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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice overview of the year's designs, 15 Oct 2009
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This review is from: The Car Design Yearbook: The Definitive Guide to All New Concept and Production Cars Worldwide (Hardcover)
I've often wondered what's in this book because whenever you see it in shops it's always wrapped in cellophane and I daren't rip it open. Finally, I succumbed and ordered a copy.
And I'm pleasantly surprised. It's essentially (apart from the expected introductory pages) an alphabetical guide to the new cars (both production and concept) of the past year. Each model gets a two-page spread with what I call proper photographs (i.e you can actually see the cars, from various angles - the photography's not absurdly 'artistic') and a half-page critique of the design. The designer's name is listed and one or two technical details. The critique is reasonably critical and informed, thankfully.
The design of the book itself, consiering the rather limiting format, is really good. It feels lavish and expensive. The graphic design is effective. It's like a giant Observer's Book of Cars in a way except for the inclusion of concept cars, but that's no bad thing sometimes. If you can afford to buy it every year, it would eventually make quite a collection I imagine.
This year, they've introduced their own awards section, which is a bit pointless, especially since they chose the Renault Mégane as the best production car design (must've been a bad year for design).
On the whole though, a very nice book if you like this style and format.
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