Mar 26, 2016 | By Tess
This last century has been marked by a number of amazing technological advancements, from cellphones, to smartphones, to electric cars, to airplanes, to solar-powered energy, the list could go on. When we look to our future now, almost anything seems possible, as engineers, scientists, and architects continue to strive towards sustainable and innovative new developments. Among those innovative minds is Shawn Moghadam, a California-based vehicle and product designer, who has designed a series of futuristic concept vehicles, some of which that can even be 3D printed.
Moghadam’s project, which he’s called his “Concept Design Quest”, began as a social media experiment three years ago, when the designer posted a series of concept vehicle sketches onto a Facebook page to see the types of responses he would get. With overwhelmingly positive feedback, the designer has now decided to share his futuristic vehicle designs with the public by publishing a book of his detailed and life-like designs.
The book, which is currently being crowdfunded through a Kickstarter campaign, consists of 20 concept vehicles that “push the boundaries of form and function”. Among them are realistic renderings of vehicles like drones, spaceships, motorcycles, trains, aircrafts, and even flying cars. Not only images, however, the book also includes useful information for aspiring designers, as well as 3D printable files for some of the vehicle designs using QR codes. Moghadam notes that he is still working on some of the 3D printable files, so they will gradually become available to customers.
Measuring 11x8.5 inches, the hard-cover, full-color book would make an impressive coffee table display, ready for guests and car, art, and Sci-Fi enthusiasts to peruse. With two weeks left of the fundraising campaign, Moghadam has already reached his Kickstarter goal of $5,000 for the project, but is encouraging others to get involved in order to receive the first edition of the book.
For a pledge of $15 you can receive a digital copy of the book in PDF format, for $25 you’ll get an additional 3D printed sculpture of the concept vehicle of your choice, and for $35 you will receive the hard-cover collectors book. The top pledge reward (for $500 or more) will get you the full sponsor package of a signed and numbered book, small 3D prints of each of the 20 vehicle designs made out of Alumide, your name or company logo featured inside the book, an original sketch, and a PDF copy of the book. According to Moghadam, the books will be ready for shipping by August 2016, though more time may be needed to finalize the 3D models and prints.
Moghadam, who studied Transportation Design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, has gone on to work for such established companies as GM, BMW, and Walt Disney Imageering among others. With such professional design experience, his innovative and conceptual designs featured in his collectors book could very well be what we will be riding around in in years to come. As the designer says on his Kickstarter page, “I want this book to be a special thing you add to your collection, something that stirs your imagination with thoughts of how the world might be in the future.”
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shawn moghadam wrote at 4/8/2016 4:26:59 AM:
Hi Tess, Thank you for the support by writing about my Kickstarter project. You are one of a handful of journalists to cover this dear-to-my-heart project, so I appreciate you greatly! Please ad me on Facebook =) Shawn Moghadam