Design Studio Live

Starting tonight you will have the opportunity to vote for the first winner of the ENKWSA Design Studio Live.  We thought we might get things kicked off by introducing you to the 6 designers who are competing live.  Do not forget to check in to the live feed at: www.mesh01.com/enkwsa to see the designers progress.  Voting for your favorite design will begin 8 PM (PST) August 8th and run until 10 AM (PST) August 9th.

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 YeezelWorks:

From which designers / artists do you pull your greatest inspirations?

Off the top of my head…

For forms: Zaha Hadid, Chris Bangle, De Silva

For Automotive and Entertainment Design: Daniel Simons, Viktor Antonov, Jonathan Jacques-Belletête

For Ergonomics: Charles and Ray Eames and Henry Dreyfuss.

On a personal level: Mike Tsay from Honda Interior Design for helping me find my own design approach…. JP Schowalter (Honda Interior Designer) for my drawing techniques.

How do you see design’s role in society?

Design plays a huge role in society to me, because I believe that it is the only profession that directly pushes new ways of thinking to everyone in our society… Through out my experience in Industrial design serves the role of being middle person, the one who has to bring the Marketing, Management, Engineers and other specialist to the table to make definitive decisions to make things going forward… Currently, I hope that design will someday more directly influence policy and government.

It will however become more diversified and specialized in respects to the many different roles and needs needed in each industry.  The rise in user interfaces is obviously one of the largest changes with degrees like UX and Interaction Design further growing.  Medical design unfortunately from a few conferences that I have been to Design has to take a back seat in decision processes do to the need of specialists in FDA terminology, regulation, and procedures.

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Quetzal:

From which designers / artists do you pull your greatest inspirations?

Es dificil mencionar sólo algunos habiendo tantos y tan grandes diseñadores y artistas, sin embargo algunos
de mis favoritos en el ramo del diseño de calzado son por supuesto Eric Avar, Tinker Hatfield y Brian Foresta, y
artistas plásticos como Francisco Toledo, Bernardo Rosendo, Alejandro Colunga -quién por cierto diseña
zapatos increíbles-, Zaha Hadid tambien hace amazing things, Dalí, Klimt, Rietveld, Panton, Arad, Warhol,no
sé, hay muchisimos! Obviamente mi familia y amigos y la chica que me besa son una gran inspiración y
motivación para seguir moviendome.

It’s hard to name a few having so many great designers and artists, but some of my favorites in the field of
footwear design are of course Eric Avar, Tinker Hatfield and Brian Foresta, and artists like Francisco Toledo,
Bernardo Rosendo, Alejandro Colunga, who designs incredible shoes, Zaha Hadid also does amazing things,
Dali, Klimt, Rietveld, Panton, Arad, Warhol, I don’t know, there are a lot! Obviously my family and friends and
the girl who kisses me are a great inspiration and motivation to keep moving.

How do you see designs role in society?

Como diseñadores tenemos una responsabilidad enorme, necesitamos tomar conciencia del impacto que
genera los productos que hacemos, usar los recursos de nuestro planeta con responsabilidad y tener ética y
en base a principios como éstos, buscar el desarrollo de nuestras comunidades, pero un desarrollo
sustentable.

As designers we have a huge responsibility, we need to be conscious of the impact caused by the products we
make, use the resources of our planet with responsibility and be ethical and based on principles like these,
pursue the development of our communities, but a sustainable development.

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MWalters03:

From which designers / artists do you pull your greatest inspirations?

Turning on my iPod on and drifting away to my music is where I am able to find almost all of my inspiration.  Favorites include Radiohead, Fleet Foxes and Pickwick.

How do you see designs role in society?

This is a tough because this is a very broad question. Design controls the world we live in and can have both a positive and negative impact. Design can be as simple as a finger painting done in a first grade class, to a social media website that connects billions of people, to weapons that partake in violence and wars.

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ColeAndrew:

From which designers / artists do you pull your greatest inspirations?

I pull the majority of my inspirations from no specific place. If I see something I like, I decide to incorporate it. Of course, big names like Nike and Adidas always catch my eye, but I also go into names like Kate Spade to incorporate a wide range of ideas and designs. I tend to let fashion in movies and music culture influence me as well.

How do you see designs role in society?

Design has one of the greatest roles in society. Design influences the way people act, dress, how they move, work, and on and on. Design makes people, their actions, and places become their own. Design allows expression.

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NickD:

From which designers / artists do you pull your greatest inspirations?

Most of my success would not be possible if not for D’Wayne Edwards.  His story inspires me and If not for his desire to give back with starting Future Sole and Pensole I do not know where I would be today.  I may have pursued a career as a strength coach, who knows.  He inspires me to pay it forward.  I could list the work of all the successful designers I have had the pleasure of meeting but the inspiration I draw from them is not as much from their designs as it is from their approach to design.  Much of my inspiration comes from athletes.  I see them as artist in a way.  Especially to study the best at their sport.  The way they execute with precision and move so gracefully, it’s beautiful and inspiring.  And with shoes it is important to pay attention to that because in the end the design has to work in unison with the body.  The G.O.A.T. though for me is God.  Just look at all he created, truly amazing.  How can you not be inspired.

How do you see designs role in society?

Design is for the betterment of society.  Just think about a world with no design.  You would have to go back to the beginning of time.  Even the stone age has design.  As quality of design increases you could argue so does quality of life.  Design is a tool to be utilized to solve problems and create a better life for those affected. The impact of designing a shoe to improve performance may seem large but is really so small when compared to a product that can bring clean water or electricity to those without.
While I do love shoes I have come to realize that there is more to design than shoes and making money.  Thus, I would like to use footwear as a catalyst to create change for the greater good.

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BLR:

From which designers | artists do you pull your greatest inspirations?

First and foremost I have to thank Dwayne Edwards, Matt Rhodes, Suzette Henri, and Sean O. Williams. Without their advice and guidance, I know I wouldn’t be here right now. After that it’s really just all the guys around me right now. It’s all the other young designers that are also hungry to break into the footwear industry. It’s those people you learn from. You not only derive design inspiration from them, but you also get a bit of motivation. I know that if I’m not working to get better, one of those guys is.

How do you see design’s role in society?

Design’s role in society is a giant question. Design at its core is about enhancing people’s lives, but there is a financial side that cannot be ignored. Every product is on some level measured by its success in the market. While this may limit design in one way, I think that it actually puts the perfect amount of constraints on designers.  Market success depends on the faith of your consumer. If you can get them to believe in your message, they will follow you anywhere. This scenario forces designers to go out into the real world and find real problems. Finding these problems leads to great stories getting a chance to be told. These stories are in turn relatable to your consumer.  After all of this you end up with a product that is not only a market success, but it also points back to design’s core value of enhancing people’s lives.