Breadvan_update_015: Design renderings
We have shared a large amount of initial, rough ideation sketches last weeks. For our coachbuilding activities of course the initial ideas are very important: making a bespoke car is all about questioning the question the patron asks: what are the wishes behind the wish. What can the designers do to make a suitable car design and what vision does the client truly has in mind? These rough sketches and drawings are made with a simple black BIC pen on a white sheet of A4 paper. They are also often referred to as doodles. These doodles are the experiment, the search which is very broad and open. In one of these many 100’s of sketches, the key sketch will appear: it is the sketch that will define the project. The starting point for another loop of selection and improving. In fact the design process goes from funnel to funnel: after a strong and fierce selection procedure – the funnel – another funnel appears. And again, and again.
For the eventual clay modelling, which will take place based on the custom metal frame work we showed last week, the coachbuilder needs a whole lot more information visual however – information not shown in the first sketches. So once the key sketch has been chosen and the design more and more refined in the sketches that followed, the second step is to fit the design more precisely over the actual packaging of the base car. The packaging (wheelbase, track, and other main external and internal dimensions) represents the technical input for the overall vehicle. It houses everything from the powertrain, chassis and mechanical components and even the placement of seats and other interior components. To present the car in a more refined way, and to develop all volumes, shapes and the surfacing (the skin of the car) the renderings are made to a higher resolution, with more precision, in Photoshop. The shapes are now easier to read. In this specific case the renderings can be printed full size so they can be used as a starting point for measurements taken by the coachbuilder to apply the synthetic automotive clay to the frame. These renderings truly show the bespoke, unique lines which were conceived on the boards with ideation sketches.
But even at this phase the experiment has not yet ended. Based on the more finalised design, a new funnel, another chapter of refinement and experiment opens. This tailor-made, personalised Breadvan Hommage should truly reflect the owners wishes and this can only be achieved through a journey of inspiration and selection.