Miranda the Designer
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Girls can draw motorcycles too, right?

I'm a newly hired Creative Automotive Designer for General Motors and a recent grad of the University of Cincinnati's DAAP Industrial Design Program. I have worked as a designer for Speck Products, Under Armour Footwear, and Motorola Mobility. I am an aspiring moped/motorcycle designer and this is some of my work, sketches, photos, and things I find inspiring in industrial and automotive design.

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Today is a glorious day… The rebirth of my 1985 Sachs G3.

If you don’t know the story, I purchased this moped from a guy on craigslist for $250 my sophomore year of college at UC. Unable to start or run, i fixed up the bike until it ran smoothly and rode it to class and around Cincinnati nearly everyday, even in the winter. It is my pride and joy.

This moped was then stolen from me nearly 2 years ago from my house in the middle of a stormy night. I was devastated and did everything I could to spread the word about its disappearance online and around the neighborhood. It never showed up.

Fast forward 9 or so months later, at this point I had given up, purchased a new moped project, my 1957 DKW Hummel, and was convinced that the ped was gone for good. Randomly, I get a call on my cellphone while I’m at work at the Apple Store. A guy from Columbus, Ohio claimed that he may have found my bike when someone tried to sell it to him and he recognized it from my posts online months and months earlier. I used the sellers cell number and the address he was using to tell people where to come buy the bike to track it down, eventually retrieving it thanks to CPD. The original paint and graphics were ruined by the thief and I spent the next year slowly sanding and cleaning up the bike back to working condition.

Today is the first day I’ve gotten to enjoy my bike once again in almost two years, and I’m so thrilled! Still need some new graphics, but I’m happy to have her back.

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