Driven By Design

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End of year look back at car design in 2019

March 2nd, 2020

Join us as we put a wrap on 2019 by looking back at the year in car design (which saw the demise of iconic cars like the Volkswagen Beetle and the emergence of Tesla's CyberTruck) with Bryan Thompson (10 year veteran of Nissan's SoCal car design studio) here on DRIVEN BY DESIGN, on Orange County's only community radio station, OC Talk Radio.

Remberance and “Life Celebration” for legendary Nissan Head of Design, Jerry Hirshberg-Pt.2

March 2nd, 2020

Join us for Part Two of our ongoing wake and remembrance of a man who touched and inspired so many car designers with his freewheeling leadership style and creative freedom, the late Jerry Hirshberg who started Nissan's design studio back in 1980 and ran it successfully until his retirement in 2000 (having been the chief designer at Pontiac/Buick before that, where he was credited with iconic designs like the famous 1971 "boat tail" Buick Riviera). With Bryan Thompson (10 year veteran of Nissan's first of it's kind SoCal studio) and many other guests who stopped by to raise a toast and share some crazy memories of what it was like to work for the man who made car design so much fun for all of them.

Tribute to the legendary head of Nissan’s design studio, Jerry Hirshberg

March 2nd, 2020

Join host Bryan Thompson (10 year veteran of Nissan's design studio) as he and his past co-workers remember and pay tribute to Jerry Hirshberg, legendary head of Nissan's SoCal design studio here in La Jolla (which he created in 1980 and ran until his retirement in 2000).  With plenty of stories about the crazy antics and creative license that made this a "once in a lifetime" place to work for Bryan and all his guests. On this week's DRIVEN BY DESIGN, here on Orange County's only community radio station, OC TALK RADIO.

Don Tashman fr/LOADED BOARDS PT 2

March 2nd, 2020

In part two of our interview with LOADED BOARDS founder Don Tashman, he talks about his long standing love of the sport and the inspirational story of how he got started making high end skateboards.  While our very own Lou the wonder dog gets to test out their latest electric model as we actually bring in a real "vehicle" to test and talk about in the new world of personal mobility and all things that drive us on DRIVEN BY DESIGN, here on Orange County's only community radio station, OC TALK RADIO.

Don Tashman fr/LOADED SKATEBOARDS on their new electric model-Pt 1

March 2nd, 2020

Don Tashman fr/LOADED BOARDS skates by with this latest high end electric skateboard, as our host Bryan Thompson (10 year veteran of Nissan's car design studio) explores the full range of "what drives us today" on DRIVEN BY DESIGN, here on Orange County's only community radio station, OC TALK RADIO.

Legendary car designer Tom Matano (creator of the iconic Mazda Miata) PT 2

March 2nd, 2020

Don't miss the second part of our interview with legendary car designer Tom Matano (formerly with Mazda where he created iconic cars like the Mazda Miata) on what makes a truly great car and how you should not be able to resist looking back one more time at a truly timeless design like the Miata.  As Bryan Thompson (10 year veteran of Nissan's SoCal design studio) talks with one of his mentors and inspiration here on DRIVEN BY DESIGN here on Orange County's only community radio station, OC TALK RADIO.

Legendary car designer Tom Matano (creator of the iconic Mazda Miata) PT 1

March 2nd, 2020

What a treat to hear from legendary car designer, Tom Matano (formerly of Mazda where he created iconic cars like the Mazda Miata) on what makes a great car design and how to become "one with the part you're trying to imagine".  On this weeks DRIVEN BY DESIGN with car designer Bryan Thompson (a ten year veteran of Nissan now out on his own).  Here on Orange County's only community radio station, OC TALK RADIO.

Building custom motorcycles-PT 2

March 2nd, 2020

In the second part of this interview with Bryan Thompson (10 year car designer for Nissan now out on his own) and his brother Chad (who actually builds high end, one off, custom motorcycles in Florida), we get into the future of custom motorcycles in a world where electric, self driving vehicles may become the norm.  Could there be a high end custom electric or any sort of self driving motorcycle?  Tune in to hear their thoughts on this week's DRIVEN BY DESIGN, here on Orange County's only community radio station, OC TALK RADIO.

The world of custom motorcycles-PT 1

March 2nd, 2020

The love of cars runs deep in most American males. But especially deep in our show host's family, as Bryan Thompson (10 year car designer for Nissan now out on his own) talks with his brother Chad about his thriving business as a custom motorcycle builder in Florida.  And what drives them both work in opposite ends of this business (from design to actual building).

Car Design Scholarship for LGBTQ Kids

October 15th, 2019

Freelance Car Designer Bryan S. Thompson (formerly w/Nissan) talks about growing up a gay kid in rural Arizona and dreaming of being a car designer. How everyone told him he "didn't fit" and could never get into this industry. And how he persevered and literally knocked on doors of major car design studios in Europe until someone finally came out, took a look and told him how to do it.

Which is why he's creating a special scholarship for LGBTQ kids (like him) who are "driven by design".

Tune it and share his amazing story with anyone who's ever felt "different" or that they "didn't fit" and how incredible it is to find your true passion and "tribe".  And join him for his special fundraiser at the Liberace Estate in Palm Springs this Friday, Oct. 18th for a night of eating and dancing and raising funds for this very personal cause.  And who knows?  You might even win one of his cars?  Dreams can come true. It can happen to you.  If you have the drive (and talent) to succeed...

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