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H-Point: The Fundamentals of Car Design & Packaging

4.6 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1933492377
ISBN-10: 1933492376
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About the Author

Stuart Macey currently works for Curb Industries in Southern California, providing vehicle packaging services to automotive design studios. He also teaches the vehicle architecture class at Art Center College of Design. Geoff Wardle has worked as a professional vehicle designer and is currently the Director of Advanced Mobility at Art Center.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Design Studio Press (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933492376
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933492377
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #752,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ray on April 18, 2010
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This is a great reference book. But so as to not cause any confusion, this is NOT an instructional guide on how to draw and design cars. It is rather a reference guide filled with info and facts that you should keep in mind when designing cars. If you are looking for a book that has step by step instructions on how to draw cars and perspective, this is not the book you are looking for. If you are already a car designer or a car design student, and want a handy and well thought out reference guide, this is the book for you.
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This book could be named "automotive design 101": it obviously is a textbook from the Transportation Design undergraduate course at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

It does lack some edge on the imagery (and must be corrected with updated EC regulations), but does provide an invaluable insight on the automotive design industry.

This is definitely a "how did I live without it" item, and every designer should have it on their bookshelf!
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I'm not a professional car designer, but I like drawing and designing cars. I've seen plenty of books, tutorials, etc. about drawing cars, but this is the first resource I've found that covers packaging. There are tons of very useful illustrations, and I learn something new with every paragraph. I'm only on chapter 2 and it's proven to be invaluable.

If you just want to draw cars, this will be no help to you. However if you want to design cars, you need this book.
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The book presents an overview about what you have to keep in mind before starts a vehicle design project (and during it!). It gives concepts of spacing, blocking and priority regarding each kind of car in a very accessible language and basic level. I have never seen anything similiar in the market, specially in Brazil where I live and work. Every transportation designer should have one of these books in their libraries!
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This book covers all the automotive packaging requirements.
It is an excellent guide going through the stages of vehicle engineering.
With precise definitions and very good illustrations. This will give the engineering students a good grounding.
Even for the established engineer it gives a nice refresher course.

Well worth the purchase.
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I'm a Mechanical Engineering originated designer and this book is really what ''I was looking for''.. It has good illustrations that showing the vehicle anatomy and packaging instructions. Like other friends said, ''this is not a sketching book'' but a rich resource including the basic rules and ratios that form a vehicle correctly. It's worth to have it in your archive.
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This book is great for artist who have a passion for automotive design and really help for those who plan to make a career in this field. Easy to understand and everything in the book is knowledge that you must know and master.
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An awesome collection of great advice and insight about how to design cars. I have been in the industry for 25 years and have never seen a single source for so much wisdom around car design. Wish I had it when I was starting out in the automotive business. Highly recommended.
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