Designing the 2019 Audi A8

Symmetrical and smooth, much of this vehicle's appeal is in its subtleties

Forget fine-grain leather and seamless connectivity—although the latest iteration of Audi’s A8 executive sedan certainly has that, too. But the next frontier in luxury, according to the German automaker, is mental clarity. The 2019 Audi A8, the brand’s fourth-generation flagship sedan, is fitted with a “brain-supportive” environment, an exercise in how design can impact calmness. The interior lighting, textures and configuration conspire to “take off …

Google’s Upgraded Suite is Home Technology at its Most Seamless

We discuss today's releases with Ivy Ross and Isabelle Olsson

At the 2018 “Made by Google” event, Google gave the world an official look at the roster of products they’ve been working on—solidifying the rumors spurred by leaks. The Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL ($799 and $899), Home Hub ($149), Pixel Slate ($599), Pixelbook 2 ($999), Pixel Stand ($79), Pixel Buds 2 ($159) and an updated Chromecast Ultra ($69) were all unveiled—broadening, and upgrading, …

Interview: A Conversation with Polestar CEO and Design Director Thomas Ingenlath

Volvo’s performance brand doesn’t want to be anything like Tesla

Designers rarely get to run the show at carmakers. Think of Michelangelo commissioning his own sculptures and you understand why people who control purse strings tend to keep the creatives at bay. But Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Volvo’s new stand alone Polestar brand—and the former VP of Design at Volvo who before that had design responsibilities at both Volkswagen and Audi—might just be a smart …

Interview: Dana Gleason of Mystery Ranch

"When what you do actually matters for a large group of people you respect, it's so addictive."

Dana Gleason, the designer behind self-titled backpack label Dana Design—a brand that ruled the outdoor pack market during the ’90s—has always found solid ground in individuality. Mystery Ranch, founded in 2000, is his second label alongside long-time business partner Renee Sippel-Baker. Though the brand was founded nearly two decades ago, its more recently-acquired popularity in the mainstream market seemed to unfurl quite suddenly. Mystery Ranch began …