EyesOn Design announces a new award - the Design Catalyst Award - which will be presented to Bob Lutz on Tuesday, January 15, during the North American International Auto Show.
Now in their eighth year, the EyesOn Design Awards honor the best production and concept cars making their North American or worldwide debut at the Detroit North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). The EyesOn Design Awards are selected by a panel of 25 active and retired design heads of automotive OEMs, transportation design chairs from top art schools, and an occasional designer from another field.
The very strict selection criteria for these judges have been established by Thomas Gale, Retired Vice President of Design, Chrysler Motor Corporation. In addition to the Judges, a select number of Docents, almost all of them senior vehicle designers, add to the efficiency of the judging process. The Award Categories are:
The Best Designed Concept Vehicle Award
The Best Designed Production Vehicle Award
New for 2013:
The Design Catalyst Award -- Empowering great design
The Design Catalyst Award goes to an individual who recognizes the great among the many good designers, and serves to enable their continued success. The inaugural award will be presented by Wayne Cherry to Bob Lutz, of whom it has been said "he is responsible for more vehicle styling on the world's roads while at BMW, GM, Ford and Chrysler than any man alive".
Cherry, retired Vice President of Design at General Motors, credits Bob Lutz as the executive who empowered the successful string of vehicles we list in the Cherry era at General Motors. Cherry himself will receive the EyesOn Design 2013 Lifetime Design Achievement Award next June as part of the EyesOn Design summer week of activities.
Presented at the special request of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association, the EyesOn Design Awards are the most significant design awards given at any auto show in the United States and are unique and exclusive to the Detroit show.
The EyesOn Design Awards mark the closing of the NAIAS press preview days. They are recognized by automotive designers as a validation of their work by their peers, and are covered each year by the automotive, national and international press.
A benefit for the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology, EyesOn Design is a major source of revenue for the DIO's research, education and support group programs for the visually impaired. The DIO is a division of the Department of Ophthalmology of the Henry Ford Health System, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.