On July 22, 2015, Kentucky to the World welcomed Bill Porter, a legendary automobile designer at GM, who played a seminal role in the history of American muscle car design, having made his mark with the 1968 Pontiac GTO and 1970-73 Pontiac Firebird 400. Bill’s impact on auto design continued into the 1990’s with the […]
By Cameron Aubernon, July 21, 2015 Originally posted on Insider Louisville website Louisville native Bill Porter — a designer behind the 1968 Pontiac GTO and other iconic American cars — will visit his hometown this week to give a presentation on the intersection of design and culture. The event on Wednesday is open to the public […]
By Tara Anderson, July 21 2015 Originally posted on WFPL website You don’t have to be a car geek to recognize the designs Bill Porter is responsible for. Porter, a Louisville native, was a chief designer for General Motors for three decades. He is responsible for the look of some of General Motor’s most iconic […]
By Jo Anne Triplett Originally published in LEO While my taste for classic cars leans towards the boxy Nash Metropolitan, Mercedes 190 and Volvo 240, I can appreciate a streamlined automobile. Even owned a Camaro once, although its power was totally wasted on me. But as a lover of good design, it’s exciting to hear […]
By David Mann, July 15 2015 Originally published in Business First If someone asked you to describe the 1968 Pontiac GTO in one word, how would you do it? Sporty? Slick, maybe? After the conversation I had on Monday with Bill Porter, the artist who designed this iconic car, I suppose I would use the […]
According to Louisville native and University of Louisville alumni Bill Porter, retired Chief Designer of three decades at General Motors, “The best designs are those that represent a true synthesis of art and technology.” Join KTW for a lively conversation with Mr. Porter as he discusses the creative evolutionary journey and inspirational recipes for the fusion of engineering and art that sparked some of the world’s hottest automobile designs and trends. Along the way, discover unique influences of his Kentucky upbringing on his work, like drawing fighter planes during his childhood art classes at what is now the Louisville Visual Art Association.
Among the guests of the Kentucky to the World series in 2015 are William Porter, Studio Chief Designer for General Motors for over three decades, and Dr. Sander Florman, the director of Mount Sinai Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute in New York City. Stay tuned for more!