The Stellantis North America Product Design Office (PDO) launched its 9th annual “Drive for Design Contest” back in March. Launched in 2013, the PDO created its Drive for Design contest as an innovative way to educate young artists about careers in the field of automotive design. Originally starting as a contest exclusive for students in the Metro Detroit area, the contest has grown to become a national contest that awards students with prizes and unique opportunities to further develop their design skills.
The annual design contest challenges high school students across the United States (from 10th to 12th graders) to sketch their idea of the next-generation of Stellantis vehicles, the three best sketches will go on to receive a virtual day of design with leading designers at the PDO office, Wacom, and Apple products, and a scholarship to attend a four-week summer program at the College for Creative Studies (CCS) in Detroit.
The CCS summer program curriculum includes the fundamentals of gestural sketching, drawing automotive concepts in perspective, and how to translate designs into 3D models.
This year’s challenge was to design a futuristic electrified Jeep® vehicle within a 10-week timeframe.
“What’s exciting about this competition now is that we’re seeing previous students enter, but with notable improvements from the previous years,” said Mark Trostle, Head of Ram Truck and Mopar Exterior Design for Stellantis. “Students are digging deep and focusing their attention not only on the details but the thought process of automotive design. It’s encouraging and exciting to see young artists take this competition seriously.”
The three student winners of this year’s competition are…
- 1st Place – Vincent Piaskowski, 12th Grade, Michigan
- 2nd Place – Rocco Morales, 10th Grade, Michigan
- 3rd Place – Alex Wang, 12th Grade, California
This year’s winner, Vincent Piaskowski, took second place in the contest in 2020, and third in 2019.
What do you think of these future designers’ ideas of the future of the Jeep brand? Let us know in the comments below or on the MoparInsiders forums.