Volkswagen sent over some photos of the winning customized car prototypes from the recent Design-Your-Own Polo contest. Amateur and professional designer alike used MAQET’s character design software to create their own dream vehicles, and 40 winners were chosen to have their designs turned into scale models. You can now see 10-inch, 3D-printed versions of the multi-colored design by Boston-based artist, Howie Green (above, right) and the happy bear camouflage colorway of Tokyo-based super-couple, Shin + Nao (above, left).
We actually think that VW’s choice of winners was quite well-picked. MAQET is all about enabling other people’s creativity, so to us, success is seeing the execution of original ideas–even those that might initially make us say: HUH?! For instance, the Polo covered in kisses (above, front row, far left) seemed an odd idea at first, but then it hit us: The designer is saying (in a very straight-forward way), “I love you, VW Polo! Pick me!” Of course, we’re extra proud of our MAQET artists who made the final cut, and Howie Green has another design (above, front row, far right). His rainbow ride is all about happiness, not just for the driver, but for everyone whose path crosses the car.
Even though we make models and work with 3D printers every day, everyone at MAQET HQ still enjoys the magic of seeing a fully formed, full-color prototype emerge from the ‘pixie dust’. Click through to watch the 10-inch Polo prototypes being born at the VW Headquarters. And remember: All 40 cars will be exhibited at the Danish Design Center in Copenhagen on May 25th. During the opening event, Polo will announce which winner will receive a real car with his/her design to drive for two months over the summer. The suspense is killing us!