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Old 12-20-2008, 02:14 PM   #1
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Default Hyundai's U.S. design chief resigns

LOS ANGELES -- Joel Piaskowski, the chief designer for Hyundai Motor America, is resigning after six years at the company.
Hyundai spokesman Chris Hosford said he didn't know what Piaskowski's plans are after he leaves at the end of the month.

Piaskowski, 40, was named Hyundai's chief designer in January 2003. He was the primary designer of the new Genesis luxury coupe, which arrives in showrooms next spring. He also worked on Hyundai's HCD concepts, which are sporty, SUV-type vehicles.
Piaskowski joined Hyundai from General Motors, where he spent 12 years working on Chevrolet, Pontiac and Buick brands. He also spent one year at the Opel design center in Ruesselsheim.
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Uh oh. I wonder how come. Hopefully they get someone just as good to replace him.
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Old 12-20-2008, 05:45 PM   #3
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To tell you the truth, I'm not the biggest fan of the way the Genesis *coupe* looks (I'm a huge supporter of the sedan, though), so in terms of design, I don't know if this is a significant loss, but it's a loss nonetheless. Maybe he got plucked back by a domestic...

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Old 12-21-2008, 02:26 PM   #4
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why? Did he run out of ideas to copy and or steal?
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Old 12-22-2008, 01:43 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by blubaru703 View Post
why? Did he run out of ideas to copy and or steal?
He probably got tired of being directed to do so. I work in commercial indoor lighting as a designer. Its a copy-cat game and it gets old fast. Been here 6 months and I'm ready to go. Whats the point of being a product designer if all you're doing is trying to make what the other guy makes, but make it just different enough to not get sued? Lame.
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