Chris Schuttera

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Chris Schuttera is one of the designers of Hydra Design Labs. Chris has been a professional automotive designer for 16 years. Over that time he has worked at Chrysler, Mitsubishi, and Ken Okuyama Design as a car designer and at C+D Zodiac designing airplane interiors. Chris excels at both exterior and interior design, but its interior design where his skills are unparalleled. Chris’ knowledge of interior design and his ability to rapidly develop themes for even the most complex design challenge is truly remarkable. His love of car culture is a major influence in his life and can be seen throughout his work as well as his personal life. Chris’ creativity, skills, dedication, and enthusiasm for cars has turned him into one of the most well respected designers in the industry. The experience and talent that Chris brings to the Hydra Design team is indispensable.

Mike Desmond

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Mike Desmond is one of the designers of the Hydra Design Labs. He has been a professional automotive designer for 19 years. During that time he has worked at Mitsubishi Motors, Boyd Coddingtons, and more recently as the Design Director at West Coast Choppers. His love of classic American car design led him to Mitsubishi who was looking for a designer to bring an American sensibility to their designs. After leading Jesse James’ design team at West Coast Choppers Mike ventured off on his own. Never one to rest on his laurels Mike taught himself to become a tattoo artist whose work is now highly sought after. Mike is also an exhibiting artist with gallery shows displaying his latest oil paintings. Mike’s design talent in undeniable and his ability to push the envelope and walk the line of alternative counter culture brings an added edge to the Hydra Design Team.

Gary Ragle

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Gary Ragle is a principal designer at Hydra Design Labs and brings over 20 years of experience as a professional car designer. Gary’s experience in senior designer roles at Mitsubishi and Ford took him from California to Japan to Detroit and more – all of which influencing his unique design aesthetic. Fueled by a passion for American hot rods that has been a driving force behind his career path, Gary is now one of the world’s most in-demand designers of hot rods and custom cars. While his professional career has demonstrated Gary’s immense talent as a designer of modern vehicles, his love of classic cars has been highly influential in his work. The beauty and raw power of classic American hot rods is in the DNA of the many show cars and production vehicles Gary has designed. With an innate ability to distill design down to its essence while always producing something new, Gary greatly strengthens the Hydra Design team with fresh creative ideas and timeless perspective.

Jon Hull

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Jon Hull is the founder and president of Hydra Design Labs and one of the firm’s principal designers. Jon has had over 25 years of experience as a professional automotive designer, including in-house design at Mitsubishi Motors, prior to founding Hydra Design Labs nearly 10 years ago. While at Mitsubishi Motors, Jon had the opportunity to work on exterior and interior designs for both production models and concept cars. He also used his expertise as a CAD specialist to help take projects from ideation through design to final surface data. In addition to automotive design, Jon has a background in plastics engineering, which provides the Hydra team with added expertise to help take projects through to final manufacturing. Jon’s design and CAD skills help the Hydra Design team deliver the creativity needed to solve major design challenges while his project management and leadership experience helps the Hydra team meet client deadlines and deliver high-quality work.