Archive for 2008

Well-Designed American Cars

Since everyone is down on the big three automakers these days, I want to highlight what I think are some well-designed American cars.

All of these cars are currently sold under a big-three American brand (that means no Volt, and no Saabs) Also, by design, I refer only to exterior aesthetics – I haven’t had a chance to drive any of these, so I can’t vouch for interior styling, practicality, engineering quality, etc.

Without further ado…

Chrysler 300

With its huge grill and armored-car looks, the Chrysler 300 looks truly menacing. If I was a drug dealer, I’d definitely want one of these.

Ford Mustang

Just like the New Beetle captured the essence of the original bug, the Ford Mustang embodies the classic American Muscle Car (yup, I just compared the Mustang to the New Beetle…).

Cadillac XLR

My personal favorite, I think of the angular Cadillac XLR as the “cubist SL500″.

While most US cars are bland and shapeless, I think these cars all achieve a coherent, thoughtful aesthetic designed to appeal to a particular audience. I’m not about to go out and buy one, but it’s great to see some good-looking vehicles coming from Detroit.

How about you – what cars from the big-three automakers do you admire?

Treasure Island Photo Safari

This weekend I attended Photojojo’s photo safari on Treasure Island. Here are the results:

Parallelogram

Control Valve

Rust Stripes

Push Off

Corrugated

Wave

Grass stripe

Turns out there’s a lot of good material out there, so I’ll probably head back and shoot some more!

Nudibranchs

Nudibranchs

OK, it’s time to start posting again. To get back into the habit, I’ll be posting some older links, so bear with me if you’ve already seen them.

To begin, an amazing gallery from National Geographic:

Many mobile nudibranchs—vulnerable as they move in daylight between feeding spots—announce their weapons with garish color designs, a palette millions of years in the making.

The gallery, and the article.

Yellow Garage

Yellow Garage

A garage door in the Richmond neighborhood in San Francisco.

Prayers in Red

Prayers in Red

This is from my trip to Shanghai and Cambodia in the Spring of 2007, and is pretty much straight out of the camera.

Lizard

Lizard

A detail on a wall in the Mission district of San Francisco.

Rotee Stop

Rotee Stop

Reflections of signs in a car window near my apartment.

Beach Sunset

Beach Sunset

A sunset near Half Moon Bay, in California. I was coming down from a hike and caught the sun just as it dropped below the clouds.

It’s been too long

It’s really been too long since I last posted on this blog. An intense new project, a wonderful girlfriend and the return of ski season have meant less time to post here.

However, I fully intend to resume posting again, starting slowly with a photoblog shot a week. I’ll get back to posting interesting links too, but before that I need to rework my posting flow to make it more efficient.

In the meantime, thanks for sticking around!

-Nick

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