Design, Manufacture, Test as Told by McLaren

It costs absolutely the same amount of money to make a car look ugly as it does to make it look beautiful.

Regarding the McLaren design language:

…it’s not coming from just aesthetics. It’s very easy to design a sexy car; a dramatic looking car. That’s not what design, for me, is all about. It’s more about doing efficient design that has a reason for being.

(emphasis mine)

Frank Stephenson, automotive designer and Director of Styling at McLaren Automotive

While it can be interesting to hear the designer wax poetic about design philosophy it’s even more interesting seeing how the design comes to life:

Even better to see the product perform as designed:

ID Resource List at Product Design Hub

I just now noticed a great list posted by Waikit over at Product Design Hub. Hit the link for details on:

  • Textures
  • Free Stock Images
  • Persona Collage Creator
  • Color Inspiration & Tools
  • Portfolio Hosting
  • Image Hosting & Sharing
  • Salary/Hour Rate Indicators
  • Invoicing Tools
  • Patents Databases
  • Material Databases
  • Anthropometric Data
  • Survey Tools

There is a pretty good discussion going in their forum.

IDES is a good materials resource I didn’t see on the list which is a great complement to MatWeb.

Comments are welcome in the Form Loves Function Discussions Forum.

The Value of Physical Prototypes

I watched the first 4 installments of BBC’s Design for Life on a plane over the Pacific and found the last 2 episodes on Vimeo. The show is pretty much The Apprentice with Philippe at the helm. Plus I think the show illustrates how truly difficult it is to conceive and develop a product from a blank slate. Week after week young designers struggle to prove their design prowess to Philippe and usually fall short by under-delivering or missing the point completely. One week Philippe sent 4 designers packing.

The most profound moment of the show happened in episode 5. After weeks of failing to convince Starck that her new standing/walking aid for the elderly had merit, contestant Ilsa Parry presented the prototype. After merely looking at the proto Philippe’s attitude changed completely. After trying the product for himself he was sold.

Great that Ilsa persevered and continued to drive the vision of her product. Great that the rest of us can witness the power of the prototype in a real-world situation.

The entire series is available on Vimeo:

Design for Life Episode 1
Design for Life Episode 2
Design for Life Episode 3
Design for Life Episode 4
Design for Life Episode 5
Design for Life Episode 6

Design for Life | Episode 5 from designforlife on Vimeo.

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