Found in the Forums: A discussion on design – let's over-analyze style!

found in the forums design discussion

Reader Devin seems to have a passion for art and design. That translates quite easily to anything automotive, and Devin has decided to kick start a thread focusing on the design of a variety of automobiles. In fact, the goal of Devin’s thread is to take a look at a specific vehicle or design language… and then over analyze it.

For example, Devin serves up the Dodge Avenger and then goes to town on how it came to be and why its lines exist as they do. It’s an interesting read to be sure, and it draws in Rust-My-Enemy (aka Chris Haining) who decided to bring in a discussion of Ford’s “Edge” styling. That’s where the thread currently sits, but it’s ready to explode with expertly over analyzed design discussions of countless vehicles.

If you’re a glutton for design dissection, you need to take a deep dive into this thread.

3 Comments

  1. I do agree that the Avenger looks like a small car trying to pull off a big car look. It doesn't really fail, but it doesn't succeed, either.

  2. That was good write-up about the Dodge Devin, here's a crappy one I did about the new V60:
    Raphael Orlove IPD linked to your V60 design article. And it's been gnawing on me (the V60 side profile) since. I think I know what's wrong now. If you look at the Amazon you can see sort of this curve overall, like the horizontal lines above the wheels all start at some point, then go up a bit, and then back down. It looks a bit compressed somehow, energetic slightly.
    When I look at the new V60 I see that along the top of the windows, but all the other horizontal lines above the wheels continue up and some in an kinky instead of gradual way. So that's what is bugging me, it just looks slow really. I think if they had turned the curve for the bottom of the windows down as well to match the top and the other lines as well, it really would have helped.
    Another trick they could have done would be to make the rear wheel wells more tear drop shaped, just slightly like in 145. That may have given more a sense of speed as well.

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