Modern challenges sometimes have traditional solutions.
Take car design, for example. Digital renderings, photorealistic 3D models, and software such as Autodesk Alias and ICEM Surf are all highly advanced tools that automotive designers have at their disposal. Despite their complexity and modernity, however, they can’t account for everything. What’s needed, ironically enough, isn’t the latest software, but rather a material that’s been in use for almost 30,000 years.
Scale models of cars, made from clay, allow a number of different possibilities. The clay’s pliable nature makes it easy to change, add, or take away. The models allow for much more hands-on brainstorming and collaboration, allowing multiple people to see the entire vehicle from various angles at the same time. It also forces designers to see the big picture; focusing too tightly on small details is a common issue when using digital methods.
Hear from the Precept’s clay modellers in episode two of “Polestar Precept: From Concept to Car”, fittingly titled “The clay model”, here.
Perspective is everything. Travelling by plane is a blast for those who have only ever travelled by car. It’s mundane for astronauts. Electric driving is clearly the superior experience in our opinion. But we make electric cars. How do former petrol-heads feel about it? Android developers with an interest in driving? People who take road trips from Bavaria to Schleswig-Holstein and back, with a brief detour in Finland? What are their thoughts on Polestar 2?
The Overview Effect: a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from outer space. Those who have experienced it describe a new understanding of the uniqueness, fragility, and relative smallness of our one and only home. And while it’s easy to imagine the impact this must have; it seems that spaceflight is a prerequisite. Which is why we sat down with Karen Nyberg.
The most innovative ideas are brought about through creative collaboration. Ideas that have the power to change; to revolutionise the status quo and spark social and environmental change. By connecting thoughts, experiences, skills, and intuition, visionary endeavours, like design, can be elevated from good to great.