[Biz] Cafe Racer Design

Cafe Racer Design

I love vintage motorcycles and the design culture that surrounds it. I own two motorcycles and it was always hard for me to find inspiration around builds.

I started Cafe Racer Design as a way to showcase both beautiful cafe racer motorcycles as well as the super talented builders who create them. More then anything this was a passion project for me that was meant to fill one need:

  • If I want to build a cafe racer motorcycle how would I build it?

  • Is there a library that showcases parts, brands, styles that I can view to get ideas?

At the time of starting Cafe Racer Design there wasn't, so I setup a simple website and curated all the content on it. The key to this site was the simple branding and content curation that allowed it to become a destination of interest.

  • I could come to the site every day and see a new vintage motorcycle posted

  • I could come to the site and use the search bar to find the tags, parts, or brands for inspiration.

What is Cafe Racer Design

We focus sole’ on showcasing the design of Cafe Racer Motorcycles. Cafe Racer is a term used for a type of motorcycle and the cyclists who ride them!

Cafe Racer Design Website
Cafe Racer Design Instagram

[Code] Framework -

In 2008 I began experimenting with designing in modular ways known as building blocks. I used these methods in everything from print design to brand design to web development. Little did I know the path would lead to what most designers consider component libraries. Over the years I have been fascinated with and building systems to empower rapid design capabilities. Through evolution I created Patrn, a fun side project I use as a base to experiment with rapid layout capabilities.

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Patrn is a framework focused sole on layout capabilities.