INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks Resilient Design with J Mays, VP of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motors

September 30, 2013 by  
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Few designers get the opportunity to define a brand as prominent as Ford, but for the last 16 years, J Mays has been the driving design force behind the vehicles coming off the car company’s production line. With more than 30 years of experience, and a considerable number of car designs credited to his name — including the VW “New Beetle” , Aston Martin DB9 , and the  Ford GT ,  Focus , and the  Fusion  — J has led a quite a career. While we’ve spoken to Mays in depth about his journey as a designer and his life as Ford’s VP of Global Design , we thought now would be a fantastic time to catch up with the auto design pioneer. This Thursday, October 3rd, Mays will be taking part of our ‘ Design With a Purpose’  panel being held at the AIA Center for Architecture in New York City  (something we’ll also be webcasting live right here on Inhabitat). In anticipation of this event, we chatted with J about some of the topics he plans delve into this week, including resilient design, new vehicle safety technology, what’s in store for Ford in the coming years, and of course, New York City architecture . Keep reading for the scoop! Read the rest of INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks Resilient Design with J Mays, VP of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motors Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: auto design , auto designer , Automotive Designer , electric cars , electric vehicles , energy efficient cars , ev , ford , Ford Chief Creative Officer , ford design , ford electric , ford EV , Ford Head of Design , ford hybrid , ford motors , ford trucks , fuel efficiency , fuel efficient cars , green auto design , green automotive , green cars , inhabitat interview , J Mays , VP of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motor Company        

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Infographic: The Technology Behind Elon Musk’s 700 MPH Hyperloop Train

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Elon Musk’s Hyperloop is one of the most talked about transportation developments of 2013 – and now that two top engineers have signed up to work on the project , it looks like it could actually see the light of day. Webpage FX recently launched a new infographic that details the Hyperloop’s various features and compares the futuristic train to California’s proposed high speed rail. Check out the full infographic after the break! Read the rest of Infographic: The Technology Behind Elon Musk’s 700 MPH Hyperloop Train Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: elon musk , green design , green technology , green transportation , Hyperloop , infographic , renewable energy , Solar Power , sustainable design , world’s fastest train        

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Software stars in Arc Productions’ data center makeover

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Is your server farm subject to spikes in electricity usage? If so, it may benefit from server-side power management.

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IKEA will sell solar panels in UK stores

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Shoppers will be able to buy solar panels at all stores in the UK by the end of next year.

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Om Aroma & Co. Founder Angela Jia Kim Gives Advice on What to Do When Your Business Plan Stinks

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While having a lot of heart can certainly bring your business to great heights, at the end of the day you’ll still need customers to keep your doors open. Eco-beauty line Om Aroma & Co. ‘s founder  Angela Jia Kim had found success when she opened her first retail shop in New York’s hip neighborhood of Chelsea. But this eco-entrepreneur didn’t want to stop there and she decided to expand her efforts to the city’s swanky West Village. After sinking much of her savings and time into creating the new space, Angela cut the ribbon of her West Village store. But almost immediately upon opening her shop, she was awash with panic, quickly realizing that this quiet, mostly residential neighborhood was far from a shopper’s paradise. Three days in and just two customers to her credit, Angela feared that she had a made a horrible decision. But rather than throwing her hands up in failure, she quickly went looking for a solution. “When you experience something that you think you will be a failure, and you deal with it head on, something magical can come out of that if you just keep at it,”  she says. Angela put her ear to the ground and tuned into what her West Village clients were looking for. From there she completely revamped her business model to create a luxurious spa destination and retail shop with all the trimmings. Today her shop and spa is frequented by everyone from Hollywood celebs to neighborhood moms. Watch the video above to hear Angela’s inspiring story, and if you’re an eco-entrepreneur like her, know that you shouldn’t get down if things go off course. Follow her tip: If your business plan isn’t working, change it. Read the rest of Om Aroma & Co. Founder Angela Jia Kim Gives Advice on What to Do When Your Business Plan Stinks Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: all natural beauty products , all natural makeup , american express , amex , Amex Open Forum , angela jia kim , business tips , eco beauty products , eco business , eco companies , eco entrepreneur , eco shops nyc , eco spa new york , eco spa nyc , green beauty products , new york beauty boutique , om aroma & co , open forum , organic beauty products , savor spa nyc , small business , starting a business nyc , starting a small business , tips        

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DIY: Make Your Own Herb Planter With NativeCast’s Fun Kits!

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Nokia Working With UK Scientists to Charge Cell Phones With Lightning!

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Lightning photo from Shutterstock A team of scientists at the University of Southampton has joined forces with Nokia to harvest the power of lightning to charge mobile phones! Neil Palmer, one of the lead scientists at the University’s Tony Davies High Voltage Laboratory , worked with his fellow researchers to investigate how the amount of energy contained within a bolt of lightning could be used to charge a Nokia Lumia 925 . Read the rest of Nokia Working With UK Scientists to Charge Cell Phones With Lightning! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable energy” , cell phones , lightning , lightning charging , mobile phones , Nokia , Nokia Lumia 925 , sustainable charging , Tony Davies High Voltage Laboratory , University of Southampton        

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Japanese Peach Garden Home Trapped Between Tradition and Modern Development

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UrbanEden: Net-Zero Solar-Powered Home Can be Planted Like a Tree in the City

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The World’s First 3D Printed Room is a Mind-Boggling Baroque Interior

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