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Interview with Toshio Yamashita – Part 2

Interview with Toshio Yamashita – Part 2

Here is the second part of interview with Mr. Toshio Yamashita, who is a designer of Nissan 300ZX[Z32]. In Part 1, Mr. Yamashita talks about Nissan Cedric project which he got awarded for his rear window design. In Part2, we asked a story of development for 300 ZX [Z32].

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Jaguar Land Rover’s Design Chief on the future of cars

We chat with Gerry McGovern before the New York Auto Show on self-driving cars, the limits of technology, and the enduring power of beauty. It’s a fascinating time to be a car designer. With the impending rise of self-driving vehicles, new technology for better visibility on the road, and more, there’s never been a better […]

Interview with Toshio Yamashita

Interview with Toshio Yamashita – Part 1

Men’s fashion magazine GQ announced “The Most Stylish Cars of the Past 50 Years” in 2010, and Nissan 300ZX was listed as one of them. After 20 years since the release, I wonder how and what enables a designer to create a car that is praised by the whole world. Through this interview, the man who created this […]

Interview with Acura NSX exterior designer, Michelle Christensen

Interview with Acura NSX exterior designer, Michelle Christensen

After graduating in transport design, at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, Michelle Christensen has gone on to work for the likes of Honda, General Motors and currently Acura, a luxury division of Honda. Most recently, she led the exterior styling for the second-generation Acura ‘NSX’ which made its debut at the […]

Car Designer Giorgetto Giugiaro on Comfort, Curves and Drawing Tools

Car Designer Giorgetto Giugiaro on Comfort, Curves and Drawing Tools

The prolific designer discusses the best place to test drive a car and why the horse is the perfect animal. For over half a century, Giorgetto Giugiaro has been the driving design force behind some of the planet’s most famous cars—as well as some of the most modest.

Syd Mead – Futurist, utopian and designer

Syd Mead – Futurist, utopian and designer

When I first came across Syd Mead’s work back in the late sixties and early seventies it was popular to strongly criticize his illustrative abilities as being all about the background and not about the design. I think that the truth was that all us young designers were so overwhelmed by his spectacular technique that […]

Harry Bradley’s styling tips for ’56–’60, ’53–’67, and ’68–’73 Vettes

Harry Bradley’s styling tips for ’56–’60, ’53–’67, and ’68–’73 Vettes

from Hot Rod magazine, July, 1973.

The A Pillar – one of the most challenging parts of a car

The A Pillar – one of the most challenging parts of a car

The launch of the 2016 Ford GT at the Detroit Auto Show was greeted with great excitement by the Worlds motoring press, a dramatic looking car fired the enthusiasm of the journalists; but what about the invisible ‘A’ pillar?

General Motors Teams up with Students to Design the Future of Car Travel

General Motors Teams up with Students to Design the Future of Car Travel

With all the technology, social media, and bespoke products available to them, the Millennial generation seems to have it made. These young adults have more choices than any previous generation. Representing nearly a third of the U.S. population, they’re also better educated, tech savvy, and more likely to seek out new experiences, especially travel. A […]

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 […]

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 […]

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