“Design is a long, messy process involving many people, most of whom are never ever given the least bit of publicity. The guy at the top and in charge, rightfully or not, usually gets the credit or blame but he/she could never function without the legions of talented people actually producing the work. What I like about Dean’s Garage is the fact that it actually brings the unsung genius of this previously unseen resource to the light of day.
“Inspiration doesn’t often manifest itself in a napkin sketch that goes straight to the road, but rather through the hundreds of work-a-day drawings.”—Allan Flowers
My friend Allan Flowers was gracious to provide highlights of his GM artwork for Dean’s Garage. I worked next to Allan in Buick I Studio. I was impressed then as I still am today in his ability to create impressive design concepts that would require the minimum of interpretation by managers or sculptors. His understanding of form is impressive. At NDI, Allan was able to express fully his understanding of form through Alias. Watch for a future post that will feature some of his work while at Nissan Design International.
Be sure to check out DG’s first post featuring Al’s design work.
- 1958-62 participant in Fisher Body Craftsmans Guild (highest placement, 4th National/Senior, 1962)
- 1964 Graduate of Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology
- 1964-1980 GM Design Staff: Buick, Chevy, Oldsmobile, Pontiac and several Advanced Studio assignments. 1975-1980 Assistant Chief Designer: Buick I Studio & Advanced I Studio
- 1980-1990 Chief Designer (Blue Studio) Nissan Design International (Now Nissan Design America), 1990-2005, Assistant to the President / Manager of Product Design
- 2001-2004 Manager of Nissan Design Lab at Academy of Art University, San Francisco
- Retired from NDA 2005, Currently active on personal design projects and a judge at the Santa Fe Concorso, NM