Transportation Design Books

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  1. The Motorcycle - Design, Art, Desire

    The Motorcycle: Design, Art, Desire

    The Motorcycle: Desire, Art, Design traces the exciting evolution of this automotive icon - and the culture of desire, freedom, and rebellion that surrounds it. It features 100 superb examples of motorcycle design from the late 19th century to the present day and beyond to the technological innovations of the future.

  2. Porsche Unseen - Design Studies

    Porsche Unseen: Design Studies

    When car companies present studies and prototypes, they allow a glimpse behind the scenes, a vision of what may come in the future. Apart from what is shown during official events and at fairs, there is an overwhelming number of drafts and models that remain hidden from the public for various reasons. This book offers an exclusive look at Porsche cars the public never laid eyes on.

  3. Design Line - Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

    Design Line: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

    'Design Line: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles' features one hundred iconic boats, bikes, and other examples of creative excellence. This is a comparative history of transportation, illuminated in a visually accessible timeline. Brought to life by Mike Lemanski, this book is a stylish tribute to vehicles of all shapes and sizes.

  4. Detroit Style - Car Design in the Motor City, 1950-2020

    Detroit Style: Car Design in the Motor City, 1950-2020

    Detroit, nicknamed Motor City, has always been a leader in car design. This book highlights the artistry and influence of Detroit designers working in the industry between 1950 and the present day, giving readers a sumptuously illustrated opportunity to discover the ingenuity of influential figures in postwar American car design. It showcases 12 coupes and sedans, representing both experimental cars created solely for display and iconic production models for the mass market. Dozens of design drawings and images of studio interiors - along with paintings and sculptures - highlight the creative process and dialogue between the American art world and car culture.

  5. Art Deco and British Car Design

    Art Deco and British Car Design

    Art Deco and British Car Design is a book about automotive styling, in particular the streamlined styling that defined what is now known as Airline cars. During the mid-1930s, the majority of British car manufacturers and coachbuilders experimented with streamlined styling. This fashion was the result of Art Deco, an international movement that influenced design and marketing in many different industries, and produced some of the most unique and visually exhilarating cars ever produced in Britain.

  6. Design Between the Lines

    Design Between the Lines

    Most widely acclaimed for his 22 years in charge of Renault Design, resulting in such standout models as the Twingo, Scénic and Avantime, Patrick le Quément has enjoyed a 50-year career that has also taken in Simca, Ford and Volkswagen-Audi. In his foreword to the book, Stephen Bayley calls le Quément 'perhaps the very most original designer working in the conservative car business at the turn of the millennium.' Some 60 million cars across the world now bear the unmistakable stamp of le Quément. Design: Between the Lines is not a straightforward autobiography; rather, le Quément charts his journey through five decades of thoughts, actions, failures and successes. He offers fascinating commentaries on design and the creative process, and on some of the extraordinary automotive brands that make up our shared cultural heritage.

  7. Pagani Hypercars

    Pagani Hypercars

    Horacio Pagani's work is a great adventure in artistic and engineering excellence. This book celebrates Pagani's legendary supercars, which the wealthiest people in the world are prepared to spend a fortune on. Stunning photographs, aesthetic refinement, and perfectionism combine in this one-of-a-kind book.

  8. Giugiaro - Masterpieces of Style

    Giugiaro: Masterpieces of Style

    Giugiaro is one of the most prestigious names in the history of automotive design, synonymous with iconic cars such as the Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT and Alfetta, the Volkswagen Golf, the Audi 80, the Fiat Panda, Uno and Punto, the Lancia Delta, Thema and Prisma and the Maserati Bora, Ghibli and Merak. Born in 1938 at Garessio in the province of Turin, Giugiaro honed his professional skills at Bertone and then at Ghia before setting up on his own when founding Giugiaro Italdesign in 1968. Today the firm is as active as ever and has been responsible for concept cars such as the Caimano, the Iguana and the Canguro, all based on Alfa Romeo mechanicals, and the Asso di Picche and the Quadri on respectively Audi and BMW chassis. This monograph covers this long technical and stylistic history, drawing on a clear, comprehensive text and hundreds of photographs, many of which previously unpublished.

  9. Speed Read Car Design - The History, Principles and Concepts Behind Modern Car Design

    Speed Read Car Design: The History, Principles and Concepts Behind Modern Car Design

    This beautifully designed and illustrated essential guide to car design from Motorbooks' Speed Read series traces the inspirations of the first car designers and tracks the craft, the art, and the science that have propelled successive generations of designers and shaped the contours of the vehicles we see all around us. In sections divided by topic, you'll explore the birth of car design, how it evolved over the last century, successes and failures in innovation, the elements that make up a car's style, the engineering behind the design, the creative process and design fads, and finally the road ahead in car design.

  10. Cars - Driven by Design - Sports Cars from the 1950s to the 1970s

    Cars - Driven by Design: Sports Cars from the 1950s to the 1970s

    As a design object beyond its practical purpose, the automobile has left an indelible mark on the world we live in. There is scarcely another everyday item that has been designed in a more sophisticated and inventive manner and which offers a larger projection area. This can be seen with particular clarity in the sports car of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, which are fast, beautiful, eccentric, and innovative. In an exciting journey through time, this volume pays homage to a selection of exclusive sports cars by legendary manufacturers - including Porsche, Ferrari, and Jaguar - showing them to be artworks in their own right. Essays, biographies, and brilliant color photographs shed light on the sports car's unparalleled unity of form, technology, design, and emotions.

  11. Cyclepedia - 90 Years of Modern Bicycle Design

    Cyclepedia: 90 Years of Modern Bicycle Design

    Cyclepedia is a photographic homage to the beauty of two wheels as well as a celebration of the fastest, lightest, and most innovative bicycles designed over the past century. This book features highlights from the unique collection of architect and designer Michael Embacher's more than 250 bicycles. This compact edition of Cyclepedia offers an expanded selection, including fifteen new bicycles from Embacher's collection, among them designs from Alex Singer, Alan, Textima, and Puch.

  12. Creative Bicycle Design and Framebuilding

    Creative Bicycle Design and Framebuilding

    Creative Bicycle Design and Framebuilding is for the experienced craftsman interested in making steel bicycle frames and forks in a small shop, or well-equipped home studio. It covers aspects of the design process, including creativity, and bicycle geometry. Tools and equipment are discussed, and the process of building bicycle frames is illustrated.

  13. The Current - New Wheels for the Post-Petrol Age

    The Current: New Wheels for the Post-Petrol Age

    Instant acceleration, no noise, no grease, and no pollution. The Current features the most radical vehicles and pioneers of the electric revolution. It explores this shift towards eco-friendly riding by profiling the pioneers in the field.

  14. Land Rover Design - 70 Years of Success

    Land Rover Design: 70 Years of Success

    The Land Rover was born from a desperate need by the Rover Company to develop a stop-gap model to provide cash-flow in the post-war years. The original aim of a simple 4x4 agricultural tool soon developed into a multi-purpose vehicle that became the mainstay of the British Army and produced numerous offshoots for the emergency services, police, forestry and aid agencies worldwide. This book details the personalities involved in the various projects since the late 1940s up to today: the designers, modelers and studio engineers. It charts the development of Land Rover and Range Rover projects in the UK, particularly those designed in the Gaydon studio that opened in 1996, and is still a key part of JLR's design resource. From the early days of chalk drawings and wooden models to today's digital renderings and milled clays for the latest Range Rover Evoque, Land Rover's designers and technicians have never been short of creativity. This book tells their story, in their own words, and is a fitting tribute to the spirit and ethos of Land Rover design and engineering.

  15. Golf Car Classics - 1949-1969

    Golf Car Classics: 1949-1969

    Golf Car Classics is richly illustrated with more than 500 photographs and ads from the period 1949 through 1969. It includes over 200 different golf car designs, 142 different manufacturers and 85 golf cars that can be found in the Legends Golf Car Museum. It provides a glimpse into the innovative designs that saw not only a rapidly developing market niche for entrepeneurs but also a means to grow the game and give access to the game of golf to all, irrespective of physical ability.

  16. Japanese Steel - Classic Bicycle Design from Japan

    Japanese Steel: Classic Bicycle Design from Japan

    William Bevington takes readers into the forefront of both competitive and leisure cycling in his book 'Japanese Steel: Classic Bicycle Design from Japan.' This is the first book of its kind, chronicling the golden age of Japanese bicycle design. With photographs of extremely rare and collectible bicycles, as well as ephemera and manufacturer's manuals, Bevington produces something unique and innovative in a field that has been oversaturated by the French and Italian bicycle market.

  17. Vehicle Design - Aesthetic Principles in Transportation Design

    Vehicle Design: Aesthetic Principles in Transportation Design

    This book guides readers through the methods and processes designers use to create and develop some of the most stunning vehicles on the road. Written by Jordan Meadows, a designer who worked on the 2015 Ford Mustang, the book contains interviews with design directors at firms including Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Hyundai Motor Group, and Ford Motor Company, amongst other professionals. Case studies from Ford, Mazda, and Jeep illustrate the production process from research to execution with more than 245 color behind-the-scenes images in order to help readers create vehicles drivers will cherish.

  18. The Wooden Bicycle - Around the World

    The Wooden Bicycle: Around the World

    Up until about a century ago, wood had always been the only available material for the construction of the first bicycles, and it was as recently as the 1950s that wood was the only material used for bike wheels in all competitive cycling realms. These days, in opposition to the great industrialization of steel manufacturing, wood and bamboo are increasingly being used to create a niche space in design within the industries of transportation, sport, art, culture and indeed modern lives in general. With the significant advances in technological research and application, wood and bamboo are increasingly being promoted as materials suitable for the construction of bicycle frames and individual bicycle components. Showcasing more than 250 designers from around the world, including craftspeople (many of them renowned bicycle makers), manufacturers and associated organizations, this book dedicates hundreds of pages to beautiful bike designs, illuminating the latest modern trends in specialist bicycle craftsmanship.

  19. Jaguar Mark 1 and 2

    Jaguar Mark 1 & 2

    The compact Jaguar saloons of the 1950s and 1960s were some of the most popular performance cars of their day and now are considered one of the most collectable of classics. In this fascinating, extensively illustrated book, Nigel Thorley describes the year by year history and development of the Jaguar Mark 1 and Mark 2 models.

  20. Ford Design in the UK

    Ford Design in the UK

    Exploring Ford UK's design studios during the past 70 years, Ford Design in the UK - 70 Years of Success provides a unique insight into the company's history, its UK studio locations, and delves into the lives of the designers, modellers and studio engineers.

  21. Porsche 911 - The Ultimate Sportscar as Cultural Icon

    Porsche 911: The Ultimate Sportscar as Cultural Icon

    Porsche 911: The Ultimate Sportscar as Cultural Icon explains how this German car became a global phenomenon and a symbol of aspiration, freedom, and the appetite for perfection, and even more, why, around the world, the 911 continues to fascinate gentlemen, ladies, and rogue drivers.

  22. Stile Ducati - A Visual History of Ducati Design

    Stile Ducati: A Visual History of Ducati Design

    Stile Ducati, released to celebrate the Bologna company's 90th anniversary, is the official book to discover Ducati's glorious history: unparalleled tradition made of innovation, Italian style and sport victories that started in 1926.

  23. BMW - 100 Masterpieces

    BMW: 100 Masterpieces

    Through text and images, BMW-100 Masterpieces details the company's history, exploring the components of the BMW brand identity, selecting one hundred significant achievements, be they innovations in vehicles or the engineering process or world-renowned series and models like the famous BMW 328, the BMW Z series, or the motorcycle BMW K1. Special sections are devoted to the company's racing program; its world records; and movie appearances, including the James Bond franchise. The book also discusses the company's employment reforms and groundbreaking environmental decisions. Throughout the book, nearly three hundred vintage and new photographs show the evolution of this distinguished brand and the engines, motorcycles, and automobiles it produces.

  24. Bicycle Design - An Illustrated History

    Bicycle Design: An Illustrated History

    The bicycle ranks as one of the most enduring, most widely used vehicles in the world, with more than a billion produced during almost two hundred years of cycling history. This book offers an authoritative and comprehensive account of the bicycle's technical and historical evolution, from the earliest velocipedes (invented to fill the need for horseless transport during a shortage of oats) to modern racing bikes, mountain bikes, and recumbents. It traces the bicycle's development in terms of materials, ergonomics, and vehicle physics, as carried out by inventors, entrepreneurs, and manufacturers.

  25. Cars - Freedom, Style, Sex, Power, Motion, Colour, Everything

    Cars: Freedom, Style, Sex, Power, Motion, Colour, Everything

    The story of the car is the story of how the objects of industry became a medium of artistic expression. This book tells that story in a series of case studies which reveal national characteristics: American flair, German technical suprematism, French vernacular chic, gorgeous Italian sculpture, English antiquarianism, Japanese ingenuity, Swedish responsibility.

  26. Cyclepedia - 100 Postcards of Iconic Bicycles

    Cyclepedia: 100 Postcards of Iconic Bicycles

    This special-edition postcard box presents 100 of the most significant, exciting, and curious examples from the history of cycling. On each postcard, specially commissioned photography of each bicycle is complemented by essential information about the model, with key facts and technical specifications.

  27. Audi Design - Between Evolution and Revolution

    Audi Design: Between Evolution and Revolution

    Over two volumes, Prof. Othmar Wickenheiser, who specializes in the development of car design, explains and analyses the Audi aesthetic in all its aspects. When describing the work of automobile designers, he has the uncanny knack of explaining complex matters using crystal-clear examples, also drawing attention to details that might otherwise go unnoticed.

  28. Bellissima! - The Italian Automotive Renaissance, 1945 to 1975

    Bellissima!: The Italian Automotive Renaissance, 1945 to 1975

    Bellissima! presents some of the most breathtaking Italian-designed automobiles and motorcycles of the post-World War II era, a series of visionary designs that thrilled the world and signaled a period of remarkable industrial rebirth. All-new photographs featuring pioneering masterpieces by Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo, and others trace a remarkable lineage of design that captivated buyers and greatly influenced mid-century industrial design, architecture, aeronautics, furniture, and fashion.

  29. Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Art and History

    Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Art & History

    Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Art & History is not just another publication, but tells the history of these two iconic Italian car manufactures, from one of their first creations in 1911 until today. This book not only features texts and boxes of technical specifications, but images celebrating the unique design of the vehicles, which are a reflection of their engineers' visions and eras.