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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.

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.

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 […]

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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 […]

Honda manager says effective auto design stretches well beyond the vehicle
16 Apr 2015

Honda manager says effective auto design stretches well beyond the vehicle

The car is just one piece of the mobility pie that auto designers consider when pursuing new ideas. Just take a look at autonomous cars.
Drawing for the Future and Putting Pizzazz in GM Cars
12 Apr 2015

Drawing for the Future and Putting Pizzazz in GM Cars

Ed Welburn was as cool as ever. A soft-spoken man with a quiet air, he moved through the centerpiece GM exhibit at the New York International Auto Show, barely glancing at the two showcase Cadillacs under wraps, which would be unveiled at a press...
Surface Separation and Other Design Trends from the New York Auto Show
11 Apr 2015

Surface Separation and Other Design Trends from the New York Auto Show

Distorted trapezoids, sculpted faces, and white everywhere are themes car designers hope will spark interest with customers.
Welburn inspires GM
5 Jan 2015

Welburn inspires GM’s evolving style

Ed Welburn is approaching a milestone: March marks his 10th year as General Motors' first global design chief. He was named to that newly created post in 2005, two years after becoming vice president of GM Design North America, the sixth design...
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” […]

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 […]

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.

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Frankfurt Motor Show 2013 – Trends and Overview

Frankfurt Motor Show 2013 – Trends and Overview

The bi-annual Frankfurt motor show is always an exhibition of Germanic industrial might – for better or worse – and 2013 was no exception.

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