Radical Change

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.

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Innovations in Design

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.

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The Craft of Making

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.

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An Ode to Great Design

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.

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A Creative Craft

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.

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All Eyes on Detroit

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.

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Inner Ideas

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.

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