Sometimes the best encounters are unexpected. It started as potentially the shortest meeting - Ford staffer: "Why would you want to talk about the Mustang? You guys are covering green." - but Rob Gelardi, senior designer on the new Mustang, charmed us a recent visit to Dearborn, Michigan.
But think about it for a minute.
Man walks into a bar.
Bartender: "What do you do?".
Man: "Oh I designed the Ford Mustang."
And did I mention that the very first car he rode in as a baby was his mum's '69 gold Mustang?
Cool mum, too.
In the end, Rob gave us loads of his time - in a studio, then out on the road, top down. Even Peter Horbury, the Volvo design chief, came over and started chatting. And the whole thing finished with Mr Gelardi, Mr Simpson and Mr Horbury (hanging out of the window of his Flex) debating which colour we preferred the new Mustang in. Sold.
See our video below (watch for the great exchange at the end about Barbie). There's an in-depth discussion on the Mustang design here too. And pictures below that.
Here's our photoset from the interview:
Mark Charmer is founder of The Movement Design Bureau.