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Interview with Robert Melville, head of design at McLaren Automotive

Interview with Robert Melville, head of design at McLaren Automotive

Robert Melville is the head of design at McLaren automotive in woking, UK – a luxury manufacturer of technologically advanced high performance sports cars. At McLaren, Melville oversees the product and design strategies – under the direction of Frank Stephenson – and has been working for the company since 2009. Prior to Mclaren, Melville was […]

Can creativity be inherited? A conversation with the Spada family

Can creativity be inherited? A conversation with the Spada family

Like father, like son: with such legendary cars as the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato and the Alfa TZ, Ercole Spada has helped to write design history. Today he is still creating cars – together with his son Paolo. We met the two creative minds in their Turin studio for a chat…

How I Made It: Derek Jenkins, design director at Mazda North America

How I Made It: Derek Jenkins, design director at Mazda North America

As director for design at Mazda North America in Irvine, Derek Jenkins leads the design direction of Mazda’s current and future vehicle lineup. Jenkins, 44, has shaped the look of the brand’s top-selling models and is the pen behind the upcoming refresh of the MX-5 Miata.

In Conversation: Stefan Lamm

In Conversation: Stefan Lamm

Since being appointed Ford of Europe’s Exterior Design Director at the beginning of 2005 the former chief designer at Opel/GM, Cologne-based Stefan Lamm, has been responsible for the design of innovative concept cars like the iosis, iosis X and the Verve Concept, and also for the new Ford Fiesta, Ka and the pleasingly chunky Kuga […]

Peter Stevens on the importance of clay models

Peter Stevens on the importance of clay models

Is purely digital modeling the future for the car industry or is the full-size clay model still the best design tool? Traditionally sculptors would use modeling plastcine for making small models or ‘maquettes’ before starting to carve in marble. Carving in stone requires great skill because, not surprisingly, once cut from the block, material cannot […]

Baking Up a New Look, in Layers

Baking Up a New Look, in Layers

The BMW i8 may be the most futuristic looking car on the road. But elements of its sliced-and-angled appearance, which might be called the layered look, are starting to show up on other vehicles and hint at an emerging trend in auto design. Layering is key to the “stream flow” design language of BMW’s “i” […]

BMW designer connected to future of auto-evolution

BMW designer connected to future of auto-evolution – Interview with Adrian van Hooydonk

Adrian van Hooydonk has to have one of the most diverse portfolios as a car designer, covering not only the Mini, but all the BMW range – including the i3 and i8 – plus Rolls-Royce and motorbikes. The Dutchman joined BMW Group 20 years ago and since February 2009 has been senior vice-president of design, […]

BMW Designer Karim Habib on Making a Boxier 2-Series Convertible

BMW Designer Karim Habib on Making a Boxier 2-Series Convertible

The 44-year-old Lebanese-Canadian is the one responsible for creating the handsome 2-Series convertible the automaker debuted there last week. He held various posts in interior and exterior design at BMW before winning his current title, and it’s easy to see why. Habib is thoughtful, articulate, smart, and eager to jump right into deep discussions over […]

Postwar European Auto Design: In Praise of Cars With Real Curves

Postwar European Auto Design: In Praise of Cars With Real Curves

In August 1947 LIFE magazine shared with its readers a whole new world of car design taking shape in postwar Europe. “It is exciting in Europe,” LIFE wrote of the creative ferment on display at car shows in places like Paris and Rome, “but only promising in the States.” The magazine then went on to […]

Fabric covered machines: A relevant concept or an old technology?

Fabric covered machines: A relevant concept or an old technology?

Fabric covered vehicles have been around for more than 100 years but BMW, having started a long term internal research project back in 2001, finally showed the public their interpretation of this material as a body skin, seven years later, in 2008. The BMW ‘Gina’ was a great interpretation of a traditional construction method and […]

Hongik University Students Design Future Bentley

Hongik University Students Design Future Bentley

Bentley recently sponsored a competition to design a future model at Seoul’s Hongik University, the ultra-luxury carmaker’s first design collaboration with a university outside the UK. The project’s theme was to create a future model for Bentley in the year 2040 using the ‘Blue Train’ — a famous model in Bentley’s history, which won the […]

The Voltéis

The Voltéis – Philippe Starck designs a car

Car design by someone who doesn’t like cars. I have met a good number of car designers and most of them are a little frustrated by the constraints of car models. That is to say most cars need a boot, seats, engines and doors and after that it’s all style. Designing something that’s truly unique […]

Frank Stephenson: the car designer who turned a sailfish into a supercar

Frank Stephenson: the car designer who turned a sailfish into a supercar

The sailfish can swim faster than a cheetah can run – and the secrets behind its speed inspired Frank Stephenson to bring natural magic into the world of car design. How would your boss react if he had to sign off for an expensive stuffed fish you’d bought on a whim on your holiday? Most […]

Interview with Pratap Bose, Tata’s design head

Interview with Pratap Bose, Tata’s design head

Pratap Bose: Tata’s design head keen to deliver Zest & Bolt with good looks & different features Pratap Bose remembers the first time he saw the Tata Indica. “It was aquamarine blue with grey bumpers. For me, it came from another planet,” says Bose, meaning that in a good way, since it was 1998 and […]

Interview with Masashi Nakayama, Chief Designer of Next Mazda MX-5

Interview with Masashi Nakayama, Chief Designer of Next Mazda MX-5

Nakayama entered Mazda in 1989, the year the MX-5 was born, and by the autumn of that year, he found himself in a Mazda dealership ready to become a customer. “My first thought when I first laid eyes on the original MX-5 was, ‘I’m going to buy that soon.’ The reasons were not something I […]

Motor City Masters Episode 1 Recap

Motor City Masters Episode 1 Recap & Chat

Motor City Masters pits ten designers aiming to win $100k, a new car, and the possibility to work on a concept vehicle for GM. Each week the designers will take up challenges, and one will be asked to leave. Pretty standard for reality shows. And each week we’ll do our recap & chat after the […]

Moray Callum on Exuberance, Sibling Rivalry, and What

Moray Callum on Exuberance, Sibling Rivalry, and What’s Next in Auto Design

We’re only a few days away from “Decoding Design,” Ford Motor Company’s second panel discussion in a series called “Designing Innovation.” […] We caught some time with Moray to tell us a bit more about his history with automotive design and his work with Ford.

2015 BMW i8 Battery Pack Dictated Its Entire Design

2015 BMW i8 Battery Pack Dictated Its Entire Design

We’ve finally driven the production 2015 BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car, and we came away highly impressed. But one thing stuck out: The car’s size. As it turns out, the i8’s footprint is no accident. The BMW i8 is literally engineered around its battery pack, which is about the size and shape of a […]

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