Does that mean designers no longer work with their hands these days? Isn’t automotive design a hands-on profession?
I still belong to a generation in which we worked a lot with our hands, drawing with a normal pen on normal paper. The medium may be different today, the pen electronic, but the process is still manual. The actual manual work is on the model, working on the surfaces with modeling clay. I am convinced that the quality of the surface shows whether your work was done only electronically, using mathematical data, or whether you really got your hands dirty and touched the surfaces. It has always given me great satisfaction to feel that the form, the design, was evolving as I had imagined. It’s like a sculpture that grows. Sometimes you have the impression that something isn’t quite right yet, then you work on the surfaces, look again and finally think: now everything is perfect. This feeling gets lost in the modern way of doing things. At Porsche, we try to keep this feeling alive because, as I said, I believe that in the end it expresses itself in the quality.
Is it this feeling that gives a designer joy and satisfaction?
Yes, the joy consists in realizing, after perhaps a long time that was also filled with doubts, that the form, the proportion finally appeals to me. That the design can generate an emotion. That it’s finally right.