College for Creative Studies: Transportation Design


Brook Banham

Designer/ Company owner

BA, Coventry University; MFA, College for Creative Studies

Brook Banham is highly motivated with all things in the world of transportation/ industrial design and illustration. For his graduate degree, he undertook a large research program for his thesis concerning redefining mass transport.

Graduating in 2001 with a degree in Transportation Design from Coventry University in the U.K., Banham started his design career working around Europe in the automotive and footwear industries including Puma and Fila Sport SpA. He moved to San Francisco in 2004 engaging in freelance design for firms such as Frog Design, Astro Studios, Ammunition Group, Sony Entertainment, Volkswagen, Tardec, and Mattel/ HotWheels and many others. Brook relocated to Detroit in 2010 to obtain a graduate degree in Transportation Design at the College for Creative Studies. Following graduation in 2012 he and his wife, Judith, formed a small design studio, Middlecott Design LLC, in downtown Detroit. Banham has since worked with clients such as Delta Airlines, Hasbro/ Transformers, Mercedes/ Daimler Trucks. In addition to his studio work, Banham founded and runs the annual Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment during NAIAS.

Banham has most recently was been featured in the hit NBC TV series "Mobsteel", episode 6 about a design they commissioned. He has a one man museum show at the Seconda Museum, MI starting April 10 and running for 2 months featuring car illustrations and design, called "Brook Illustrates Mobsteel." Banham had two separate illustrations on the front cover and center spread in Delta Sky Magazine. He was also featured in Carr Magazine with two double page spreads of his GM/CDN winning entry. He has been a regular docent at the EyesOn Design awards with the North American International Autoshow (NAIAS). He can be seen in local papers and periodicals like Hour Detroit, Detroit Free Press, the Detroitrer and the Detroit News featuring his Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment, a live automotive design sketching contest and industry party blowout in conjunction with NAIAS.