MITSUBISHI MOTORS

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MITSUBISHI MOTORS DESIGN  INTERNSHIP

Joined in 2007

Exterior designer

Reason for applying for MMC

I have always thought that, in a way, car design symbolizes and celebrates where and when it is made. It leaves a strong mark in people’s memories. Mitsubishi cars for me have always been exciting, individualistic and a little bit edgy.  When I had opportunities as an intern to speak to designers at MMC, I was impressed by a relaxed corporate culture, high level of involvement and wide range of design work.

Most memorable work and turning points

I designed the 2016 Paris Motor Show GT-PHEV Concept.Styling a concept car to represent the future direction of the design was a challenging but rewarding task. I explored how I could express the Mitsubishi-ness, as well as a novel form that leaves an impression to those who see it. During this project, I tried something new every single day on sketches and the model, before I arrived at the final design. Through this process, I learned the importance of always pursuing the next level, by taking an occasional step back to look at the design and asking myself if the design really is the best it can be.

Joined in 2008

Graphic designer

Reason for applying for MMC

I majored in graphic design in school.Having been determined to create products that can be of use to people through my knowledge of graphic design, I applied for MMC although there was no position for GUI at the time, with an ambition to start a GUI group from scratch.

Most memorable work and turning points

Having been passionate at what I do, I gradually started to get GUI design assignments for concept and production models. On my very first GUI design work for a concept car, I tried to imagine how what I do can make the user happy, and I constantly thought about how they would see and use the interface. When I learned that users responded exactly I intended for the extra mile I had gone... that was the moment all my hard work paid off.

Joined in 2013

Color designer

Reason for applying for MMC

I had been interested in MMC for making unique cars that no other OEMs offered, ranging from authentic SUVs to electric cars. When I joined the internship, I felt that MMC offers an environment where young and experienced designers worked closely with one another and it would allow me to try different things.

Most memorable work and turning points

Working on color design of a model that would be sold in quite a few regions taught me that customer preference for color varies significantly by region, culture and customs. It is important for a color designer to know the current trends, but I feel day to day that knowing the customers and proposing a new lifestyle to them through CMF are a true mission.

Joined in 2013

Digital modeler

Reason for applying for MMC

MMC is not a large automaker, but I thought joining the company would allow me to be more involved in making cars that are original, hoping that each member would work on a wider range of design tasks than in other OEMs.

Most memorable work and turning points

I was part of the digital modeling team for the 2016 Paris Motor Show GT-PHEV Concept. This experience taught me how to read the design intentions hidden in designer sketches, convey the beauty of the form, and communicate effectively with clay modelers.

Joined in 2014

Physical modeler

Reason for applying for MMC

I first encountered the occupation of a clay modeler in a university class. I was moved by the bold yet delicate work of shaping a chunk of clay into a car. Then I saw a TV commercial of the Outlander. It had an almost-liquid surface tension, and it touched me. A car with presence is made by quality surface. I had to apply for the physical modeler position after watching this TV ad.

Most memorable work and turning points

Communicating well with designers is more important in my job than the modeling skill itself. Having learnt that best models can only be created when the designer and the modeler have the same image in mind, I try to be open and frank in discussions with my colleagues. I enjoy my job where, I believe, my attention to detail of lines and surfaces makes a huge difference to the model.