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Toyota concept sketches at Toyota Plus -Magazine // Antti Laukkanen 3rd year student

Our 3rd year student Antti Laukkanen made Toyota concept sketches for Toyota Plus -magazine.

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The article is titled “Autot- muotoilun kunigaslaji”

Read Toyota Plus -Magazine here

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Advanced motorcycle design and 3D modelling

Advanced motorcycle design workshop.  Modelling tips and tricks with Rhinoceros 3D modelling software.

Our lecturer was vehicle designer Heikki Naulapää www.naulapaa.com, who has been working with motorcycle design for years last with BMW motorcycles.

We have had learned basic skills of modelling with Rhinoceros last spring. Earlier we have been modelling small parts based on sketches, but now Heikki set the target higher. First we draw sketches from scratch or to be based on some motorcycle model what we liked to use as a reference for our own design.

Next step was setup for Rhinoceros, scaling sketch to correct size etc. And of course some Heikki’s secret tips and tricks that made modelling to be much faster and smoother.

After doing the 3D modelling we finalized concepts by using rendering software
for adding lighting enviroment and photorealistic materials.

-Vehicle Design (AMU11) students

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Kalle Keituri 2013
Olli Seppälä 2013


Sami Kallamaki motorcycle concept
Sami Kallamäki 2013
Viljami Räisänen 2013
Markus Niininen 2013
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Vehicle Designer interview

Joonas vartola

JOONAS VARTOLA, graduated from Industrial Design in 2006. Graduated from Royal College of Art Vehicle Design in 2009. Specialized in vehicle design

What do you do for a living?

-I’m a vehicle designer at Tesla Motors in Los Angeles. Tesla designs, manufactures and sells premium class electric cars. My main areas of responsibility include exterior and interior design. As we have a small team, I also focus on components to an extent.

Why did you choose this specific field?

-We didn’t engage in designing cars so much in Lahti, but previous graduates from the Institute of Design influenced my decision to get involved. Vehicle design is the most comprehensive and challenging form of industrial design that I know. So many elements need to be considered when designing a car, such as the interior, exterior, details, driveability, appeal, duration, price, aerodynamics, multifunctional interiors… Cars have fascinated me since I was small, but I’m not a car fanatic and can’t even fix one.

What inspires you as a designer?

-I am a passionate follower of minimalism. I get incredibly excited about new structures, and natural forms are an endless source of inspiration to me. I love to draw – it is one of the reasons I chose to specialise in vehicle design, as most of the work is carried out by drawing or sculpting surfaces, textures and outlines. An exterior of a car always aims for perfection.

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Student interview

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KALLE KEITURI, 2nd year

Vehicle design is probably the dream job for many little and slightly bigger boys. Why did you become interested in the field?

-I’ve been drawing cars since preschool, and started fixingcars already before I was old enough to get a driving license. Gradually, I became interested in the overall design of cars. I can’t really even think of another field I’d like to work in and which I’d be so enthusiastic about. Vehicle Design is a new major degree programme at the Institute of Design.

Have you enjoyed it?

-Designers who have graduated from Industrial Design have been employed by the vehicle industry already before, so I had high expectations about the programme. And I can say that I haven’t been disappointed. I enjoy the studies, and the teachers are good and up-to-date with changes in the sector. The atmosphere in our class is excellent, and everyone is motivated. The sector is very competitive.

How can one succeed?

-It’s hard to say at this stage. However, I believe that studying at Lahti Institute of Design provides adequate skills for future employment needs. The rest is up to yourself.

Your dream employer?

-BMW

2018 update: Kalle graduated in 2015, and continued his studies at the RCA London, Vehicle Design Masters course, and in 2017 he began his automotive design career at Rolls Royce Motor Cars, UK design studio, which incidentally is owned by BMW! Dream achieved.

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