Design and Styling
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 […]
Less well known than many of the famous Italian automotive designers Franco Scaglione was responsible for some of the most original designs of the 1960s and 70s. I plan to prepare a separate piece about his work in the future. I was recently asked for my opinion about the design of the 1967 Alfa Romeo […]
Here is the second part of interview with Mr. Toshio Yamashita, who is a designer of Nissan 300ZX[Z32]. In Part 1, Mr. Yamashita talks about Nissan Cedric project which he got awarded for his rear window design. In Part2, we asked a story of development for 300 ZX [Z32].
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 […]
Men’s fashion magazine GQ announced “The Most Stylish Cars of the Past 50 Years” in 2010, and Nissan 300ZX was listed as one of them. After 20 years since the release, I wonder how and what enables a designer to create a car that is praised by the whole world. Through this interview, the man who created this […]
After graduating in transport design, at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, Michelle Christensen has gone on to work for the likes of Honda, General Motors and currently Acura, a luxury division of Honda. Most recently, she led the exterior styling for the second-generation Acura ‘NSX’ which made its debut at the […]
The prolific designer discusses the best place to test drive a car and why the horse is the perfect animal. For over half a century, Giorgetto Giugiaro has been the driving design force behind some of the planet’s most famous cars—as well as some of the most modest.
When I first came across Syd Mead’s work back in the late sixties and early seventies it was popular to strongly criticize his illustrative abilities as being all about the background and not about the design. I think that the truth was that all us young designers were so overwhelmed by his spectacular technique that […]