Tesla designer responsible for 3/Y, Semi and Roadster leaves to aviation startup

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Tesla’s designer responsible for the Model 3, Model Y, Semi concept, and Roadster has left the company for Skyryse, an aviation startup.

Peter Blades was Tesla’s Creative Design Lead for the Model Y from November 2018 to last month, the Roadster from March 2017 to last month, the Semi from September 2016 to March 2017, and the Principal Design Lead on the Model 3 from December 2014 to February 2017.

However, he has left Tesla for Skyryse, according to a press release from today:

“Peter Blades, the lead interior designer for both generations of the Model 3, Model Y, Semi concept, and Roadster (2017), has joined Skyryse as VP of Design.”

According to Blades’s LinkedIn, he joined Skyryse this month as the Vice President of Design.

Dr. Mark Groden, CEO of Skyryse, said that Blades would be responsible for revolutionizing the design of aviation vehicle cockpits:

“Until now, cockpit design has been an afterthought in aviation. Peter’s mission is to bring his innovative design approach to further elevate the Skyryse One interior – and all of our future aircraft design – to match the simplified, integrated, and revolutionary SkyOS™ technology that pilots will use to fly them.”

Blades called the opportunity to join Skyryse “fantastic” and looks to make the same changes and influence the company as he did at Tesla.

Tesla has revolutionized vehicle interiors by moving toward more minimalistic designs that eliminate knobs and buttons. Airplane cockpits are also extremely busy and filled with buttons, and it appears Blades could be responsible for moving to a more minimalistic design.

Prior to Tesla, Blades worked at Nissan as the Senior Interior Designer, and at SpaceX, Kia, and General Motors.

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