What is Concept Design and Why Do We As Designers Need It?

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“What is concept design?”, one might ask. Working as an industrial designer is fun and all BUT there’s a problem. It requires talking with engineers. And engineers tend to destroy the aesthetics of a design and only focus on cost, manufacturability etc. Yes, they are needed and sometimes you just gotta compromise. But there are…

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How to Make Your Marker Sketches Pop

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Sometimes I get the questions how to make your marker sketches pop or stand out more. I know it’s a common issue amongst designers and students and I think I know what the problem is caused by. CONTRAST. Or in other words, LACK of contrast. You see, I used to have this problem too. This…

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What’s Your Unique Skill?

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Typical dirty morning warmup sesh. I was talking to a friend the other day. He wanted a change but wasn’t sure what that could be. I believe everyone of us, everyone on this planet has a unique skill, or set of skills, that could benefit a lot of other people. Call it a gift. So…

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How to Sketch Cars in Perspective (the easier way)

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Quick little video on how to sketch cars in perspective – using ellipses. Hopefully it will help some of you guys out with perspective sketching. Try it out! Start big, get the proportions and volumes down, add a centerline and then you can start designing your car. Or product I used to start with adding…

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Photoshop for Designers: Introduction to Sketching, Shading & Texturing with a Tablet

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I am very excited to let you know that my new course Photoshop for Designers: Introduction to Sketching, Shading & Texturing with a Tablet just went live. Photoshop for designers is the first course in a series of courses to come that will help you understand product design sketching in Photoshop better. In this first course,…

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Industrial Design Tools I use

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Sometimes I get the question about what industrial design tools I use and thought I’d make a short list of the essentials here. First of all, I just invested in a stand up desk the other day. Love it! I feel less drowsy and more alert plus whenever I’m done working it feels good to sit…

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Mute the Outside Noise & Focus on What You Want

Me visiting Blowing Rocks Preserve near Jupiter, FL. I tried to take off in the wind...

Interesting story, when Mozart was composing at the end of the eighteenth century, the city of Vienna was so quiet that fire alarms could be given verbally by a shouting watchman mounted on top of St. Stefan’s Cathedral. It’s interesting to compare this with modern times. Although you can easily find a place to hear…

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Perspective Sketching Made Easy: From Coffee Cups to Cars

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Perspective Sketching Made Easy: From Coffee Cups to Cars is my new course on perspective sketching. What’s the course about?  Many of us have seen the conventional way of sketching in perspective. Whether it’s 2-point or 3 point perspective, they ALL follow certain rules. In this class, I’m going to show you a completely different way of…

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Tesla Model 3 Renders All Other Small-Sized Sedans Obsolete

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So this beautiful sculpture, the Tesla Model 3, essentially renders all other small-sized sedans obsolete, or am I missing something? Because who in their right mind would go out and buy a brand new Audi A4, Mercedes C-class, BMW 4-series or the like when this is available for a similar or even lower price? It’s…

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Free Photoshop Download – Muscle Car Sketch

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Sometimes it’s hard to see how a sketch is built up by just looking at it. This is why I’m giving you this free photoshop download of a muscle car I did a couple days ago. You can download the .psd file here. Once downloaded, you can open the file up in Photoshop on your…

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