No breaking news here but a nice look behind the curtain of design at Tesla motors. Stick around for the Q&A at the end.

Join the second installment of RKS Sessions with Javier Verdura, Director of Product Design and Project Management for Tesla Motors. Verdura will give us a look under the hood of the innovative company- sharing their history, design process and where they’re headed in the future.

The second event in the series, RKS Sessions brings together luminaries and ideas focused on cutting edge user-experience, brand, service and product design. A monthly design-centric event series, it is jointly produced by RKS and Cross Campus. RKS Sessions is also a forum for the design community to share their ideas.

About Javier Verdura
Mexico City-born Javier Verdura graduated from Art Center College of Design with a BS in Product Design in 1991. In 1998 he joined the then start-up firm Product Ventures, he remained there for 15 years as the Vice President of Design and Development, during his tenure he helped grow the company from 6 employees to almost 50. His most recent position has brought Javier back to Los Angeles where he is currently the Director of Product Design at Tesla Motors. Over his 22-year career, Javier has designed everything from surgical equipment to consumer products and packaging. He has been recognized by winning some of the industry’s most prestigious awards: 3-time Red Dot winner, Multiple Good Design Awards (7) and an IDEA award. In addition, his name appears in more than 130 patents in US and abroad. Javier’s philosophy on Industrial Design: if you can’t manufacture what you create, it is not worth designing.

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One Response to “Javier Verdura, Director of Product Design and Project Management for Tesla Motors pulls back the curtain”

  1. […] Javier Verdura, Director of Product Design and Project Management for Tesla Motors pulls back the c… on Tesla design during a recent RKS Sessions design talk. While the talk and Q&A is mostly focused on the physical design of the vehicles,Verdura answers a question about the GUI design briefly at 29:14, queued above, in which he notes that Tesla’s UI design team is largely made up of Apple alumni. […]