Adrian van Hooydonk, chief of design at BMW, chimed in on a very interesting New York Times article about the car spy photo business and the interesting patterns that adorn the cars.
Here is a clip, but make sure the read the entire article. Its a short but good read!
The new patterns are often created by designers, according to Adrian van Hooydonk, design director for the BMW Group. And they are considerably less expensive than the elaborate masks that engineers once created.
That process was complex, he said: entire full-scale “bucks” of the new cars often had to be constructed, and then masking and padding had to be engineered for each one. Grilles and headlight shapes are crucial to a car’s identity, but to allow for realistic testing at high and low temperatures, engineers had to be careful not to cover the air inlets or alter the aerodynamics.
Mr. van Hooydonk said designers were pleased to take over the design of camouflage from their internal rivals, the engineers.
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