Ian Callum Leaves Jaguar Design After 20 Years Of Service

Jaguar announced that Ian Callum is leaving his post as Director of Design at the car maker after 20 years of service, with current Creative Design Director Julian Thompson to take the reigns of the Jaguar Design Studio, effective July 01.

“I have had an incredible career at Jaguar,” said Ian Callum. “One of my biggest highlights was creating XF because it represented the beginning of a new era moving Jaguar from tradition to contemporary design – it was a significant turning point in our story.”

Callum started working as a designer in 1979 with Ford Design Studios, where he stayed for 11 years before moving on to TWR Design. While at Tom Walkinshaw Design, Callum was partially responsible for penning the Aston Martin DB7.

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In 1999, he joined Jaguar as Director of Design. During those early years, Callum was also responsible for Aston Martin and its Vanquish and DB9 models, with the latter credited to Henrik Fisker.

“Designing the F-TYPE was a dream come true for me, and I-PACE was an opportunity to create something hugely innovative that would really challenge the perception of Jaguar – and its success is testament to just how far the brand has come”, Callum added.

“I came into this role with a mission to take Jaguar design back to where it deserved to be. It has taken 20 years, but I believe I have achieved what I set out to do. Given the strength of both our products and the design team I feel that now is the right time to move on, both personally and professionally, and explore other design projects.”

Ian Callum was awarded the title of Royal Designer for Industry from the RSA in 2005 and the Minerva Medal in 2014 for a lifetime’s achievement in design. He is stepping down from his post to “pursue other design projects” but he will continue to work with Jaguar as a design consultant.

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  • ME

    He had some very nice designs yet they didn’t match Jaguar’s DNA.

    • baofe

      Fully disagree, He brought Jaguar into the modern era.

      • lagunas3ca

        Did you not read the quote from Callum himself, where he admits to moving Jaguar from traditional to contemporary design?

      • Enter Ranting

        Except that the XF was a nondescript design that had nothing to do with Jaguar’s heritage. I’m not saying every Jaguar had to slavishly adhere to heritage design (it doesn’t work for Porsche), but the XF looked like someone else’s car.

        • ME

          I agree. The XF looks a lot like an Infiniti Q50 from the side profile and the shape of the back.

      • Bob

        I respectfully disagree. He made Jag generic. This would be bringing Jaguar into the modern era…


        • Bo Hanan

          He brought JAG out of their rehash of old models doldrum and took them in a new direction that created the last XJ. But I agree it’s time for a new direction.

  • He walked in front of me and I recognized him recently. We spoke for a bit. Nice guy. Hope he can latch on to some muscle cars now; he seems to like them.

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Who’d be a car designer in today’s highly restricted industry?

    • illogicalPotato

      There are many but you’ll notice their names aren’t out there anymore as they once were. For restriction reasons.

  • Matteo Tommasi

    He proved himself as a great designer.

  • Six_Tymes

    The man the Legend. Enjoy your semi retirement sir. You’ve done amazing things.

  • TheBelltower

    A great designer of everything except sedans.

    • Elpatore

      Sorry but the pre-facelift XJ is by far one of the best looking sedans ever.

      • TheBelltower

        I’ve had the XJ as a loaner during the infinite number of times my Range Rover was in for service. It’s a pretty car. Just not widely appealing to those under the age of 70… so said the Jaguar salesman. That visual language doesn’t work as well for Jag’s smaller sedans. You can tell Callum’s heart is with sports cars.

        • Elpatore

          I agree with all that but if you put the S-Class, A8 and 7-series from back in 2010, the XJ is Lightyears better looking than the german trio, in my opinion.

          • TheBelltower

            It’s definitely more stylish than the Germans at the time.

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