Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Sneak Preview of Our Relationship with Art Center

Known to many designers, and aspiring designers, the Art Center College of Design is a mecca for talented artists. It is especially strong in the transportation design field, and its graduates have gone on to create some of the most exciting cars ever conceived.

A couple of months ago, I sat down with the Nate Young, Vice Chairman of ACCD, and Stewart Reed, Chair of the Transportation Design Department, to discuss the plans for Local Motors and its community.

They immediately saw the potential that many designers would come to know and love the discipline of transportation design through our community and they wanted Art Center to be on the forefront of this community's mind. We decided to promote a select number of students who would provide their take on what a standard Local Motors' competition entry would look like.

In the next couple of days, you will see an announcement of these results and you will also be able to view the work.

We are very proud of the work that our community has collectively created, and we think that Art Center is a fantastic learning environment, which many in our community have called home for at least a couple of years.

Here is a quote from a 17 year old rising star who is part of the Local Motors' Community:

About me:
My name is [edited for privacy]. I'm 17. I live in Canada. My passion for car design started since I was 6.
I'm still in high school. I learned everything by myself but I plan to study in car design later in a school like ACCD.
I don't have any professionnal experience yet. But I do a lot on my own.
Skills, Awards & Talents: competition editor's choice award. Sketching, Photoshop, Rhino 3D
English, French, Chinese, Spanish( basic). and learning more...

Such a burning desire from a talented young self-taught designer is exactly why Art Center has realized the need to be seen in the advance guard of our community. If this young member spends just a short time on our site and sees the Art Center affiliation, his preference will likely be deeply impacted.


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