RE: Ian Callum wins design award

RE: Ian Callum wins design award

Tuesday 28th November 2006

Ian Callum wins design award

Jag and ex-Aston designer honoured by RSA


Ian Callum and the Jaguar XK
Ian Callum and the Jaguar XK
Jaguar's current and Aston Martin's erstwhile designer Ian Callum has picked up another gong. He's been honoured with a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) distinction, the highest accolade a designer can receive in the UK.

The award is given in recognition of designers who have ‘achieved sustained excellence in aesthetic and efficient design for industry’ and is presented by the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce).

Callum said: “To gain such recognition from fellow members of the design community is an enormous privilege for me, particularly from a faculty that is not directly involved in the car business. This distinction is a testament to the value of car design and the role that car designers play in the motoring industry.

“Design is a major driving force in the creation of the history of modern motoring and it is an honour for me, and my fellow artists and designers in the industry to have this acknowledged.”

Presenting the diploma at the RSA last Thursday, RSA chairman Gerry Acher said: “As the man responsible for the stunning appearance of the new XK sports car, members of the Faculty of Royal Designers for Industry felt that Ian Callum’s contribution towards the new direction of Jaguar cars should be recognised.”

Ian Callum joined Jaguar from Aston Martin in 1999 and helped in launching the X-Type Estate, the new XJ saloon, S-Type refresh and headed the design team towards the R-Coupe, RD-6, the Advanced Lightweight Coupe and other advanced design concept cars.

His most recent design is the new XK sports car. Design features such as the distinctive oval grille opening, prominent bonnet power-bulge and practicality-enhancing rear liftback all echo the classic E-type -- and many argue that it also echoes the car many see as his  finest work, the Aston Martin DB7.

This is not the first time Ian has been recognised by the RSA; in 1975 he received first prize for the Annual RSA college bursary for Industrial Design, and he also received a “commendation” for Furniture Design the following year.

This is the second award for Ian Callum this year. He recently received the Jim Clark Memorial Award, given by the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers (ASMW) to a Scot or Scots who have achieved excellence in the field of motoring.

The Winslet connection

Callum's inspiration for the XK's design was the body of actor Kate Winslet, who's been reported as saying that she was very flattered but that some of the car's details should have been changed.

"The headlights are too small. They will have to go. And it needs a bar under the dashboard with pink and blue neon lights, umbrellas and pineapples," she said.

"And wings, like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. And inflatables, so it can go in water. I absolutely think I should get a free car."

Callum was reported as saying: "Kate Winslet is my ideal woman. She is naturally a very shapely woman, very British with an underlying integrity and ability. Like a car, she has got substance, she is not just a pretty face," he said.

"So I designed the new XK body with her in mind. The interesting thing is that so many woman find sensual cars more appealing as well."

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Road_Terrorist

Original Poster:

5,591 posts

178 months

Tuesday 28th November 2006
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article said:
Callum was reported as saying: "Kate Winslet is my ideal woman."


So I wonder what his wife thinks about that hehe

604

489 posts

168 months

Tuesday 28th November 2006
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hes the best of our era IMO

DaveR

1,207 posts

220 months

Tuesday 28th November 2006
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Perhaps Landrover should design a model with Jenna Jameson in mind. Should be good with dirt.

Marquis_Rex

7,377 posts

175 months

Tuesday 28th November 2006
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I'm sorry but to me Geoff Lawson was a design and style God with ample charisma. It's a shame he died the way he did.
He was responsible for the X300, X100 X200 and X400 and X600.

He's sorely missed....

*no doubt Zod will be along now telling us how he worships Chris Bangle and how anything different and contravercial (even if it's hideous) is always a move in the right direction *

Lord-Flasheart

6,402 posts

150 months

Tuesday 28th November 2006
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My favorite of his designs has to be the DB7. He's proof that this country has some brilliantly talented people.
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waynepixel

3,913 posts

160 months

Wednesday 29th November 2006
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Amazing to thing you can get a design award for recycling the Aston Martin. Anyway!

humbole

18 posts

145 months

Wednesday 29th November 2006
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Callum was reported as saying: "Kate Winslet is my ideal woman. She is naturally a very shapely woman, very British with an underlying integrity and ability. Like a car, she has got substance, she is not just a pretty face," he said.

"So I designed the new XK body with her in mind. The interesting thing is that so many woman find sensual cars more appealing as well."


Absolute drivel.

I have read the news stories on Pistonheads for a couple of years now, and checked the forums with interest without ever being a registered member; just enjoying the banter without feeling the need to contribute.

Until now.

Would you ever get Issigonis uttering this nonsense? David Brown of Aston Martin perhaps? Sir William Lyons.........?

How exactly was the design influenced by Ms Winslet? Where is the correlation between any of the features of the XK and the 'shapely woman'?

"So I designed the new XK body with her in mind?" What?!! What? What exactly does this mean? You were jacking off whilst sketching out another Aston Martin rip off?

You were thinking of Kate Winslet then. Is she your typical XK customer? If not, perhaps you could consider something else whilst designing (seemingly single-handedly) the XK......perhaps thinking of Jaguar's pedigree, the famous Brown's Lane factory, the heritage associated with building a British car in the Coventry, the heart of the UK's manufacturing industry? Kate 'kin Winslet??!!?! Shame on you.

Why spout this sh1t when all people want to hear is the truth? Something along the lines of 'Whilst recognising Jaguar's heritage and loyal customer base, I felt I needed to lead my team in a new direction to take the Jaguar brand into the 21st Century, producing high performance, high-class sportscars for the British market and beyond...'

Kate Winslet? Kate Winslet?!? WTF!

mnewlyn

405 posts

187 months

Thursday 30th November 2006
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you're not a designer are you humbole?

Cynic

181 posts

211 months

Sunday 3rd December 2006
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I have to say I don't rate Callum or the latest XK. Its sad, guppy like front end stuck on the DB9 bodyshape is not my cup of tea. I spoke to some former Jag employees and they say that Keith Helfett designed the original E-Type replacement back in the 90's but when Ford took over Jag, they palmed the design onto Aston because it was too costly to be sold for Jag money. Callum then put the AM grille on it and badged it DB7. (I personally saw an early DB7 prototype with the Jaguar logo's all taped over). If its true, Callum's greatest design is in fact largely someone elses work. Helfett certainly proved his own abilities with the follow up XK180 and the stunning F-Type concept of the late 90's. Why isn't he designing the new Jags???? I dread to think what the new XF S-type replacement will look like.

humbole

18 posts

145 months

Sunday 3rd December 2006
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Cynic said:
I have to say I don't rate Callum or the latest XK. Its sad, guppy like front end stuck on the DB9 bodyshape is not my cup of tea. I spoke to some former Jag employees and they say that Keith Helfett designed the original E-Type replacement back in the 90's but when Ford took over Jag, they palmed the design onto Aston because it was too costly to be sold for Jag money. Callum then put the AM grille on it and badged it DB7. (I personally saw an early DB7 prototype with the Jaguar logo's all taped over). If its true, Callum's greatest design is in fact largely someone elses work. Helfett certainly proved his own abilities with the follow up XK180 and the stunning F-Type concept of the late 90's. Why isn't he designing the new Jags???? I dread to think what the new XF S-type replacement will look like.


Agreed. Helfett's the man. And a genuinely nice guy to boot.

cynic

181 posts

211 months

Friday 8th December 2006
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As far as I'm aware he is still there, but he seems to have been sidelined since Callum and Julian Thompson have arrived. I haven't seen anything (in the way of concept cars etc) from him since they arrived, maybe that's why he's doing boats!

cardigankid

7,246 posts

148 months

Tuesday 19th December 2006
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I don't remember seeing the F-Type or the E-Type replacement, but all this sounds a bit far fetched. Everyone and his granny seems to think the DB7 was the prettiest car on the planet and its hard to disagree. Would someone not have said before now if it was designed by someone else? The XK180 looked good but it was a roadster with an aeroscreen. Though everyone was excited about it at the time, me included, its hard to see how it could have been made into a practical vehicle.

cardigankid

7,246 posts

148 months

Tuesday 19th December 2006
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And there's very little wrong with the XK or Kate Winslet except they both need to be a bit more hard core.

cardigankid

7,246 posts

148 months

Tuesday 19th December 2006
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and they would both look better with their suspension lowered

cardigankid

7,246 posts

148 months

Tuesday 19th December 2006
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or should that be suspenders