September 29, 2023

I really managed to learn a couple of automobile design books within the final 12 months, one upside of lockdown it appears. There are numerous espresso desk, or reference works on vehicles and even automobile design (in principle). Numerous these are very dry- and basically simply price checking for pictures or info/knowledge, however not for entertaining studying. I assume I gained’t be despatched any additional assessment copies by publishers as I used to be very important of the Bruno Sacco biography for example- which wasn’t a biography in any respect. For those who would really prefer to study something about automobile design I’ve learn a couple of books that I’d suggest (please excuse the newbie pictures of the books).

The obvious supply of automobile design knowledge or perception, would come from an autobiography of a automobile designer we are able to assume? As a result of area of interest nature of this topic- these are sadly uncommon. The designers that we wish to hear from are sometimes nonetheless a part of the enterprise and the politics of the business forestall them from sharing something attention-grabbing. They’re additionally a lot too busy to place any phrases to paper. Fortunately we now have just lately been handled by one of many giants of the automobile design enterprise, to a genuinely self penned autobiography of astonishing high quality. Initially written in French, however translated immaculately by one other automobile design knowledgeable (and pal of the creator) Tony Lewin and printed in English, this ebook is likely one of the greatest I’ve ever learn on this topic. I’m speaking about Patrick Le Quément’s life in automobile design which he has shared with us and titled: Design Between the Traces.

Patrick Le Quément: Design Between the Traces. Pictured at Lahti Institute of Design library.