Design and Styling

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. [...]

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 […]

Uwe Bahnsen has passed away

Uwe Bahnsen has passed away

It is with sadness that I got the bad news about Uwe Bahnsen’s death occurred yesterday 30th of July 2013. I met Uwe Bahnsen at Art Center Europe in Vevey during my first visit in 1990 as a young professional designer, and it was thanks to him that I started to teach for the first […]

A tu per tu con Giorgetto Giugiaro

A tu per tu con Giorgetto Giugiaro

Il designer che più di ogni altro ha determinato lo stile dell’automobile moderna si “racconta” per alVolante.it. Tutti siamo saliti almeno una volta a bordo di una delle sue auto. Che si tratti della prima Golf o della Panda del 1980, della Punto del ’93 o della Grande Punto del decennio successivo, dell’Alfasud o della […]

Ford Motor designer riffs on architecture

Ford Motor designer riffs on architecture

J. Mays doesn’t get to Chicago real often. But Ford Motor Co.’s (NYSE: F) chief creative officer has been here often enough to know it’s a powerhouse city in the realm of architectural design. As the person in charge of design for Ford’s entire vehicle porfolio, Mays looks at architecture a lot. And he’s ever […]

Interview with J Mays

Interview with J Mays

[...] we thought that it would be insightful to get in touch with J Mays, VP Design Director at Ford. While he wore the Audi legacy badge for a while after designing classics such as the Audi Avus Quattro concept car and VW’s revisit of the Beetle, it could be argued that he was typecast […]

Interview with Alexander Zakharov

Interview with Alexander Zakharov

10 years ago, we published an interview with a famous artist and designer Alexander Nikolayevich Zakharov. Then he talked about his creative path, engineering drawings and some projects [...]. Recently, we decided to meet with Alexander Nikolaevich again [...]

Dilip Chhabria shares his passion for unique car design

Dilip Chhabria shares his passion for unique car design

Dilip Chhabria has been described as an artist who assists engineers to ‘give soul to cars’, designing luxurious, hand-crafted cars which are made to order for the car enthusiast.

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