Although he is only 29 years old, Andreas Deubzer already has done design jobs for dozens of different automakers.
The reason for his vast experience is that his employer is US interiors specialist Johnson Controls. Deubzer designs electronics for JCI's instrument panels. That means his work is riding around in a lot more models than his colleagues at the automakers.
"Johnson Controls works with more than 30 brands, and I know the brand policy of all of them," Deubzer says.
What he has learned at JCI plus the knowledge he gained during internships at Opel, Alfa Romeo and BMW give Deubzer a perspective on the industry that few under-30 auto professionals can match.
Name: Andreas Deubzer.
Title: Designer with Johnson Controls Design Studio Europe.
Education: Degree in transportation design from Pforzheim (Germany) University of Applied Sciences.
What do you drive?
A BMW 1 series.
What advice would you give someone who wants to become a car designer?
Be passionate about it. Transportation design is very competitive.
What misconception do people have about your job?
There's this vision of the designer as chaotic or disorganized. But in my view, designers need to be very focused and very straightforward.
Finish this sentence: When it comes to car design pedestrian safety rules are:
Very important because the products we make must not kill people.