Exciting news for aspiring sneaker designers: The Pensole Footwear Design Academy, in collaboration with the City of Portland, is providing an opportunity to have your questions about the industry answered by the pros. At the end of each session in their upcoming Saturday School program, Pensole founder D'Wayne Edwards is
Designer Roderick Pieters has teamed up with Japan's Proef to launch Loper, a shoe line that responds to workers' health issues and reduces waste. After studying shoe design and manufacture, Pieters began thinking about the harmful working conditions and wasteful use cycle associated with keeping our feet neat. Glued-sole
Don't merely break the rules, change the game: This self-starter should demonstrate a strong understanding of construction, graphics, color and materials in creating compelling themed-based designs that are trend relevant. They should have a BA, BS, BFA in Industrial Design, Graphic Design, or Fashion/Apparel and 3-5 years of footwear experience.
Ankle braces are often very uncomfortable to put on and wear underneath your shoes (not to mention an eye sore). Why can't athletic shoes have ankle braces built into their design to eliminate the need for separate supports? I set out to address this problem. During the research stage, I
In Milan, Nike staged a large-scale installation celebrating the spirit of material innovation and the Nature of Motion through collaborations with an international cadre of talented designers and a joyful display of the imaginings of their in-house design team. With a focus on the evolution of the Nike running shoe—from
Ideal candidates have an understanding of the relative market, an eye for identifying volume styles and an ability to translate high-level inspiration into relevant designs and price points for mass-market retailers. Applicants should have 3+ years experience and the ability to design concepts and products for multiple brands and genders.
Each day our editors will roundup our favorite sights and projects from Salone Milan Design Week. Today we look at highlights from some satellite shows in Brera, San Gregorio and Largo Isarco. To the Baths - The students of Creative Academy, the design school of the luxury goods group Richemont (their portfolio
For the first time Kmart is extending an invitation to experienced and talented FOOTWEAR DESIGNERS to relocate! You'll undertake significant trend forecasting, researching and developing footwear products from concept to final sign off. You'll need to complete technical sketches, detail/fabric specific, quality focussed and design to a competitive price point.
When Nike came through with an actual pair of self-lacing Mags, presented to Michael J. Fox on October 21st, 2015, we all thought the Back to the Future callback was cool. What we didn't expect was that Nike would actually pursue the technology in order to provide practical benefits to
Think flip flops should be confined to locker room showers and beach bumming? Leave it to a French designer to rescue the lowly plastic sandal from the dredges of the fashion faux pas. Philippe Starck has teamed up with Brazilian sandal brand Ipanema to introduce a modern flip flop that
Nike has announced the KD8, Kevin Durant's 8th signature shoe, and this one appears to be a technical doozy. In a boundary-pushing move, designer Leo Chang (Nike's Basketball Footwear Design Director) and team opted for a low-top form, at least visually; but stretching upwards, past the upper, is a sort
After the initial euphoria of graduating college begins to dissipate, a far more annoying voice takes up residence in your mind, persistently asking you that impossible question: "What Now?!" It's likely the first time in your life that you lack a clear structure or path forward—the next step is all
Come take part in an exciting 24-month journey! The adidas Design Academy, focused on Apparel, Footwear or Graphic design, includes multiple departmental rotations every 5-6 months, including one assignment abroad. Creators will gain cross-functional knowledge in a 4-week rotation with the Brand Design, Product Marketing or Development teams.
I became so fascinated by Jeremy Atkinson's strange-looking tools (seen in the "Tales of Forgotten Crafts" video) that I had to look into them. And I'm glad I did. Because those three ancient, weirdly-shaped pieces of iron surprisingly enable Atkinson to perform a task that would be a challenge to
Can you imagine being the last industrial/graphic/fashion/interior designer, not just in your town, but in your country? Imagine that design is not being taught anymore and you are literally the last person to possess the skills within your specialty. What would you do? Continue to work on your projects until
Ideal applicants have a degree in product design or industrial design and 3-5+ years of footwear design experience with a well-established outdoor or athletic footwear brand. Passionate, self-starting, pragmatic candidates with advanced knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, Adobe Acrobat Professional 11, and Rhino 3D/Modo are quintessential to this position.
Talented footwear designers among you, here's a competition that's too good to pass up: The winner of the Pensole World Sneaker Championship will not only snag $20,016, but will see their winning design go into production and be offered for sale at Foot Locker. Oh yeah, and one other thing:
You'll recommend and execute design modifications for new and carryover products so you must not only possess a broad knowledge of footwear and accessory design and development but also a knowledge of general design processes from concept to commercialization. You should have 3+ years experience with footwear and leather goods.
Under supervision of senior designers, you'll work with the Product Development team to produce concepts for color, material, and graphic applications on footwear in alignment with brand creative direction. You should have a Bachelor’s in Industrial, Graphic, Fashion Design or equivalent and knowledge of shoe construction and the manufacturing process.
This year we saw a variety of designers attempting to produce truly innovative footwear. Which they will increasingly need to do at a fast rate, since Counterfeit Sneakers are Now Manufactured So Well, Even Experts Can't Tell the Difference. What was most promising about this year's footwear innovations was not
Here's a crowdfunding campaign that merits skepticism—yet has netted $350,000 on a $25,000 goal. Are backers being had? A startup called ShiftWear claims they can produce sneakers wrapped in a flexible HD display that can change patterns on the fly. They're saying they'll be ready by next year, and here's
You’ll have several years under your belt designing soft goods – think backpacks, footwear, technical outerwear and leather goods like wallets. For you, good design isn’t finished until it’s actually in customers hands, working and being loved. You'll enjoy working in the lab to create prototypes that test your concepts.
The sheer breadth of furniture design subcategories, particularly within the luxury space, never ceases to fascinate us. Initially we were tickled to see this handsome Modular Wooden Shoe Rack: Made in Italy and consisting of 12 individual boxes that interlock, it initially seems to be a worthy luxury object that
Just when you thought that sneaker technology could be advanced no further, Adidas has launched its Futurecraft Leather Superstar, an ultra-limited-edition version of its classic sneaker crafted from one seamless piece of leather. The FLS is the result of a collaboration between Adidas, the London industrial designer Alexander Taylor
"Why do shoes," asked a reader on our forums, "have shoelaces?" I've often wondered the same thing. I hate tying shoelaces and leave them permanently knotted, so I scrunchily rub my kicks against one another when taking them off or putting them on. As I result, I go through a
In your opinion, which of these animals is more majestic? To an American the choice is obvious, and there's a reason Don Henley didn't co-found The Ostriches. But as far as which animal we humans have more in common with, it's the latter bird. That's because ostriches run on two
When designing performance footwear, sneaker companies like Nike and Adidas will always starts with the shape of the human foot. A keen understanding of its structure then leads its designers to add support and cushioning in the appropriate places. But when designing footwear less demanding in its needs—say, the house
We thought it wouldn't happen, but yesterday Nike reps did indeed visit Michael J. Fox and present him with a working pair of Nike Mags! Modeled after the sneakers with "power laces" that Nike devised for Back to the Future II, the Mags appear identical to what we saw in
Occupying the Imperial College Union Building and its leafy courtyard just south of the Royal Albert Hall, scientists, designers and engineers showcased their projects aiming to enhance the basic ingredients for a better life. Research topics included 'Freedom to explore', 'A place to call home', 'Space to create', and 'Health
I have plenty of female friends who enjoy wearing high heels for their aesthetic value, but I don't know a single one who claims they're comfortable. And I think we've all seen the woman with the spaghetti strap dress walking home from the party barefoot at the end of the
Earlier we told you about Steven Kaufman, the father that designed easy-on/easy-off shoes after his son was diagnosed with scoliosis. Kaufman deserves all the credit in the world because he undertook the project as a lone entrepreneur. But we're also thrilled to see that the corporate giant of the footwear
One of my pet peeves is that I can't find durable footwear. Every year my sneakers seem to wear out faster than the year before. But that is a lament of the privileged. For children in developing nations who are lucky enough to get shoes, they do not last long
With the woodchipper fired up, the men began tossing $1 million worth of brand-new sneakers into it. Nike, Adidas, Vans, Converse, it didn't matter what it said on the label; all 150,000 pairs were counterfeits,
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