VotW – Ian Callum’s Design Passion

OK, I will VotW - Jaguar - Ian Callum's Design Passionhave to admit to having a bit of a ‘man crush‘ on Ian Callum. How could any follower of British cars and fan of Jaguar not? Here is a man who set out early on to pursue his passion, has worked for Aston Martin and Jaguar helping to create some of the most iconic modern designs, is well spoken, and is genuinely a nice guy.

I had the good fortune of meeting Ian in 2014 at the Hilton Head Motoring Festival when Jaguar was launching their new F-Type. His insights into not only the work he does for Jaguar but into the automotive design field as a whole were eye-opening. His recollections of his youth and dedication to becoming a design engineer were just as enlightening.

In this ten-minute video, you can watch as Jaguar Director of Design Ian Callum discusses his life-long passion for car design. From his humble beginnings as a car-obsessed child in Dumfries to his role at Jaguar, here is a rare chance to get to know the creative mind behind the Jaguar design process. The video was originally made for Telegraph Luxury by photographer Charlie Gray and writer Michael Harvey.

If you are interested in a couple more great Ian Callum videos I can point you to two. First is the Jalopnik interview that is a bit over 30 minutes. The production quality isn’t the greatest, especially the sound, but the information Ian reveals is fantastic.

Next there is a video titled “Designing A Jaguar With Ian Callum” by Nik Miles. The title is dead on, as the entire point of this piece is the design process gone through to develop a Jaguar.  A complete, though an extremely abbreviated version of the process is worked through right in front of the camera.

Give these videos a shot. I think you will find Ian Callum to be as fascinating and genuine a fellow as I do.


Michael Carnell
Editor at Just British

Michael Carnell is the editor and founder of the Just British Online Motoring Magazine. As a lifelong British car enthusiast, he has owned or driven British cars of all ages from Austins and MGs to Jaguars and Triumphs. He currently owns a 1966 Vanden Plas Princess 1100 and a 1977 MGB. But there is always room for more - no matter what his wife says.