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Modern Classic - Steve Harper Interview

Modern Classic - Steve Harper Interview

Thu 24th March 2016

In late 2015 Keith Adams of Modern Classic interviewed Steve Harper in his Studio about this past...

Designer & Futurist Visionary, for Concept to Reality programs

SHADO Ltd

“Steve manages to maintain goals despite all the obstacles. He gives clear and simple presentation of design and direction to all levels of colleague and audience, a Modellers designer quick to see the issues and listens to input.” August 16, 2008

Di Pryce Evans, Designer / Alias Modeller, Cadnow Ltd
reported to Steve at S.H.A.D.O. Ltd

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Consultant- Platform Chief Designer

Volvo Cars Design Studio, Gothenburg, Sweden

“We worked together on several exterior and interior design projects during our working relationship at Volvo cars” September 22, 2008

Paul Smith, Studio Engineer, Volvo Cars
worked directly with Steve at Volvo Cars Design Studio, Gothenburg, Sweden

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“Over many years of working with Steve, he has proved himself to be one of the most knowledgable and consistantly productive designers I have had the pleasure of working with. Steve instictively knows how to get the best out of a project. From design and form language through to the financials of a project, Steve is quite simply exceptional. If ever I needed a second opinion or just helpful advice on a concept or producton design, I would always make a point of asking Steve's opinion. His depth of knowledge and love of all things creative, Steve would give an extra insight which could take ideas in another creative direction. I strongly recomend Steve Harper as a designer, design manager or even a people person, you will not find better.” September 20, 2008

Jonathan Disley, Progrm Chief Designer, Volvo Car Corporation
worked with Steve at Volvo Cars Design Studio, Gothenburg, Sweden

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“Steve and I worked togheter in Taiwan, presenting how the Volvo brand and the Volvo brand values tied in with the Modern Scandinavian Design. Steve always mezmerize the journalists with his combination of corporate message, personal story and local knowledge. Every time a winner! And few people are so good at cracking jokes in-between the jobs.” August 24, 2008

Tatiana Butovitsch Temm, Corporate Communications Manager, Volvo Car Corporation
worked with Steve at Volvo Cars Design Studio, Gothenburg, Sweden

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“Working with Steve is a pleasure. He is well organised, both in his creative approach and his handling of practical details. He is flexible and capable of maining focus on deliverables to his clients through out projects. To add icing on the cake, Steve is a gifted 'salesman', a skilled communicator and best of all, a man with a sense of humor that we have grown to rely on to lighten the burden of the days.” August 21, 2008

Cher Young, Project Manager, Volvo Car Corporation
worked with Steve at Volvo Cars Design Studio, Gothenburg, Sweden

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“Having founded the automotive industry by means of his invention of the wheel in 3564 BC, Steve is almost a legend in the Midlands of England where they subsequently made very little progression..In the last 20 years however, and despite the best efforts of HM customs and Excise, his notoriety has begun to filter out of Britain and pad softly around the world, most notably to the Scandanavian countries where his professionalism, dry wit, and everwarm tea pot have been the mainstay of his working style, and he is often spotted sketching effortlessly in rescueing another portion of the Swedish car industry. With his trademark GTi black and red plumage he cuts a jolly figure around most design studios, and whilst considered a little eccentric is most probably by far the sanest and most sensible of us all.” August 19, 2008

Tony Hunter, Chief Designer Strategic Interiors, Volvo cars
managed Steve indirectly at Volvo Cars Design Studio, Gothenburg, Sweden

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“Steve visited South Africa twice during my career at Volvo Car South Africa to give presentations on the Volvo brand, its design philosophy and principles and, in a broader sense, Scandinavian design and luxury. His passion for the brand and clear understanding of Volvo's design philosophy made him an excellent presenter to convey the `'gospel" to journalists at a launch. He immersed himself in his subject, dedicated himself to an outstanding presentation and proved to be a worthy ambassador for the Volvo brand. His presentation skills are as good as his insight into design matters and his ability to share this in an entertaining and spellbinding manner with others. He conducted himself professionally and added value to the events which he attended. It was fun and a privilege to spend time with Steve.” August 18, 2008

Deon Sonnekus, Media Affairs, Volvo Car South Africa
worked with Steve at Volvo Cars Design Studio, Gothenburg, Sweden

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“Steve presented at a series of product introductions for a group of automotive journalists from Canada and positioned the vehicle and his work admirably. He was engaging, entertaining and very professional with the media. I wouldn't hesistate to call upon him to represent his craft or employer in the future.” August 18, 2008

Chad Heard, Senior Consultant, Marshall Fenn Communications
worked with Steve at Volvo Cars Design Studio, Gothenburg, Sweden

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“I,ve had the pleasure of working as exterior designer on a number of production projects reporting to Steve Harper. He has a very high professional dedication to achieving each projects objectives, whislt inspiring a positive working environment for his team. Steve is a good mate, mentor, whilst being a boss!” August 18, 2008

Steve Potter, Senior Designer, Volvo Car Corporation
reported to Steve at Volvo Cars Design Studio, Gothenburg, Sweden

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“A man who is one of the rare few able to balance a vision of the future with the practicality of reality. Steve Harper is a business persons designer - able to understand the realities of commercial requirements and consumer behaviour and to translate these into the language of practical yet aesthetically appealing design. Able to manage within the necessities of commercial constraints such as budget and timelines, Steve is a great team player and a pleasure to work with.” August 17, 2008

Paul Stokes [Invites Accepted LION], Product Marketing manager, volvo car corporation
worked with Steve at Volvo Cars Design Studio, Gothenburg, Sweden

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“Steve was a great support to the operations in Taiwan. He was able to engage with employees, business partners and the Press in describing the reason why Volvo Cars are designed as they are. He always provided the Taiwan operation with good press and captured the imagination of customers who met him. He was a great ambassador for Volvo outside of the Swedish Head Office.” August 15, 2008

Andrew Basham, President Volvo Car Taiwan, Volvo Car Corporation
worked with Steve at Volvo Cars Design Studio, Gothenburg, Sweden

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“Steve Harper is not only a talented designer, capable of interpreting the world around him and incorporating elements into his work,…he is a naturally eloquent communicator. Beginning with his quirky fashionable appearance at first impression,…Steve possesses an uncanny ability to capture the imagination of his audience in sharing his insights and inspiration. During a Volvo design seminar for a new product launch in Sweden, Steve was the cornerstone to introducing "Scandinavian Luxury" (for some perhaps a difficult concept to grasp). However there was no doubt in the minds of US, Canadian and Mexican media reps in attendance after Steve expertly drew references from the regions' culture, lifestyle, and environment to make a connection with the concept. Several seasoned-journalists remarked it was the most colorful, exhilarating, and astute presentation they had ever seen. That seminar set the tone for the roll-out of that product, as well as for the communication of subsequent models. Steve is not only distinctive in his artistry for manipulating physical space, but he's equally adept at mastering the cerebral realm for its understanding. Stephen R. Bohannon Volvo Cars of North America, Public Affairs” August 15, 2008

Stephen Bohannon, Communications Manager, Volvo Cars of North America
worked with Steve at Volvo Cars Design Studio, Gothenburg, Sweden

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“Steve is very professional in his work. Dedicated in his assignments and in my dealings with him, (as the Design Director's assistant), I experienced him as a very reliable colleague, always going the extra mile and finding solutions to problems or helping out colleagues. He is as well very talented in doing presentations for large groups of dealers, journalists etc. His sense of humour is an extra bonus!” August 15, 2008

Maria Van Pelt Ekelund, Executive Assistant, Volvo Car Corporation
worked directly with Steve at Volvo Cars Design Studio, Gothenburg, Sweden

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“Apart from being an experienced designer Steve has the energy to guide the most challenging of projects. He can inspire others as a team player or can work as a focused individual. He is a valued designer to any studio or organisation.” August 15, 2008

Tony Catignani, Platform Chief Designer, Volvo Car Corporation
worked with Steve at Volvo Cars Design Studio, Gothenburg, Sweden

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“Steve is an entrepreneur type with a no non-sense approach that will get the job done in a creative and time efficient way. Oh... and you could have a good laugh too!” August 13, 2008

Simon Lamarre, Senior designer, Volvo Cars Design Studio, Gothenburg, Sweden
worked directly with Steve at Volvo Cars Design Studio, Gothenburg, Sweden

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Project Designer

MGA Developments Ltd, Coventry, UK

“superlative journeyman designer, last of the best.” August 15, 2008

Sidney Hall, senior Automotive design technician, Coventry university
worked with Steve at MGA Developments Ltd, Coventry, UK

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