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This Much I Know: Adrian Van Hooydonk

This Much I Know: Adrian Van Hooydonk

Not many people have produced a car design that shook the world, but Dutchman Adrian Van Hooydonk did with his 2001 7 Series. At the time, he was director of BMW’s California car studio and product design consultancy, Designworks. In 2004, aged just 40 years, he was given responsibility for the design of the whole […]

Interview: Toyota designer Nick Hogios

Interview: Toyota designer Nick Hogios

Toyota car designer Nick Hogios tells why car design is a balance of art and technology.

Interview with Henrik Fisker

Interview with Henrik Fisker

Henrik Fisker talks about Aston Martin, Ford, and general Automotive Design.

The Chris Bangle Interview

The Chris Bangle Interview

Chris Bangle, director of design for the BMW group, is probably the most controversial car designer currently working in the industry. The first American to head up BMW’s design team, he angered many car enthusiasts – and, in particular, Beemer devotees – when BMW introduced revolutionary new designs for its previously conservative cars. Indeed, such […]

Interview: Chuck Jordan, GM

Interview: Chuck Jordan, GM’s Chief Designer

The General’s Tailor: Chuck Jordan, who in 1986 became only the fourth chief designer in GM’s history, offers his candid views on what makes a great auto design. When Charles M. "Chuck" Jordan took over as vice president, GM Design, he became only the fourth man in 78 years to shoulder the awesome responsibility of […]

Designing Designers

Designing Designers

It’s no harder than being a fighter pilot Designers are the big-contract free agents in the automobile business, moving from one manufacturer to the next when the control offered is a little greater or the deal a little sweeter. Maybe that’s as it should be. Conventional wisdom says good design, or what we once called […]

Mikael Lugneg

Mikael Lugnegård about design

What is your passion? What motivates you? Under which circumstance do you develop the most and perform the best? Where do you want to be in five years? I been asking myself these questions for the last couple of years. I do this because I have a strong urge to develop my skills as a […]

India

India’s Car Design Guru Wants to Pass It On

Concept wizard Dilip Chhabria is launching a new design school, for an auto market seeing big investment from GM, Nissan, Honda, and Fiat. For years, India’s best recognized auto designer, Dilip Chhabria, was happy doing what he liked most, jazzing up and customizing cars and buses for rich Indians. He once redesigned a five-seat Maruti […]

At Shanghai auto show, China carmakers in search of edge

At Shanghai auto show, China carmakers in search of edge

The main language spoken at the Shanghai auto show is Chinese, but the vocabulary of the designs is polyglot: Italian flourishes, high Japanese roofs, German solidity, American assertiveness. What is missing? Almost anything that could indicate the emergence of a distinctly Chinese school of automotive design.

Wear Your Fiat Like a Pair of Old Jeans

Wear Your Fiat Like a Pair of Old Jeans

London-based architect-turned-vehicle designer Uros Pavasovic has traditionalists scratching their heads. When the covers came off the Fiat Scratch last month at the 2007 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), the staff panicked. They noticed a number of visible scrapes all around the vehicle’s surface. Had the car been damaged during transportation? Was there enough time […]

From Ether to Clay with Ease

From Ether to Clay with Ease

Charged with redesigning its luxurious SUV, Honda Canada turns to AliasStudio for 3D modeling, design and surface creation. Automobile manufacturers know that a car is more than a method of transportation. Personal style, values and sense of identity all influence a consumer’s vehicle purchase. Designing, and redesigning, a vehicle involves years of pressure and effort […]

Scratching the surface

Scratching the surface

An interview with Uros Pavasovic, designer of the Fiat Scratch Concept unveiled at the 2007 Detroit Motor Show. Uros Pavasovic is brimming with fresh ideas. His latest concept celebrates the used look in a new car. Meet the Fiat Scratch. You can’t buy it – yet – but it’s a car that turned a lot […]

The Lexicon of Auto Shapes

The Lexicon of Auto Shapes

The vocabulary of auto design can be both colorful and mystifying, with some words that are specialized to the field and others that have been appropriated from unrelated usages.

Transology: Reinventing The Wheel

Transology: Reinventing The Wheel

Most people, these days, live in automobile cities. Cars are essential for getting around; they mediate the experience of the city; they occupy huge amounts of real estate; they make a lot of noise and they clutter up the streets. Yet architects and urban designers mostly take them as given, and are content to design […]

Effects of Rendering on Shape Perception in Automobile Design

Effects of Rendering on Shape Perception in Automobile Design

The goal of this project was to determine if advanced rendering methods such as global illumination allow more accurate discrimination of shape differences than standard rendering methods such as OpenGL. To address these questions, we conducted two psychophysical experiments to measure observers’ sensitivity to shape differences between a physical model and rendered images of the […]

The architecture of automobile and building design: learning from 100 years of parallel processes

The architecture of automobile and building design: learning from 100 years of parallel processes

The industrial revolution has had a critical impact on society in general and architecture in particular. How we design, build and use buildings is different due to industrial changes in materials, processes and techniques. A key manifestation of the industrial revolution has been the automobile. Since the automobile is a more direct result of application […]

Interview with David Cole

Interview with David Cole

At the time of this interview automotive designer David Cole was the Director of Industrial Design for the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. He had previously worked for Volkswagen, Ford and Hyundai, including design work on VW’s New Beetle for which he received a Gold Award from the Industrial Design Society of America. […]

Interview with J. Mays

Interview with J. Mays

As vice-president of design for the Ford Motor Company, J. MAYS is one of the world’s most influential automotive designers. Before joining Ford in 1997, the US-born Mays worked for Audi, BMW and developed the Volkswagen Concept One, which became the new VW Beetle. One of J. Mays chief criticisms of his fellow automotive designers […]

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