Design and Styling
How did the decision to push the design language of the company come about? Was it a burst? Or was it something that had been slowly building over time? When I was brought in, there were certain things building. Shiro [Nakamura, Infiniti’s chief creative officer] didn’t want radical change so much as he wanted a […]
“I believe good design is about finding beauty — an emotional connection with the consumer.” Those words might sound reminiscent of Apple’s celebrated design guru. Their source is actually Henrik Fisker, a legendary car designer who brings the same predilection for expensive sophistication to automobiles that Jony Ive does to premium consumer electronics.
South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Group wants be known for world-class — not just cheap — cars, and one of Germany’s top designers is helping lead its transformation. Peter Schreyer, a president of the company that controls Kia Motors Corp. and Hyundai Motor Co., made his mark at Volkswagen AG, where he began his career. His […]
Designer Andre Hudson talks about the Hyundai Vision G Coupe Concept We assign a lot of meaning to cars. Hummers, Camrys, and Jaguars all mean vastly different things that, for the most part, we can generally agree on. But what makes a car sensual? Or aggressive? Or sensible? Designers have to make many small decisions, small and […]
Architects design buildings using a creative process by which they manipulate space and design elements to create a unified and compelling artistic statement. But generally, before any shovels did in the ground, a building model is made to let others know what the whole thing will look like, feel like, once it is created. The […]
Jonathan Wells, head of design for Morgan Motor Company, counts through his most enduring models over the decades.
Clark Lincoln’s jaw-dropping illustrations were an inspiration to me in terms of technique, composition, and design. I spent many years in Buick Exterior I studio, and it was there that I believe we worked together for a short time.
Simon Cox is in thoughtful mood, as you’d expect from one of the more cerebral car designers. Take his breakthrough concept, the Isuzu Vehi-Cross: in 1993 Cox helped conceive a vehicle which fused a 4×4’s toughness with a sports car’s performance. Such ‘crossovers’ are utterly routine now, but it took another decade for the Infiniti […]
Once some folks start dreaming up car designs, they can’t stop. That was evident at a recent gathering of more than 20 retired designers in the Detroit inner-ring suburb of Royal Oak, Michigan. We button-holed a half-dozen, nearly at random, and asked them to discuss their imaginings as rendered in ink, chalk, pencil, paint, and […]
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. […]
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.
He designed for the most successful companies in the world: for Ferrari, Lancia, Alfa Romeo, Mazda, Citroen, Suzuki. He designed a logo for Fiat that is recognisable around the world. He founded an extremely successful design studio, gave stunning lectures, and wrote brilliant articles for DesignAlive magazine. Get to know a few of the best […]
Australian designers in charge of global cars are rare to say the least, but one up-and-comer is BMW’s Calvin Luk, who has recently seen his vision come to life in the all-new BMW X1 and updated 1 Series. The Sydney-born 29-year old spent the first 18 years of his life here – he started his […]
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.
[…] 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]