As Ford Motor Co.’s J Mays ponders the way designers are perceived within the auto industry, his sarcasm is as subtle as the bumper bullets on a ’56 Coupe de Ville. Ward’s: Are designers stereotyped? Mays: C’mon, everyone knows that designers only wear black and sport German designer spectacles, and they all have terrifyingly geometric haircuts. Ward’s: Are you wearing socks right now? Mays: (Pause) Absolutely not. Then the man whose vision arguably shapes Ford’s image in the ...

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