Design Legends ("DL") had the distinct honour to interview legendary designer Zbigniew Dubiel ("ZD") for their original perspective and innovative approach to design as well as their creative lifestyle, we are very pleased to share our interview with our distinguished readers.
ZD : I have been professionally working as a transportation designer for nearly ten years. After graduating from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California, where I received the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Transportation/Automotive Design, I joined Solaris Bus and Coach as a bus designer. This was my professional start.
ZD : I always loved vehicles: cars, trucks buses. As a child, my back pages of school notebooks were always filled with drawings of cars, bikes, trucks,shoes. I thought of something and I would draw it. I just like to imagine new things, seeing things being improved, better, nicer. Although I would like to improve many aspects of our everyday life, due to my speciality and passion, I focus mainly on transportation.
ZD : Definitely, it was my decision.
ZD : I design all kinds of vehicles. Mainly public transit ones. I would like to work more on next generation of autonomous buses, delivery trucks and vans.
ZD : I don't really consider myself as a legend but if I had to give out prospect designers any advice, I think it would be not to give up, try hard and if it doesn't work, find another solution and try harder.
ZD : I think we need to look at the great designers and their achievements.
ZD : I think when any product, space, building or a service makes its users life easier, more pleasant, safer, more relaxing and on the top of it, it brings joy, that means that it was not only well engineered but also very well designed.
ZD : One of the things I would love to design in the near future would be new, fully electric with completely rethinked technical platform coach bus. We need them.
ZD : Maybe the one above.
ZD : Possibly good planning and time management, aesthetic management, staying open for new inspirations and ideas.
ZD : One of them would certainly be Mr. Tom Matano - original Mazda Miata designer and my former Transportation Design teacher and director of Industrial Design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. I learned a lot from him.
ZD : This days I really admire the new Tesla car sporty exterior and minimalistic interior design. Great use of the latest technology in a practical and easy to use package. I am also a big fan of simplistic design style of Dieter Rams.
ZD : I think looking back at Harley Earl era and the cars he designed makes me always very inspired. I love the emotions coming from those huge sweeping and elegant forms.
ZD : I think, besides hard work and being motivated it is really quite personal thing how you get better.
ZD : I think maybe a big semi truck driver.
ZD : "Design" already has a established definition, but for me personally, I would say it is a constant and infinite process of creating functional, intuitive and importantly beautiful things which help us with our daily lives.
ZD : I have always been supported by my family.
ZD : The question is: should I consider myself as a great designer. Maybe not yet. Let others to decide :)
ZD : I am not in a position to consider myself as design master.
ZD : In person with clients.
ZD : Probably some new energy, ecological public transit vehicles.
ZD : Help others by design.
ZD : Good work, finding solutions to people's ideas, bringing new ideas.
ZD : By innovating and improving.
ZD : I am still involved in couple of projects including Torqway, and I am very excited to see the fully working pre production prototypes being tested.
ZD : I have to say Torqway Hybrid was one the most challenging ones, maybe because it is a completely new type of product, there is this big satisfaction to see it on the road. While working at Solaris Bus and Coach I helped with the development of the intercity bus Interurbino and now to see this bus carrying passengers in many markets makes me proud.
ZD : I would love to see more intuitiveness and simplicity in future design solutions.
ZD : One of the direction certainly goes towards more eco friendly and autonomous, AI solutions.
ZD : It all depends on individual project.
ZD : Always with speaking with clients in order to learn as much as possible about their company, their needs and goals.
ZD : Hmm, always try harder.
ZD : I think it works in both ways.
ZD : Huge!
ZD : Most of the time it is a pen/pencil and my sketchbook, but I would say the Photoshop is the major tool in my toolbox.
ZD : It certainly plays a great role especially when working with vehicle interior design.
ZD : I am always curious and keen to visually study it, read about it.
ZD : I think co-designing may be not only inspiring but it can make the process faster.
ZD : I've reading recently Altered Carbon, which is this cyberpunk novel by British writer Richard K. Morgan. It is a mindblowing view into the future of humanity.
ZD : I am still in the process of mastering this art.
ZD : It would have to be Leonardo da Vinci.
ZD : Although I appreciate the award I got, I don't look at myself as a famous person.
ZD : I like blue, Mediterranean Sea, Italian food, summer, my mountain bike.
ZD : I exercise in morning and this boost my energy and makes me ready to start the work.
ZD : No.
ZD : I love this question. I think the humanity will be very busy creating solutions of how to expand our activities to other galaxies :) I think transportation design will be booming sector.
ZD : I've recently created DubielDesign Instagram profile, so please keep checking this and my website as I post some news and new designs from time to time.
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