Design and Styling

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 […]

Interview with Toyota Auto Designer Simon Humphries

Interview with Toyota Auto Designer Simon Humphries

Simon Humphries has been in Japan a long time – since 1988 – and has worked as a designer for Sony as well as Toyota. What makes him a bit special is the fact that he’s the only Western regular employee at Toyota’s headquarters in Toyota-shi near Nagoya – out of some 700 designers there. […]

Car design competition can be cut-throat

Car design competition can be cut-throat

A new concept car unveiled by Hyundai has helped steer a Brampton native into the automotive industry limelight. Marc Mainville is the brain behind the exterior design of the HCD10 Hellion, a compact three-door sport crossover vehicle, now being showcased at the Detroit Auto Show.

Starting Out: Portfolio Development

Starting Out: Portfolio Development

Setting out your portfolio can seem like an endless task; as soon as you finish one, it’s time to start over with the latest stuff, a cycle that often continues beyond design school. To give you a few pointers on how to go about it, Car Design News spoke with agents from recruiting agencies and […]

Driving Force

Driving Force

Fast cars are going out of fashion, according to Roberto Piatti. Speed, he says, is becoming less attractive, especially in Europe, because of stricter enforcement of highway laws and higher fuel costs. Now, he says, comfort is key. Since people are commuting longer distances, he explains, they spend hours, rather than minutes, behind the wheel […]

Automotive Design

Automotive Design

Love at first sight: For most consumers, choosing a car has as much to do with its design as with its performance and driving capacities. But what is actually involved in shaping the cars we see on the streets of today and tomorrow? commerce germany spoke to member companies in the business about what influences […]

About: Automotive Design

About: Automotive Design

Automotive design is the consideration of aesthetics during the product development of an automobile. This consideration extends to all areas of the product readily visible to the customer; metal, glass, wheels, lamps, mirrors, grilles, badges and other adornments on the exterior and all visible soft trim; seats, door trims, instrument panel and controls; steering wheel, […]

Industrial motivations: Conceptual Automotive Styling Tools (CAST)

Industrial motivations: Conceptual Automotive Styling Tools (CAST)

From the ‘Mathematical Surface Representations for Conceptual Design’ Project – University of Toronto Computer Graphics continues to battle the challenging question: “How quickly and effectively can a designer transform a mental concept into a digital object, that is easy to refine and reuse?”. If hearing, speech and sight are analogous to the audio IN, audio […]

Educating Automotive Design: A scientific approach without compromising tacit knowledge

Educating Automotive Design: A scientific approach without compromising tacit knowledge

The car has, more than any other, become a product with highly emotional properties and a significant impact on society. The automotive styling process as generally educated and practiced today has its foundation in the 1930’s in the Detroit studios of General Motors and has not changed significantly since. The automotive industry and its market […]

Investigation on the Use of Illuminated Clay in Automotive Styling

Investigation on the Use of Illuminated Clay in Automotive Styling

Recent advances in mixed reality systems show a great potential for design, in particular projection-based augmented reality. This article documents an explorative study that was carried out to investigate functional and technical requirements of augmented prototyping in automotive design. A clay model of a car (1:5) was scanned and then a simple video projector system […]

Starting Out: How to become a car designer

Starting Out: How to become a car designer

In this article Nick Hull gives some suggestions on how to start a car designer career. Nick Hull is a contributor to Car Design News and also Course Tutor for the MA Automotive Design course at Coventry Univerity School of Art & Design, UK.

Talking Design

Talking Design

Automotive designer Ken Okuyama talks about current automotive designs and where the industry is going in the future, from a position of deep experience. Currently the Chair of the Transportation Design Department at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, Okuyama has held senior design positions at Pininfarina, Porsche and GM. Examples of his […]

Concept Car with GM and Frank O. Gehry

Concept Car with GM and Frank O. Gehry

In collaboration with Frank Gehry and General Motors, the Smart Cities group at the MIT Media Laboratory is exploring designs for smart city cars based upon these principles. The goal is to produce a working concept car. This exhibit presents exploratory sketches and models from the work in progress. The automobile and the 20th-century city […]

Design gets personal

Design gets personal – Styling goes in many directions as car market splinters

DEARBORN – At Ford Motor Co.’s Lincoln Design Center, designers cluster around a computer monitor that shows a 3-D rendering of a new concept car debuting next week at the North American International Auto Show.

Tough Guys and Pretty Boys: The Cultural Antagonisms of Engineering and Aesthetics in Automotive History

Tough Guys and Pretty Boys: The Cultural Antagonisms of Engineering and Aesthetics in Automotive History

The automobile is the most important technological innovation of the twentieth century. This tool of transportation has profoundly transformed the lives of people around the globe. But nowhere has it had a more profound impact than in the United States, where the modern system of automobility was pioneered. The American auto industry invented the method […]

A History of Scholarship on American Automobile Design

A History of Scholarship on American Automobile Design

Appearance is undoubtably the most important feature of the automobile for the vast majority of American consumers. “”Style sells cars”” has been common wisdom in the industry since at least the 1930s. Market competition and government regulation long ago ensured that all cars would take their passengers from one point to another with roughly comparable […]

Computer Aided Concept Design for Vehicle Stylists

Computer Aided Concept Design for Vehicle Stylists

It is commonly accepted in the manufacturing industries that the earlier concurrent design and engineering are able to occur the greater the reduction in both design lead time and the cost of the design product cycle is reduced. A basic requirement of concurrent design and engineering is a simple 3 dimensional (3D) computer model. This […]

The Process Improvement Impact on the Styling Workflow of an Industrial Design Company

The Process Improvement Impact on the Styling Workflow of an Industrial Design Company

The renovation of the process represents a must for an industrial company involved in the design field. The process is moving from an entirely manual to a digital workflow, so much that sometimes users find many difficulties in the approach to the new tools. In particular, analyzing the methodologies of work it is easy to […]

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