The spring of 1990 was an exciting time for me. I was at the peak of my game as a student car designer and artist. Then one day instructor Andy Ogden told me “sometimes you do the best work in your career at school”. I was horrified at this thought and determined Andy was dead wrong. But it turns out his words had some truth. That spring I created what came to be known as ‘New Edge Design’ for the Mazda project shown in this gallery and that became an influential design language in the 90s, especially at Ford and among many following years at Art Center. It also launched me on an independent path as an entrepreneur and engineer of Xeno. This turned out to be a huge struggle and combined with the lack of freedom when working for others definitely made it hard to invent the kind of wild, pure, artistic design I had as a student. 30 years have passed and I still question if Andy was right, but then again I hope to have many years ahead to prove him wrong!