Daniel Simon is a German-born concept designer, author, and producer, with professional roots as a senior designer at Bugatti and Volkswagen. Clients include Warner Bros., Universal, Disney, Lotus, and Hamilton. After working in Spain, England, Brazil, and Japan, Simon settled in Los Angeles, where he focuses his acclaimed style on creating iconic fantasy vehicles for Hollywood blockbuster films such as Tron: Legacy, Captain America: The First Avenger, Prometheus, and Oblivion. He also offers automotive-design services, lectures, and works on his own vehicle-centered fantasy worlds, available as books: Cosmic Motors™ and The Timeless Racer®. To read more about Daniel Simon, click below.Read More
Simon has been working in the Hollywood film industry since 2008. He has collaborated with directors including Joe Kosinski, Ridley Scott, and Joe Johnston. Most notable are Simon’s contributions to Disney’s Tron: Legacy (Vehicle Concept Designer), Disney’s Tron: Uprising (Lead Vehicle Designer), and Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger (Lead Vehicle Designer). Simon carries his designs from sketches, to 3-D development to the final set builds in active collaboration with production designers, art directors, set designers, and manufacturers. Simon recently designed the iconic Bubbleship for Tom Cruise in the Universal sci-fi epic Oblivion.Read More
Book: Cosmic Motors
Cosmic Motors™ is the best-selling book that paved Simon’s way into Hollywood. It revolves around an imaginary brand of cutting-edge vehicles in an unknown galaxy. Simon started designing this seductive fantasy world in 2003 parallel to his job at Volkswagen Design; it turned into a full-time passion between 2005 and 2006. In 2007, Design Studio Press published Simon’s outlandish vehicles in the successful book ‘Cosmic Motors’. The book has received worldwide attention in media such as Wired, Playboy, GQ, and Top Gear. Simon continues to work on this project in 2013, living his passion for limitless mechanical possibilities.
Book: The Timeless Racer
The Timeless Racer ® is a large-scale picture-book series about a racing world that could have existed between 1916 and 2615. Simon shows racing machines in impeccable detail, accompanied by heroic drivers and epic tales. The first episode,Year 2027, is available as a Unlimited, Limited and Pitlane edition. At 12″ x 14″ (30.5 cm x 35.5 cm) and 72 pages, it offers the best view of Simon’s maniacal attention to detail, with renderings up to 50 megapixels. With a foreword by racing legend Jacky Ickx, praises from Top Gear and GQ, text in English, French, and German, and three cars in full detail, The Timeless Racer will launch you into an unseen world. Episode 2 and more products are planned.
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