Automotive & Transportation


Representing Team CHI in the Oregon Manifest Bike Design Challenge—an independent invite only platform for bike craft, design and innovation—the team was challenged to design the ultimate urban utility bike. Competing alongside teams from PDX, SF, NYC and SEA, they developed a point of view that was universal, while still being infused with a strong Chicago DNA. With the project kicking off in the middle of one of the worst winters in Chicago’s history, the team couldn’t help but be influenced by the tough, all-weather warriors that commute year-round in the city. The BLACKLINE is tough yet refined, with just the right amount of street savvy. It takes its name from Chicago’s iconic elevated train lines that run throughout the city, non-stop. While the ‘L’ train will get you from station to station, the BLACKLINE is the ride that gives you the freedom to get everywhere in between.

Designed by: MINIMAL and Method Bicycle for Oregon Manifest Bike Design Project


Kia GT4 Stinger

The Kia GT4 Stinger is a rear-drive 2+2 sports car that features the signature Kia grille for maximum engine cooling, vertical LED headlamps, and front-brake cooling vents molded into the bumper to provide a smooth appearance. A carbon fiber front-splitter mounted below the bumper provides added down force for the car at high speed to keep the front tires firmly planted to the tarmac.

Designed by Kia America Design Center

Contact: Thomas Kearns -


Sparse™ Fixed Lighting System

The Sparse™ Fixed Lighting System is a set of front and rear lights designed to integrate with the structure and lines of a bicycle. The lights are installed on the bicycle, reducing the potential for theft, breakage and loss. The lights are bright enough to illuminate the roadway as well as ensure the visibility of the rider.

Designed by Colin Owen, IDSA, Remy Labesque, Raffi Minasian, Ryan Wilday, Jerome Daksiewicz and Joshua Robot of Sparse

Content: Colin Owen -



WHILL is a four-wheel-drive personal mobility device that features a tight turning radius, relatively large front wheels, an intuitive mouse controller, foldable arms and an electronically adjustable seat. Its maximum speed is 9 kilometers per hour; it can drive 20 kilometers and handle a 10-degree incline. WHILL Type-A is compatible with VARILITE seating and back support.

Designed by WHILL

Contact: Chris Koyama -


World View

World View is a capsule designed to take passengers on flights to the edge of space. Designed by Priestman Goode and inspired by the studio's work designing luxury aircraft interiors, World View focuses on enhancing comfort onboard the capsule to create a transformative human experience. The flight is between two and six hours at 30 kilometers.

Designed by Nigel Goode, Dan Window, Rob Walsh and Nick Moyes of Priestmangoode for World View Enterprises

Contact: Anna Meyer -



Charge in minutes, for free. Tesla Superchargers allow Model S owners to travel for free between cities along well-traveled highways in North America, Europe and Asia. Superchargers provide half a charge in as little as 20 minutes and are strategically placed to allow owners to drive from station to station with minimal stops.

Designed by Tesla Motors

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2014 Kia Soul

The 2014 Kia Soul was made for urban and suburban fun. If features a hatchback with a refined interior, cutting-edge technology and a striking road presence. The Soul enters 2014 with an all-new design, driving dynamics and desirable features. Riding on a new chassis that is stiffer, longer and wider, it has grown up without losing its edge.

Designed by Kia Design

Contact: Thomas Kearns -


Bombardier DS 650 ATV

This "in-your-face" super-sport, all terrain vehicle innovates in both body styling and ergonomics to provide optimum comfort and safety without sacrificing the all important elements of fun and high visibility. New design features include the industry's first front wheel integral fenders to substantially reduce mud splash on both rider and machine and a cowling design that provides the rider with maximum lighting.

Contact: Denys Lapointe, I/IDSA,
Bombardier Inc.,

Designers: Bombardier Inc., Canada and Prevost EHR, Canada

Master Lock Steering Wheel and Airbag Lock

Client: Master Lock Company

Cut this lock in several places and it will remain undefeated. Put it on the steering wheel in any configuration and it is ready to be locked. This is a high-quality, aesthetically refined anti-auto theft device with a unique airbag protector.

Contact: Mark Prince,
Design Continuum, Inc.,

Designers: Design Continuum, Inc. and Master Lock

Control Max Docking System

Client: Maxum Marine

If the controls on a boat operated like a computer mouse, docking might not be as intimidating for novice boaters. That's the concept behind this fingertip control interface that sits subtly next to the steering wheel like a raised set of stainless circles. Moving the control in any direction including sideways will send the boat in that exact direction. Control Max opens boating up to many would-be buyers.

Contact: Mark Bonnette, IDSA,
Bonnette Design Group,

Designers: Bonnette Design Group, Brunswick Research and U.S. Marine