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Student Showcase Archive

James Russell Owen

MA work

MA work

  • After Autonomy - Front three quarter.

    After Autonomy - Front three quarter., James Russell Owen 2016

  • After Autonomy - Rear three quarter.

    After Autonomy - Rear three quarter., James Russell Owen 2016

  • After Autonomy - Seat unit development

    After Autonomy - Seat unit development, James Russell Owen 2016

After Autonomy

After Autonomy synchronises man and machine through world perception technology and electrical muscle stimulation, welcoming the user back to the driving seat, in a post-autonomous era.

Inspired by the increasing likelihood of a transhuman future, I explore how this could reflect on our vehicles. Experimenting with how these technologies and products can influence the design of the ‘car’. The end goal is to create a vehicle that possesses traits parallel with the transhuman philosophy, and expresses those traits through its function and aesthetic.



  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Vehicle Design, 2016

  • I believe that as vehicle designers we create more than just a product. We provide something that the end user builds a relationship with. The passion and dedication we invest in the creative process is what generates those intangible attributes of a vehicle. You can’t put your finger on it, but you love it and desire it.   

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons), Automotive Design, Swansea Metropolitan University, 2013
  • Experience

  • Junior designer, Toniq Sportscars, Cornwall, 2013–14
  • Exhibitions

  • New Designers, 2013
  • Awards

  • First prize, Royal Automobile Club Best of British, 2014; First prize, EVO Magazine GTR competition, 2015; Commended certificate, Coachmakers Bursary Award, 2015