How to do car design remotely – Ford colour and materials

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Ford’s colour and materials design manager, Allen Brown, describes how he and his team have adapted the way they work.

If there is one area of car design that involves humans coming into close contact with each other its definitely colour and materials. We literally gather around samples to look at them, touch them, and then discuss them.

I am in charge of the mastering designers. It’s on us to work with the suppliers to take the materials and develop them in the right colours. The vehicle designers along with the colour and materials team propose the outfits for each vehicle, and then they come to us with the plan. We then work with the suppliers to get the right materials.

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