As an instructor of “Drawing for Communication” at UCLAx, representing the chrome surface finish is one of the simplest and coolest things to teach. Chrome objects have very little shading involved, but rather sees the environment around it in abstract shapes that are mutated based on the shape of the object itself. It’s a very magical object.
Sometimes I feel designers are like chrome objects. Find a chrome object and you can see the heart of a designer. We are the reflection of the needs and dreams of our times. Great designers see what’s above, what’s below, and what’s on the horizon. We can see what’s in front of us, what’s behind us, and all the stuff in-between.
When you work with a designer, you’re not only working with an artist or a stylist, you’re working with a visionary — someone who sees well beyond your current situation.
Next time you look into a classic chrome bumper, really look at it… if you see yourself and the world in a strange warped way, you get a hint at the heart of any great designer.