Future Retro: Drawings from the Great Age of American Automobiles

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Now in a hardcover edition ideal for gifts, these drawings from a private collection showcase the beauty and ingenuity of American automobile design in the landmark period from the 1940s to the 1960s. The work ranges from rough, revealing preliminary sketches to carefully drafted full-color illustrations, which were the presentation drawings auto makers used to showcase concepts, present new design ideals, and act as selling tools. Many of these images have never before been published, and each offers a rare ...
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Overview

Now in a hardcover edition ideal for gifts, these drawings from a private collection showcase the beauty and ingenuity of American automobile design in the landmark period from the 1940s to the 1960s. The work ranges from rough, revealing preliminary sketches to carefully drafted full-color illustrations, which were the presentation drawings auto makers used to showcase concepts, present new design ideals, and act as selling tools. Many of these images have never before been published, and each offers a rare glimpse into the thinking of premiere Detroit automakers. The text by Bill Porter, formerly chief designer for General Motors, explores the role of the designer in auto styling, the demands and expectations of the major manufacturers, and the ways in which airplanes, rockets, and emerging technologies influenced postwar car design. Over 40 color plates showcase the drawings themselves, introducing us to cars that are highly retro, sometimes decidedly wacky (a number of them were too outlandish to build), and always very, very cool. Future Retro’s chrome-plated lessons in car design and history will be a pleasure to practitioners, students of graphic and industrial design, and anyone who has ever succumbed to the lure of the great American automobile. Just in time for Father’s Day.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878466900
  • Publisher: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Publication date: 2/1/2006
  • Pages: 88
  • Sales rank: 703,662
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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