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Chris Bangle

Car Designer / ex BMW

1/8: Insights from seventeen years as Chief of Design at the BMW group

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Chris Bangle

Car Designer / ex BMW

2/8: Design and management : the importance of asking questions

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Chris Bangle

Car Designer / ex BMW

3/8: A visualisation of how design and expectation interact during creative development

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Chris Bangle

Car Designer / ex BMW

4/8: The role of the roommate : Reflections on Art Centre College of Design, CA

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Chris Bangle

Car Designer / ex BMW

5/8: Vortex management and creative process at BMW

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Chris Bangle

Car Designer / ex BMW

6/8: Favourite quote to inspire young designers

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Chris Bangle

Car Designer / ex BMW

7/8: Using nature as inspiration for car design

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Chris Bangle

Car Designer / ex BMW

8/8: BMW's unique approach to succession plans

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ChrisBangle

Chris Bangle is one of the most successful and controversial car designers of his generation. In this wide ranging interview Bangle gives insight into each stage of his career, from design school through to his time at FIAT and as Chief designer at BMW.
Bangle advocates for a radical rethinking of car design and manufacture to suit the evolving needs of the urban majority. His ideas on 'personal emotional mobility' appeal directly to personal lifestyle aspirations to achieve behavior change in car use for sustainability improvements.
He also implemented some novel management strategies during his time at BMW - in this interview sketching out on the palm of his hand the vortical structure that he saw as necessary for innovative design.
Everything from the corporate structure to the mix of individual personalities was shaped by this process - which Bangle links back to his experience of mentorship at the Art Centre College of Design California, which produced a range of other automobile designers including Dave Robb and J Mays.
Bangle is a fascinating figure who combines a ‘rev-head’ love of cars with the sensitivities of an urbane environmentalist - a passionate speaker who wants to see technology translate into meaningful day-to-day experiences.

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