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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 […]

The 1979 Opel Bitter Story

The 1979 Opel Bitter Story

Design of the Opel Bitter CD at Opel Design in Russelsheim, Germany Opel Design in November of 1971. To understand the importance of Opel Design in the early seventies, it should be known that Opel produced more cars per year than Chrysler did in the United States. All of the design came out of one […]

Wallpaper* interviews Kia Styling Group Director Sae-Young Song

Wallpaper* interviews Kia Styling Group Director Sae-Young Song

Korean car brand Kia’s turbo design acceleration under auto ace Peter Schreyer Wallpaper* went to Kia’s Namyang Design Centre in South Korea to speak to the director of the Kia Styling Group, Sae-Young Song about Schreyer’s influence, Korean style and the brand’s premium aspirations… Little more than a decade ago Kia was a no-frills, A-to-B […]

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Q&A with Ralph Gilles

Chrysler’s Ralph Gilles talks about design and cultural influence. Modern car design is a difficult balancing act that weighs style against substance; price versus performance; safety, fuel efficiency and other government regulations, in vehicles that too often fail to inspire. But Ralph Gilles has tasked himself with bringing the sexy back to Chrysler. Responsible for […]

Meet the king of Italian car design: interview with Lorenzo Ramaciotti

Meet the king of Italian car design: interview with Lorenzo Ramaciotti

Why does Italy make prettier cars than any other nation? We ask designer Lorenzo Ramaciotti Lorenzo Ramaciotti doesn’t look like a car designer. At least, not a car designer as we’ve come to recognise car designers in recent years. No black polo neck, no set-square glasses, no postured references to a car’s lines evoking, say, […]

Gannet Design

Gannet Design’s Ulfert Janssen talks sustainable urban transport of the future

Gannet Design founder Ulfert Janssen is one of the few automotive and transportation designers in the world who works in both the two- and four-wheeled domains. Ulfert these days works primarily in transportation and product design and development, but spent a decade at Renault’s Barcelona design studio involved in advanced concept design, with stints at […]

Chris Bangle: What I

Chris Bangle: What I’d do differently

C/D: You quit BMW in 2009. Any regrets? CB: Seventeen years in that job is a long time—three generations of most models. For this next phase, my wife and I started a design company in Italy. But, in truth, every design is a car design. There just aren’t the old clay models around. C/D: You […]

What it takes to be a good Design student

What it takes to be a good Design student

In Car Design Education most of young fresh students believe that the hardest thing to accomplish is to be accepted at a good competitive design school! “Hey to be accepted I had to go through a selection with interview and entry portfolio review, now I am in… I made it!” You know what? In a […]

Alfa Romeo 4C: Design Story

Alfa Romeo 4C: Design Story

Following the concept car’s unveiling at the 2011 Geneva motor show, focus shifted to the development of the production interior design, led by Ramon Ginah. This is where the biggest visual change took place. The concept car’s driver orientated theme, separate passenger and driver’s side colorways and motorcycle referencing elements were reduced for production. Defined […]

Work ethic, comic hero make Koreans hot shots in car design

Work ethic, comic hero make Koreans hot shots in car design

In today’s auto industry, where famed Japanese quality and durability are increasingly a given, design is king and, among designers, South Koreans are hot property. From General Motors’ bold Chevrolet Camaro to the quintessential British gentlemen’s Bentley, more top models carry the flair and signature of a group of designers from South Korea, which some […]

Retrofuturism: J Mays Talks About Automotive Design

Retrofuturism: J Mays Talks About Automotive Design

There are few people who have a better, hands-on perspective of automotive design than J Mays. So who better to ask about why cars and trucks look the way they do when they do it? Although J Mays is just 58 years old, he is arguably one of the deans of contemporary automotive design. Mays, […]

Speaking the Buick language: capturing, understanding, and exploring brand identity with shape grammars

Speaking the Buick language: capturing, understanding, and exploring brand identity with shape grammars

Developing and maintaining a consistent brand statement is an important aspect of developing a successful product. However, maintaining that statement is difficult due in part to the inconsistent and often insufficient understanding of brand by marketing, engineering, and industrial design. This paper presents shape grammars as a method for encoding the key elements of a […]

Structure and transformation of the Italian car styling supply chain

In a short space of time the car styling supply chain has undergone deep changes, which are being amplified by the current economic-financial crisis. The digitalisation of production and the transformation of supply links have modified the competitive positioning of companies along the supply chain. In the Turin area the design-product-service relationships have been strengthened […]

Car designer Stephen Harper on the problems of the automotive industry

Car designer Stephen Harper on the problems of the automotive industry

Picture The MG Icon, the car which Stephen Harper oversaw the design of while working for SAIC. What is the most challenging aspect of designing new cars suitable for the production line? For me, the most challenging thing and the most important thing today is creating enough difference between cars that people buy because the […]

Nissan design chief Shiro Nakamura: Why he

Nissan design chief Shiro Nakamura: Why he’s careful with Retro

We talk about Infiniti’s design direction, his influences, and what it means to have good design We recently sat down with Shiro Nakamura, who oversees the design departments of Infiniti, Nissan, and Datsun as creative director of Nissan Motor Corp. Much of Nakamura’s recent efforts have been refining and redefining Infiniti’s direction as it rolled […]

Interview with David Hilton, Motorcity Europe founder and former Head of Exterior Design for Bentley

Interview with David Hilton, Motorcity Europe founder and former Head of Exterior Design for Bentley

What is the most challenging aspect of designing new cars suitable for the production line? Money and time. Every different brand has its different limitations. Some brands can only survive at the minimum and some spend more on production to achieve true luxury. [...]

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