Dennis Campbell

Transportation Design / Product Design / Entertainment Design

Biography

Beginning his career as a clay modeler with the Ford Motor Company, Campbell apprenticed in the Lincoln/Mercury and Mustang/Cougar studios in Dearborn Michigan. Upon attaining a BFA in Industrial Design from the Art School of The Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts (now the College for Creative Studies), he joined Chrysler Styling, contributing to the designs of Dodge and Chrysler production vehicles, penning the “K” platform-based 1984 Laser/Daytona Sports Coupe before leaving Detroit to join Toyota in Southern California in 1980. During his 25 years with Calty Design Research Inc. as a Studio Chief Designer, his responsibilities included the creation and management of advanced concept designs and show car development, directly influencing the aesthetics of Toyota and Lexus vehicles from the 1980s through the introduction of the FJ Cruiser show car in 2003. Campbell has been a full-time professor with the Transportation Design Department at ArtCenter since 2005.