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2012 Ford Focus

2012 Ford Focus – The Making of a Global Vehicle: Design

As the first in a wave of truly global vehicles to come out of the brand-defining One Ford philosophy of Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally, the next-generation Focus contains universal characteristics – from the curve of the roof down to the tension in the accelerator – known as the Ford Global DNA. This is […]

Automobile Design for the Connected Age

Automobile Design for the Connected Age

BMW’s chief designer predicts that tomorrow’s cars will be controlled by voice commands, gestures, and touch screens. Car design is in a state of flux. The designer’s job used to be about tail fins and chrome. Then it was all about cup holders and plastics. Today, as communication technology invades the vehicle, it’s just as […]

Stefan Sielaff talks about Audi

Stefan Sielaff talks about Audi’s design future

Trained at the Royal College of Art, Stefan Sielaff joined Audi in 1990 becoming head of design in 2006. Wallpaper* caught up with him at the flagship Audi centre in West London to talk about the marque’s involvement with architects and urbanism, and his thoughts on electric car design.

Interview with Jae Min, Chief Designer at Volkswagen Group Design Center California

Interview with Jae Min, Chief Designer at Volkswagen Group Design Center California

Transcendent. It’s an adjective one could use to singularly describe Jae S. Min, Chief Designer at Volkswagen Group of America, Design Center California (DCC). The complex is one of three Volkswagen Group design centers worldwide, and the only one outside of Germany. Right now he’s behind the wheel of a loaded Ibis White Q7 TDI […]

Mays on design

Mays on design

A veteran designer talks about global design, national design and why he doesn’t follow trends. With an automotive design career that includes standout work for Audi (AVUS concept, ’91) and Volkswagen (Concept One ’94), with positions in Ingolstadt (two stints, with the second including participation in the development of the TT), Munich (with BMW), Simi […]

Interview with Arseniy Kostromin

Interview with Arseniy Kostromin

Arseniy Kostromin was born in 1986 in Balashikha town near Moscow. In 2003 he left the school and entered “MAMI” (Moscow State Technical University), graduated in 2008. Since February, 2008 till November, 2010 he had been working in RDCE (Renault Design Central Europe) in Bucharest, where he also made his degree work Renault Alpine. In […]

Chevrolet Speedometer Design

Chevrolet Speedometer Design

Design evolution from 1941 to 2011 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of Chevrolet. During these 100 years the company developed over a hundred different types of cars, vans and trucks. All of those cars, vans and trucks have something in common: they all contain speedometers.

Interview with Peter Horbury, Volvo

Interview with Peter Horbury, Volvo

Peter Horbury (51) is quiet force of car design. Far from extrovert superstars, his 30+ year career covers over 50 cars and trucks created under Ford and Volvo brands. Horbury is best known for successful transition of classic Volvo box into contemporary styled premium brand during 90es.

Development of the 1992 Oldsmobile Achieva SCX

Development of the 1992 Oldsmobile Achieva SCX

From Buick One to Olds One I was transferred from Buick One to Oldsmobile One Exterior Studio in late 1985. Olds One was a crazy studio even by Design Staff standards. One story comes to mind. Peggy Lee recorded a song called Is That All There Is? in the ’50s that was so depressing that it was […]

3D Automotive Modeling

3D Automotive Modeling

Note: Link directs to the book preview hosted by Google Books. Master techniques from top automotive designers and world-class game developers with this insider’s guide to designing and modeling 3D vehicles. With techniques demonstrated in 3ds Max, Maya, XSI, and Photoshop, 3D Automotive Modeling starts with a fantastic series of hot concept designs and continues […]

1987 Oldsmobile Aerotech

1987 Oldsmobile Aerotech

I was in Oldsmobile 2 Studio when Ed Welburn was given the assignment to develop the Aerotech. The car was modeled in an out-of-the-way basement studio away from prying eyes. It is interesting to note that two years earlier when the Achieva styling model was being developed, Dave Holls decided to pull the clay out […]

Interview with Carlo Bonzanigo

Interview with Carlo Bonzanigo

An interview with Carlo Bonzanigo, head of international cooperation agreements and concept cars at Citroën Styling. In Italian. Perché è importante il design? In una ipotetica scala di importanza, a che livello si pone rispetto alla funzionalità e all’affidabilità? “Con Design – inteso nella sua accezione più corretta – si intende non solo l’aspetto estetico, […]

Car Design Jobs are difficult to find. Things to check before design school

Car Design Jobs are difficult to find. Things to check before design school

Many of you are writing to me asking for info on master Programs in Transportation Design. Many of you come from car design schools and engineering universities, many asking about their age to make sure it (the age) does not become the negative element to stop them from finding a job in car design (risk […]

George Barbaz

George Barbaz

I worked with George Barbaz in the Lincoln-Mercury Advanced Design Studio during 1973. George was the “Senior” member of our studio, having started as a designer with Ford in 1945 after serving in the army infantry during World War II. He was of Hungarian descent, and had a great sense of humor, and very definite […]

Sneak Preview of the New 1968 GM Cars

Sneak Preview of the New 1968 GM Cars

Dick Nesbitt sent me these and this note: “I came across some Harry Bradley 1968 forecast illustrations for Motor Trend(July 1967) I got from Strother McMinn when I was at Art Center.”

Curvature: the relevant criterion for Class-A surface quality

Curvature: the relevant criterion for Class-A surface quality

An increasinq number of projects in in the automotive and aeronautical industry include Class-A surface quality as a competitive advantage. Quality control tends to be too subjective, however, as it is usually entrusted to human inspectors. Optical systems are showing qreat a promise with theis high resolution, but the relevance, geometrical correctness and correlation with […]

Art Center

Art Center’s New Breed

Personal Mobility, this is perhaps the most used description for what automotive design is trying to become, of the future of mobility. Often, and in certain countries, it has a linguistic connection to gear that helps physically impaired people move around comfortably. The car industry is desperately trying to shake that connotation off but at […]

Harry Bentley Bradley, Part 2

Harry Bentley Bradley, Part 2

While Dean’s Garage venue is not custom cars, nonetheless there is a lot of creativity and interesting design to be discovered when designers apply their skills and interest to modifying what Detroit built. The customizer must have a very thorough understanding of the vocabulary of forms he’s working with to successfully reinvent the design. Plus, […]

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