Dean’s Garage, The Future is Back presents the best posts along with new, unpublished content to commemorate the first ten years of DeansGarage.com.
With an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look into GM Design from the ’50s through the ’80s, Dean’s Garage preserves a unique history through stories, quotes, and anecdotes told by designers, engineers, and sculptors.
These recollections describe what it was like to work in the studios, and tell of encounters with exceptionally creative, and often outrageous, fellow designers and managers.
To have been a designer at General Motors Design Staff was the realization of a life-long dream for myself and every designer who had the privilege of working there.
The era of design represented in this book—its champions, its unique time frame, and its long past historical context, will be especially significant to those who experienced it first hand.
This book had to be created. While there are myriads of stories that could be told, these, at least, will be preserved.
Contributors to the book
Bob Ackerman, Bunker Bradley, Larry Brinker, Robert Cumberford, Paul Deesen, Peter DeLorenzo, Jeff Denison, Allan Flowers, Andy Hansel, John Houlihan, Norm James, Michael Lamm, Clark Lincoln, Dennis Little, Geza Loczi, Pete Maier, Stan Mott, Richard Nesbitt, Mike Parris, Sheldon Payne, Tom Peloquin, Bill Porter, William Quan, Jim Ray, Dick Ruzzin, Tom Semple, Don Schwarz, Bernie Smith, John Thawley, Jim Van Orden, Ed Welburn, and Ron Will.
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Dean’s Garage, The Future is Back presents the best posts and new unpublished content to commemorate the first ten years of DeansGarage.com. This exclusive, unique account features a behind-the-scenes look at GM Design from the ’50s through the ’80s.
The eclectic content contains first-person accounts by designers, sculptors, and engineers who worked in GM Design studios. Read about corporate politics, management styles, design development struggles, and personal encounters with Harley Earl, Bill Mitchell, Irv Rybicki, Chuck Jordan, Dave Holls, Ed Cole, John DeLorean, and others.
Dean’s Garage spotlights adventures on wheels, tales from the Inaugural Baja 1000, and automotive fiction, including stories from Road & Track magazine. Recollections from college days at the Art Center College of Design, a gallery of impressive studio art, GM group photos, and studio cartoons and quotes complete this wide-ranging, remarkable history.
Contributing authors include: Stan Mott, Norm James, Robert Cumberford, Peter DeLorenzo, Michael Lamm, Jim Van Orden, Mike Parris, Bill Porter, John Thawley, and Ed Welburn. Original illustrations and renderings by studio designers provide a window into an era that is long gone. Dean’s Garage has 334 color and grayscale photos, is fully indexed, and includes the 1988 GM Design Staff Directory.
About the Creator
Gary Dean Smith grew up in Riverside, California, home of the Riverside International Raceway. He attended the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, graduated in 1973, and began his career as a designer at General Motors Design Staff. After fifteen years at GM, Gary went west to Arizona and began a second graphic and industrial design career as Performance Design.
About the Book
8-1/2 x 11
334 Grayscale and Color images
Includes the 1988 Design Staff Directory
Cost: $75 including shipping and tax. Order information below.
Table of Contents and Introduction to Dean’s Garage, The Future is Back
Chapter Spreads Preview Dean’s Garage, The Future is Back
How to Order:
Dean’s Garage, The Future is Back is a Print On Demand book, meaning they are printed one at a time and sent directly from the printer (Ingram). Please allow two–three weeks to receive your copy.
Print costs increased considerably on March 1, 2021.
Cost for one book: $65 including USPS shipping and tax (USA Only, by check).
Dean’s Garage is available through Amazon. (Expensive!)