- Director of Communications
The January 2016 edition of the Detroiter is on news stand now. Order your copy today.The Detroiter is a quarterly magazine published by the Detroit Regional Chamber. To subscribe or to order a physical copy of the magazine, please call 313.964.4000.
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On the Cover
The Detroit Regional Chamber collaborated with the College for Creative Studies (CCS) to create a cover that highlights automotive design and Detroit’s influence on the look, feel and performance of today’s automobile. With so much of design – today’s and tomorrow – relying on talent, and CCS graduating alums who continue to redefine the industry, this collaboration was a no-brainer.
The vehicle illustrations shown on the cover are just a sampling of the work of some of our automakers, which utilize the Detroit region’s world-class talent, resources and assets to create sleek, innovative design from touch screens to taillights. The cover itself features the work of two CCS students, Esther Licata and Mary McLain who illustrated the cover.
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In the 1973 film, “Sleeper,” Woody Allen wakes up after being frozen following a botched operation. To escape the inept police state trying to terminate him, he steals a car that looks like a bubble, with frosted windows and no steering wheel. He simply tells it where to go.Continue Reading
Lear Corp. is teaming up with local college students to develop innovations for the next-generation automotive seating and electrical systems. The Southfield-based auto supplier plans to open an innovation and design center in the historic 119 State Street building in Detroit’s Capitol Park neighborhood.Continue Reading
Located in midtown Detroit, the College for Creative Studies (CCS) is a relatively small school that makes a big impact on the design world. CCS strives to provide students with the tools needed for successful careers in the dynamic and growing creative industries. The college is a major supplier of talent to numerous industries, such as transportation, film and animation, advertising and communications, consumer electronics, athletic apparel, and many more.Continue Reading
While I never studied design – and my third-grade art work posted on the refrigerator clearly demonstrated my lack of talent – I am a big fan of great design. From Henry Moore sculptures to Daniel Libeskind architecture to the everyday paperclip, I have long been moved by design’s ability to turn something of necessity to something of desire.Continue Reading
In an era when supercomputing has penetrated every corner of product development, one of the automobile industry’s oldest design methods continues to play a major role in making the hottest cars and trucks.Continue Reading
In 2014, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) asked Sundberg-Ferar, a Detroit-based industrial design consultancy, to define a plan to grow the industrial design profession in Michigan. The result was the announcement of the Michigan Design Council (MDC) at the 2015 North American International Auto Show.Continue Reading
Automotive design takes center stage during the first Tuesday of Detroit’s North American International Auto Show this year. First, the EyesOn Design Awards will recognize design excellence among concept and production vehicles making their worldwide debut at the auto show.Continue Reading
As the president of Toyota Motor Corp.’s North American design studio, Calty Design Research, Kevin Hunter and his design team create innovative designs that appeal to the global consumer for Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands.Continue Reading
Come this January, more than 800,000 people from 60 different countries across the globe will descend on Detroit for the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Over the course of two weeks, vehicles and technologies that will shape the future of the automotive industry for years to come will make their world debuts to 5,000 international press members.Continue Reading
Most Fridays Liz Wetzel can be found surrounded by other GM designers on her team, each sharing his or her latest inspirations. These creative sessions might include discussions of current events or assessments of emerging technologies.Continue Reading
Detroit’s gotten a lot of publicity lately for its growing reputation as place where young people are increasingly drawn by opportunities to live and build and create.Continue Reading
Designers at automakers and suppliers from Ann Arbor to Auburn Hills and from Dearborn to Detroit are taking on a perplexing new challenge with the emergence of connected cars and the promise of autonomous driving:Continue Reading