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LinkedIn has become an incredible database for automotive design personnel and a must for resourcing and recruitment professionals, but it is its capability to engage experts in discussion that could be the most valuable aspect for our industry as the LinkedIn automotive designer discussions show.
In the beginning as interest groups were set up, a wide range of topics were posted and discussed, with some real insight to industry practice ….. apart from automotive design, where it appeared that car designers were neither interested in nor engaging with discussions.
Indeed there was so little informative dialog other than how to use Photoshop, that Patrick Le Quément was driven by despair to start one of the more interesting topics
‘Why is it that there does not seem to be any debate on “Car Designers”, all I see is how to improve your rendering techniques?
Do we, automotive designers, have no other interest but drawing skill ?’
But now there appears to be that a change in topics that has taken place, – student portfolios are less, ‘we are looking for …’ have gone elsewhere, and new brush textures have been erased.
There is now maturity to the automotive design discussions and topics, ranging from circular design economy, obstacles to autonomous car adoption and of course the longer term effects of COVID / lockdowns on cars and working practices. The contributors are varied bringing their knowledge from all aspects of automotive design, and exchanging views with meaningful insight.
So now there are discussions worthy of the experience and knowledge that our industry experts have, lets embrace it and engage.