It's actually pretty amazing how many crowdfunding projects there are related to Porsche. A week doesn't go by where we don't get pitched by someone. This week was no different. I opened my email yesterday and found the following:
I just launched an Automobile Icons screenprint project that I thought your FlatSixes readers would like:
I've started with Porsche (I'm a former 987S owner but had to sell when we moved from Phoenix to Chicago) I have also done BMW, Ford and GM with others to come. Each print has 28 illustrations (grille icons) of the manufacturer's most iconic/important models.
An image set can be downloaded here:
Thanks for taking a look
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My first thought was, "why did going from Phoenix to Chicago mean you had to sell your Porsche?" To me, that's like going to an animal shelter and seeing a dog that was left behind by the owner because they were moving. You just don't do it! Once I got past that, it didn't take me too long, I clicked on his link and found myself looking at a bunch of really interesting prints showing the design evolution of "iconic" front-ends from various automotive manufacturers. For most enthusiasts a number of them will be immediately recognizable.
What struck me almost immediately was how well this concept works for certain manufacturers (like BMW) and not so well for others (like Porsche).
Don't get me wrong, I really like what Jerome has done. In fact, I'll probably buy the BMW version, for a friend who loves the Bavarian M's as much as I love the P cars from Zuffenhausen, and the Porsche version for myself. It's just that when I think of the "iconic" shape of a Porsche it's the rear-end that comes to mind, not the front-end.
It's funny, Porsche talks a lot about "design evolution" and how each successive model takes its cues from the one before. When seeing a Porsche from the side, the rear or as a whole, that's undeniably true. However, when seen from the front, in this simplified line art format, the evolution isn't nearly as clear.
Interestingly, when we first looked at this project yesterday it had already surpassed its funding goals and had added the Porsche print as one of its stretch goals (probably why we were contacted). Since then, it obviously had some other press as the funding has more than tripled and with the right feedback the designer is willing to add other manufacturers such as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Mercedes Benz, etc. Each print can be purchased for $25 (including shipping) with pretty decent discounts if you buy two or more.
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