In 1997, I received a phone call from my girlfriend who worked at one of the endless “dot-com” startups, regarding a domain name she found. “autodesign.com is available,” she said. Now, at the time, buying your own domain name was still a relatively new notion, but equally apparent was the fact that most ending in “.com” had already been snapped up by corporations whose coffers and legal counsel outweighed a newly graduated design student. Despite having no initial use for it, I bought it.
Over the years it became my personal site a few times, but I always felt odd to have such a general name as my own site. In 2013, with the help of an old Ford design colleague, a friend from CCS Trans now working in Austin, and a contract designer at Hyundai, I relaunched AUTODESIGN.com as a blog focused on car design, news, and the lifestyle that surrounds it by car designers. As the editor, I reviewed and suggested posts to my team, as well as wrote many of my own. We had a good run, but like many initial endeavours, life intervened ( even Henry Ford and William C. Durant had do-overs. ) Plans are underway for a re-start in 2016 but for now, the articles and posts are still relevant- Why? We didn’t purport to be a news site, but rather an information and inspiration blog.
Feel free to peruse the entire site, my posts, or some of my favorites below. If you’re interested in contributing, contact me here.