How to do car design remotely – Ford

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We speak to Amko Leenarts, Ford of Europe’s design director, about how he and his team are working during the Coronavirus pandemic

Ford’s designers are working from home and handling most of the design processes in the digital world. The health of our workforce has been the highest priority and the decision for everyone to work remotely was implemented very quickly. I’m personally really impressed by our teams and their flexibility in adjusting to the situation. 

We have all the latest technology to help with working remotely. Our designers are using the necessary hardware and software, and are also continuing with hand sketching. The most challenging factor is to keep confidentiality intact, so we see a lot of team members in basements, attics or locked up in bedrooms during the day. It’s tough to work under those conditions and stay creative, all alone. I have a huge respect for everyone involved. 

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