Jaguar design director named Designer of the Year

Jaguar’s director of design, Ian Callum, has been named the Designer of the Year after topping The Drum’s second annual Designerati list.

Created to celebrate the top 100 most influential individuals in UK design, the Designerati list was presided over by an expert panel of judges working for the marketing news website.

Voted most influential British designer

Stephen Lepitak, The Drum’s editor, said: “Ian Callum is a visionary of British design. From his roots at Ford in the 1970s, to his craftsmanship on Aston Martin, his influence on car design is legendary.

“His beautifully simple designs, including the 2013 Jaguar F-TYPE and the new XF, unveiled last month, have ushered in a new era for Jaguar, breathing life into the classic brand.

“Ian’s dedication to innovation, his eye for detail and his strong vision for what Jaguar cars should look like truly represent the best of design in the UK.”

Coming out on top, Ian beat other respected designers like Christopher Bailey, Burberry’s chief creative officer and Maggie Hodgetts, head of graphic design for grocery giant Waitrose.

This also marks the latest in a long string of awards for the Jaguar designer, who also took home a Minerva Medal for outstanding contribution to automotive design late last November.

Speaking about topping The Drum’s list of the most influential British designers, he said: “It is an honour to reach the number one position in the Designerati list.

“For an automotive designer to claim this award is very special indeed especially considering the depth and array of talented UK designers across the disciplines of architecture, fashion and graphic design.”

“Being ranked number one and winning The Drum’s Designer of the Year Award is testament to the fantastic team at Jaguar I’m privileged to work with every day,” Ian added.

Responsible for the Ford Escort Cosworth, F-TYPE and more

Ian’s career includes time spent at Ford, where he helped to develop the legendary Escort Costworth, before moving on to Aston Martin where he created the DB7, DB9 and the Vanquish.

However, his greatest work has no doubt been with Jaguar, where he’s been responsible for some of the company’s best-loved designs, like the XF, F-TYPE sports car and the new XE compact saloon.

Since joining the company in 1999, he’s also been responsible for some of the most striking concept cars, include the C-X17 which inspired the F-TYPE and the C-X75, which is soon due to appear in the latest Bond film.