The Cadillac XT5 and Parallels by Design: Exploration
At the intersection of two seemingly unrelated philosophies, we find parallels: dualistic principles of mutual understanding. Parallels By Design embarks on an exploration of concept, craftsmanship and the artisans who make innovation tangible. Take a closer look at the first-ever Cadillac XT5 and our journey with Public School to discover the parallels that unite our distinguished crafts.
A process of translation – Once a concept has been distilled into a central theme, sketch artists from the Cadillac design team are responsible for exploring its shape and bringing the idea to life. Every line articulates a conscious decision—reflecting the artist’s point of view while expressing the needs of the driver.
The sketching process begins with a framework. Once decided upon, a vehicle’s architecture provides the foundation from which each iteration can evolve. For Cadillac, every sketch is a work of art—bearing the signature of its respective artist and exploring the possibilities of what a vehicle can be. Each approach offers a new level of drama, stance and proportion.
This exploratory process results in the creation of hundreds of vehicle sketches. While only five renditions will make it to the clay modeling phase, no draft is thrown away. Sketches that don’t make it to production are just as important as the ones that do. The XT5 concept sketches capture Cadillac’s new lighting signature and expressive surface language—a balance of organic shapes and crisp contours. Such harmony requires a steady hand and a level of restraint that comes from years of experience.
The first draft – For Public School, exploration of concept is a collaborative process. Initial sketches of the collection help the team guide the concept from the abstract world into something tangible.
The design team begins by dialing into the larger details like shape and texture. Each sketch must explore the essence of the season while maintaining Public School’s recognizable sensibilities. To find this balance, the team operates on a loose line plan that leaves every design open for discussion.
Once the initial sketches have been drafted, the team takes a closer look. Missing styles must be identified and overlapping ones must be differentiated. This winding process is essential in creating a cohesive collection—one that honors the initial concept and expresses the Public School aesthetic.