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The Detroit NASF Bright Design Challenge

Each spring, NASF and the Michigan Chapter of NASF joins forces with some of transportation’s biggest names to present the Detroit Bright Design

Challenge. Through this program, transportation design students from the College for Creative Studies receive valuable mentoring from finishing and transportation professionals to incorporate surface finishing methods and materials into cutting-edge designs for cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more.

In 2016 students created prospective designs under the guidance of Lacks Enterprises, Inc. envisioning how surface finishing could be used in a future of electric and connected transportation options. Throughout the semester, students were instructed to maintain careful consideration for new vehicle configurations, behaviors, branding opportunities, and zero-emissions technology.

During the May Judging Ceremony, Challenge participants use clay models, renderings, and documentation to demonstrate creativity and real-world finishing knowledge for a judging panel of mentors, professors, and special guests. Scholarships from $500 to $2,500 are awarded based on the overall appeal of their designs, ability to capture key design influences outlined in the creative brief, and knowledge of surface finishing. In addition, scholarship recipients have the opportunity to exhibit their work at the SUR/FIN® Manufacturing & Technology Trade Show & Conference in June.