Through his Cosmic Motors label, Daniel Simon designs vehicles for both Formula One racing and Hollywood movies, the latter including the bad-ass vehicles for Tron: Legacy and Captain America. Ex-Bugatti-designer Simon gave a fascinating presentation and look at entertainment design at Autodesk University's Creative Studio this year—I really hope Autodesk posts that online somewhere—and we were lucky enough to score a video interview with him afterwards.
Here in Part 1, Simon reveals how he went from being a design student at Germany's Pforzheim University to a job at Volkswagen to making the leap to L.A. and the movies. (In the video Simon makes reference to his book, which we posted about in 2009.)
» Part 2: Working on Tron and Captain America
» Part 3: Advice for Design Students