POPULAR MECHANICS | RUSSIA. August 2016. 9 pages. “Master of Concepts”
Excerpt: “…У каждого свое будущее. Кто-то мечтает о новом смартфоне, кто-то о собственном бизнесе, а Дэниел Саймон мечтает о транспорте будущего. Этим мечтам долго было тесно в рамках обычной работы автомобильного дизайнера. Начав успешную карьеру в концерне Volkswagen, Саймон переключился на создание фантастических автомобилей для киногероев Голливуда, сделал еще шаг – и основал собственную компанию Cosmic Motors. Здесь он смог наконец заняться главным и самым любимым – проектированием болидов для гонок по иным планетам и освоения чужих, экстремальных миров. Визуализацией образов, от которых и берет начало наше общее будущее. «Жизнь слишком коротка, чтобы тратить время на рендеринг плохих моделей и концепций, которые не нужны никому», – говорит Саймон. С детства увлеченный рисованием машин, уже в 16 лет он твердо знал, чем именно намерен заниматься, и в 2001 году получил диплом Пфорцхаймской высшей школы по специальности «автомобильный дизайн». К этому времени он уже два года проработал в местном бюро Volkswagen, где участвовал в создании новых моделей Seat и Lamborghini. А закончив учебу, Дэниел принял предложение автоконцерна перейти в Европейский центр дизайна.”


ETTORE – BUGATTI CUSTOMER MAGAZINE | WORLDWIDE. July 2014. 10 pages. “City of Shadows”
Excerpt: “…Daniel Simon, in his first life a qualified automotive designer and who has lived for many years in L.A., is functioning as tour guide from the passenger seat. At the start of his career, he work initially and completely officially for the Volkswagen brand, before moving to Barcelona to create concepts for all the Volkswagen Group brands at the Design Center Europe. The highlight followed shortly thereafter – Bugatti. But the zenith was also a closing chapter. Simon had reached the true automotive Olympus. What followed is the esteemed school of fiction. When Simon saw “Star Wars” for the first time, it changed his life. “In the evening, after work in the studio, I began to sketch space ships.” After a Bugatti, this counts as the next conceivable dimension of movement. The young designer decided that this was his calling and created the internationally acclaimed and extremely successful illustrated book “Cosmic Motors” – a torrent of images of futuristic vehicles in unknown galaxies.”


3D ARTIST | U.K. + WORLDWIDE. July 2014. Cover story. 11 pages. “Seductive Mechanics”
Excerpt: “…The basic layout for a real car has not changed in 100 years: four wheels in four corners, four- to five-metres long, passengers in the middle, engine front or back, access from side, face with eyes and mouth,” begins Simon. “Yet, there are thousands of cars that most enthusiasts can tell apart, some even down to the year. Imagine how these design opportunities exponentially grow by adding different vehicle layouts to the mix – it’s an endless playing field.”


GENTLEMAN | ITALY. July 2014. Cover story. 5 pages. “Giocare col Futuro”
Excerpt: “…Il designer che fa viaggiare nel futuro si chiama Daniel Simon. Ha 38 anni e a Hollywood se lo contendono i più grandi registi. Per loro ha progettato veicoli che sono nell’imaginario collettivo di tutto il mondo. Come la sinuosa macchina rossa di Captain America. La portentosa motocicletta di Tron: Legacy. La navicella spaziale, vera protagonista nel film Oblivion, accanto a Tom Cruise. Più che veicoli, opere d’arte. Tanto che, l’anno scorso, la casa automobilistica britannica Lotus ha pensato di chiamare proprio Simon per realizzare la sua prima motocicletta, la C-01. Un oggetto che sta facendo impazzire il mondo a due ruote, disponibile entro la fine di quest’anno, in soli 100 esemplari, al prezzo di 100mila euro. Gentleman ha incontrato Simon a casa di un amico in Toscana…”


ROAD & TRACK | USA. June 0214. 3 pages. “Time on his Mind”
Excerpt: “…“Think of memory-foam mattresses that actually conform to outside forces. Now, imagine a skin on the car that could change shape according to wind strength. Right now, every material is rigid and fixed, but if you look at how nature responds to force, future materials might respond to surface tension in the same way…”


OCTANE | GERMANY. May 2014. 2 pages. “Kosmische Kreation”
Excerpt: “Wie ein Komet aus einer unbenannten Dimension landet ein Einspur-Klassiker mit WM-Technik, gutem Namen, super Look … Himmlisch für Kenner und Enthusiasten ist das Design. Das kommt von einem Exil-Kalifornier aus Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Daniel Simon. ‘Bei der Gestaltung gab es viele Herausforderungen – denn die C-01 sollte einen mit dieser zeitlosen Mischung aus dem Appeal des Klassikers und moderner Durchführung nicht nur visuell packen…'”


DU PONT REGISTERY| USA. May 2014. 2 pages.
Excerpt: “…the C-01 raises the benchmark in every way. With looks to match performance, designer Daniel Simon has ensured that the C-01 is a game changing proposition. With a production run of just 100 units, the exclusive C-01 comes in a variety of liveries, paying homage to the iconic British Lotus marque.”


AUTO MOTOR UND SPORT | GERMANY. May 2014. 8 pages. “Das gibt’s nur in Hollywood: Filmautos vom anderen Stern”
Excerpt: “Der Quereinsteiger hat sich gut eingelebt in Hollywood, wo Exzentriker gehätschelt und Extrovertierte belohnt werden. Und dennoch: Ihn in eine passende Schublade stecken zu wollen, in die des erfolgreichen Filmdesigners zum Beispiel, gelingt nicht wirklich… Für Lotus entwirft er das futuristische C-01-Motorrad, die Coventry School of Art and Design lädt ihn zur Vortragsreihe ein über die Kunst, im Automobilbau vorausdenken zu können. Daneben findet er noch Zeit, sein neues Buch „The Timeless Racer“ zu promoten, eine geniale Mischung aus visionärer Spinnerei und altmodischer Erzählkunst, verpackt im typisch Simon’schen Science-Fiction-/Steampunk- Style, eine vollkommen neue Bildsprache, zukunftsweisend für das Format der „Graphic Novels“ und visionär in der Erzählkunst. Es ist die Geschichte eines alternativen Universums, von Zeitreisen über 600 Jahre hinweg, verwoben mit Storys futuristischer und pseudohistorischer Auto- und Flugzeugrennen…”


DEVELOP 3D | U.K. April 2014. Cover story. 5 pages. “Out of this World”
Excerpt: “…I think designers in general never really grow up. I don’t think I ever really grew up in a sense that I don’t accept the world the way it is. For instance, if you see an incredible building or a bridge you know that someone thought of it but someone else could have thought of it differently.” So, I don’t really accept things as they are because I know they could have easily been different and with that approach everything becomes transparent, like in the Matrix film.”


MOTORRAD | GERMANY March 2014. Cover mentioning. 3 pages. “Wahnsinn auf Rädern”
Excerpt: “Zuerst geisterte sie als wilde Fantasie durch Zeit und Raum, war zwar irgendwie da, aber nie greifbar. Dann wurden Gerüchte über ihre Ankunft laut. Und nun soll sie tatsächlich auf Erden fahren, die Lotus C-01. Das wäre schön. …und das Lotus-Langstreckenengagement ist es letztlich auch, das den extravaganten Auftritt der C-01 ermöglicht, weil hier Designer Daniel Simon ins Spiel kommt. Der arbeitete schon bei den Langstreckenautos mit Kolles zusammen. Bei der C-01 nun war er federführend: Er entwarf sie, gab ihr diese außergewöhnliche und doch für ihn so typische Form. Aber wer ist eigentlich Daniel Simon? Ortswechsel. Santa Monica vor den Toren von Los Angeles, zwischen weltberühmter Pier und coolem Venice Beach. Hier lebt und arbeitet der 38-jährige Deutsche aus Stralsund, der kreative Kopf hinter fantastischen Vehikeln. Simon ersann den Mega-Cruiser Detonator in seinem eigenen Fantasy-Buch „Cosmic Motors“, er ist der Vater von Light Runner und Light Cycle in den „Tron“-Filmen, er hat Tom Cruise in „Oblivion“ mit seinen Schöpfungen beglückt. Der Automobildesigner, der in Pforzheim studierte und bei VW und Bugatti arbeitete, ist nach eigenen Angaben ebenso Rennsport- Fan wie Fahrzeug-Fantast. Seine unverkennbare Designsprache, dazu der Racing-Spirit von Kodewa-Teamchef Kolles – das ist der Stoff , aus dem die C-01 ist.”


CAR MAGAZINE | JAPAN JANUARY 2014. 4 pages. “Personality of Automobile Design. 自動車デザイン人”
Excerpt: “VWのカーデザイナーだったダニエル・サイモン。 学生時代の卒業制作がアメリカの出版社の目に留まって著書を出版し、それをきっかけにハリウッドで働くようになり、「トロン:レガシー」や「キャプテン・アメリカ」、「オブリビオン」の乗り物デザインで脚光を浴びる存在となった。一貫してファンタジー=空想を追求しながら、才能と出会いで人生を開拓してきたサイモン。2冊目の著書「The Timeless Racer」の日本語版出版記念イベントで来日した彼に、これまでのキャリアと今後の抱負を聞いた。”


RAMP – CAR CULTURE MAGAZINE | CHINA, GERMANY, U.K. December 2013. 12 pages. “Timeless Racer”


MODERN CAR | CHINA. December 2013. 5 pages. “Future Fantasy in Design”
Excerpt: “… Daniel Simon幼时生长于东德,多数时间里,这个小小少年都在画画。他的画笔随着自己无边的想象在画纸上流淌,勾勒出 虚构的奇妙世界和那个世界里的各种机器。三十年后,他已在美国洛杉矶创办了自己的工作室并继续在那里描绘存在于他想 象中的奇幻世界。此外,他还是好莱坞顶尖汽车设计师,曾为影片《创:战纪》、《美国队长》、《遗落战境》等设计汽车。 但他表示,作为一名汽车设计师,这些概念车只是他本职工作的分支。他大学毕业后加入大众公司,先后为大众、奥迪、布加 迪等品牌设计概念车,随后开设了自己的咨询公司。.”


WIRED | USA. October 2013. 1 page. “The Man Who Makes the Cars of Tomorrow”
Excerpt: “Former Volkswagen designer Daniel Simon started his Hollywood career in 2008, working on the Lightcycles for Tron: Legacy and the Bubbleship in Oblivion. But seeing his creations on screen wasn’t enough. Simon’s new coffee-table collection of renderings and drawings, The Timeless Racer, expands his visual sense into a series of sci-fi futures and alternate-reality pasts. ‘I set out to create the largest, most detailed racing world ever attempted,’ says Simon. ‘It’s the Star Wars of motorsports.'”
RED BULL RED BULLETIN | ALL EDITIONS: USA, SWITZERLAND, FRANCE, U.K., NEW ZEALAND, KUWAIT, GERMANY, SOUTH AFRICA, MEXICO . September 2013. 1/2 page. “Speed of Time”
Excerpt: “Daniel Simon drags the spacecraft and roadsters of the future into the present: It sounds like the plot of a movie. While working for Bugatti, German designer Daniel Simon began sketching out futuristic cars and spaceships in his spare time. By 2007, he had enough to publish a book, Cosmic Motors, which earned him a traffic jam of fans, including racing legend Jacky Ickx. Then Hollywood came knocking. Simon, 37, hasn’t looked back since designing the Light Cycle for Tron: Legacy. His new book series, The Timeless Racer, depicts fictional cars from the years 1916 to 2615.”


TOP GEAR | U.K. + WORLDWIDE. April 2013. 6 pages. “The Timeless Racer – Future Perfect”
Excerpt: “Meet the finest Le Mans racer of the Eighties. One caveat: it’s from an alternative universe. Welcome to the weird world of Daniel Simon. …It makes the impossible possible, allowing you to move through an alternative reality. Most of the stuff that inhabits this parallel motor-racing world looks reassuringly familiar – the cars, the logos, the shapes, the faces, the men, women and even the hairstyles – but jars just enough to get your attention, like a glitch in a computer programme. This is The Timeless Racer, the new playground of car designer and futurist Daniel Simon. “I love motorsport,” Simon says on the phone from Los Angeles. “But I can never decide if I like the future more than the past. I’m just as fired up by Donald Campbell’s Bluebird as I am this, or next year’s F1 car. Imagine being able to look back on six centuries of racing heritage and cars! Obviously, I couldn’t wait that long, so I decided to make it up. People really identify with drivers, so I came up with Jay McQuade and his son, Vic Cooper. Vic is me, you, he’s all of us. And he’s also a time traveller.” All those idle doodles in tedious meetings, the wildly unrealistic cars you wish someone would design in defiance of rules and regulations: Daniel Simon has made a career out of that… The Timeless Racer is unlike anything you’ll have seen before, a beautifully rendered mashup of sci-fi fantasy and motorsport.”


3D ARTIST | U.K. + WORLDWIDE. April 2011. Cover story. 9 pages. “Realising the Tron Fleet”
Excerpt: “…We wanted to pay homage to the original vehicles from 1984, but at the same time create unique new designs, pleasing the hardcore fan base and a new, younger audience at the same time,” Daniel explains. “The visual difference between those two groups is that the homage ones are quite edgy, while the new ones are more organically refined.”


PADDOCK | U.K. + WORLDWIDE. March 2011. 4 pages. “Daniel Simon – HRT Artist”
Excerpt: “…It’s clear that Simon’s work with the F111 has barely scratched the surface of what he’s capable of delivering. Over the years we’ve seen some pretty avant-garde liveries with the likes of the Jordan, that being said, Formula 1 has remained rather conservative. Admittedly, the man behind Cosmic Motors thinks similarly. “Now this livery might not be very futuristic, but my intention was to do something ‘retro cool’, and if people talk about it that’s perfect. For me, this sport is entertainment at the end of the day. You want to attract people; you want them to talk and be inspired about it, to have ownership of their teams.” We’ve been speaking for over forty minutes and it strikes me that Daniel could speak for twice that time about his passion for Formula 1…”


PLAYBOY | GERMANY. February 2011. 3 pages. “Zack … In die Zukunft”
Excerpt: “… Seine Leidenschaft galt immer den Autos. Schon als 15-Jähriger zeichnete er Fantasie-Sportwagen in sein Matheheft. Später studierte er Transportation-Design in Pforzheim, der deutschen Kaderschmiede für Autodesigner. Nach dem Abschluss arbeitet Simon die nächsten vier Jahre bei VW in der Entwicklung von Show-Cars für die grossen Automessen. Doch als ein Projekt, an dem er ein ganzes Jahr gearbeitet hat, nicht realisiert wird, packt er seine Koffer und geht. Er steht auf der Strasse. Und er hat Ideen.”


TOP GEAR | U.K. + WORLDWIDE. Issue 212. October 2010. 3 pages. “Tron Reloaded”
Excerpt: “TopGear first met design genius Daniel Simon at Le Mans in 2008. We were there, mob-handed and enjoying a few refreshing shandies, when we struck up conversation with a group of like-minded race fans. “You need to meet this guy,” one of them said. “His name’s Daniel, and he’s invented his own galaxy.” We thought someone had spiked our drinks, but it turned out to be true. Still a car designer at the time, with stints in the VW group’s advanced studio and Bugatti under his belt, this self-effacing East German had been moonlighting as a futurist. When we subsequently ran a piece on him (TG 182), we discovered a world called Galaxion filled with Cosmic Motors and some startlingly attractive women. It turns out we weren’t the only ones to be blown away by his work.”


3D ARTIST | U.K. + WORLDWIDE. May 2010. 12 pages. “Seductive Mechanics”
Excerpt: “A concept designer created products that do not exist, yet makes people believe that they could. It’s about sparking dreams and fantasies in others – and what would the world be without that?”


L’OPTIMUM | FRANCE. May 2010. 4 pages. “Design Fiction: Crazy Cars”
Excerpt: “Véritable Mozart du design automobile, Daniel Simon a préféré les studios d’Hollywood aux bureaux d’étude des grandes marques industrielles. Avant de nous donner à voir ses délires sur grand écran, il dévoile, dans son premier ouvrage ‘Cosmic Motors’, des mécaniques aussi ahurissantes que parfaitement non identifiables.”


GQ MAGAZINE | U.K. May 2009. 1 page. “Never mind the Bugattis”
Excerpt: “…a former VW employee, Simon is the creative force behind Cosmic Motors, a futurist car company which designs out of his studio in Berlin. There are shades of Syd Mead, probably the best-known ‘visual futurist’, and even Jamie Hewlett in his work, but the girls are better looking and his experience in the day job somehow gives his seemingly implausible vehicles an air of plausibility.”
GQ MAGAZINE | SOUTH AFRICA December 2008. 3 page. “The intergalactic mouseclick”
Excerpt: “…Concept designer Daniel Simon talks about the lack of innovation in the car industry and his heavenly creations: ‘I got tired of presenting old design ideas as new, again and again’.”


PLAYBOY| CROATIA. November 2008. 4 pages. “Sanjaju li dizajneri automobila erotske snove”
Excerpt: “…Znate li tko je osmislio mračnu atmosferu i svijet “Blade Runnera” i dizajnirao Batmobile? Ljudi poput Daniela Simona. Konceptni dizajneri, vizionari, futuristi… Umjetnici koji stvaraju svjetove kakve bismo sami teško mogli zamisliti. Primjerice, svijet vođen potrebom za putovanjima, željom za brzinom, strašću za natjecanjem i opsesijom lijepim. Pripremite se na putovanje kroz maštu, i to u high tech automobilima budućnosti u društvu još sofisticiranijih, turbo seksepilnih vozačica.”


TOP GEAR | U.K. + WORLDWIDE. Issue 182. May 2008. 5 pages. “What the freak?!”
Excerpt: “This world of Daniel Simon’s, it’s clearly a good one. If you had to pick somewhere to spend your down time, you could do a lot worse than a place full of outrageously beautiful machines, piloted by impossibly beautiful women. That reads back like the neatly distilled essence of adolescence, and, for Daniel, it probably is. But we’re not casting judgement here. Quite the reverse. We want a shot. Simon’s mind is evidently an extraordinary place, and left to its own devise, it’s conjured up a whole alternate galaxy. This is a place where he can build machines to his own radical and exacting specifications. The question remains as to why a man employed at the spearhead of automotive design even needs to escape so utterly from reality. And his answer is insightful, if a little bleak: ‘The real future might be sad for us designers. I always say the real futuristic vehicle is no vehicle. In a wireless digi-future, moving is meaningless and expensive for most of the population.’ No wonder he retreats to Galaxion, then. And thanx God he’s prepared to take us with him.”


GQ MAGAZINE | GERMANY. May 2008. 2 pages. “Per Mausklick durch die Galaxis”
Excerpt: “Bahnbrechende Konzepte gibt es bei den Automobilherstellern nicht allzu oft. Die meisten Ideen schaffen es nicht mal als Concept-Car auf die Showbühnen der grossen Messen. Genau darum hat sich der Ex-Automobildesigner Daniel Simon in seine private Werkstatt in Berlin-Mitte zurückgezogen, wo er seinen Visionen freien Lauf lässt, an neuen Raumgleitern für Hollywood-Filme bastelt, an Limousinen oder Motorrädern der Zukunft.'”


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