Evan Mai Mentor
- Senior Creative Designer, Chevrolet Design
Evan Mai joined GM Design in June 2010 after graduating from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design. During the first five years of his career, Evan worked on several new Chevrolet products including the 2016 Cruze and the second generation Volt, which was revealed in January 2015.
Evan has been able to use his passion for cars and trucks in his current role as Senior Creative Designer, where he contributes to the design ideas for future products while working in the Chevrolet Passenger Car and Crossover Exterior Studio.
“Sketching and making models of future cars makes me excited about my job,” said Mai. “My job is always changing but it all comes down to communicating designs - from pencil sketches and creating physical and digital models, to presenting the ideas and leveraging the importance of design to other organizations.”
Mai got into car design when he was in high school. He worked at the Ann Arbor Art Center during summers and one of his mentors introduced him to Calty designer Scott Roller, who later became his professor. He encouraged me to attend a summer camp at CCS, and after that I decided to pursue design as a career, said Mai.
In his spare time he enjoys skateboarding, basketball, mountain biking, surfing, music, and photography. He likes the contrast between work and the outdoor activities as they can inspire one another. Mai looks for interesting graphics, surfaces, and patterns in nature, artwork, a piece of architecture and other designed objects. Mai says he likens the face of a car to animate objects; they can look like an animal, a mask, or a robot, but he tends to favor an assertive expression, and not overtly happy or aggressive.