It’s been almost a week since I was in Detroit for the North American International Autoshow that Ford invited me to. I’ve had a bit of time to reflect on the days that I was there and wanted to start talking about what I saw inside Ford. I along with 149 other bloggers from across the world got access inside the company that they’ve never given the public access to. We checked out different labs for testing, rooms where designs are reviewed and some of the workspace that clay models are created. We also had the chance to talk to a lot of the people working in those spaces.
After getting a tour of the clay models and talking with some of the people that create them gave me a new appreciation of car design. How I look at the shapes of the cars has forever changed. One of the bigger takeaways was how light is reflected off the shapes. When I see a car go by now, one of the first things I look at is how the light flows across the car. In one of the main rooms that the designs can be reviewed I had the chance to drive a simulated car. Driving the computer generated car allowed me to see how the light takes on the shapes of the car. We also saw a quick demo of how sketches can be turned into 3D models. It was interesting to see some of the same principles of design that I do being used for cars. Sketches, wireframes and building through computer programs.
While we only got an overview of what a potential car design process might be, I really enjoyed what those were willing to share.