Biomorphic Form In Auto Design

Biomorphic form in art and design are forms that evoke images of biological

organisms without representing any specific organisms. Some times this type

of design is referred to as Organic Form. This is perfectly acceptable, however

the word organic has so many different connotations and meanings thus I prefer

the title Biomorphic which is brief and of single meaning.  Biomorphic form has

never been a dominant design theme in car design, however there are obvious

examples, mainly sports cars like the E-Type jaguar, the Sting Ray Corvette, the

68 Ferrari GTO,and  some current BMW”S which have a strong biomorphic character.

A mass produced car which fits this description is the 96 Ford Taurus. It’s form

was very controversial and there was considerable consumer resistance to it after

it’s launch, however, gradually it sales increased as people adjusted to its radical form.

Students have attempted biomorphic form often with exciting results. This was

particularly true in the late 80’s and early 90’s when Tom Peters and Jerry Palmer’s

fabulous Indy Corvette had enormous influence on students.

Designer:   Ken Grant   1988

The body surfaces are analogous to the work of modern sculptors such as Henry Moore and Jean Arp,. It contains convex and concave surfaces together with “throughs” resulting in a very satisfying sculpture. Despite the fact the design lacks feasibility, it is nevertheless a worthy exercise which is a catalyst for more adventurous production design. The form vocabulary of the 1996 Taurus shares this  combination of positive and negative curvature on it’s surfaces.

Click to see Taru Lahti Thesis

Click to see Taru Lahti Focus

Click to see Jessica Firek thesis

Click to see Jim Hope thesis

Click to see Pat Schiavone

click to see Jim Fleming AISI

click to see Mark Allen thesis

Click to see Jim Hope Thesis

Click to seeTant BatmobileTant_Batmobile.html

Click to see Hsu Thesis