"Learn-by-doing" PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy PENSOLE is starting 2017 off right with an exciting class and competition that focus on two large aspects of the footwear industry's future—material design and 3D design. Collaborating with Vibram, Autodesk and Wacom, the class and competition take note of the material experimentation and digital fabrication footwear trends we saw in 2016. The deadlines are quickly approaching, so you'll want to jump on this ASAP:
This hands-on, four-week intensive master class is extra exciting because it's PENSOLE's first class focused on material design—not to mention they're partnering with Vibram. The course is meant to expand participants' knowledge of material design, color design and branding, all in the realm of footwear.
In terms of actual curriculum, participating designers will design an athleisure shoe complete with a new Vibram outsole that each designer will design during the course—all in the presence of Vibram professionals. Why now? PENSOLE Material Director Suzette Henry believes that, "as industries shift how they manufacture, the need for specialized color and materials skills grows." We couldn't agree more.
PENSOLE, Autodesk and Wacom are in search for the best 3D designers to take part in this competition. To apply, select a footwear category from the ones provided, download Autodesk 360 (it's free) and get designing. The top 20 designs will be featured at FN Platform.
"3D design is the future of our industry, and with Autodesk's Fusion 360 software and Wacom's world class digital design equipment, we can provide aspiring footwear designers globally a platform to showcase their ability." —PENSOLE founder D’Wayne Edwards
Emily is a freelance writer based in NYC with an interest in all things design, specifically the design process. When she's not writing about design, Emily can either be found taking care of her 31 houseplants, going on "nature" walks in her neighborhood or studying Japanese. Before going freelance, Emily was an Editor at Core77.