If you don’t already know who Daniel Simon is, he got his start in Germany designing real-world vehicles for companies like Volkswagen and Bugatti Automobiles. He had a book published in 2007 called Cosmic Motors, which as you could guess featured futuristic race cars that he designed as a personal interest project. This opened the door for him to come to the U.S. and work as a concept designer for films like Oblivion, Prometheus, Captain America, and my personal favorite, TRON Legacy. Anyone who knows me knows this is no understatement - I am a HUGE fan of all things TRON. It was Daniel’s work on the vehicles in that movie that caught my attention in the first place - particularly the light cycles. Once I saw his other body of work, I became a fan instantly.
As a graphic designer, I have great respect and admiration for people that do concept design work. To draw/sketch and design vehicles, characters, environments from your mind - now that’s creativity at it’s core. In many ways I almost wish I had chosen that as my major when I went to CCS. But, I’m happy to be a graphic designer and I love the work I get to do as well - particularly when I get to use my love for drawing/sketching and make something creative too. Anyway - do yourself a favor and keep an eye on this guy’s career:
Note, with the exception of the 1st image with me in it, these photos are the property of Daniel Simon Design and Disney.