How ideas from RCA students for a megacity taxi in 2040 can impact on our future

Discussions on smart cities tend to miss the cultural side – the various social landscapes, which is why these designs by Royal College of Art Intelligent Mobility students – asked to imagine a taxi in a speculative megacity of 2040 – are worth looking into. A couple offer some sophisticated critical design thinking too with ideas that may have seemed impossible dreams before the pandemic made all things impossible possible.... Read More

RCA Show: designers rethink the automobile

A flat-pack IKEA-style relief vehicle, a car born through the sound of music, a self-healing vehicle and a 21st century interpretation of the ancient burial ritual – these were some of the more inspired ideas at the Royal College of Art class of 2015 Vehicle Design graduation show. As the car evolves to be so much more than a mode of transport, tasked to be a home and office on the move, to seamlessly connect our worlds and to do so ecologically,... Read More

Students interpret Jaguar design

This is an inspired take on Jaguar design by Royal College of Art students Ewan Gallimore and Claire Miller created for Clerkenwell Design Week 2013, which opened this week. The initial brief, put forward by Jaguar’s advanced studio in the UK to vehicle and textile design students, was to create a joint exterior and interior form study that expresses their vision of the marque’s future design language in either a sports or luxury context. #gallery-2... Read More

Jerrycan inspires e-bike

One+ is an intriguing concept. Vehicle designer Fernando Ocana has created a conceptual electric bike designed specifically to transport clean water from place to place in the developing world. The lead designer at pioneering electric car company Think, Ocana’s design is an unusual electric motorcycle inspired by the simplicity of the bicycle so that it is simple to produce and easy to maintain. #gallery-3 { margin: auto; } #gallery-3... Read More

RAC Future Car Challenge 2021

To complement the Royal Automobile Club Future Car Challenge 2011 – which took place on 5 November and required entrants to drive a 60-mile route from Brighton to London using the least amount of energy – the members club is holding an exhibition featuring designs by students at the Royal College of Art’s Vehicle Design programme. First year students have been set the challenge of creating an artwork which encapsulates the spirit of the... Read More

Interior solution: Family Dynamic

‘Current car interiors reinforce 1950s family dynamics with dad as boss and everyone else sitting there doing nothing. This is not how the modern family works nor is it the way we interact with one another in the home environment,’ says former Lego designer Adam Phillips. He is presenting Family Dynamic an interior design concept that expresses the needs of the modern family. Designed as part of his graduate project in vehicle design at the... Read More

Otto the anti global car concept

There is a growing trend across the automotive world to champion the global car – the world car. This is generally a small urban vehicle that is pretty non-descript with little indication as to its origin – where is was designed or indeed made. One emerging designer has set about to question this by offering a contextual mobility solution. ‘I can never understand how a Swiss designer living in California can design a car for Thailand... Read More

PAD London: Objects of desire

London turned into a giant art fair in October as representatives from galleries from around the world descended on the capital city to take part in the now highly established Frieze Art Fair and Pavilion of Art & Design London – both offering art for sale and attracting international buyers and collectors as well as art and design enthusiasts. The two affairs that run simultaneously from 13 – 17 October, though, couldn’t be more contrasting.... Read More

Emerging designers at LDF 2010

Product design students at London’s Royal College of Art are being trained to transform their innovative design proposals into commercially viable solutions. The Design Products Collection, launched at the London Design Festival in September, is a new initiative by the RCA’s Design Products department to help students create products intended for serial production. The inaugural edition – to be exhibited next at the 2011 Milan Furniture... Read More

Bentley’s new aero ambitions

British luxury carmaker Bentley, not famed for creating the most aerodynamic sculptures, is seemingly taking a new approach to the design of its future cars. In a recent ‘Bentley of the Future’ competition held at the RCA post graduate school in London the carmaker challenged second year vehicle design students to come up with a future Bentley Continental GT that scored high on aero efficiency without sacrificing the Bentley design DNA. This... Read More