Then and Now: The rear engine, rear drive 1936 Stout
Scarab, created by William Stout, is the little-known predecessor to
The Petersen Automotive Museum (www.petersen.org) in Los Angeles is hosting the "Driving Through Futures Past" exhibit from April 16 to Sept. 11 featuring 75 pieces of concept car art, conceptual models, and futuristic automobiles. Among the rare prototypes and concept art are works by noted designers and illustrators such as Harley Earl, Bill Mitchell, and Syd Mead. Most of the pieces being exhibited are rarely ever seen by the public, says Dick Messer, the museum's director. The exhibit provides a look at the hands-on process of automotive design before computers became a standard tool. Often referred to as "blue sky" concepts, the futuristic auto designs were created in advanced styling studios to promote revolutionary ideas.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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