Bespoke Automotive – Sean Smith Designs
SCOTCH PARLOR PODCAST #33
Bespoke Automotive - Sean Smith Designs
Sean Smith: Automotive Designer & Founder of Sean Smith Designs
Get To Know Sean Smith:
HOBBIES? "I'm really into making chilli and entering cook-offs."
BUCKET LIST? Going to the Monaco F1 Grand Prix race.
ONE OF SEAN'S DREAM CAR: 1965 Buick Riviera
After graduating from the art center, Sean joined the workforce and decided to interview with Honda, but after two years of getting paid next to nothing and working on things he didn't enjoy, he took his freelancing seriously and gave his notice to start working on the projects that brought him joy. Now, after 20 years in the industry, he runs a highly profitable company that works with clients personally to design their dream car. Sean is involved in all stages of production, including drawing in Sketchbook Pro, mapping, rendering in Photoshop, clay modeling, and finally working with the builder personally to help bring the vision and structure of the car to life. He prefers to see the project through its entirety and finds happiness in being a part of every stage of the process.
If you ask what his secret sauce to success is, he'll say that it's being open to diversity and his open-mindedness. He's willing to try different things and deviate from typical paths to find new and unique designs to play with. He takes inspiration from his surroundings and the people around him. He also finds inspiration by observing how his friends in other industries tackle their passion projects and how they work through issues and day-to-day tasks.When he's not designing gorgeous cars, you can find him outside biking or hiking with his friends or cooking a mean pot of chili in his kitchen. He loves to hit up local breweries on the weekends and always finds fantastic eateries to explore in the evening. If you want to check out his brilliant automotive designs, head on over to his website seansmithdesigns.studio or check out his Instagram @seansmithdesigns. In this episode, we talk about Sean's design journey from being a student in high school to working at Honda to establishing Sean Smith Designs, his automotive design process, where he gets his inspiration from, tips, and advice for future designers and we even talked about Chili; plus a whole lot more. Enjoy getting to know Sean Smith of Sean Smith Designs and his journey as a creator. Cheers, and go create.
"At the end of the day, I’m doing something that I wanted to do since I was four years old"
SOME QUESTIONS I ASK:
- How were you as a kid growing up - were you the creative type, the athlete, the kid with a lemonade stand, etc...
- What's your design process?
- Why do you do what you do? (WIDWID)
- What is your “secret sauce?”
- Where does your inspiration come from?
- Plus More
IN THIS EPISODE, YOU WILL LEARN:
- What it's really like being an automotive designer.
- What are the most important tools for an automotive designer.
- Advice for future designers.
- How much it can cost for a dream car that's built from scratch.
- What is Sean's "secret sauce" for his success.
- Plus More