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Make a donation for AMATRICE Earthquake

As you might know on the 24th of August in Central Italy there has been an incredible earthquake that provoked a big tragedy.

If you wish to make a donation (even 1 Euro, Dollar or whatever…) please do it directly to the IBAN bank account of local village AMATRICE City Hall:

Banca di Credito Cooperativo di Roma
IT 13 W 08327 73470 000000005050

You can find at this link all the necessary information: Amatrice City Hall Official Website

Thank you!


Bryon Fitzpatrick another good friend goes away forever…

Dear friends,

when I read the news on Facebook about Bryon’s death I was wordless and I thought …”now he is back with Imre (Molnar) “… the couple is back together.

The Design community is loosing one of main design actor as designer and also design educator, Bryon spent his life transmitting and sharing his immense knowledge to young people helping them on their life journey.

I met Bryon Fitzpatrick at Art Center Europe in early 90′ when I started teaching there on Saturday’s classes. Imre Molnar was there, too. How many times we spent nice time eating all together after class, how many times with students we talked Design thinking, how many times he gave me nice suggestions to help me to be a better teacher.

From 94′ on our professional lives changed so he moved with Imre Molnar at CCS in Detroit I started my adventure at IED as Head of Car Design Dept. However no matter what we always found few hours during those years to meet remembering the good old times and also telling each others our experiences about design schools.

Last time I talked to Bryon was 2 years ago, and recently via Facebook a bit more often, and now the sad news.

Dear Bryon I’ll miss you,  I will keep thinking of you when I will go to a design school to talk to students, or when I answer to those that write to me looking for help.

You will be always my example to follow!




Corvette sketch tutorial by Driven Mavens!

Sketch by Driven Mavens

Dear friends,

lets get back to work with the first 2014 post about sketching cars. I checked this excellent video by our friend Driven Mavens sketching the new 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray!

Important aspects of this sketching lesson by Driven Mavens are:

-soft line quality when starting to sketch the overall car
-correct proportions and perspective
-harder and darker line quality to give a better definition to the sketch and also a sort of 3D effect
-some sections applied for a better volume definition
-the good shading by pencil and reflections line
-the car shadow applied on the ground in a dynamic way for a good composition on paper



Alias Autodesk and car designers

Volvo Concept in Alias Autodesk ( )

Design in general and Car Design in a deeper way have a very strong relationship with CAD modelers or virtual 3D designers, it is thanks to new technologies that today we have new and faster design processus with an important cost reduction issue and a more flexible method.

However; how designers and CAD/Alias Autodesk modelers work together? How is it in Car Design Studios?
I make this question because today this is still a strange subject to treat, very often we can listen to stories like: he did not do what I asked and sketched, or… to read click “continue”.


Sketch Fighter Design Contest by & SPD Milan school in partnership with Scuola Politecnica di Design (Milano) launch International Sketch Fighter Contest for transport designers.
The competition is based on Cardesigncommunity standard: the participants have 1 hour to perform their task. The «Sketch Fighter SPD» will have 5 rounds with a final one which will identify the winner. On September, 9 all the works of the final round, which takes 24 hours, will be evaluated by SPD representatives.
The winner will take 100% educational grant in one of the best schools of design – Scuola Politecnica di Design (Milano), Master’s course, 2011/12. The participants who get the 2nd and 3rd places take 50% educational grant and 30% allowance for education. 

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