[Interview to CDA Students] Carlos Puerta Mascaró / Spain

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 Do you want to pursue car designing as your profession? Are you a car engineer, modeler, students, or novice? But you like car designing, and you love cars? 

In Car Design Academy, instructors are working actively in Japanese design studios as a car designer. This means you can learn updated real world car designing directly from them. Moreover, you can learn car design at any time at any place with your own pace. That is the benefit of online school.

In this time, we had interview with our current student, Carlos Puerta Mascaró from Menorca, 29 years old.

If you are considering joining Car Design Academy, we hope following article, interviewing to our current student, will help you.

 Interview to CDA Students / Carlos Puerta Mascaró / Spain


I am 29 years old. I was born in Menorca, Spain. Mother language is spanish. I am a car design entusiasthic and I like to ride bike MTB and to sail when the wheather is ok. My hobbies are as well to meet with frinds, go to the cinema, read science fiction books and draw cars 

1. Please tell us what do you study at school? If you are working, what kind of job you are engaged in?

Although I finished my studies a couple of years ago, I like to be connected and linked to the University being envolved in a some course as much as my time let me to. Of course, when I do that now I look for some product design or car design courses. In the professional background, right now I am working as concept development engineer in SEAT automotive company. It is a really good job and a it let me to learn a lot about the car engineering processes during the first phase of a car development. It means, that we have to take care about the different parts of the vehicle as platform and Hut during this very first phase. Our most common activities are the package analysis of the car and the check that we make with that around the 3D outputs of design center. We validate the design making technical typical sections in which are placed the technical requirements that the different parts of the car need including safety, homologations, ergonomy, etc. It is also important to be informed about the evolution of the platform so we attend as well meetings in Volkswagen in order to be involved in the process. 

2. What was your trigger to decide join CDA? 
Please identify what was your difficulty to study car design before you joined CDA, if there is any? 
Any anxiety you had when studying car design by yourself?

Actually I wanted to study industrial design when I was about 16 years old but the choice was to study engineering. Then when I finished the career in university I was looking for masters or courses regarding the industrial design. I was with a busy way of life working in a company so the courses I could attend was possible only during afternoons. Then I joined in the ELISAVA Design School but I had not enough time as I wanted to spend with the studies and homeworks. The daily timetables and the changes I had to do to attend work and classes were too hard and stressful. Nevertheless, that postgraduate gave me the basics of product’s concept and design development. When I finished that one, I still wanted to attend one course about car design and magically I found that the Car Design Academy offered a Total Car design course beginning from the main basics until the markers and digital photoshop painting. So, that was exactly what I was looking for long time ago. Content are really good explained and feedbacks are fast enough for our learning process.

3. Please give us your feedback regarding the quality of  Text Materials/Video Text /Instructor’s review (Advice & Corrections)

In my opinion, all the content of the Total Course are really good explained. I maybe could miss some references to famous books of car designers which can expand our knowledges or maybe inspiration sources. Text materials: are complete and fully explained in detail. I have learned a lot of things that I didn’t know about the whole process of car design. Those materials have let me understand the detailed process from the main idea, sketches, renderings and until the final compositions. Video text: those are really good prepared and explained easily and fully detailed for our comprension. I really have no complain about it. Those are absolutely good. Instructor’s review: for my surprise, the feedback is much more about what I expected. I appreciate much that for each student you spent more or less half an hour for a feedback in a video in lessons like Digital design and marker’s design,… I think the effort from your side is much higher compared to my expectation that I had before begining that course.  

4. Please indicate how many hours (minutes) do you spend for practicing, homework, and any other related work for CDA, for example (design competition preparation) or routine .

Actually, about the time to spend I am very flexible. I always try to keep some time on afternoons after work to draw and sketch a little bit but I am flexible. I understand that sometimes I will not be able to draw at all because the day will be too busy or sometimes I just arrive at home and I am closed in my drawing room until I go to sleep. It depends as well on the motivation and the challenge I have in front of but I always try to have one in front of otherwise I create it. I have to say that the monthly design contest that CDA offers to us is a really good challenge and a high motivation to arrive at home and go directly to begin sketching. The total course is a larger project which is wider, longer, more structured and with a lot of steps but however it gives me a good motivation level. As I said, the time to spend drawing depends on a lot of inputs and conditions but one thing is clear: if you have begun a total car design course or another course in CDA it is supposed that you like (in my case a lot) to draw cars, so the time to spend depends on the person and the love you give in the paper. But actually, if this is your case, you will be spending more or less half an hour per day sketching. Sometimes more sometimes less. You have to know that the improvement is a circular process: you begin drawing and when you see your improvement gets better, next day you will spend more time drawing with more passion, and next day even more. But it is always important to feed this process in order to improve skills every day.  

5. How do you find out the Monthly Design Competition?

I am happy to answer this question because I really think that it is really necesary to keep all of the students motivated. These contests are autentically what we all need. We all learn about each other because we all can see the drawings from all of us in the Chat Room. That give us the chance to learn what the other students do better than you and learn from them. Also is possible to give the opinion to other’s drawings and I find it really good. Another thing I appreciate really much is the video feedback in which the professors of the CDA explain what they find nice and less nice personally of each one’s concepts. In summary, it is an excelent  tool for the students to apply what we all learn in the CDA. I think that when I will finish the Total Course I will be an addicted to be evolved in monthly design contests of the CDA.

6. Message for those candidate students who is considering joining CDA?

Just do it. If you really like to draw cars but you need some theoric methods and a good learning programm, but your daily life does not let you to study in a phisical design college, CDA is your school. The price is really OK considering what the school gives to the students. The feedback is really fast and completed and the Lessons are really good programmed. It is up to you to spend more time or less but I have to say you that when you begin and discover a lot of things and tools you did not know, you will be absolutely addicted to sketch. Now I always bring a bloc and a pen with me when I travel.  

7. Any other message you would like to tell other people? Your view regarding design, or sketch, or practice method?

In general and particullary to the guys are beginning studying University or Design College, I would suggest not to forget what you really like to do in the life and where you what to spend the time. If you do not know yet , just pay attention at what you really like to do and when you really feel that the time goes faster as you would like. Those things you do meanwhile will be the tasks you could carry on in a job. My advice is not to spend the time studying what you do not like and you basically study because people say that will be easier to find a job or your salary will be better. If you really study what you love and you put effort and motivation on it, you will be however good valued and the headhunters earlier or after will appreciate the quality of your works. Do not heasitate in your path and learn to get patience, be perseveranced and go further step by step with constancy. In the world of the design, is necesary to get patience to see nice results. Maybe it will not come at the first time but give effort and love on what you do and if you work harder and motivated, I am sure you will get it.  


Name Carlos Puerta Mascaró
Location Barcelona, Spain
Language Spanish, English, German
Occupation Project Engineer at Concept’s Development Department at SEAT automotive company
Instagram & Twitter https://www.behance.net/carlospuere14e
Profile & Self introduction I have spent time out of my hometown since I am 19 years old because of the university studies. I studied in Barcelona Mechanical Engineering during 2 years and I left one year to do the Erasmus in Germany in order to do the final project career. When the intership was over I decided to stay in that country for one more year doing an intership in a small company in Berlin. After that , My decision was to go back to Spain but the job offer which I found required me to go to Austria for an apprentiship in the headquarters of a big logistics company. For two years I was designing and calculating layouts in 2D and 3D for automatized logistic wharehouses. Then I received the offer to join in SEAT automotive company as a project engineer where I have been until now for 3 years. My tasks here concern to work with the concept development and close work with the outputs of the SEAT car design center. In academic background, I am basically product development engineer although I studied Mechanical engineering. I have done as well a Master in Coputered Integrated Manufacturing Engineering (CAD, CAM, CAE), a Postgraduate in Automotive Engineering by SEAT-UPC and a postgraduate in Product’s concept and design by ELISAVA school of design.

Comment from Instructor, Mr. Can

Carlos can widely stretch the idea development process and he generate an idea from that process. When I look at his designs, he always exactly expresses momentum, and I can see those momentum that  existed among his idea sketches too. That is his strength. I am going to improve his strength more, and also focus on teaching some skills, such as perspectives and positional relations between each part and views. I look forward to his progress.

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