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What led you to pursue a career in transportation design?
My path to automotive design was unconventional - I wasn't one of those kids who grew up drawing cars and dreaming of one day being a car designer. I was interested in seemingly everything BUT cars: fashion, graphics, products, furniture, painting, sculpture... everything. So I set out to find a career that would let me do them all. I wanted to APPLY them to something, to come up with cool ideas and engineer them too. Then, about a year and a half ago, I came across an article about automotive design, and I started thinking about how fun it would be to design vehicles. I did some more research, realized that automotive design had to do with a lot more than just cars, and I was hooked. I never would have guessed it, but designing cars lets me combine all of my interests, and I absolutely love it!

Why did you choose to attend Lawence Tech?

LTU's program had everything I wanted: a great design education with an integration of engineering and technology. I didn't just want to focus on the aesthetics of design - I love math and need to understand how and why things work. There's no other design school like LTU; on campus you're completely surrounded by innovative research and technology, not to mention minutes from the center of the automotive industry.

Where do you find your inspiration?
Everywhere! I follow trends in products, furniture, graphic design, and especially fasion. Right now I'm loving Balenciaga and Rodarte. I love to go to the bookstore and look at magazines - Vogue, W, Interior Design, Motor Trend, Wallpaper, everything - the ideas are everywhere, and you always have to be on the lookout.

Any advice for someone interested in becoming a designer?
Go for it! And definitely consider transportation design. There are so many different things you can do with a transportation degree - if you can design a car, you can design anything. If you haven't already done so, get a portfolio going, and always be sketching and looking for ideas!

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For more information or questions, please contact Keith Nagara at Knagara@ltu.edu or call 248.204.2836.