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Design driven
11 Jun 2016

Design driven

Automobiles have always captured the style of their time. In 2016, Anya Georgijevic learns that means exploiting the aesthetic potential of sustainability.
Infiniti Executive Design Director Alfonso Albaisa on the Brand’s New Direction

Infiniti Executive Design Director Alfonso Albaisa on the Brand’s New Direction

How did the decision to push the design language of the company come about? Was it a burst? Or was it something that had been slowly building over time? When I was brought in, there were certain things building. Shiro [Nakamura, Infiniti’s chief creative officer] didn’t want radical change so much as he wanted a […]

Fisker discusses Tesla

Fisker discusses Tesla’s Model 3 and the future of electric cars

“I believe good design is about finding beauty — an emotional connection with the consumer.” Those words might sound reminiscent of Apple’s celebrated design guru. Their source is actually Henrik Fisker, a legendary car designer who brings the same predilection for expensive sophistication to automobiles that Jony Ive does to premium consumer electronics.

Audi TT Roadster Designer Has Big Plans for Korean Cars

Audi TT Roadster Designer Has Big Plans for Korean Cars

South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Group wants be known for world-class — not just cheap — cars, and one of Germany’s top designers is helping lead its transformation. Peter Schreyer, a president of the company that controls Kia Motors Corp. and Hyundai Motor Co., made his mark at Volkswagen AG, where he began his career. His […]

A Lesson on How to Design

A Lesson on How to Design – and Sculpt – a Concept Car

Designer Andre Hudson talks about the Hyundai Vision G Coupe Concept We assign a lot of meaning to cars. Hummers, Camrys, and Jaguars all mean vastly different things that, for the most part, we can generally agree on. But what makes a car sensual? Or aggressive? Or sensible? Designers have to make many small decisions, small and […]

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 […]

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