Automotive Design

The Age of Decadent Driving

An upcoming exhibition examines cars between the world wars, when automakers and designers lavished incredible attention on their materials and details.

An upcoming exhibition examines cars between the world wars, when automakers and designers lavished incredible attention on their materials and details.

Lord Foster Takes Bucky Fuller’s Dymaxion Car for a Spin

A former student of Fuller's, architect Norman Foster set out to recreate the eccentric engineer's stab at automotive design.

Norman Foster is not an easy architect to get on the phone. We’ve covered a number of Foster + Partners’ projects in the past, and requests for interviews with the boss were often met with “Lord Foster is traveling in Asia” or “out of the office until the end of the month.” So, while reporting on Foster’s remake of Bucky…

Q&A: Dan Sturges on America’s “Cultural Inertia” Around the Car

The industrial designer and electric vehicle advocate talks current developments in automotive design and what ways the industry will change in the years to come.

The industrial designer Dan Sturges may have more perspective on electric cars than anyone in the automotive industry. He began working on what he calls “small local vehicles” as early as 1988. He founded trans2 in 1991 and four years later commercially introduced the first “neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV).” Given this long history, Sturges is a firm believer in the…

Q&A: Industrial Designer Don Norman on the Future of Cars

The legendary (and altogether charming) industrial designer Don Norman offers some fascinating insights into the future of cars and urban mobility.

For my recent story on BMW’s new i-3 electric car, I interviewed a number of transportation experts, including the legendary (and altogether charming) industrial designer Don Norman, who as it turned out currently serves as a consultant to the German automaker. Norman, the author of eight books and more academic papers than even he can count, was limited in what…

Q&A: Nicholas David, automotive designer

Nicholas David has always loved cars. “When I was 12 – 13 years old my teacher gave me an instructional book on how to draw cars and industrial objects. When I figured out that I could get paid doing something I love – it made for an easy decision,” said the designer of Chevy’s Tru 140S concept vehicle for GM,…