H-Point:The Fundamentals of Car Design & Packaging
Compiled for aspiring car creators everywhere, H-Point provides a unique and comprehensive introduction to advanced vehicle packaging and design. Written and illustrated by Stuart Macey with Geoff Wardle, this book demystifies the automotive design process and allows designers access to an illustrious careers worth of knowledge. Stuart currently works as a studio engineer at the Hyundai Design North America studio in Southern California and teaches vehicle architecture part time at Art Center College of Design. Geoff is Director of Advanced Mobilty at Art Center
After 5 successful years and widespread adoption by most design colleges around the world, we wanted to make an eBook version for iPad. We took the opportunity to update and add some content based on customer feedback. These updates lead to the 2nd edition
Overall, we changed the layout to make it easier to read and added more color. Expanded the History, Ideation, Proportions, and Mobility chapters. New cover art. An additional 64 pages of content!
Here are some details.
Ch1. History separated out the timeline of events vs cars. Our goal was to look at the correlation between significant events or advances in technology that lead to changes in design direction. Added about 9 pages , was 7 now 16.
Ch2. Getting started is about the same , with a couple of different package samples.
Ch3. Function & Market segments , very similar
Ch4. Ideation. Added a greater variety of vehicle types to show how the focus and amount of ideation will depend on vehicle function. + 10 pages was 7 now 17
Ch5. Size and proportion Added a section on tape drawing, to describe the process of getting from 2D to 3D.
Ch6. Occupant Packaging added 4 pages to expand on rear occupants, describing how there is greater scope for rear occupant packaging vs front which is very constrained.
Ch7. Interiors changed the layout , expanded info a little on safety and introduced HMI
Ch8. Powertrain. Very similar
Ch9. Wheels and tires Very similar
Ch10 Suspension Very Similar
Ch11. Body very Similar
Ch12. Mobility added intro to Autonomous cars increased from 2 to 7 pages
Put the knowledge you've gained from H-Point: The Fundamentals of Car Design and Packaging into action! This free package of .pdf files will enable you develop your design and validate your concept with detailed package drawings.
Basic Passenger Car Packages - Over 100 car packages with centerline, wheel location, occupant package and exterior dimensions.
Basic Truck Packages - Over 60 Truck, Van, and SUV packages with centerline, wheel location, occupant package and exterior dimensions.
Benchmarks - A collection of useful package chunks to help you develop your package based on vehicles with similar functionality and proportions.
Occupants - SAE 95th Percentile male driver manikin templates drawn at 10mm chair height increments.
Cargo - Stuff people put in cars drawn to scale with dimensions. Validate your concept and add character to your package drawing. Includes: Surfboards, Luggage, Bikes, Golf Clubs, Kayaks, TVs, and Labradors.
Example Benchmark Studies - A demonstration of how to use relevant benchmarks to validate your package.
Please note, this data has been created for educational purposes only and the accuracy of each vehicle package cannot be guaranteed.