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Art Center College of Design’s Transportation Design program is one of the more elite courses of its kind. So many design directors have graduated from Pasadena’s premier design school and it continues to be taught by instructors that are also full-time designers at big automotive OEMs by day. With the wealth of automotive design studios in and around Los Angeles there are a lot of opportunities for graduates as well. Stewart Reed, chair of the Transportation Design Department and a […]
Nissan has announced the appointment of longtime Ford Motor Co. designer David Woodhouse to the post of Vice President of Nissan Design America (NDA). Reporting to Nissan head of design Alfonso Albaisa, Woodhouse will be responsible for all Nissan and Infiniti design activities in North America and serve on the global Nissan Design management committee. Woodhouse broke the news of his departure from Ford – where he served as global strategic design director and Lincoln design director – on June […]
Coventry University held its annual degree show in late May, showcasing the work of 130 graduates from the Automotive and Transport Design. The project ranged from a vehicle for distant space exploration to racing aircraft and an entire lifestyle ecosystem comprised of transportation, product design and architecture. While sports cars still dominated the exhibition space, there were also several mobility concepts designed to cater to the paradigm shift currently taking place in the automotive industry. Shared vehicles, autonomous and electric […]
Ducati and IAAD (Italian University for Design) are collaborating to present the ‘Ducati Design Experience’, a fully immersive course into the Ducati world. The first edition of the summer class will be held on July 15-26, alternating lessons and workshops at IAAD’s head office in Bologna and at Ducati’s factory in Borgo Panigale. The 12-day training course is centered on Ducati and the brand’s inimitable style. It will include conferences, workshops and experiences that will carry participants into the world […]
Form Trends covers the transportation design industry, not just car design. In this rapidly evolving – and challenging – age of mobility there are a lot of new modes of transportation being developed, all of which are relevant in their own right. From bicycles to yachts and VTOLs, there seems to be a mobility device to cater to every conceivable scenario. Personally, I’ve always been partial to cars and, increasingly, motorcycles. Bikes – both traditional ICE motorcycles and electric motorbikes […]
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced that Ian Callum, Director of Design at Jaguar Cars, has elected to leave his position after two decades. Julian Thomson, currently Creative Design Director, has been appointed his successor and will take the reins as Director of Design effective July 1, 2019. It’s hard to overlook the significant contributions Ian Callum has made to Jaguar. Since joining the company in 1999, Callum has built a world-class creative design team, established a new design philosophy […]
Here’s a short video on the Ferrari SF90 Stradale, the Italian supercar maker’s new flagship and first-ever plug-in hybrid. The new supercar is powered by a bored-out 488 Pista V8 mated to three electric motors, and it can churn out 986hp. The design has also been endowed with Vortex generators, a wing-section front bumper and two diffusers ahead of the front wheels to create a more aerodynamically-optimized form. The power and aerodynamic massaging combines to achieve 62mph from a standstill […]
At this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, BMW Group revealed a recreation of the BMW Garmisch, a concept car designed by Marcello Gandini while at Bertone that vanished after its debut at the 1970 Geneva motor show.
Southern California-based Karma Automotive has announced the appointment of Andreas Thurner to the newly-created role of Vice President of Global Design and Architecture. In his new role, the former Rolls-Royce designer will lead Karma Design, a new business unit established to both drive the company’s unique design identity and syndicate its styling services. Thurner, who arrived at Karma in 2016 as head of exterior design after leading Advanced Design and Design Innovation Management for the BMW Group, effectively replaces Alexander […]
The Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza is one of the mainstay events in the automotive calendar. Though primarily geared towards classic, oftentimes rare, and incredibly high-value automobiles, concept cars that made their debut at auto shows over the last 12 months are sometimes invited to attend and some new concepts make their debuts as well. This year, the undeniable highlight was the BMW Garmisch, which Marcello Gandini designed while he was working at Bertone in 1970. The concept was recreated after […]