My name is Ioannis Prevas. I'm originally from Baltimore, Maryland and I am very proud of my Greek Spartan roots.
Just like most automotive designers in grade school I was drawing cars, jets and boats in the margins of my text books when I should have been doing math equations.
As a designer you should never play it safe. If you go with what is accepted in the industry, and if the design is comfortable, you have not pushed what is possible far enough. By doing this, true innovation will be achieved.