Category: STORIES & INSPIRATION


  • Autodesk University 2022: Automotive and Industrial Design Content On Demand

    Over the course of two weeks, more than 10,000 attendees took in sessions at Autodesk University 2022. If you joined us, we hope you had a fantastic experience. And if you didn’t, we hope you’ll consider it for next year. We know the value of time these days, so we wanted to share AU Automotive […]


  • A gritty background, dark pavement with the word ROBOTO written in futuristic yellow type. Three two-wheeled vehicles, painted white with red and black trim. In the metal of the centre bike, the reflection of a human figure.

    Design What’s in Your Head: Christian Grajewski on Alias as Career Software

    It’s easy, these days, to be drawn to the latest software programs, the newer and more simplified versions of some of the programs you cut your design teeth on. Not for Christian Grajewski. This Alias veteran, from Hannover, Germany, has an intriguing career that reinforces both a “creativity first” and a “know the right tools” […]


  • Behind the Scenes with Mike Turner: Industry Insights on Public Transport

    Welcome to the third series of DGDesign’s Senior Designer Mike Turner. In this series, Mike walks us through public transport design – exteriors, interiors, branding, etc. In episode 01, Mike talks about DGDesign’s history with public transport and shares some of the work they’ve done. Public Transport Highlights 2:31Project: New Nova FleetsClient: Trans Pennine Express […]


  • Immersive Storytelling, Collaborative Practice: The Academy of Art University’s School of Industrial Design

    The Academy of Art University, San Francisco When we first spoke with Antonio Borja, Director of the School of Industrial Design and heard about the Academy of Art University’s unique interdisciplinary program and rich industry collaborations, we wanted to know more. So we asked Antonio and some of his students to talk to us about […]


  • AIF 2022: The On-Demand Experience

    As promised, we’re thrilled to offer our Autodesk Automotive community the AIF On-Demand Experience. If you were unable to attend our live event in Munich this year, or if you weren’t able to take in all the presentations, we’ve curated a virtual experience for you. Head over to the AIF Content Hub and start your […]


  • AIF 2022: The Agile Design Studio Keynote

    Our first full AIF in two years took place in Munich, Germany. Hotel restrictions meant a reduction in our usual capacity, but we were pleased to host 250+ attendees from 20 countries. One of the Day 1 Highlights was our Design Studio Keynote presentation, featuring Autodesk’s Marek Trawny, Brandon Tasker, Phil Botley and Lukas Fäth. […]


  • The Biggest Disruption of the Last Century: Car Design Dialogue Panel

    Changing Demands, New Technologies and How Transportation Design is Meeting the Challenge Moderated by Car Design News’s Abel Sampson, this February 2022 Panel engaged one of the biggest questions the vehicle design industry is facing: how to navigate the most fundamental disruption of the last century. Customer demands are changing as disruptive technologies become more […]


  • The Autodesk Aviera GD Project

    At Autodesk, we believe in developing the best solutions for our customers.  Part of that process involves an understanding of customer challenges and supporting them through overcoming these challenges. With that in mind, we worked with our partner, Genesis Design, to create a next-generation mobility concept vehicle, leveraging the full breadth of our solutions, workflows, […]


  • Finding the Red Thread: Christian Grajewski, Freelance Designer and Full-time Creative

    Putting passion first. This German designer has built an intriguing career that reinforces a “creativity first” mindset. With an education in product and conceptual design, experience with Alias, and an internship (September 2007-February 2008) at the Volkswagen Group Future Center Europe GmbH, Christian believed he was set for the life of a permanent interior designer. […]


  • A Car in 15 Minutes

    Over the last few years, several technologies which massively speed up concept modeling have been added to Alias. These technologies include subdivision surfaces, Dynamo and Create VR. Inspired by this, some colleagues and I wanted to challenge ourselves: How detailed a car design could we create, when limited to a 15-minute time frame? We went […]


  • Behind the Scenes with Mike Turner: Taking Vehicle Design Off Highway

    In 2021, we went behind the scenes with Senior Designer Mike Turner to hear about some of his work with VRED. These videos offer tips and processes for extending VRED’s value and experimenting with views and environments, the basics of data set-up and file import; artwork techniques to make your design pop; VRED environments, HDRIs […]


  • Behind the Scenes with Mike Turner, Video 5: Retro Rendering with the 1980s DeLorean

    In this bonus episode of his first VRED series, DGDesign’s Senior Designer Mike Turner walks through how he created a “retro wave” aesthetic to show off a performance-ready DeLorean model. (Mike’s already talked us through getting into VRED for bespoke automotive design, importing data from Alias, working with backplates and other rendering approaches.) Mike starts […]


  • Behind the Scenes with Mike Turner, Video 4: Backplates and Other Render Approaches

    In episode three of his VRED series, DGDesign’s Senior Designer Mike Turner talked about creating backplates that really make your car design pop. Mike picks up on the backplate conversation in episode four, sharing some other render approaches he’s exploring on his own. Like the “spot-lit” effect that you can create using VRED’s sky light […]


  • Creation of the ETRAXX – Part 3

    This is Part 3 of our podcast with Florian Coenen, Technical Marketing Manager. In Part 1 of our podcast, we introduced you to the ETRAXX. We talked through the process behind the design, what design elements inspired it, initial sketching and moving those sketches into a CAD environment. In Part 2, we went deeper into […]


  • “The tools to create the cars of the future”: Autodesk in Raconteur

    ” ‘We’re a group of passionate people with decades of experience in automotive design…. We’re in position to provide best-in-class tools for the automotive design studio and our customers in that space to get the latest and greatest designs on the market.’ ” Thomas Heermann, VP Automotive, Conceptual Design and XR Raconteur spoke to our […]