Leading professionals representing all aspects of the international design scene will share their insights and experiences at AutoWeek's eighth annual Design Forum, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2001 at Cobo Conference/Exhibition Center.

The day-long design forum will feature speaker presentations in Cobo's Riverview Ballroom, tours of the 2001 NAIAS and an awards dinner.

Addressing the diverse audience throughout the morning will be: Imre Molnar, director of design, Patagonia, the leading worldwide manufacturer of technical outdoor apparel; Bryan Nesbitt, senior product designer (PT Cruiser), DaimlerChrysler, who will detail the design genesis of the automaker's popular model; Marc Newson, principal, Marc Newson Ltd., designer for European, North American and Asian companies of such versatile items as chairs, glassware, a bicycle, restaurants, a recording studio and a private jet interior; Richard Seymour, principal, Seymour Powell, one of Europe's leading product designers and a consultant to a wide range of the world's corporate giants; and Frank Stephenson, chief designer, MINI, BMW Group, who is leading the redesign of the automaker's legendary classic vehicle.