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The Toyota Lecture Series in Design

The Toyota Lecture Series was established through a generous $1 million endowment gift to the College for Creative Studies from Toyota Motor Company. The endowment is used to bring prominent designers and scholars in all fields of design to speak at CCS.

Previous Toyota Lecturers include Hideichi Misonom, Shiro Nakamura, Alexander Gelman, April Greiman, Wahei Hirai, Kevin Hunter, Syd Mead, Daniel Pink, Karim Rashid, Chris Lefteri, Matthew Crawford, Stephen Burks, Stefan Sielaff, Kyle Cooper, Ezio Manzini and Min Wang.

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Upcoming Lectures

J Mays, Toyota Lecture Series

J Mays
Vice President, Global Consumer Design, Chief Design Officer, Whirlpool Corporation

Wednesday, January 16 at 6:00 p.m.
General Motors Auditorium
11th Floor, Taubman Center

A world-renowned automotive and industrial designer, J Mays has a history of transforming companies into design leaders. Mays worked as Design Director for Audi AG prior to beginning his 16-year tenure as Group Vice President, Design, at Ford Motor Company. His design influence is recognized throughout the industry, including vehicles like the VW New Beetle, the Audi TT, the Ford GT and three consecutive Mustang generations including the 2005, 2010 and 2015 cars. He has been recognized by institutions as diverse as Harvard and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and acted in various advisory roles to the motion picture industry.

As of October 2018, he is the newly appointed Vice President Global Design and Chief Design Officer for Whirlpool Corporation responsible for the shaping the design direction and product portfolio for their 17 brands. Born in Pauls Valley Oklahoma, Mays studied automotive design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

Future Lectures

Dan Powers/Lizzie Malcom, Graphic Designers
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 6 p.m.
Wendell W. Anderson Jr. Auditorium

Anna Sui, Fashion Designer
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 6 p.m.
Wendell W. Anderson Jr. Auditorium