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BAC Mono: creating a dream car

BAC Mono: creating a dream car

Growing up in Liverpool, Ian and Neill’s earliest memories involve traversing the UK in the family van to attend car racing events, and nodding off each night under a poster of a Ferrari 308. “I always get goosebumps when I hear that acceleration, when I see the flames from the exhaust, when I hear the […]

The Art Of Fine Car Modeling: A Conversation With Amalgam’s CEO Sandy Copeman

The Art Of Fine Car Modeling: A Conversation With Amalgam’s CEO Sandy Copeman

Architects design buildings using a creative process by which they manipulate space and design elements to create a unified and compelling artistic statement. But generally, before any shovels did in the ground, a building model is made to let others know what the whole thing will look like, feel like, once it is created. The […]

Icons of Car Design

Icons of Car Design

Jonathan Wells, head of design for Morgan Motor Company, counts through his most enduring models over the decades.

Clark Lincoln, GM Designer

Clark Lincoln, GM Designer

Clark Lincoln’s jaw-dropping illustrations were an inspiration to me in terms of technique, composition, and design. I spent many years in Buick Exterior I studio, and it was there that I believe we worked together for a short time.

CAR Inquisition: It costs as much to make a dull design as an exciting one

CAR Inquisition: It costs as much to make a dull design as an exciting one

Simon Cox is in thoughtful mood, as you’d expect from one of the more cerebral car designers. Take his breakthrough concept, the Isuzu Vehi-Cross: in 1993 Cox helped conceive a vehicle which fused a 4×4’s toughness with a sports car’s performance. Such ‘crossovers’ are utterly routine now, but it took another decade for the Infiniti […]

Creativity Uncaged: Six Old-School Designers Show Us Their Automotive Fantasies

Creativity Uncaged: Six Old-School Designers Show Us Their Automotive Fantasies

Once some folks start dreaming up car designs, they can’t stop. That was evident at a recent gathering of more than 20 retired designers in the Detroit inner-ring suburb of Royal Oak, Michigan. We button-holed a half-dozen, nearly at random, and asked them to discuss their imaginings as rendered in ink, chalk, pencil, paint, and […]

The stylist behind the Cordoba was obsessed with car design DNA, tits

The stylist behind the Cordoba was obsessed with car design DNA, tits

It’s hard to tell whether industrial design professor Jacques Ostiguy was crazy or a genius, or both. Either way, he’s almost definitely the most eccentric French-Canadian car designer you’ve never heard of.

Ian Callum on the Future of Car Design

Ian Callum on the Future of Car Design

There aren’t that many great British car designers, but Ian Callum is definitely one of them. Born in Scotland in 1954, he’s created some of the best-looking cars to come from the empire of overcooked vegetables since the E-Type. […] We caught up with Callum as the second generation of Jaguar XF made its world debut. […]

Designer Marc Newson on Fountain Pens and the Sad State of Cars

Designer Marc Newson on Fountain Pens and the Sad State of Cars

An interview with the Apple collaborator and prolific designer of jets, jackets and smartwatches about why he finds time to daydream and the reason most automobile design leaves him cold.

A Tribute to Janusz Kaniewski

A Tribute to Janusz Kaniewski

He designed for the most successful companies in the world: for Ferrari, Lancia, Alfa Romeo, Mazda, Citroen, Suzuki. He designed a logo for Fiat that is recognisable around the world. He founded an extremely successful design studio, gave stunning lectures, and wrote brilliant articles for DesignAlive magazine. Get to know a few of the best […]

Interview with Calvin Luk, BMW’s Australian designer

Interview with Calvin Luk, BMW’s Australian designer

Australian designers in charge of global cars are rare to say the least, but one up-and-comer is BMW’s Calvin Luk, who has recently seen his vision come to life in the all-new BMW X1 and updated 1 Series. The Sydney-born 29-year old spent the first 18 years of his life here – he started his […]

Nissan design chief on CarPlay, autonomy and the future of interior design

Nissan design chief on CarPlay, autonomy and the future of interior design

Shiro Nakamura, the man behind the current GT-R, 370Z, Juke, Cube and most other current Nissans, sits down with CNET trackside at the historic 24 Hours of Le Mans to talk about how design is changing.

Mystery of the Missing Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild Models

Mystery of the Missing Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild Models

The Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild contest was promoted by GM Design genius Harley Earl as a way to seek out young talented car designers. Young men from 11 to 20 years old were challenged to build 1/12 scale car models of their own design. The reward for the best designs were college scholarships and a […]

Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept: Car Design Interview

Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept: Car Design Interview

[…] We spoke with Sang Yup Lee, Bentley’s head of exterior and advanced design. Lee, 42, was previously at VW’s California studio and before that designed the Camaro at GM. He says the EXP 10 is a continuation of a long-cherished dream at Bentley’s design department. “It was a skunkworks project at first, and then […]

Where will autonomous cars take interior design?

Where will autonomous cars take interior design?

As the auto industry moves towards considering vehicles that require less driver input, profound questions are being raised concerning the space inside the vehicle and how the driver spends his time. Chris Wright talked to Ford of Europe’s design director Chris Bird and former design director Martin Smith about the potential implications of autonomous drive […]

The celebrity railroad designers

The celebrity railroad designers – Part 1

The 1930s was a great time for the expansion of railway systems across the World. Air passenger transport was just starting to become a possible alternative but it was expensive and the range was still limited by ‘fuel capacity versus weight’ equations, which meant that it was not possible to offer the quality of service […]

Criticize Design to improve Design!

Criticize Design to improve Design!

When I was a student at ACCD in Pasadena I learned to accept critics about my work and also critic my classmates’ works. Our teachers encouraged us to do so. When I start teaching I also criticize students’ works and asked them to give their critics and opinions about their classmates’ works. At work (Fiat […]

Interview: Ford Designer Amko Leenarts Weighs in on His Artistic Influences

Interview: Ford Designer Amko Leenarts Weighs in on His Artistic Influences

Last month, Ford’s design team headed to Milan, Italy, to showcase a collection of non-automotive objects created by Ford’s design studios around the globe. […] To better understand the brand’s design philosophy, we spoke with Ford’s Global Director of Interior Design, Amko Leenarts, who unpacked the company’s typical design process, discussed where he finds artistic […]

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