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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 […]

Franco Scaglione and the Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale

Franco Scaglione and the Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale

Less well known than many of the famous Italian automotive designers Franco Scaglione was responsible for some of the most original designs of the 1960s and 70s. I plan to prepare a separate piece about his work in the future. I was recently asked for my opinion about the design of the 1967 Alfa Romeo […]

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].

Jaguar Land Rover

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…

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