The Language of Tape Design

A look at the age-old technique of using full scale clay models and tape in the automotive design process

When you think about automobile design, clay probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. From sketches on paper to refined 3D renderings made in CAD, the design remains almost solely in theory until the team moves to a clay model. Modelers and designers work hand-in-hand to provide precision adjustments to the design, using tape as a shared language. We spent some time in …

Interview: Shiro Nakamura of Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun

A conversation with the Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer of Design and Brand Management of the Japanese auto brands

Auto designers are part of a very small community, and those who rise to the top to direct the design of an entire brand (or multiple brands) always intrigue us. By nature, these talented people command the attention of the designers that work for them but, more importantly, they are able to sway the public’s perception for decades, and what they fight for in a …

Interview: JAQET

The LA-based car designer makes minimalist leather wallets by night—and debuts his newest color: Smoke

Many of us have experienced the rush of finding the perfect wallet—only to discover one feature that breaks the final decision, whether it’s an ostentatious logo or machine-stitched threading, promising to unravel. When a car designer decides to take matters into his own hands, however, and creates his dream wallet, the results are immaculate leather accessories that one rarely encounters in a retail environment. JAQET …