Monthly Archives: November 2012

Major Project- Package Development

As seen in my previous post, you can see my form development change and follow various directions, some following a single form others a more random shape usually inspired by and organic shape. 

The following upload represents the first semester vehicle package development. I took inspiration from the stylish people movers aswell as standard passenger cars for a blend of style and function, especially in the interior. After purchasing two car seats I was able to live out my package drawing in my driveway placing the seats in a 1:1  package drawing in chalk and using some friends as measures to go by. As you can see the package took a number of different forms due to the various design choices I made through the semester this usually involving varying the number of occupants.

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After further evaluation of my interior I narrowed the number of people from six down to four. This meant that I could properly refine how these four people were to sit in the interior and mark out the space that they all required. This involved further testing with people in the measured out interior as shown by the photos and looking at the kind of seating arrangements that I thought were useful for a driver less car. My aim was create an interior that reflected the new age of automotive development where everyone was a passenger and I really wanted the feel of the interior to reflect that. Here i seriously began thinking about the technologies that were to be a part of the car and certain ” car” bits such as tires and power train and including these in the thought process so that the end result was realistic. The form I presented at my Mid Sem Critique was also refined into a proper package here as well. 

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The following sketch was the turning point at the middle of the year, altering my mid semester form into one which was sleeker captured the speed of the form that i was looking to achieve. This sketch was made over my previous vehicular package and modelled in clay, beginning a major design change.

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After this major design change, most of the updates to the package were made to purely reflect the current form and to make sure whatever design I was pushing had a level of realism according to the package. One of the main design considerations I made after mid semester was to reduce the number of seats that had rotational movement. Initially all four were designed to move but after further analysis I realised that only the front seats needed to be able to move to create an interior theme that was more social. Allowing rotation in all seats meant a much wider vehicle that would lose the newer proportions i was aiming to achieve. Having movement in the rear seat I believed didn’t add much to the overall social mood of the vehicle and what movement there could be would be quite limited regardless. Final power train dimensions, tire sizes, door trims, headlight and tail lights were all finalised here in tune with the refinements in form development.

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Major Project Sketch Development

After the Mid Year Critique, I took another look at my vehicles package and began cutting down and creating a leaner, sleeker form. Inspiration came from not just the package however but also my clay model which I had been working on for the 5 months before that. In the market segment i was looking at too, concept luxury vehicles such as the Peugeot HX1 and the Citroen Numero 9 were vehicles whose captured the sleek fastback form that I aimed to create for my concept.

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This is a selection of sketches which show the initial change in form from the previous packaging. I explored a much sleeker variety of shapes daring to be a bit more conceptual that previously.

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Through these earlier sketches i began further refining my vehicles package looking at where needed to be higher or lower , longer or shorter. I took some of the forms you see above and refined them further into something that started to hint at my final form.

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These forms above have begun to capture the sleek lines I was looking to create and have begun including proper provisions for wheels and doors etc. Details such as headlight and tail light placement, window line, suspension arms were beginning to be considered at this point too.

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These sketches here show the overall form I have chosen and the refinement that went along with it. Sticking with enclosed wheels with in wheel electric motors and a large glass house which reached down to the front bonnet area I was able to adjust my packaging to allow for the forms shown above to be viable. Further refinement here included proper tire sizing, door openings, interior space, power train and suspension placement for the package.

The vehicle graphics such as the side profile was important to refine here as the connection between the front and rear “pods” which housed the wheels, dominated the side profile. Further smaller graphics such as head and taillight placement as well as functional venting was also refined at this stage.

Clay Modelling- Transport Elective

As mentioned in the previous post, studying Transport Design at Monash University as an elective really opened my eyes to rapid form development and getting a better understanding for form and surface. 

The brief for this semesters class was to create a “Speedform”. To everyone this has a different meaning and I think it was interesting to see how people interpreted the brief. Personally when i think speed form i think of an older generation of muscle cars which were long and low , with strong lines and simple aggressive styling. I went further back to looking at hot rods too and capturing the old meets new as you see in hot rods and rat rods of today. This became my mindset for the project, thinking of creating a futuristic vehicle with a hot rod look, containing the old school curvy wheel arches that were so prominent of that generation of vehicles.

 

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Clay Modelling

Lucky enough to have the chance to study an elective at Monash University, Transport Design, I was able to continue this elective into my fourth year studying Clay Modelling under the guidance of GM Holden Clay Modeler Mike Chester. Clay Modelling is one of the greatest ways to create quick forms in my opinion with the whole process being a creative one compared to my experiences in CAD where the focus is mixed on getting a surface that works in the CAD program first rather than one that is accurate to your drawings.

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The early clay development shows a clay model being created at 1:5 scale to a strict package drawing. Unfortunately at this time my package drawing was leading my sketching too much and as a result my form was rather boxy.

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The later development was created after my Mid Semester Critique where the earlier form wasn’t well received  I printed out some thumbnails of my package drawing and sketched a form that was much sleeker and smoother in my eyes and I just worked from these new dimensions for the newer models.

Clay Modelling i think really opened my eyes to another avenue of transport design that I had previously been oblivious too and is one that I intend to continue practicing in the future.

Early Form Devlopment

Form Development through sketching and clay modelling. These sketches were mainly from the 1st half of they year and i was really struggling with my form with package drawing being my main source of design inspiration, resulting in the kinda boxy shape. As expected at the Mid Year Critique these forms weren’t received well and this led me to do a big re evaluation of the form I was trying to create.

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RMIT Major Project Poster

Scaled from a0 to a3 due to file size limits but gives an idea of my final poster that accompanied my model at the exhibitionImage