About the Book
Steve Jobs, Colin Powell, Bobby Jindal, Al Gore, T. Boone Pickens, and a host of other luminaries participated in this project. If you told me that I would have the chance to work with and have reviews with these people the day that I left my design position and a major Japanese car corporation to join the team, I wouldn't have believed it.
In 2008, an opportunity of a lifetime fell in my lap: The chance to work for Tom Matano, creator of the Mazda Miata and some of the most timeless designs Mazda ever built.
Tom had been commissioned to direct design for a new car company, and I was offered the position of Lead Exterior Designer.
Up until that point, my designs were for large OEMs with the impressive resources that established companies have. This startup opportunity was something different, and my work was certainly cut out for me. I ended up handling production design for both the exterior and interior, logo design, retail architecture, as well as participation in consumer experience and advertising design.
Suffice it to say, it was one of the most incredible experiences of my career. At a start up, you can (and have to) do everything, and every day I learned something new. I would have done it just for the design critique from Steve Jobs at his house. But more importantly, the chance to work one on one with top tier suppliers in the auto industry taught me more than I could have imagined.
Please enjoy this collection of a rare and exciting look at the design process. -- Bryan Thompson
Bryan Thompson is an automotive designer. With 15 years in the automotive industry designing for major car companies including Nissan, Peugeot, Subaru and Volvo/Mack Trucks, he has had multiple designs manufactured by Nissan, has designed in studios around the world from France to Japan, and from Austria to Brazil. He is a frequent contributor to various mainstream publications and media. He's appeared on Good Morning America, hosted design segments on local television, and written for NBC / Universal's BravoTV. Last year, Bryan competed on the reality TV show "Motor City Masters" and used his winnings, a Chevy Camaro Z28 to create a design scholarship for LGBT students called BryanThompsonDesignScholarship.com Specialty: Planes, Trailers, Automobiles and micro living spaces. From tough trucks to charming Airstream campers, and from high-flying executive jet interiors for Embraer to far out Hollywood set designs for Katy Perry, Bryan loves being a contributor to pop culture.