Alex Alexiev (BS 12 Transportation Design) Designer, McLaren: I was working on the interior for the McLaren’s brand new car — the 720S, which launched in Geneva. Currently, I’m working on BP-23 — three-seat central driving position similar to McLaren F1.
Just liking cars or design isn’t enough. You have to embrace the process by working with engineers and manufacturers.
AA: Having a clear idea of what you want to achieve. For me, success is the process of learning as you work toward the end result.
AA: I definitely do. I do the whole “knock on wood” thing. I avoid black cats that cross my path, but I’m a cat person, so that’s not always easy.
AA: I try to avoid them, honestly, because ArtCenter instructors are so adept at pointing them out. From a rendering perspective, I strive for realistic and not too faked.
AA: Pen and paper.
AA: My ultimate hero car — the one I had on a poster on my wall — is the McLaren F1LM. There were only a handful produced and two are onsite, so I walk by one everyday at work. I’m also a Lamborghini fan so I’ll take any of those, too.
AA: I check out design blogs, as well as furniture and architecture sites. Offline, anywhere in nature where I can unplug my mind.
AA: A Diecast car model booklet, not intellectual reading at all.
AA: Chris Bangle. He’s made the leap between automotive, product design and architecture. He’s a multifaceted designer and another ArtCenter alum.
AA: Teleporting — imagining yourself somewhere and being there. I’d travel through history and between all different locations.
AA: My car back in California, a 1988 Pontiac Fiero GT designed by ArtCenter alum Ron Hill. It’s the car that inspired my interest in design.
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AA: Traveling. It can be anywhere as long as I’m on the go and moving.
AA: I joke too much and don’t take too many things seriously.
AA: Just liking cars or design isn’t enough. You have to embrace the process by working with engineers and manufacturers. Visit suppliers while you have the chance — you’ll learn a lot more visiting places where you can see manufacturing and design happening rather than just sketching.