Henry Ford Museum to display Model T designs of the future

The Henry Ford Museum is exhibiting Model T concept cars created by students from College of Creative Studies (CCS) in Detroit. Eleven models representing Model Ts of the future will be on display throughout the summer.

Challenged by Ford Motor Company and channeling the spirit of Henry Ford, eleven students enrolled in the CCS Transportation Design program worked with Ford designers, historians and futurists, for 16 weeks forming concepts that add style, affordability, and improved sustainability to the boxy “Tin Lizzie.” The students created a Model T for the future that is more aerodynamic in shape, weighs less and uses environmentally-friendly materials.

On April 30, 2008, Dang Tran, of Cicero, New York, won the design competition based on the concept that best embodied the spirit, innovation and sociological impact equal to that of the original Model T. Tran’s model will also be displayed at Ford World Headquarters this fall.

The Henry Ford, located in Dearborn, Michigan was founded in 1929 by automotive pioneer Henry Ford. This history destination includes Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, The Henry Ford IMAX® Theatre, The Benson Ford Research Center and The Ford Rouge Factory Tour. The Henry Ford, America’s Greatest History Attraction, is the history destination that brings the American experience to life. For more information, visit www.thehenryford.org.

Located in midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, the College for Creative Studies is a world leader in art and design education and prepares students to enter the new, global economy where creativity shapes better communities and societies. A private, fully accredited college, CCS enrolls over 1,300 students pursuing Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Advertising Design, Art Education, Crafts, Entertainment Arts, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design and Transportation Design. Beginning in fall 2009, the College will award the Master of Fine Arts Degree in Design and in Transportation Design. For more information, visit www.collegeforcreativestudies.edu.

By René Carson

René is a designer, journalist, coder, photographer and filmmaker based outside of New York.

He is the founder of Hit Pictures and Hit Handouts.