2018 EyesOn Design Winners Announced

The EyesOn Design Awards at the North American International Auto Show, the officially-sanctioned design awards of NAIAS, were presented on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018.

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Best Concept Vehicle - Infiniti Q Inspiration - Presented by Dassault Systèmes.
The judges say: "Quiet beauty in its exterior and interior; simplicity reduced." 

Best Designed Interior - Infiniti Q Inspiration - Presented by ABC Group Inc.
The judges say: "Zen mode well-expressed in a beautiful interior with its high-tech submerged beneath beauty."

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Best Production Vehicle BMW X2 - Presented by Henry Ford Health System.
The judges say: "An important new entry into the small SUV segment."

Vehicle Harmonization BMW X2 - Presented by Lacks Enterprises.
The judges say: "A successful execution for an SUV in a small package."

Innovative Use of Color, Graphics or Materials Nissan Xmotion  
Presented by Axalta Coating Systems

The judges say: "A beautiful celebration of natural materials."

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Best Designed User Experience - Ram 1500
Presented by HFHS Department of Ophthalmology

The judges say: "Flexible functionality; large screens with individual pre-sets for multiple users."


A special presentation of the EyesOn Design Catalyst Award was made by Ed Welburn to his father, Ed Welburn, Sr., whom he credits with inspiring his passion for automotive design. The retired GM design head will receive the EyesOn Design Lifetime Design Achievement Award at a gala event on Friday, June 15, 2018.





Click here to see the video of Ed Welburn presenting the Catalyst Award to his father.


Thank you to the 2018 EyesOn Design Chief Judges:

Michael Simcoe, Vice President of Global Design, General Motors
Stewart Reed, Transportation Design Chair, ArtCenter College of Design
Victor Nacif, former Nissan Design VP & CCO,
Dave Marek, Acura Global Creative Director, Honda R&D Americas, Inc.

The winning vehicles will be invited to display at the 31st annual EyesOn Design Automotive Design Exhibition, which takes place each Father's Day Sunday at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan.

General information: Judi Dara at (313) 824-4710
Media inquiries: Kathy Lightbody at (313) 587-6677
Sponsorships: Cyndy Doherty at (313) 515-9050

Thank you to our sponsors:

Axalta Coating Systems
ABC Group, Inc.
Dassault Systemes
Lacks Enterprises
Panasonic Automotive
Michelin North America
The Haartz Corporation

Toray International America - Ultrasuede Department
Car Design News
DW3 Photography

2018 Chief Judges

Dave Marek, Acura Global Creative Director, Honda R & D, Americas         

Victor Nacif, Nissan-Retired

Stewart Reed, Chair, Transportation Design Art Center College of Design

Michael Simcoe, Vice President, GM Global Design, General Motors Corporation

2018 Judges

Tim Anness, Head of Jeep FWD Exterior Design, FCA - North America       

Anne Asensio, Vice President, Design Experience Dassault 

Chris Benjamin, Head of Interior Design, FCA North America          

Klaus Bischoff, Executive Director of Volkswagen Design, Volkswagen      

Wayne Cherry, Vice President of Design (Retired), General Motors Corporation   

David Cohen, Assistant Chief Designer, Subaru        

Dan Darancou, Vice President of Design, CH-Auto   

Walter deSilva, Head of Design (Retired), Volkswagen       

Colin Dhillon, Director of Industrial Design & Marketing, ABC Group          

Karim Habib, Executive Design Director, INFINITI Motors    

Dale Harrow, Dean of School of Design, Head of Program Vehicle Design, Royal College of Art    

Kevin Hunter, President of Toyota Motor Corporation North American Design Studio,

Calty Design Research, Toyota Calty 

Amko Leenarts, Ford Motor Company

Tom Matano, Executive Director, School of Industrial Design, Academy of Art University", San Francisco Art

Craig Metros, Ford Motor Company

Patrick Murray, Lear

Keith Nagara, Director, Industrial Design & Transportation Design, Lawrence Technological University

Bryan Nesbitt, General Motors

Steve Pasteiner, Founder/Owner, Advanced Automotive Technologies     

Joel Piaskowski, Ford Motor Company 

David Rand, Consultant

Brad Richards, Vice President of Styling & Design, Harley-Davidson Motor Company        

Michael Robinson, CEO & Design Director, ED Design s.r.l  

Pat Schiavone, Vice President, Global Consumer Design, Whirlpool Corporation   

Paul Snyder, Helen Farago Chair of Transportation Design, College for Creative Studies   

Gerhard Steinle, Director, Global Operations, Designworks A BMW Group Company        

Danny Stillion, Partner and Executive Design Director, IDEO

Mark Trostle, Sr., Founder American Speed Company & Director of Creative Services, Roush Industries American Speed & Roush Industries

Taro Ueda, Vice-President, Nissan Design America, Nissan North American, Inc.  

Ed Welburn, Vice-President Design (Retired), General Motors Corporation           

Nate Young, Senior Vice President of Design and Ideation, Newell Brands

2018 Chief Docent

Gerry Piaskowski, Director of Design (Retired), Daimler Chrysler

2018 Docents

Jeevak Badve, Vice President, Strategic Growth, Sundberg-Ferar
Brian Baker, Executive Design Consultant, Founder Autoarcheology, Baker Design, LLC
Brook Banhan, Owner, Middlecott, LLC
Bill Barranco, Director Operations, Advanced Design, Guangzhou Automobile Groups
Mahdi Chowdhury, Transportation Designer, Lear
Steve Clambaneva, Director and Design Business Consultant, Dassault Systemes
Andre Clemons, Catia Design & Styling, Dassault Systemes
Peter Davis, 
Frank Dionisopoulos, Senior Designer - MOPAR Performance & Motorsports Studio, FCA NA
Glenn Durmisevich, Chief Designer - Innovation & Design, Navistar
Ed Golden, Ford Motor Company

Greg Gresens, Vice President, Industrial Design, Newell Brands
Tom Hale, Artist
Harman Gill, Industrial Designer, ABC Group, Inc.        
Henri Kavaja, Lead Senior Creative Designer, Cadillac, General Motors Corporation
Pete Lawlis, Head of Interior Systems, Chrysler, Jeep, Ram & Dodge
Nancy Lockhart, Color Marketing Manager, Axalta Coating Systems
John Manoogian, Founder, Forzablitz
David McIntosh, Head & Representative, League of Retired Automotive Designers
Bill Michalak, Designer (Retired), General Motors Corporation
Gail Miciuda, Director of Advanced Business Development, SRG Global
Pete Montero, Product Planner, Fiat Chrysler Automotive
Steve Nowicki, New Business Development-Creative Services, Roush Industries
Dave O’Connell, Chief Designer, Divergent3D
Tom Obertynski, Ophthalmologist, Michigan Glaucoma Specialists
Brad, Palmer, Head Industrial Design, MAYCO International
Richard Plavetich, General Manager, Nissan Design America
Christos Roustemis, Design Lead Cadillac Interior Studio, General Motors Corporation
Sebastian, Sullen, Senior Design Engineer, General Motors Corporation
Doug Ungemach                    
Kip Wasenko, Designer Cadillac (Retired), General Motors Corporation

2017 Eyeson design Award winners