Welcome to AutoDesignO, the automotive design organization, an association of design studios, and industry professionals that help to staff and facilitate the development of production and concept vehicles.
The Southern California-based AutoDesignO is a professional association dedicated to advancing improved business relations, communications within the design industry. Membership is available to design studios, staff and freelance designers, clay modelers, color and trim, digital design and modeling, fabricators, studio engineers, students, studio design and modeling managers, and similar design professionals, as well as industry suppliers, aftermarket companies, consumer groups, governmental bodies, temp and staffing agencies, media and PR, and other transportation design-related firms and organizations.
AutoDesignO (the Automotive Design Organization) is a professional association, which is advancing improved access to people, essential information, as well as a culture exchange within the design profession, and beyond the studio walls. The organization strives to expand the presence and prominence of the design industry.
In addition, we offer limited, non-member access for the general public. This provides an enticing sampling of transportation design and news.
Membership is available to design studios, staff and freelance designers, clay modelers, color and trim, digital design and modeling, fabricators, studio engineers, students, studio design and modeling managers, and similar design professionals, as well as industry suppliers, aftermarket companies, governmental bodies, temp and staffing agencies, media and PR, and other transportation design-related firms and organizations.
AutoDesignO currently has an international membership with members residing in Australia, Europe, South America, and the United States – from Southern California to Michigan.
The three key points that guide our association are – awareness, education, and preservation.
Directors and Editorial Staff
Executive Director – John Grafman
Production and Editorial Assistant – LeeAnn Rhoden
Contributing Writer- Bradford Rand
AutoDesignO offers a variety of activities and services to benefit its members:
AutoDesignO News — The organization brings “insider” information and insight to subjects ranging from vehicle-related environmental legislation, to new technical developments, and corporate activities. Each news story is hand selected for its relevance to the industry. Regularly updated, the News section provides a convenient opportunity to keep up-to-date on the information that every transportation professional needs to know.
AutoDesignO Online — The frequently updated website features a briefing of upcoming industry events, workshops, seminar, and presentations, along with special events developed by AutoDesignO. Constantly updated industry news, articles, a design studio oriented candidate search, numerous resources, and other topics of interest are also available.
Special Events — Providing members “up close and personal” contact with interesting cars, trucks, and people. Anticipated events are created to provide superior insight to various aspects of design, be it directly automotive related or indirectly.
The organization’s social/business activity features everything from prominent guest speakers who bring ideas and insight to subjects ranging from vehicle-related environmental legislation, to new technical developments, trends, and corporate happenings. These opportunities provide convenient opportunities for valuable face-to-face networking.
Membership Resources — This online publication is a comprehensive “phone book” that lists key industry contacts. The online website links are available to members only. Additional connectivity is available to members via our AutoDesignO LinkedIn group.
Access — The members’ only sections of the AutoDesignO website provides pertinent articles and information, membership and industry contact information.
AutoDesignO membership is open to active and retired clay modelers, color and trim, composite technicians, designers, digital professionals, fabricators, managers, students, studio engineers, and other professionals working in the greater automotive design industry.
A membership registration is required for participation in meetings, events, and online services. If verification is required additional documentation of employment activity, or other confirmation can be requested. Membership is subject to the determination of AutoDesignO.
There are three main membership classifications in AutoDesignO: Professional or Student-Members, Affiliate/Sponsor-Members, and Media. Members of the AutoDesignO LinkedIn group are pre-approved.
To qualify as an Professional or Student-Member, he or she must be a working, or retired design studio professional in the automotive industry, or related fields such as the aftermarket, an OEM supplier, a transportation design professional, or student at a recognized design schools, etc.
Affiliate and Sponsor membership is open to sponsors, or appropriate professionals who work in the automotive industry, but do not meet the requirements for Professional or Student-Member. Examples would be other associations, marketing personnel, and advertising personnel, etc.
Media membership is open to appropriate professionals who work in the automotive industry in print or online publications as editors, photographers, and writers. Additionally, those employed by broadcast audio or video outlets, such as in television and internet podcasts, etc. are included.
AutoDesignO membership is free for industry professionals. Requested documentation of recent or past professional activity might be requested prior to approval. Membership approval is at the sole discretion of the Membership or Executive Director.
Affiliate/Sponsor membership is open to appropriate professionals that might require partial access to services, or online material. Membership fee is based on the nature of relationship, and access. Contact AutoDesignO for current membership fee and sponsor rates.