Holiday #SketchBattle 2015: Santa's SleighHoliday #SketchBattle 2015: Santa's Sleigh Ho Ho Ho! We're back with another SketchBattle! This month we felt that the topic should be in line with the holiday season, and what perfect timing, too -- Santa's sleigh is in the shop and he needs...

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Gran Turismo Sport announced, offers real-world prizes [Trailer]Gran Turismo Sport announced, offers real-world prizes... With Forza taking all of the recent video game racing hype, we've waited patiently for any news of a new Gran Turismo. The last game, Gran Turismo 6, debuted...

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HotSketch community gallery 19 August: Hot RodsHotSketch community gallery 19 August: Hot Rods Last week we announced that we'd be starting a weekly sketch battle/community sketch-off online, for fun. Our first topic was "Hot Rods." Though we *just* started this recurring feature, we're already...

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Review: The Big Bad World of Concept Art for Video Games (book)Review: The Big Bad World of Concept Art for Video... There are generally two types of concept art books: Portfolios (collections of one or a few people's work) or "Art Of" books that detail the creation of a movie or game. Both are terrific too look...

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Retro-Future: Ford shows us what car design is in this classic 1960's videoRetro-Future: Ford shows us what car design is in this... "Styling and the Experimental Car" is the title of this great video from the 1960's detailing how Ford developed vehicles in the first half of the 20th Century,...

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MODE gives us a video history of 100 years of classic car design

What are some of the most influential cars of the last 100 years? Would your list include Jags? Audi? BMW? Ford?

MODE has put together this great little video showcasing some of the most influential vehicles of each decade over the last 100 years. The video starts in the 1910s and makes its way up to today, with cars like classic Fords and modern Teslas shining in great perspectives and angles. It’s interesting to see the evolution of vehicle design over decades, as well as some of the technologies and trends that drove them.

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FCA hosting 2016 Drive for Design competition


Tis the season for competitions, whether wrapping up or beginning anew, as college semesters end and begin. FCA is no different, throwing its hat into the ring with its 2016 Drive for Design competition. Continue Reading

27th Annual College For Creative Studies/Michelin design competition winners announced


For nearly three decades, Michelin and the College for Creative Studies have been hosting an annual design competition for their students. What started as tire and wheel designs when I was going to the school has evolved into some of the most elaborate, innovative complete projects since then.

This year is no different. The competition, now in its 27th year, has expanded beyond BFA students to include those studying for MFA as well, as well as international teams. Twenty-five students in all submitted designs for the theme “Mobility for All – Designing for the Next Frontier”. Continue Reading

American Dreaming: Car Style Detroit Exhibit coming January 8


Next week, on January 8 and just prior to the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), the production team behind upcoming documentary film American Dreaming will be hosting a special art & design exhibit. Celebrating decades of automotive design throughout the 20th century, over 50 pieces will be on hand — as will be several of the legendary designers behind them. Continue Reading

First few #Sketchbattle images coming in for Santa’s Sleigh


Courtesy Dali Dimovski

We’d announced the Santa’s Sleigh online #Sketchbattle just a few days ago, and we’re already getting some great entries! Up first is from myself (Dali) as I Photoshopped a Star Wars themed sketch together (and kind of poorly, I might add). That’s what I get for rushing at lunch.

Thankfully, designer Mark Milner gave us Santa in his stylish Porsche, tooling around on the Night Before Christmas.

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Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment (MSBE) 2016 announced


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We’re not the only ones that do SketchBattles. The idea has been around for years now, and has proliferated even more so with social media.

Doing them in person is always a joy, though, and design house Middlecott understands this.

Back for 2016, the company is hosting another Sketchbattle Experiment timed around NAIAS in January. Their Sketchbattles bring the automotive design world together in a fight club, party-like atmosphere, with executives, students and luminaries of the industry competing and judging one another’s work. It’s a great event that prolongs automotive design culture in the Detroit area. Continue Reading

Holiday #SketchBattle 2015: Santa’s Sleigh


Ho Ho Ho! We’re back with another SketchBattle! This month we felt that the topic should be in line with the holiday season, and what perfect timing, too — Santa’s sleigh is in the shop and he needs a new ride QUICK!

Santa has been hanging out in Daytona and loves to watch the races. Can you help create a bad ass racing inspired sleigh for him?

Sketch, paint, or scribble Santa’s sleigh and send it to us by DECEMBER 23RD!  Tweet them at us (@CarDesignFetish) with the hashtag #SketchBattle or post them in the comments below or on our Facebook Page, and we’ll add them to our gallery.

Have fun!

*Not affiliated with the North Pole.

Camilo Pardo announces NAIAS Designer Night 2016

DS 2016 Save The Date

Another year, another Designer Night during NAIAS.

This year’s event takes place on Monday, January 11, 2016 from 7-11PM at the Bankle Building in Detroit.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their Design of Media business card for entry.

See you there for some great networking!

Developer Quantic Dream reimagines Detroit as android hub in first trailer for new game

The city of Detroit has had its ups and downs over the last two centuries. Once the heart of the manufacturing world, it produced the majority of automobiles that the US put on the streets. After a period of economic meltdown, the city is beginning a resurgence, thanks to a technology and development boom. It’s being called the “Silicon Valley of the Midwest”, but it’s still Motown. It’s still the city that puts wheels on out roads.

Perhaps that’s why developers Quantic Dream are using the city as the backdrop — and namesake — to their latest game. Detroit is set in the near future and stars an android named Kara that is searching for what it means to “become human.”


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Gran Turismo Sport announced, offers real-world prizes [Trailer]

With Forza taking all of the recent video game racing hype, we’ve waited patiently for any news of a new Gran Turismo. The last game, Gran Turismo 6, debuted on the Playstation 3 back in 2013 just as that console was nearing its twilight. It was a great game, but our hearts were already with the Playstation 4.

Finally, the series is making its long-awaited debut on the newest generation of Playstation. Gran Turismo Sport, announced by developers Polyphony Digital at Sony’s Paris Games Week press conference, is set to arrive sometime in 2016 for the console. The trailer debuted with an assortment of road and track Audis, Mercedes, and Mazdas, exteriors and interiors, realistic tracks and amazing visuals, but Polyphony has revealed some things that could be much more compelling of an inclusion for the series. Continue Reading