EyesOn Design Awards are the officially-sanctioned design awards for the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). They honor the best production and concept vehicles making their worldwide auto show debut in Detroit.

The awards are prominently displayed in design studios around the world and are merchandised as industry validation of great design.


A panel of design leaders representing worldwide automotive manufacturers and transportation design chiefs from top design schools around the globe select vehicles to receive EyesOn Design Awards at the North American International Auto Show.

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Chief Judges

  • Dave Marek

    Acura Global Creative Director, Honda R & D, Americas

  • Victor Nacif


  • Stewart Reed

    Chair, Transportation Design Art Center College of Design

  • Michael Simcoe

    Vice President, GM Global Design, General Motors Corporation

2018 Judges

  • Tim Anness

    Head of Jeep FWD Exterior Design, FCA – North America

  • Anne Asensio

    Vice President, Design Experience Dassault

  • Chris Benjamin

    Head of Interior Design, FCA North America

  • Klaus Bischoff

    Executive Director of Volkswagen Design, Volkswagen

  • Wayne Cherry

    Vice President of Design (Retired), General Motors Corporation

  • David Cohen

    Assistant Chief Designer, Subaru

  • Dan Darancou

    Vice President of Design, CH-Auto

  • Walter de Silva

    Head of Design (Retired), Volkswagen

  • Colin Dhillon

    Director of Industrial Design & Marketing, ABC Group

  • Karim Habib

    Executive Design Director, INFINITI Motors

  • Dale Harrow

    Dean of School of Design, Head of Program Vehicle Design, Royal College of Art

  • Kevin Hunter

    President of Toyota Motor Corporation North American Design Studio, Calty Design Research, Toyota Calty 

  • Amko Leenarts

    Ford Motor Company

  • Tom Matano

    Executive Director, School of Industrial Design, Academy of Art University

  • Craig Metros

    Ford Motor Company

  • Patrick Murray


  • Keith Nagara

    Director, Industrial Design & Transportation Design, Lawrence Technological University

  • Bryan Nesbitt

    General Motors

  • Steve Pasteiner

    Founder/Owner, Advanced Automotive Technologies

  • Joel Piaskowski

    Ford Motor Company

  • David Rand


  • Brad Richards

    Vice President of Styling & Design, Harley-Davidson Motor Company

  • Michael Robinson

    CEO & Design Director, ED Design s.r.l

  • Pat Schiavone

    Vice President, Global Consumer Design, Whirlpool Corporation

  • Paul Snyder

    Helen Farago Chair of Transportation Design, College for Creative Studies

  • Gerhard Steinle

    Director, Global Operations, Designworks A BMW Group Company

  • Danny Stillion

    Partner and Executive Design Director, IDEO

  • Mark Trostle, Sr.

    Founder American Speed Company & Director of Creative Services, Roush Industries

  • Taro Ueda

    Vice-President, Nissan Design America, Nissan North America, Inc.

  • Ed Welburn

    Vice-President Design (Retired), General Motors Corporation

  • Nate Young

    Senior Vice President of Design and Ideation, Newell Brands

2018 Docents

  • Gerry Piaskowski

    Chief Docent
    Director of Design (Retired), Daimler Chrysler

  • Jeevak Badve

    Vice President, Strategic Growth, Sundberg-Ferar


  • Brian Baker

    Executive Design Consultant, Founder Autoarcheology, Baker Design, LLC

  • Brook Banham

    Owner, Middlecott, LLC


  • Bill Barranco

    Director Operations, Advanced Design, Guangzhou Automobile Groups

  • Mahdi Chowdhury

    Transportation Designer, Lear

  • Steve Clambaneva

    Director and Design Business Consultant, Dassault Systemes

  • André Clemons

    Catia Design & Styling, Dassault Systemes


  • Peter Davis
  • Frank Dionisopoulos

    Senior Designer – MOPAR Performance & Motorsports Studio, FCA NA

  • Glenn Durmisevich

    Chief Designer – Innovation & Design, Navistar

  • Ed Golden

    Ford Motor Company


  • Greg Gresens

    Vice President, Industrial Design, Newell Brands

  • Tom Hale


  • Harman Gill

    Industrial Designer, ABC Group, Inc.


  • Henri Kavaja

    Lead Senior Creative Designer, Cadillac, General Motors Corporation

  • Pete Lawlis

    Head of Interior Systems, Chrysler, Jeep, Ram & Dodge


  • Nancy Lockhart

    Color Marketing Manager, Axalta Coating Systems


  • John Manoogian

    Founder, Forzablitz


  • David McIntosh

    Head & Representative, League of Retired Automotive Designers

  • Bill Michalak

    Designer (Retired), General Motors Corporation

  • Gail Miciuda

    Director of Advanced Business Development, SRG Global

  • Peter Montero

    Product Planner, Fiat Chrysler Automotive

  • Steve Nowicki

    New Business Development-Creative Services, Roush Industries

  • Dave O’Connell

    Chief Designer, Divergent3D


  • Tom Obertynski

    Ophthalmologist, Michigan Glaucoma Specialists


  • Brad Palmer

    Head Industrial Design, MAYCO International

  • Richard Plavetich

    General Manager, Nissan Design America

  • Christos Roustemis

    Design Lead Cadillac Interior Studio, General Motors Corporation

  • Sebastian Sullen

    Senior Design Engineer, General Motors Corporation

  • Doug Ungemach
  • Kip Wasenko

    Designer Cadillac (Retired), General Motors Corporation