Where Ford Finds Tomorrow’s Designers
DEC
07

You’ve heard of Harvard, Princeton, USC, UCLA and so on…but what about the College for Creative Studies (CCS) and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA? These are important institutions for the automotive industry. CCS has a competitive automotive design program, making it a place where Ford has over the years found future designers of its best-selling cars and trucks. Ford has worked closely with CCS students to help them gain the upper hand in corporate culture and in how designs translate to real-world vehicles.

And now, the Children’s Center has partnered with CCS for the new AutoGlow Design Challenge, giving students a unique task: design a theme for the Children’s Center AutoGlow charity event, presented by Ford Motor Company, and scheduled for January 13, 2012.

The AutoGlow Design Challenge was viewed as an opportunity to put the spotlight on the talent of Detroit’s youth, and so the students were asked to create a theme that could be reflected in the AutoGlow room’s décor and beyond. The AutoGlow Design Challenge winning entry was created by the team of 24-year-old Shayne Shepherd, 21-year-old Kristina Prybula and 21-year-old Daeun Kim. Their theme included aspects of circus and carnival, making for AutoGlow: Under the Big Top. The event includes three-ring entertainment from Detroit Flyhouse and the Rick Lieder Band, along with culinary delights, an AutoGlow signature cocktail and a barrel of big-top fun.

The event, to be held at the Westin Book Cadillac, will include dinner, dancing and entertainment, and its hosts are Bill and Lisa Ford and Alan and Nicki Mulally. Tickets are $275 per person before December 16, $300 after December 16; $135 of the ticket price is tax deductible. Sponsorship packages begin at $5,000. For more information call 313.262.1085 or visit www.thechildrenscenter.com.

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Mallorie Howey Unemployed if they keep using CVT transmissions!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Marsha Carlisle My BEEF about DESIGN is THAT it IS NOT AERO DYNAMIC !!! - IT SEEMS most Futureistic & best for fuel economy !!!
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Brad Barefoot Hey Ford Designers ! Just a thought, as we move towards more platforms like the Focus lets remember the world's population isn't 5'8" and weighs just 150 to 170 pounds. The 39" headroom is OK unless you want a moonroof. And you've done well with great legroom front to back ... but side to side hurts, lets have less center consold and more legroom from lest to right please.
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Brad Barefoot In business you never know where that next great idea, design, or commitment will come from. Appreciate them all.
2 year(s) ago via
ford rocks ford rocks no matter what the gas millage its built in the US and its staying in the US drive on ford
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Sasha Jaafari The FG Falcon is testament to their abilities given the relatively low budgets you and the Australian Government give them
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Sasha Jaafari Also the best engineers and best RWD know how
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Sasha Jaafari Geelong, Australia
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Howard Harrell Before FORD the way of travel was with a horse and Buggy. Ford's new Electric car will make most of other cars out there suffer the same way fate as that buggy ride. They innovated then and continue to do so now. I saw the video on how the charging stations get installed without any worry to the owner including inspections. Those arrangements can be made at the point of sale. To me that was of concern. I am not good at installing things.
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DRIVING A 1995 FORD MUSTANG CONVERTIBLE, GT?GTS 5.0 AUTO. RED METALLIC CLEAR COAT, SLICK.
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I thought when we bought Ford we were buying the auto company that didn't take any bail out dollars... Guess what we bought a new 2011 Fiesta and it was built in Mexico and Brazil... What a shock, if we had only know this before we signed on the dotted line... We do enjoy our 40mpg car even though it should have been built in the USA.
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William Behel You have to be tough to drive a F-150, because the windows will not roll up and ford will not repair them!!!
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David King I have a 2005 Ford Ranger XLT 4x4 and it is great. What a loss for Ford. I would much rather buy a new Ranger than a Toyota for my next truck. I like the fact that they have not changed in several years. I know what I am getting, a Ford Ranger.
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Ercan Arslan Germany-Pforzheim near by Stuttgart- UNI: Transportations Designer - the best school in Europe
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William Behel Just got this from Ford! William, when it comes to hard work and hardworking capability - we own 'em. But the windows will not roll up and Ford refuses to fix the problem!!!! William But
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Robert A Barnhart Hey, if I cared about gas, id drive a vw.
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Steve Sallee gas hog junk it and buy a chevy
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Robert A Barnhart I love my 63 ford galaxie 500 xl, 390. Theres nothing better than a big block ford. This car is better than a mustang,and much better looking. Watch burnouts on youtube.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Bruce Nichols I agree with you both, the Mustang is sporty and obviously has American roots and the Fusion is a classy modern vehicle. The Taurus, Fiesta and '12 Focus are miserably ugly.
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Abdullahi Mati Usman Nigeria yes! ford is my dream
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Dhani Harris Robert L Maccia, consider better is not a better car, in this page and US automagezine I found alot of people who experience trouble with their Ford of US and also ugly design. Except the beautiful Mustang. The 'stang is the only Ford of US expressive design
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Andrew Wang Just bout my 2007 Ford Ranger two months ago so far so go just wondering about driving in snow conditions
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My 2002 Ford Taurus has 300 Thousand Miles on the original powertrain with only 1 alternator overhaul & 1 set of valvecover gaskets. Is always still full of oil at oil changes every 5 thousand miles. Has been & still is a wonderful car.
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John F irst O n R ace D ay
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Rohn Mckinley i had a 97,99, 2001 Explorer 95 F150 , and now have a 2011 Edge...LOVE my FORDS. Still have the F150 and the 01 Explorer too.
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Brian Lucas CCS Alum!
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Clarence Lucero what about engineers from New Mexico Tech?
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Ronald Duke Gillingham Great school I loved taking classes there!
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