Tesla poaches another big name for its innovative Design Studio team in Hawthorne, CA
Published By: Eunice Gettys on November 24, 2016 11:12 am EST
As it plans to unveil new vehicle models in the coming years, Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) has been adding talented employees in its Design Studio team in Hawthorne, CA. After scooping some of the renowned names in the industry, the automaker recently snagged a top designer from Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT).
Slash Gear reported that Andrew Kim, a former industrial designer from HoloLens, joined Tesla as the new Lead Designer, after spending three and a half years at the tech company, co-founded by the billionaire Bill Gates.
At Microsoft, Mr. Kim served as Senior Designer – HoloLens & New Devices. “Working on confidential future products from HoloLens to Microsoft design language development,” according to his information avaliable on his LinkedIn profile. He was involved in the designing of HoloLens, the main headset, which is the augmented reality devices that is being pushed with Windows Holographic. Before that, he also took part in the design of Xbox One S.
After attaining Bachelors of Science in Product Design from the Art Center College of Design, Mr. Kim worked as an intern at a couple of Korean companies, Google, and the San Francisco-based Frog Design. He caught Microsoft’s attention through his new branding concept in 2012, which included new logo designs for Windows, with aims to make it more modern and futuristic than Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google.
Although it is unclear what projects he will be handling at Tesla, we could make some educated guesses, given the automaker’s upcoming products, such the Model 3, the Model Y, Tesla pickup truck, Tesla Semi, Tesla minibus, and second-generation Tesla Roadster. The Model 3’s design has been finalized, but there is a possibility that the automaker might add head-up display (HUD).
Given Mr. Kim’s expertise in designing such technologies, it is likely that he will work on it. After the vehicle’s unveiling, Tesla hired an augmented reality expert, Milan Kovac, who is working on the Autopilot program.
Tesla currently is working to unveil its heavy-duty truck and minibus for the first time during the first half of 2017. It also plans to roll out an all-electric pickup truck and recently hired an exterior designer from Nissan, Randy Rodriguez.
Not to forget, the company recently acquired SolarCity to develop new solar and storage integrated products. Mr. Kim could be one of the leading designers for the clean energy products. Other big names that have joined Tesla’s innovative design team is Paul Venhovan, a CU-ICAR professor and veteran BMW engineer, as well as the award-winning, Porsche Mission E interior designer, Felix Godard.