Media and the public are invited to attend the 12th annual officially-sanctioned design awards when leading designers take the stage to announce their selections for the best production and concept vehicles making their worldwide auto show debut in Detroit.

Media and the public are invited to attend the 12th annual officially-sanctioned design awards when leading designers take the stage to announce their selections for the best production and concept vehicles making their worldwide auto show debut in Detroit.

January 16, 2018, Detroit, Michigan

Honoring the best production and concept vehicles making their worldwide auto show debut in Detroit, the EyesOn Design Awards will be  held at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at the Cobo Center Atrium stage. Media and the public are invited to attend the 12th annual awards presentation, the officially sanctioned design awards for NAIAS.

Considered the validation of great automobile design from the industry’s leaders, the EyesOn Design awards were originally designed by Steven Correia of Santa Monica, California in consultation with Tom Gale, founding chairman of EyesOn Design at NAIAS and retired EVP of Design at Chrysler Corporation. The awards are of optical crystal of great purity with a very high index of refraction, and are prominently displayed in automotive design studios around the world.

Award winners are selected by more than 30 active and retired design heads of automotive manufacturers and transportation design chairs from top art schools.  Serving as chief judges will be Acura global creative director Dave Marek; former Nissan design VP and chief creative officer at Victor Nacif; Stewart Reed - transportation design chair at ArtCenter College of Design; and VP of Global Design for General Motors, Mike Simcoe.

The 2018 awards will be given in the following categories:

•             Best Concept Vehicle - presented by Dassault Systèmes
•             Best Production Vehicle - presented by Henry Ford Health System
•             Innovative Use of Color, Graphics or Materials - presented by Axalta Coating Systems
•             Best Designed Interior - presented by ABC Group Inc.
•             Best Designed User Experience - presented by HFHS Department of Ophthalmology
•             Designer Catalyst Award as selected by Ed Welburn - presented by HFHS Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology
•             New for 2018 Vehicle Harmonization – presented by Lacks Enterprises


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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 

2018 Award SPONSORS