Danish Do-It-Yourself

Danish Do-It-Yourself

For those of you not aware, kit cars are cars that you purchase and assemble yourself, and are usually based on discontinued cars of the past. Unlike the original cars they are inspired by, kit cars take the frame and mechanics from whatever current automobiles have close-enough specifications. So you may find a Ferrari kit car riding on Corvette frame and engine. Got it?

0 Designer: Jesper Hermann

BMW - No More Dents and Dings

BMW – No More Dents and Dings

BMW is really thinking outside the proverbial box with their latest concept design exercise. If the previously featured M1 concept did not strike your fancy, maybe this GINA Light Visionary Model will do the trick. The GINA is a roadster concept wherein the use of sheet metal found on bodies of production vehicles has been replaced with a special, flexible, highly durable and extremely expansion-resistant fabric material that stretches across a metal structure.

Speed Render a Speedster

Speed Render a Speedster

If you like the creative process, you will love to see this video of a car sketch speed rendered in just 5 minutes using only photoshop. Jan Lim from Malaysia SEGi College’s industrial design department speeds us from pencil sketch to polished metal. If you can put up with the mind numbing music, you just might learn something.

Water + Wind = Fun

Water + Wind = Fun

What could be more fun than flying a kite or riding a Waverunner? Try both at the same time! That’s the basic idea behind the “Nereus” water craft by designer Mathias Koehler. Powered by none other than Mother Nature herself, this water craft can deliver hours of fuel free fun above and below the water. Steering is managed via foot pedals and the diving function is handled vie the hand grips controlling the pivoting fins at the base.

0 Designer: Mathias Koehler

Yanko Design Profiles: GM's Designer in Chief

Yanko Design Profiles: GM’s Designer in Chief

As many working designers are well aware of: all industrial and automotive designers can thank their yearly salaries to General Motors and the concept known as “planned obsolescence.” For those of you that never heard of this business practice, planned obsolescence is the process of a product becoming obsolete and/or non-functional after a certain period or amount of use in a way that is designed and planned by the manufacturer.

The Sound Of Music

The Sound Of Music

The Sound From Wind is hands down the most innovative if not frivolous bicycle accessory to date. What you get are a pair of flutes that attach to either sides of the handle bar. As you ride you bike, air rushes thru chambers producing sounds similar to an ocarina. You manipulate those sounds by pressing keys on both flutes and if you want a fuller, richer sound – ride faster!

0 Designer: Joseph Kim

MINI is so last year... Meet TINY!

MINI is so last year… Meet TINY!

If an Adidas running shoe and a drop of rain wanted to design a lightweight, eco-friendly urban vehicle, what would that look like? The M-112 is an urban concept car prototype design by Ignacio Garcia might be a good start. As part of the EcoCustom Team that took part in the last Shell Eco Marathon 2008 in France, the Spanish designer set out to prove that super-duper small car design does not have to be comical or embarrassing.

0 Designer: Ignacio Garcia

Suzuki's Green Machine

Suzuki’s Green Machine

The good folks at Suzuki are serious about going green and have been spotted testing their latest concept, the Suzuki Crosscage Hydrogen Fuel Cell Motorcycle. With no gears, no noise, no clutch and no emissions, this hydrogen fuel cell / electric hybrid two-wheeler just might be the future of motorcycles and is closer to reality than you might think. Seriously, there is a guy riding one in these pictures, you won’t hear it coming, but it is.

0 Design: Suzuki

Really High Fashion

Really High Fashion

Beat this toy Brad and Angelina! French Luxury Brand Hermés teamed up with Eurocopter to introduce the “L’helicoptre par Hermès”, the most tricked-out, super-stylish way to fly since the Spruce Goose (look it up). This unprecedented collaboration started as just a design exercise. Italian designer Gabriele Pezzini was brought in to work with Eurocopter engineers and Hermès craftsmen to create the final design.

0 Designer: Gabriele Pezzini

Green Sailboat

Green Sailboat

Your little schooner (aka; sailboat) sure is lovely for cruising the open waters and enjoying natures majesty. But did you realize that sailboats can be one of the worst offenders of the green movement? It’s true. With the amount of fiberglass, epoxy chemicals, high end woods and pretty much a ton of non-sustainable materials it takes to make one of these floating works of art, the only real way to recycle a boat is by sinking it and making it an artificial reef.

0 Designer: Max Koriath

Auto design that floats my boat...

Auto design that floats my boat…

Design mash-ups can be so much fun. Take this 1963 Corvette Stingray inspired boat design by Swedish designer Bo Zolland. He takes the split-back window design of the classic American muscle car and fuses it into a watercraft that manages to come off very futuristic and ultra luxurious at the same time.

0 Designer: Bo Zolland

Crane With a View

Crane With a View

As cranes go, they either get the job done or don’t. Not much progress has been made in the past 50 years with crane development. Most of the evolutionary focus has been on lift capabilities and reach. “LYNX” – mobile crane by Jiri Kubec is a revolutionary concept in the way it treats the driver/operator.

0 Designer: Jiri Kubec

Born to be Wild Design

Born to be Wild Design

In the competitive world of sleek and wind splitting motorcycle design, aero-dynamic drag efficiency takes a back seat only to face stretching speed and performance. This latest concept by NON-OBJECT called “nUCLEUS” throws out the current rule book and presents this “Square Against Air” electric motorcycle design. nUCLEUS boasts a thin comfortable saddle and horse-like behavior that lowers itself when idle and raises when in motion.

0 Designer: Non-Object