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Episode 23 - Patrick G. Kelley and "IMAGINE! Automobile Concept Art from the 1930s to the 1980s"

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Images courtesy of Patrick G. Kelley

Robert Ross is joined (online) by Patrick G. Kelley, author of "IMAGINE! Automobile Concept Art from the 1930s to the 1980s."

Before jumping into the subject of Patrick's book, Robert and Patrick get to know each other by discussing when and how Patrick developed his passion for cars (0:24) and the start of Patrick's automobile concept art collection (4:44). The two men begin discussing some of the photos in Patrick's book showing what design studios were like for cars at the beginning, many of which were donated by GM and Art Center in Pasadena (7:03), before discussing the design process more in depth (8:20) and considering the legacy of a leading female designer, Joan Creamer (11:00). After a quick break, Robert asks Patrick to detail the evolution of design as revealed in his book and the men and women who led the drive (12:19), how the Mustang was a uniquely designed car for the time (16:38), and how impactful Art Center was in the history of automotive design (18:36). Robert then asks Patrick to go on a deep dive of names and designs that are important to him, many of whom didn't know their work was still extant, and how his purpose of collecting this work changed when he met them in person (21:39). Then the two men discuss how car design has become less experimental and adventurous over time and what kind of future design has (27:50) before Robert asks his infamous 'any three car' question (31:34).


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Produced by: Chris Porter

Theme Music By: Celleste and Eric Dick

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