DM Introduces Design Maven, Richard Duff – Exterior Designer at General Motors

by Arvind Ramkrishna on November 12, 2012

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I have the distinct pleasure of introducing a friend and colleague, Richard Duff.  Richard Duff is a professional car designer with ten years of experience, currently working at General Motors Shanghai Joint Venture Studio, PATAC.

Richard fell in love with cars at an early age,  learning from his father, who raced Ford Broncos in the 1960′s and early 70′s. That led to a family business specializing in Bronco aftermarket parts, which is still running strong today.  Just like so many of us, Richard spent countless hours drawing cars as a kid, the most useful of which were used on company t-shirts and instruction diagrams.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Technology from Western Washington University’s Vehicle Research Institute, Richard attended the famously grueling Transportation Design program at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. While at Art Center, he had internships at VW and Johnson Contols, where I met him for the first time in 2001.After graduating in 2002, Richard’s joined the Chrysler Advanced Studio in Auburn Hills, contributing to show car development on the Firepower, and to the packaging of the minivan and Journey crossover.Moving to GM’s production studios in 2004, Richard has spent the years since then working on the 2013 Malibu, 2011 Regal and most notably, contributing the main exterior designs of the 2010 Buick LaCrosse and 2009 Buick Invicta concept car.  He also had a three year stint teaching drawing and rendering techniques at College for Creative Studies in Detroit.

Rich’s rendering and sketching skills are just amazing as you can see by the samples posted.

Since 2010, Richard has been on an international assignment for GM in Shanghai, working on future global vehicle programs.  He plans to post observations on car culture, design and some of the interesting things he is learning about the car world in his travels.

Again, please give a warm welcome to Richard Duff!  I thank him in advance for lending his insights, expertise,  passion about design, to the Driven Mavens Blog!  Be on the lookout for his first article coming soon!

  • dayscharles

    Welcome Richard, if you could, provide us a tutorial or article, about exercises to improve our quality lines and become more confidents with our sketchs. Thanks.

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