Director’s Commentary: Lexicon of Auto Shapes

Ever wonder what tumblehome is?  Ever wonder why you’ve never wondered what tumblehome is?

The New York Times is running a nice interactive graphic which shows and defines the terms which form the basis of an auto designer’s aesthetic vocabulary.  Strictly speaking, since there’s no designer speaking here, this isn’t exactly a Director’s Commentary; it’s more like a commentary on commentaries. 

Zero tumblehome?  A Land Rover.  Massive tumblehome?  A Pagani Zonda (whose factory is a great place to visit, by the way).

And the car in the NYT’s diagram?  A Saturn Aura, proof of the resurgence of their brand.  Good stuff.