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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, […]

Harry Bentley Bradley, Part One

Harry Bentley Bradley, Part One

Harry Bradley was one of the Transportation Design Instructors at Art Center when I was there. I remember the first day of a Trans class in my last trimester, Harry announced that there weren’t any design jobs. Judging from the last few graduating classes, he was right. No jobs had been offered. That wasn’t very […]

Nissan Micra Design Story

Nissan Micra Design Story

“With the March (also known as Micra), the project was a huge challenge for the design team, we had to travel a long way to reach the goal” said Makoto Yamane, Nissan’s Associate Product Chief Designer. “Spending almost twice as much time on it compared to regular projects, but after achieving various breakthroughs the design […]

Interview with Dmitriy Samal

Interview with Dmitriy Samal

Cardesign.ru community collaborates with many design studios, including those organized by its fellow countrymen. One of these studios, Samal Design, is being managed by its founder Dmitriy Samal, who lives and works in Paris. We’ve asked Dmitriy to tell us about his career path and vision of the design.

Designing a World-Class Compact Sedan

Designing a World-Class Compact Sedan

“I wanted to design a perfect robust sedan,” says Yamane, Associate Product Chief Designer in charge of designing the new Global Sedan. Sports cars, minivans, and SUVs… Automobiles come in various forms. However, looking back into the history of motorization, regardless of the country, the very first step is always a sedan. Over a long […]

Interview with Domagoj Dukec, BMW

Interview with Domagoj Dukec, BMW

An in-depth interview with Domagoj Dukec, BMW Group Design Manager. Graduated in 1989 from Pforzheim, the 36year old Croatian has worked for Volkswagen and Citroën, where he moved by personal invitation from Citroën Design Director Jean-Pierre Ploué.

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