Bryon Fitzpatrick, The Drawing Machine.

Car Design News reported the death of the car designer and educator, Bryon Fitzpatrick.

Bryon Fitzpatrick liked to draw large sketches: artisan-ideaskillproduct.blogspot.com
Bryon Fitzpatrick liked to draw large sketches: artisan-ideaskillproduct.blogspot.com

Bryon Fitzpatrick might be considered one of the godfathers of car design education. In the absence of a proper industrial design course in Australia. As CDN describes it: “Fitzpatrick studied at Queensland Technical College in Brisbane where he pioneered the study of Industrial Design: “The subject of Industrial Design wasn’t offered there in the 1950s, so he went to the head of school and said that’s what he wanted to do,” Bryon’s son Leon has shared with [CDN]. “They basically assembled it themselves – drafting, furniture making, visualisation – which also included courses from the US.” Having done that, Fitzpatrick set off in search of a work and career, to Australia, Denmark (where he designed for B&O), Germany (for Ford under Uwe Bahnsen) and on to the US.

One of Bryon Fitzpatrick´s drawgins. You can´t help but admire his technical proficiency. Look at the reflections on the chrome: cardesignnews.com
One of Bryon Fitzpatrick´s drawgins. You can´t help but admire his technical proficiency. Look at the reflections on the chrome: cardesignnews.com

You can read the full obituary at CDN (see the link above) but I my attention focused on this part: “He was disappointed with recent trends in auto design: brand language being tossed out the window for swoopy surfaces and harsh graphics. The simple nature of solid themes, of things lining up, of good proportions – he always talked about the lack of this in recent design.”  It would appear that Bryon Fitzpatrick’s views and those of DTW were alligned on the problems of current car design.

There is lengthier obituary at Huffington Post and another at Form Trends which also has some fine drawings and notes Fitzpatrick also consulted to BMC in the Australia. I am not sure which Fords or BMC cars he worked on. If anyone can throw light on this, I’d be interested to hear.

Author: richard herriott

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