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June 2020​ – This year we celebrated the graduation of students that started their studies in the autumn of 2016. Because of the global COVID-19 pandemic the Institute of Design Degree Show could be organised this time only on social media platforms. The Institute of Design Degree Show was titled SPECTRUM. The STANCE20 show was held side-by-side with the MI Degree Show on STANCE social media channels.

All graduating students of 2020 were invited to display their graduation projects on the virtual STANCE2020 show. The show drew some valuable attention, although without an actual exhibition display, reaching a local audience turned out more difficult than usual. Some of the Vehicle Design projects were on display at the MI Degree Show, but the STANCE2020 show exhibited a total of 9 different vehicle design graduation projects. We were proud to show a large variety on the graduation projects; from entry-level super cars and specialised vehicles to production-ready trailers and service design concepts. These are the projects in our student’s own words.

Matias Pekkonen

KORG MEW/40

KORG MEW/40 is a shared mobile workspace for electronic music. It provides tools for extensive music and sound creation as well as sharing and streaming. The vehicle is targeted at a niche demographics of professional and amateur musicians.

MEW/40 uses visionary technology such as haptic hologram touch-control and a generative music tool. The concept emphasizes KORG’s impact on sound technology over the last 40 years and envisions the brand’s future identity, while assessing the possibility of a vehicle concept.

Antti Tirri

Yoga Balasana

Yoga Balasana is a vehicle concept for a city in 2040. This project goes through current and upcoming trends in our society. The concept is visually based on slow living and yoga. The final product is a 3D model and renders of an autonomous vehicle, where one can practise yoga inside.

Jarkko Salonen

Polestar Prebike

Polestar Prebike is an all-electric motorcycle concept for the year 2025. The electric car manufacturer Polestar was chosen as the brand for the project. Polestar is a pioneer in technology and sustainability in its field.

In this scenario, Polestar wants to expand into the motorcycle market by creating new innovative solutions and developing already existing technology into a smaller and more efficient form. In the project, I study how Polestar’s values, technology and new design language can be brought to motorcycles.

Julius Ranta

2030 MITSUBISHI Urban EV Concept

2030 Mitsubishi Urban EV Concept is an urban car concept for the year 2030. The concept car shows what a small urban vehicle could look like in the future and what new possibilities future technologies bring.

Mitsubishi Urban EV Concept is a four-seater electric vehicle powered by two electric hub motors inside the rear wheels. The hub motors free up space from the front which gives more space for the interior. The objective was to have as large an interior as possible in the smallest exterior dimensions.

The design of Mitsubishi Urban EV Concept emphasises functionality and user-friendliness. It prioritises interior space and comfort, which is made possible by an intelligent layout, large smart window surfaces and a partial autonomous driving system. The concept has an advanced driving assist system for driving in urban streets, and on rural roads it can drive completely autonomously. The steering wheel can be folded behind the dashboard and the front seats can be rotated 180 degrees when the vehicle is driving autonomously. The large smart windows can display information for the passengers as well as change the tint and cloudiness of its surface. During parking, the windows can be made opaque to block the visibility inside the vehicle.

Tuomas Tolonen

DÆRK DRAGON

The task of DÆRK DRAGON project was to design an autonomous luxury vehicle for the Chinese market. The goal was to create a symphony of new technology in a luxurious environment. It includes new features such as hybrid hydrogen fuel cell drivetrain and hologram & gesture control. As a result of this project, a 3D model was made.

Matias Laaksonen

Lunaliner Concept Car 2030

I did my Graduation Project for Oy Lunawood Ltd which is a global marketing leader in Thermowood manufacturing. In this project I studied the suitability of Lunawood materials for a car and especially for its interior while implementing the best possible concept car to market Lunawood’s products.

The concept car to be implemented is set for 2030 when increased population growth will significantly increase traffic jams. At the same time, the concept is a solution for replacing time lost in traffic jams and utilize it with the benefits of the concept car. In this project, I testified that making a car is more environmentally friendly with the help of right materials and design.

Nicklas Sundvall

Weckmann WS90M

In this graduation project I deal with the re-design of Weckman Steel Oy’s M-model series WS90M trailer. The purpose was to improve the overall appearance of the trailer by visually modernizing the look with new components, colors and graphics. In addition to the above, the trailer should be kept as cost-effective and easy to manufacture as possible, in order to be competitive in price. As a result, a 3D model was made that can be used to make a prototype of a trailer.

Jaakko Järvinen

GACHA Robot Bus Service Design Concept

The main goal of this thesis was to produce a service design concept for Sensible 4 and Nokia to visualize scenarios that the GACHA robot bus could face in the area of Karamalmi Espoo. The scenarios were dedicated evenly between Sensible 4 and Nokia.

Esa Mustonen

RAW by Koeniggsegg

RAW by Koenigsegg is a digital concept car created by Esa Mustonen for RAW Design House as his Graduation Thesis. The work was carried out under supervision and support of Christian von Koenigsegg and Sasha Selipanov. The concept car envisions a futuristic entry-level hyper car under an imagined “RAW by Koenigsegg” sub-brand.

RAW by Koenigsegg makes use of the world famous Koenigsegg technologies and know-hows. Mounted behind the innovative 3 seat carbon fiber occupant cell is the 3 cylinder Freevalve TFG engine which was first shown to the world in the Koenigsegg Gemera. Our ambition was to use Koenigsegg Automotive’s vast composite and light-weighting experience to aim for an unprecedented 700hp and 700kg, a new interpretation for the 1:1 power to weight ratio. On top of this, RAW by Koenigsegg has a strong focus on innovative aerodynamics with its flow-through architecture and jet fighter afterburner inspired articulated rear diffuser.

RAW by Koenigsegg offers a new type of user experience as it can be used in both the real and the virtual world. The car allows its user an opportunity to experience its performance and influence its setup in either real life or digital states using already existing highly correlative racing simulators.

RAW by Koenigsegg is an exciting vision of what a light weight entry-level hyper car of the future could look like.

The 2020 Stance Award is awarded to Esa Mustonen for his outstanding entry-level super car project at Koenigsegg.

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STANCE18

A few weeks ago STANCE18 happened. This blog post is running late, thanks to our exciting process of moving our entire Design Institute to a new campus facility! More news on this soon, but by coincidence we are moving to become very close neighbours of Ace Corner and the Motorcycle Museum. This was again our chosen venue for STANCE18 and once we are based nearby perhaps we will be more frequent visitors? Ace Corner is a friendly place that always makes us feel welcome. This year our exhibition was quite small – more projects will actually be unveiled later this year – but we had awesome Ace Burgers and a few beers and celebrated another group of talented Finnish designers leaving us for the wider world!

The weather this May was truly exceptional. The hottest for 30 years in Finland and we enjoyed the evening looking out across the vast lake we have here in Lahti. STANCE is about networking, it is about making sure that students, alumni, staff, businesses or anyone in Finland interested in transportation and vehicle design can get together socially. I will waste no more blog space and will let our students explain their own graduation projects (useful to have abstracts written in English), and you can see there were one or two other interesting things we exhibited. Finally we brought back our Suzuki 750cc motorbike that the museum had donated to us! Our students had transformed it into a Cafe Racer.

We also partnered with our usual sponsors Rightware (of Kanzi UI software fame), plus a newcomer called AirShaper! Rightware helped us present our annual STANCE Award- given for our favourite project of the exhibition. There have only been 4 winners of STANCE awards previously, and 2 of those are working in OEM vehicle design studios right now! In 2016 we also awarded a special online version, just that once. This year a project stood out at the show- for exhibiting a 1:5 scale clay model. Ivo Mukkulainen received the 2018 Rightware STANCE Award for his tireless dedication to creating a beautiful Jaguar branded design. His reward this year, was a 4 month internship at Rightware design office in Helsinki. We wish him the best of luck with his career. An exciting part of Ivo’s project was aerodynamic testing of his model, in a wind tunnel. How did we achieve this? Well it wasn’t a real wind tunnel, just a digital simulation thanks to a new online service created by AirShaper.com. A special offer of €500 simulation time (using their digital wind tunnel costs less than a real one!) was created just for us at STANCE, and you simply have to follow this link and sign up to their newsletter (it’ll cost you your email address) and they could pick you to receive the €500! This offer is only for STANCE followers, and your chances are VERY high!

Ivo can explain his project topic himself:

Ivo Mukkulainen

 

Jaguar SVO Project 9 – Future Classic

The subject is a classic car of the future.

I want to show how driver’s passion can continue in the future, considering future technology and standards.

New possibility to drive on the race track and not to be scared about consequences.

How Jaguar heritage and design DNA will continue in the future.

Heidi Yli-Suvanto

 

The North Face Exploration Vehicle

 

This graduation project is a conceptual exploration vehicle that is branded for The North Face and is suitable for both urban and natural environments. A major goal of this project is to encourage peo­ple who have spent most of their lives in the city to explore and feel comfortable going to areas outside of the urban environment. The inspiration, and overarching goal of this project, is to facilitate eye-opening experiences in nature and inspire people to take better care of their surroundings.

 

Mika Niskavaara

 

KTM 360 Electric Motorcycle Concept

 

My graduation project is an electric motorcycle concept for freeriding and exploring urban environments. With this concept l’m going to explore solutions and possibilities for urban freeriding. l’m aiming to introduce new ideas to the motorcycle industry inspired by bmx and freestyle mountain biking.

 

Mikke Leinonen

 

Nissan Kirei – Future Classic

 

My final project is the future classic vehicle concept. The car is designed for the year 2025 and vehicle should win the Concours d’Elegance competition in 2050.

The main focus of the project concentrates on the exterior design of the vehicle.The car should stand out from the mass and awaken great emotions.The car has to be futuristic and there should be elements that make it a classic in the future. I have chosen Nissan for the brand, because I’m not so familiar with Nissan. I also wanted to choose a brand that does not have a classic car so far. The purpose of my project is to be a Vanguard for the Nissan and help the brand to create a classic car in the future.

I’ve tried to find elements and issues for the project that make products classic and iconic. The written part of the thesis consists of the steps of the project’s progress, brand history and Concours d’Elegance competition.

 

Peppi-Emilia Salmi

 

Trimoto – Endurance Motorcycle Trailer

 

The thesis focuses on designing a motorcycle transport trailer. With the market research, I strive to create a potential and useful concept for the market.

The result should be an affordable, lightweight and functional entity for fluctuations a Finnish weather conditions. The trailer should be able to carry two or three full size enduro motorcycles and their drivers’ accessories.

The thesis is perceived with a 3D model made by the Autodesk Fusion 360 modeling program and the physical 1:6 model.

Perttu Susi

 

Hukka Houseboat

 

In my Bachelor’s Thesis I have designed a houseboat for private use. It is suitable for year-round living in Finland’s varied weather conditions. The houseboat strives to solve the challenges of urban living in the future. Urbanization and rising sea levels resulting from climate change can affect the emergence of new forms of living in Finland as well as in the rest of the world. The houseboat I have designed is environmentally friendly and it is also suitable for going at the high seas.

 

Tatu Konttinen

 

Vator 27DC – Reviving a Finnish Boat Brand

 

The subject of this thesis is a study and a concept of reviving Vator boats with a new model and development of a businessmodel. Vator is a dead brand which used to be one of the biggest boat companies in Finland.

The procecution of the idea required research about contemporary boating and how it should evolve in the future.

The idea of owning things is changing and since boating is concidered as an expencive hobby there is no doubt that it wont affect the boating culture aswell. Major part of the process is to focus on customer needs and demands in the near future without forgetting a boat that suits multiple purposes.

Teemu Paavola

 

Mega Yacht Concept for 2040

 

This thesis is about future possibilities of yachting and new younger generation users.

Focus on this thesis is on future technologies and younger users. What is possible in the future and what do the younger generation want from their yachts. A fictional user has been created for this thesis to get more realistic end result. User is based on a future research. The design of this yacht came from the futures pos­sibilities and functions that user needs. There is no companies or any other contractors.

Thesis is fully based on a research and fictional user needs. Design is created based on research and sketching all the way to the final 3d model.

 

 

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STANCE17 public vote

24th of May 2017 saw the opening of our STANCE 17 degree show. We would like all of you to take part in choosing a “people’s favourite” from our exhibits. So here are all 8 projects that were on display. Take a look through the images, then use the comments to vote. Or head to our Facebook page, or twitter!

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Boris Fabris – Automotive Design Workshop

We at STANCE have had a very eventful term this autumn, and we have a few interesting projects, topics, and events to report. The first we want to talk about is a unique and outstanding opportunity we had this year to employ the services of Italian designer Mr Boris Fabris. In addition to being an extremely nice man, Boris Fabris is a very experienced car
designer- with many production projects to his name. Born in 1972, in Rome Italy, Boris has been working in Turin for nearly 20years and most of those years he has worked at the legendary design studio of Leonardo Fioravanti. One of Bori’s most prominent vehicle designs, was the very first Special Projects Ferrari- the SP1. This unique Ferrari was created
in 2008 for a wealthy Japanese collector.

photo credit: Boris Fabris

As you can imagine, the chance to have a Ferrari designer visit us, with deep industry experience to pass onto our students- was a chance we did not want to miss. Mr Fabris offered to hold a one week design workshop, to impart as much of his knowledge and guidance as he could in a visit that proved to be too short (because we enjoyed his company so much). So in September, the Automotive Design Workshop was launched, and students from across our year groups were invited to take part. In total 22 students (the maximum capacity!) were enrolled, and the intense course began on 5th of September with Boris introducing himself to all of our students. After some fascinating insight into the design process, and also some glimpses of his own work, students were all excited and enthused to begin. Boris gave students 2 different design projects within one week. The work was intense and satisfying, with results being demanded so quickly. Boris expertly guided the students to produce ideas and think through the design problems of creating a vehicle as quickly as possible. Enthusiasm was high, and Boris had even carried his own personal car design library with him (some very heavy books to bring from Turin to Finland!). The history of Italian car design, and also the specific experience of bringing a design from sketch to being stamped out in a factory was something we hoped Boris would bring to us, and he delivered these things superbly. Students worked through one brief- for a contemporary luxury coupe- then later in the week Boris used his expertise to place the students into groups
that we knew would simulate a typical design team experience. Those groups set to
work designing a future mega-city urban vehicle design. Group work (once it got underway with the second design brief) was strongly emphasised by Boris, as was team leadership, decision making under pressure and many other real-world, real pressure automotive design industry practises. Our students felt that they gained huge experience in just a matter of days.

The group projects were presented at the end of the week, at the Oy Oy art gallery in Lahti, where we decided to show all of the project work along with other vehicle design artworks by our students (see separate blog post). The two events fitted together nicely, and Boris was happy to publicly show some of his own skills by sketching at the gallery! The intensity of the course and the hard work encouraged by Boris, was only possible thanks to his friendly and warm personality. We will always be grateful to him for visiting, and we would also like to thank the City Council of Lahti for funding of his visit (thanks to our award prize money of 2015).

A gallery of Boris and students at work follows below.

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The Art of Vehicle Design 1.9.-11-9.2016

STANCE are holding an art exhibition! Here’s the info… (note: the gallery is closed on Monday and Tuesday)

This exhibition aims to showcase the art that happens behind the scenes, simply as part of our design process in Vehicle Design. Often these sketches and models are discarded or ignored as designs progress towards their final stages. The aim of our exhibition is to celebrate the artistry and creativity that happens spontaneously on paper, on canvas, on scraps of paper, on napkins at dinner, in our notebooks on the train etc. A designer must transition from art to commerce (a real product) but the emotion and energies of these early rough beginnings are vital to keep alive in our designs, in order to create successful vehicles.

In Vehicle Design, the designer must celebrate and practice their artistic skills.

These works are selected from current and previous Vehicle Design Bachelors students of Lahti Institute of Design and Fine Arts.
Some works are selected from students of Transportation design at Steiglitz Academy of Art and Design in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 2015 our students worked with their peers in Russia for a 10 day automotive design workshop.

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STANCE 16 – Vehicle Design Degree Show

June 2nd 2016 – and we celebrated another graduation year for students that began their studies of Vehicle Design in 2012. We had a little VIP invitation only event, the night before the show. Four years of hard work, ups and downs, projects and discoveries, have led to this exhibition. This year we see the first ever female Vehicle Designers leaving our course, and they certainly had very interesting projects to display. We were also very proud to see incredible diversity and variation amongst these final projects. Our students attempted to conquer land, sea, motorsport, farming, other planets and interstellar space! Quick list of projects includes, a motorbike, a rally car, a leisure boat, a tractor cabin, a vehicle for Mars, an underground mining vehicle, and a spacecraft of immense proportions. As is usual for us (we are busy!) more info will follow in a more extensive blog post….
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STANCE15 – behind the scenes

June 2016, our second ever Vehicle Design graduation show will arrive.  STANCE16 will follow a similar format to STANCE15, with a public exhibition on June 2nd, following a VIP invitation only night on June 1st. We try to invite all of you who contribute to the automotive and vehicle design business here in Finland and across the world. Apologies in advance if we leave you out- let us know as our contact list needs to expand! First we have to prepare though, and even more importantly our students must complete their STANCE 2015 Public Exhibitionstudies by creating a final thesis and design project. This year we will have a diverse range of projects and vehicles (no spoilers, unless they have aerodynamic function!) and we hope they will prove interesting to any visitors and our followers. 2015 gained us some great press coverage, for which we are very thankful. We bring you this blog post, to show what went into the show preparations last year and to showcase some of the projects once again. Please watch this space for news of this years show, and check your inboxes for those VIP invites!

Last year, students produced a couple of traditional 1:4 scale clay/hard models, another 3D digitally printed vehicle at 1:8 scale, and impressive digitally realised designs. Here is some information from our 2015 graduates.

Graduation works

STANCE 2015 Crawler Pekka Puhakka
Crawler Batmobile on the streets of Gotham

Pekka Puhakka / Crawler – Batmobile

The goal of my graduation project is to study Batman as a hero and the phenomenon and history behind the character. Based on my background studies my aim is to design my own visual concept of the legendary hero-car called Batmobile. The end result will be a written graduation project, finished 3Dmodel and renderings of the model in an environment that is representing Gotham City. After the final seminar the aim is to produce 3D-printed plastic scale-model car to be used in all the possible presentations that are going to be held later on. The work represents my own vision of Batmobile. It has nothing to do with DC-Comics that owns all the copyrights to Batman and Batmobile. This is a student project and it will not going to be used in any kind of commercial purposes in future.

Pekka is now working for Wärtsilä. 

STANCE 2015 HUSKY Viljami Raisanen
HUSKY Hybrid Rescue Vehicle landing/take off

Viljami Räisänen / Husky Hybrid Rescue Vehicle

This is the graduation project of Vehicle Design course made in Lahti Institute of design (Lahti University of Applied Sciences) The subject of the project is a futuristic vision of a “search & rescue” vehicle for arctic regions operating both on land and in the air. In this project one concentrates on search and rescue work in certain areas, rescue methods used in arctic conditions and technology that is used in rescue vehicles operating on snowy conditions. The character of the project is meant to be a conceptual vision of future needs of search & rescue vehicle in arctic regions for a year 2035.

Viljami is now studying Transport Design Masters program at Umea University.

STANCE 2015 Olli Seppala
Michelin Challenge 2015 entry – sketches and design process.

Olli Seppälä / Michelin Challenge

The topic of this graduation project is a competition work to an international automotive design challenge named Michelin Challenge. The Challenge has been organized almost every year and this time the brief is to design a people’s car for an already defined or self-defined market sector. I designed an electric or hybrid powered car and its market sector is South-Asia. In this project I have studied the conditions, roads, traffic and culture that affects the final design. I made a study of old car icons which have reached the people’s car-title in their own time. My concept is meant to be a very light weight and environmental friendly car and in its design process I have focused on the manufacturing. This car’s structure is 3d printed and the manufacturing is meant to happen locally close to the consumers. In this thesis I focused mostly to the car’s basic appearance, exterior and functionality but I designed also the interior to the car. This project includes a 3d-model, clay model and hard model.

Olli is currently teaching at LAMK and working freelance.

STANCE 2015 Porsche 881 Kalle Keituri
Porsche 881exterior design sketch

Kalle Keituri / Porsche 881

Chemistry and nature offer a lot of sustainable solutions to be used. Inspired by reactioms, forms and adaptability of advanced sciences, a conceptional idea for my graduation project was formed. By exploring the history of different car brands, Porsche was fullfilling the needs of my concept perfectly. My aim was to create a connection between Porsche design philosophy and chemistry. The concept idea is to make a bold and pure interpretation of a future Porsche sports car. My project concentrates on exterior design. Together with chemistry inspired innovative technological, material and aerodynamic solutions, the aim is to give Porsche design language another expression. The main focus in this project is the design process from early ideation sketches to an 1:4 sized scale model of the exterior and by this to develop my skills as a designer.

STANCE 2015 PURE Driving Antti Laukkanen
PURE Driving interior design sketch

Antti Laukkanen / Pure Driving

Pure driving is a design study of an autonomous car interior. As it is a study of design, it is also a study of the core idea of driving and driving experience. My concept PURE differs from classic autonomous car interiors as my goal was to cherish the very original purpose of driving. Autonomous car interior concepts are almost without exception closer to normal livingrooms than what we consider automotive interiors. So in my research I focused on finding out what makes a good driving experience and how can I maintain the best possible experience, when we get rid off the steering wheel as it is essential in a contemporary car. I needed to find out what other senses and factors are activated in good driving experience. This concept is made for public use so it should show that it is accessible for wide range of users.

My research incldues the history and evolution of the car industry, its technical solutions from materials to powersources and also a new possibilities that autonomous cars bring along themselves. However, I didn’t want to go too deep in to technical solutions and manufacturability, but concentrate on materials and possible experiences and scenarios.

Big part of the research was the future and user research method, that I used to get ideas what is pure driving and which objects are essential inside the car. With this method I also wanted to show a new approach into future research and show that maybe we have to change our way of thinking about future users.

My first intention was not to brand my product for any brand but as I was doing my research I realized that it fits well in to values of Google. Google also launched their autonomous car concept little while ago so I thought that I have a good chance to show my own perspective of Google’s autonmous car interior.

The final product is presented in 2D renderings and pictures. In my design process I used also physical and computer model mockups as a design tool.

Antti is now studying Transport Design Masters program at Umea University.

STANCE 2015 TOBI Sami Kallamaki
Fully realised CAD model of TOBI

Sami Kallamäki / TOBI –electric assisted trekkind bike concept

Topic of this thesis is electric assisted trekking bike concept. Design target is aesthetic trekking bike for longer distances using todays technology and tomorrows innovations. Design drivers are credibility and clearness.

Sami is still to decide on his next adventure… contact us if you would like to make him an offer!

I would now like to share these exclusive images, which were not released to the press. These are rough images from behind the scenes during the 6 months of 2015 leading to our show. Images from our workshops, our design classrooms and finally setting up and running of our public exhibition in conjunction with the entire Lahti Design Institute in 2015.

Another gallery is needed to show the actual VIP event, and also the public exhibition. Most of these images were published by other news blogs at the time, but now we add some of our own packing up images. We had no idea we would be back at the same place 2016!

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Gravity Racer at Vanajanlinna- STANCE 2014

August at STANCE means that our school term starts, and it also means the annual trip to Vanajanlinna for the sports car show event, presented by Suomen Urheiluautoilijat. Always a great gathering of superb collectors cars, at a wonderful countryside hotel venue, anyone who’s a fan of cars will enjoy this show as much as we do. In 2014 STANCE were invited to unveil a project our students had spent many years working towards, our Gravity Racer. In 2015 we are visiting more informally (maybe you’ll see us there) but I thought I would remind you all about the show, and publish some images regarding our Gravity Racer, or Soap Box car as they also known. A huge amount of work was put into this car, completed in 2014 by our first Vehicle Design graduates (2015 graduating class), with help from Lappeenranta University of Technology, and our own Fashion Design students for their expert fabric knowledge.Gravity Racer Vanajanlinnassa 1

Studio shots of the design show the attention to detail of our students work. The process of creating the vehicle was lengthy and experimental. It is entirely custom made using a welded steel tubular chassis with cotton fabric fitted and stretched over the top. Check the gallery for more images.