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Scott Robertson was born in Oregon and grew up in the country. As a child his artist father, Richard, taught him how to draw and design the toys he played with. Fascinated by speed, he and his father designed and built soapbox derby cars. At the age of 14, Scott finished sixth in the world at the annual race in Akron, Ohio. In 1984 he attended Oregon State University. In addition to his studies, he was on the rowing team in the bow position.
After two and a half years at Oregon State, Scott transferred to Art Center College of Design, where his father had attended before him. He graduated with honors with a B.S. degree in Transportation Design in April 1990.
The day after graduation, Scott opened a product design consulting firm in San Francisco with friend Neville Page. Soon they were designing a variety of consumer products, the majority being durable medical goods and sporting goods. Clients included Everest-Jennings, Kestrel, Giro Sport Design, Nissan, Volvo, Yamaha, Scott USA, and Schwinn.
In 1995, both Scott and Neville relocated to Vevey, Switzerland to teach drawing and industrial design at Art Center, Europe. Upon the closing of ACE in the middle of 1996 they relocated to Los Angeles. Scott continues to share a studio with Neville where they do consulting work for a wide range of clients. Since returning from Europe, Scott’s clients have included BMW subsidiary Design-works/USA, Bell Sports, Raleigh Bicycles, Mattel Toys, Patagonia, 3DO, the feature film Minority Report, Nike, Troxel, Rock Shox, Universal Studios, Black Diamond, Angel Studios and Fiat.
In 2002, Scott founded Design Studio Press, a publishing company dedicated to art and design education. DSP's first book, Concept Design 1, released in 2003 and now out of print, is a collection of original artwork by seven of the top concept artists working in Hollywood. All seven artists reunited for Concept Design 2, published in 2006, this time including the work of fourteen guest designers as well. In 2004 Scott art-directed 240 illustrations for Mattel's Hot Wheels AcceleRacers collectible card game and authored How to Draw Cars the Hot Wheels Way for Motor Books Inc.
Furthering the mission of design, drawing, and rendering education, Design Studio Press teamed with The Gnomon Workshop to create a library of 'how to' DVDs. Scott has instructed on nine DVDs, focusing on drawing and rendering techniques for industrial and entertainment designers. He has co-produced an additional 41 DVDs with various top artists, designers, and instructors, including renowned designer Syd Mead.
Scott is married to film editor Melissa Kent and they live in Los Angeles.
I am a South African Designer, Digital Modeller and the host of Crown Unfiltered. I will be talking to a cross section of people that work in the Car Design Industry.
These will include designers, digital and clay modellers, vis artists and colour & material designers. The focus of our conversations will be centered around personal processes and experiences within the business. My aim is to demystify some of the preconceptions about this industry and give people an unadulterated glimpse into the business.
I also wish to give the younger generation the opportunity to see that the people that these professionals come in different shapes and sizes and some of them will be unknown. The intention is to see that you should always be yourself and not let your job define or change who you are.
Please get in contact if there is something specific you would like me to cover. I would also be really grateful if you could subscribe and share the podcast with anyone that has an affinity for cars, design or both. Thank you! Sam
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