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Michael Santoro is an award winning American automotive, transportation and product designer. He spent 6 years as an exterior designer for Chrysler where he created the the 1995 Car of the Year, Chrysler Cirrus and it's sibling, the Dodge Stratus. Before leaving Chrysler, Mr. Santoro penned the exterior for the 1996 Jeep Wrangler returning the iconic vehicle to it's roots. As part of his Jeep design, he created the first automotive "Easter Egg". A practice now widely used throughout the industry to connect with owners and brand enthusiasts. Mr. Santoro was the consulting designer for Vector Aeromotive where he helped to bring the M12 super car to production. His work extends beyond automotive design having worked on the Gulfstream G5 and Boeing 777 interior designs and heavy equipment for Samsung. In 1998 he created the Apple-specific case market with the launch of MacCase, a company he still runs today. Recently, he created the livery designs for a pair of Audi TCR RS3 race cars which went on to win the National Championship. Mr. Santoro has taught transportation design at Pratt Institute and guest lectured at College for Creative Studies (CCS) and Art Center College of Design.

Automotive Design Course – Everything You Want to Know About the Tailored Course Program

2021-04-27T18:05:18+00:00

Automotive Design Course - Everything You Want to Know About the Tailored Course Program For many aspiring car designers and their parents, finding an automotive design course outside the normal college or university structure can be quite difficult. The same can be true for anyone looking to change careers or just explore if they have what it takes [...]

Automotive Design Course – Everything You Want to Know About the Tailored Course Program2021-04-27T18:05:18+00:00

Becoming an Car Designer: Frequently Asked Questions in 2020

2019-11-12T21:05:24+00:00

What qualifications to you need to be a car designer? To be a car designer you need to graduate from an accredited Bachelors or Masters degree program from a top or second tier school that specializes in automotive or transportation design. There are a handful of colleges and universities around the world that offer such programs. Taking a few drawing classes [...]

Becoming an Car Designer: Frequently Asked Questions in 20202019-11-12T21:05:24+00:00

Automotive Designer or Mechanical Engineer? Which is Right For Me?

2020-09-11T21:39:18+00:00

Automotive Designer or Mechanical Engineer? Which is Right For Me? This blog post was generated by this question submitted by Dhanraj, an aspiring automotive designer: _____________________________________ "Hello Sir I am from india,  in class 12th. I want to be a car designer like you. Sir I am also interested in mechanical engineering. What would be better for me to do [...]

Automotive Designer or Mechanical Engineer? Which is Right For Me?2020-09-11T21:39:18+00:00

Car Design Drawings | Getting Creative with Line Weight

2018-03-02T00:36:28+00:00

Car Design Drawings and Working with Line Weight There are so many skills that have to be mastered if you are ever going to make it as a professional car designer. In our last 2 How To Draw Cars videos, the goal was to get to the essence of what makes car design drawings look professional vs. car design drawings that look [...]

Car Design Drawings | Getting Creative with Line Weight2018-03-02T00:36:28+00:00

Car Design Drawings | Developing Awesome Line Quality

2018-03-02T00:36:28+00:00

Car Design Drawings and Developing Your Line Quality For many young car designers hoping to make big leaps in their skills, achieving the elusive "flow" in their car design drawings can be the most challenging. Professional car design drawings have a certain quality in the line work. There seems to be no effort, nothing wasted, every mark adds information about [...]

Car Design Drawings | Developing Awesome Line Quality2018-03-02T00:36:28+00:00

So You Want to Be a Car Designer? Get Inspired Now!

2018-03-02T00:36:28+00:00

So You Want To Be a Car Designer There is a old question in the automotive world. Whether it's asked of a racing driver, engineer or car designer, the meaning is the same: Do you have gas in your veins? This is a question you may be asked. Or when someone is talking about you, they''ll use it as a point of [...]

So You Want to Be a Car Designer? Get Inspired Now!2018-03-02T00:36:28+00:00