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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.

Bangle: Auto design is stuck in a rut

Bangle: Auto design is stuck in a rut

(subscription required) Former BMW styling boss urges industry to change The auto industry’s inability to look at itself objectively is stifling progress, says Chris Bangle, the influential BMW design guru who left in 2009 to establish his own independent design studio. In an interview with Automotive News Europe Bangle said car designers are stuck in […]

Design salary survey, let

Design salary survey, let’s talk money!

Sometimes I get messages or emails asking: “How much money designers make? How much do you earn? What is a designer salary?” I cannot answer to those questions because a part of the answer is very confidential and private, but also because I am not an expert about this topic. Salaries can variate from country […]

New design chief to keep Cadillac style

New design chief to keep Cadillac style

Cadillac will not incorporate European design features under the direction of former Vauxhall design boss, Mark Adams. Cadillac will maintain its characteristic sharp-edged Art and Science design theme under new British design boss Mark Adams.

Design guru penetrates soul of design

Design guru penetrates soul of design

Schreyer says designers need to stay ahead of customers’ expectations When Kia Motors released its ambitious K-series, represented by the premium sedan K9 earlier this year, auto enthusiasts were more than thrilled. The vehicles were nothing like the ones Kia had shown before. The cars’ faade resembles that of a tiger and the interior is […]

Hyundai designers given free rein with Sonata and Veloster

Hyundai designers given free rein with Sonata and Veloster

Establishing an automobile company isn’t an easy task. But the process has been the same for almost all manufacturers: get the mechanical parts right, and then make it look good. That’s exactly what Hyundai has done, says Casey Hyun, creative design manager in charge of brand design strategy and vision at the company’s headquarters in […]

Inteview with Tamatani: How to design a Mazda

Inteview with Tamatani: How to design a Mazda

Mazda design chief Tamatani says cars “must send a stong message” [...] I tracked down Mazda’s chief designer, Akira Tamatani, to find out if he goes about his business in the same free-spirited way as the rest of his colleagues. All the signs were promising; this is a man who started his career working on […]

Ford Designer J Mays Says The Past Isn

Ford Designer J Mays Says The Past Isn’t What It Used to Be

Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be, said J Mays, Ford Motor Co. chief designer. Earlier in his career, at Volkswagen AG, Mays was responsible for designing the Volkswagen Concept 1, the concept car that eventually became the “New Beetle,” a modern take on the beloved VW Bug, and the basis for the sporty Audi […]

Design boss plans Hyundai

Design boss plans Hyundai’s next big splash

Christopher Chapman’s goal: Refine bold styling Every two weeks, Christopher Chapman makes the rounds at Hyundai’s Irvine, Calif., design center to see what his team has in the “corner stack.” The “stack” is a pile of index card-sized sketches on the corner of every designer’s desk. For Chapman, Hyundai’s U.S. design boss, it’s a way […]

How do real cars end up in video games? And does it help the brands?

How do real cars end up in video games? And does it help the brands?

In the digital era, every video game is a potential showroom. But the relationship between game developers and automakers requires some creative licensing.

Mission for vehicle designers: Cut weight, but keep the look exciting

Mission for vehicle designers: Cut weight, but keep the look exciting

What if automakers could slash the weight of their vehicles 30%, 40%, even 50%? A panel of top designers will discuss that Thursday in Detroit as part of the annual Michelin Challenge Design contest. Reducing vehicle weight is one of the most challenging and rewarding areas in automotive development.

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