Car Design Publications
Matthew Easton is a Visual designer at Volvo and has been responsible for the design behind the all new digital instrument cluster seen in the new V40. He tells us about his inspiration and the greatest challenges in creating a world class instrument cluster that adjusts to the driver’s needs – rather than the other way […]
Cadillac will not incorporate European design features under the direction of former Vauxhall design boss, Mark Adams. Cadillac will maintain its characteristic sharp-edged Art and Science design theme under new British design boss Mark Adams.
Lexus says the Japanese brand’s lack of a rich design heritage is a huge advantage over its German rivals that are generally bound by traditional values. Speaking to CarAdvice in Melbourne yesterday, Lexus’ Californian-based senior creative designer, Edward Lee, a former Audi designer who joined Lexus in 2007, said design flexibility is one of Lexus’ […]
BMW’s first front-wheel drive vehicle made its world debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. To learn more about the challenges in designing a FWD vehicle while maintaining BMW’s core values, we sat down for an interview with Michael de Bono, the BMW exterior designer responsible for Concept Active Tourer. The UK-born de Bono is […]
The butcher’s boy at the cutting edge of car design His dad is a butcher, but the young Galwayman has found a meaty role as the head of the new Peugeot design lab Citroën has undergone a design revolution in the past decade, reviving the DS range while creating an avant-garde appeal to the French brand. […]
At September’s Paris motor show, CAR interview Seat Head of Design Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, quizzing him on the new Leon, Toledo, future SEAT concepts, and his design inspirations.
The Jaguar F-Type is the latest model to be created under the design genius of Ian Callum, the Scotsman who was recruited in 1999 to pull the British brand out of the past and smack bang into the 21st century. At a special limited-media reveal of the new sports car in England a few weeks […]
Schreyer says designers need to stay ahead of customers’ expectations When Kia Motors released its ambitious K-series, represented by the premium sedan K9 earlier this year, auto enthusiasts were more than thrilled. The vehicles were nothing like the ones Kia had shown before. The cars’ faade resembles that of a tiger and the interior is […]
Establishing an automobile company isn’t an easy task. But the process has been the same for almost all manufacturers: get the mechanical parts right, and then make it look good. That’s exactly what Hyundai has done, says Casey Hyun, creative design manager in charge of brand design strategy and vision at the company’s headquarters in […]
Mazda design chief Tamatani says cars “must send a stong message” […] I tracked down Mazda’s chief designer, Akira Tamatani, to find out if he goes about his business in the same free-spirited way as the rest of his colleagues. All the signs were promising; this is a man who started his career working on […]
Patrick le Quément is a world famous car Designer. As SVP Renault Corporate Design, his team’s products have included brillant and bold designs such as Twingo, Mégane and Mégane II Scénic; the Espace models of 1994 and 1998; Kangoo; Laguna models of 1994; Avantime and the Vel Satis of 2002. Patrick’s motto is Design = Quality; his […]
BMWBLOG had the opportunity recently to interview Chris Bangle. As usual, a memo circulated inside the group soliciting questions for the interview, and we got an array of decent topics to put in front of Mr. Bangle. But to paraphrase a great quote, “the plan did not survive contact with the interviewee.”
Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be, said J Mays, Ford Motor Co. chief designer. Earlier in his career, at Volkswagen AG, Mays was responsible for designing the Volkswagen Concept 1, the concept car that eventually became the “New Beetle,” a modern take on the beloved VW Bug, and the basis for the sporty Audi […]
Today I would like to tell you a bit about the importance of Master programs in Design offered by many Design schools around the globe. I decided to treat this topic because sometime, during my visits in schools, students ask me if it is adviced to follow a Master Program after the Diploma and if […]
Christopher Chapman’s goal: Refine bold styling Every two weeks, Christopher Chapman makes the rounds at Hyundai’s Irvine, Calif., design center to see what his team has in the “corner stack.” The “stack” is a pile of index card-sized sketches on the corner of every designer’s desk. For Chapman, Hyundai’s U.S. design boss, it’s a way […]
In the digital era, every video game is a potential showroom. But the relationship between game developers and automakers requires some creative licensing.
What if automakers could slash the weight of their vehicles 30%, 40%, even 50%? A panel of top designers will discuss that Thursday in Detroit as part of the annual Michelin Challenge Design contest. Reducing vehicle weight is one of the most challenging and rewarding areas in automotive development.
In the not-too-distant past, if you wanted to see what was “way out there” in automotive design, you checked out the major manufacturers’ concept cars at motor shows – especially Detroit. Now they don’t seem to show anything until it’s just about production-ready, so the far-out stuff has pretty well vanished.