College for Creative Studies: Transportation Design
Micah Jones often jokes that his successful career as an automotive designer began at church when he and his brother used to sketch cars on scraps of paper during the service. Since then, his “doodles” have evolved into some of General Motors’ hottest rides.
Jones has left his mark on the interiors of the ’09 Corvette Stingray concept,’06 Camaro convertible concept and ‘05 Camaro concept as well as several Hummers, Buicks and Corvettes. Two of his vehicles can be seen in the recent Transformers movies.
“I used to see concept car interiors and think, ‘I can do that,’” Jones said.
“And when I want something, I do whatever it takes to get it.
“The industrial design program was a critical step toward helping me achieve the happy, fulfilling career (and life!) I have now. At CCS, I quickly learned how competitive automotive design is to get into. I entered the College with decent drawing skills and left with an understanding of how to translate these sketches into real working cars.”
In his spare time, Jones races sprint karts and participates in the 24 Hours of LeMons races, which involves racing $500 cars around the Gingerman raceway in South Haven, Michigan.
“Our six man team, comprised of myself and fellow CCS alums Marc Mainville and John Murphy, has created some of the most outrageous looking cars the series has seen,” he said. “And this year will be no exception.”