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Hongik University Students Design Future Bentley

Hongik University Students Design Future Bentley

Bentley recently sponsored a competition to design a future model at Seoul’s Hongik University, the ultra-luxury carmaker’s first design collaboration with a university outside the UK. The project’s theme was to create a future model for Bentley in the year 2040 using the ‘Blue Train’ — a famous model in Bentley’s history, which won the […]

The Voltéis

The Voltéis – Philippe Starck designs a car

Car design by someone who doesn’t like cars. I have met a good number of car designers and most of them are a little frustrated by the constraints of car models. That is to say most cars need a boot, seats, engines and doors and after that it’s all style. Designing something that’s truly unique […]

Frank Stephenson: the car designer who turned a sailfish into a supercar

Frank Stephenson: the car designer who turned a sailfish into a supercar

The sailfish can swim faster than a cheetah can run – and the secrets behind its speed inspired Frank Stephenson to bring natural magic into the world of car design. How would your boss react if he had to sign off for an expensive stuffed fish you’d bought on a whim on your holiday? Most […]

Interview with Pratap Bose, Tata’s design head

Interview with Pratap Bose, Tata’s design head

Pratap Bose: Tata’s design head keen to deliver Zest & Bolt with good looks & different features Pratap Bose remembers the first time he saw the Tata Indica. “It was aquamarine blue with grey bumpers. For me, it came from another planet,” says Bose, meaning that in a good way, since it was 1998 and […]

Interview with Masashi Nakayama, Chief Designer of Next Mazda MX-5

Interview with Masashi Nakayama, Chief Designer of Next Mazda MX-5

Nakayama entered Mazda in 1989, the year the MX-5 was born, and by the autumn of that year, he found himself in a Mazda dealership ready to become a customer. “My first thought when I first laid eyes on the original MX-5 was, ‘I’m going to buy that soon.’ The reasons were not something I […]

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.

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. [...]

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