Aurel Francois

Senior Industrial Designer

Dedicated professional with over 15 years of hands-on experience from disruptive start-up to global tier 1 supplier. Recognized among team members as being resourceful and effective toward addressing user needs alongside sustainability imperatives. Welcoming in new opportunities to help drive change in the automotive industry.

Work Experience


Senior Industrial Designer

Delivered innovative concepts and production grade solutions ranging from components and accessories to full cabin experience for multiple OEMs. Participated within multidisciplinary teams to the design & development of prototypes, demonstrators, and products showcasing Forvia proprietary technologies.

Core Industrial Design / R&D Expertise
• Generated hundreds of Concepts and over a dozen Patents and Defensive Publications.
• Organized internal & customer Workshops on a diversity of key topics including, EV interior architecture, Mobility As A Service, Next Gen Mustang, …
• Developed & Fostered Creative & Educational tools enabling conversation, enhancing creativity, and empowering teams.
• Researched, Synthesize, & Popularized topics such as Human-Centered Design, and Industrial Design relevant AI solutions.
• Monitored design trends & technology, and Provided insight to Customer Intelligence team.

Multidisciplinary / Full-stack Expertise
• Co-managed domestic Color, Materials, & Finish activity, including customer / supplier relationships and creative output (Sep 2021 to Apr 2022).
• Collaborated closely with Engineering, UI/UX, Perceived Quality, Consumer Intelligence, Fabrication, …
• Co-administered US Design Studio, keeping track of and reporting on Budget & Performance.

Interpersonal Skills
• Presented Forvia’s comprehensive Technology portfolio to customers over annual Innovation Days and punctual events.
• Interfaced directly with schools on talent acquisition (CCS, LTU) and educational initiatives (University of Michigan Dearborn).
• Managed recruiting, onboarding and mentoring of new Design Studio team members (Interns, Temporary Contractors, & Employee).
• Represented Forvia Design Studio at industry-relevant fairs and conferences.
July 2016 - September 2023 Michigan, United States

Local Motors

Transportation Designer & Design Community Liaison

Delivered production & prototype grades vehicle designs, involved from initial ideation to final assembly.

Core Industrial Design Expertise
• Led Industrial Design effort on Rally Fighter (World’s first co-created vehicle), Strati & Swim (3D printed cars), Racer (motorcycle), E-Cruiser (electric powered bicycle), Tandem Project (D.I.Y. open-source car project).
• Supported Industrial Design effort on SF01 (race car), Ariel Cruiser (gas powered bicycle), Fly mode (military vehicle), Domino’s DXP (purpose-built pizza delivery vehicle), Olli (Autonomous EV Shuttle).

Multidisciplinary / Full-stack Expertise
• Contributed to the R&D effort toward advanced & production applications of Direct Digital Manufacturing (D.D.M.) technologies, including large scale 3D printing.
• Streamlined Rally Fighter vinyl wrap creation & production delivering 80+ installed liveries.
• Planned & Managed Rally Fighter’s online configurator project with partner Lumiscaphe, Design Community Liaison.
• Managed / Supported over 70 online Design Challenges & Community facing initiatives.
• Contributed to the success of online Challenges with partners such as BMW, Reebok, DARPA, ARPA-E, Airbus, Shell, Decathlon, Peterbilt, Domino’s Pizza.
• Created the inspirational “Sketchover” series alongside video tutorials to educate online community on sketching & rendering techniques.
• Enabled the growth of the community from 1,500 members (2008) to over 65,000 (2015).
September 2008 - May 2016 Arizona, United States


ISD Rubika

Engineering Transportation Design Manager Degree, with Honors

Equivalent to the U.S. B.S. Degree with Design & Engineering Management dual major


English (Fluent),
French (Native),


A2mac1, Accessory, Advanced, Agility, Blender 3D, Circular Economy, Collaboration, Communication, Component, Creative, Customer Needs, Design For Manufacturing, Design Thinking, Empathy, Exterior Automotive, Full Cabin Experience, Illustrator, Innovation, Interior Automotive, Interpersonal Skills, Materials, Photoshop, Presentation, Problem Solving, Process, Procreate, Product Design, Production, Project Management, R&D, Rendering, Seating, Sketchbook Pro, Sketching, Sustainability, Trend Analysis, Vizcom, Work Ethic,


• Junior Achievement of Southeast Michigan | Role model volunteer,
• Middlecott Sketchbattle & Sketchbattle Jr. | Enthusiastic volunteer & occasional contestant