary models that embody the trends of the future, including the Crossfire, Mondeo, Thunderbird, Continental, Mark 9, Bengal, Vizon, Cien, and CTS.

The product of more than three years of research, this volume collects the author's essays and interviews with the design directors of General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler. The author gained unprecedented access to the notoriously secretive and guarded design studios of these car giants, and the result is an insider's perspective on the making of new American cars, of new American dreams.

American Car Design Now delves deeply into the individual characters behind the industry and shows how their different creative and managerial techniques translate to the finished models. With this unique analytical approach, American Car Design Now is a great addition to the shelves of not only auto industry professionals but designers and car enthusiasts of all types.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780847825400
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 11/19/2003
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 10
Pt. I Daimlerchrysler
1 Tom Gale and Chrysler 16
2 Trevor Creed, Freeman Thomas, and DaimlerChrysler 26
Pt. II Ford
3 J. Mays, Geometry, and Ford 46
4 Warning up Geometry: J. Mays and the Cultural Overlay 68
5 The Mays Process at Work 80
6 J. Mays: A Critique 98
Pt. III General Motors
7 Wayne Cherry's Vision for General Motors 120
8 GM Design under Wayne Cherry: A Critique 142
Appendix 165
Glossary 239
Index of Car Models 240
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2008

    Diving Into the Mystery of Automobile Design

    Insofar as automobile designers can explaini what they do, the author has gotten about as close to the meat of the process as one can. A deep dive, and a fresh approach to many of the big design questions--completely different from the usual macho car journalism. Insightful and most interesting. Graphic design and page layout are as poor from a readability standpoint as text is excellent.

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