Interview: Calty Design Research President Kevin Hunter on His Creative Process

"I always think we're not going to find our inspiration from looking at other cars. So, go out in the world and look at other things"

Automotive design often exists with one end-goal in mind: functionality. It’s about whether or not that vehicle will get you from point A to point B—without endangering, obstructing or upsetting a driver and passengers. But transitioning from a sketch to a moving vehicle involves many steps and teams of mechanics and designers. “I’m always looking at art, wondering how an artist created that; what did …

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Endangered insects, ending robocalls, women who pioneered auto design and more

Efforts Underway to Stop Robocalls With estimated robocalls at 167.3 million per day in the US, many Americans simply ignore unknown numbers or “Scam Likely” calls. This doesn’t assuage the anxiety of missing something important or the sense of violation. Two programs—STIR (Secure Telephone Identity Revisited) and SHAKEN (Signature-based Handling of Asserted information using toKENs)—aim to verify callers. Right now, they’re only deploying on T-Mobile but …

Women Who Pioneered Automotive Interior Design

A progressive hiring spree (at least, for the 1950s) by GM actively sought out women to design the interiors for all of the brands under their umbrella. The women, who held degrees from some of the country’s top design schools and worked internationally prior to being hired, faced sexism but their work pushed forward design as well as women’s positions in the workplace. The team …