Dick’s Sporting Goods Drives Product Innovation Through Co-Creation

Fortune 500 Retailer Relies on Breakthrough Co-Creation Site to Design and Develop New Products Faster and More Efficiently

PORTSMOUTH, NH – January 15, 2014 – MESH01, a leading provider of web-based co-creation solutions, has announced the recent completion of several design projects with DICK’S Sporting Goods, including the successful launch of an innovative boot for the retailer’s outdoor product line. Leveraging MESH01’s global community of talented designers and unique online process, DICK’S was able to debut the new men’s Vortex GTX Field Boot for the grand opening of its first Field & Stream store.
The MESH01 co-creation site provides DICK’S with secure access to thousands of experienced designers to work independently and simultaneously on a range of footwear, clothing, and other new products. By partnering with MESH01 and taking advantage of its easy-to-use briefing, submission, communication, and scoring process, DICK’S increases the number of design options, shortens development time, and delivers new products to market faster.
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PENSOLE: FNPLATFORM Challenge

FOOTWEAR DESIGNERS WANTED!

PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy in partnership with FNPLATFORM and STITCH FACTORY is pleased to announce the launch of the FN PLATFORM Challenge – a hands-on, 2-week intensive, footwear design Master Class created to identify and introduce aspiring footwear designers in Las Vegas to the art of footwear design.

After the 2-week Master class all 10 designers will attend the FN PLATFORM show at Magic, February 18-20, 2014 in Las Vegas where the winners will be announced.

Submission Deadline: January 15, 2014

Applicants must submit original shoe designs Hand Sketched and rendered in pencil or markers

Class Dates: January 20-31st

Register to Learn More

Nevada Designers Register Here
California Designers Register Here
Arizona Designers Register Here
Utah Designers Register Here

Future of Footwear 2013

 

 

Just over a month ago 20 designers where selected to attend PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy for a chance to prove that they are the “Future of Footwear”.   Over the last 3 weeks these students have learned from industry professionals ranging from design directors, design managers, designers, design recruiters and hiring managers.  See the results of the hard work put in by the students as they present their designs at 5pm PDT (July 12, 2013). Streaming live at: http://pensole.yourbrandlive.com/c/future-of-footwear/

 

After you watch the presentations VOTE for your favorite designs in each category.

  • Lifestylehttp://on.fb.me/1biNCDo
  • Performance:  Voting is now closed
  • Kids:  Voting is now closed
  • Made In USA:  Voting is now closed
  • Sustainable:  Voting is now closed
  • Dress:  Voting is now closed

July 19, starting at 4:00 p.m. PDT, see the final presentations by the 24 scholarship-winners of the 2013 PENSOLE Future of Footwear Awards and Master Class, held in partnership with FN PLATFORM the shoe show at MAGIC and Zappos.com.

And at 6:00 p.m. PDT the finalists who will be sent to Las Vegas next month for FN Platform will be announced LIVE!

Logon to http://pensole.yourbrandlive.com/c/future-of-footwear/

 

10 semi-finalists will be selected to have samples of their designs made and will be awarded a trip to Las Vegas to have their designs on display at the PENSOLE booth at FNPLATFORM, August 19-21, 2013. http://www.magiconline.com/fn-platform

 

Future of Footwear 2012 Dress Winner: Chris Dixon

 

As you wrap up your Future of Footwear submissions, we bring you the final installment in our 5-week series.  This week we catch up with Chris Dixon, 2012 Future of Footwear Dress winner. 

Did you have any footwear background prior to the Future of Footwear class? 

Prior to Future of footwear I studied graphic design at Harding University. I always sketched sneaker ideas but never really knew the correct process of designing footwear. I had my first big opportunity with footwear design when I competed and won Futuresole in 2010 (mentored by Benjamin Nethongkome). Attending Pensole Prep (Spring 12′) helped me gain more knowledge with the industry way of designing footwear. I can say my design journey has been a bit different than others.

Tell us about your experience in the Future of Footwear class.

Being Coached, mentored and taught by D’Wayne Edwards and Suzette Henry was priceless. From day one I knew it was going to be a tough challenge because of the talent level that was in my category.
Even though it was a competition, everyone in the Pensole studio was willing to help each other out in anyway possible which was weird but hey we were in Portland. We worked long hours as individuals and in teams. I was teamed up with Matthew DeAlmeida, Jared Fiorovich, Jan-Maarten Lubberts and Johnning.(3 of us won in our categories) I admired Matt’s sketching ability and Jared’s hands on skills so I sat close to those guys. We had a lot of guest from Nike and Jordan that came to share advice and critique our projects.  Seeing everyone work and enjoy what they were doing made the atmosphere just exciting. This was simply the best time I have had while competing for a life changing experience.

As part of the class, you where selected to attend the Platform tradeshow in Las Vegas, what was that like?

Making it to the show was very exciting because it was the first time we got a chance to hold our 3d models and samples. Seeing the world of footwear in one room was pretty daunting at first. As time went by it became fun to tell everyone about our different projects and Pensole Design Academy. Since this was the first time a school was in the show we got a great deal of attention. The live voting made people want to get involved and support there favorite project. I would say the coolest thing that happened at the booth was a lot of different buyers were approaching me to place orders for my design. That made me feel like a winner before they announced the winners.

You where selected as the winner of the Future of Footwear in the Dress shoe category.  Can you tell us about your design?

My challenge was to make a shoe for a woman that would make  www.highsnobiety.com. My brief was to design a high heel for the fashion forward business woman. I wanted to focus on a very successful business women feeling and looking her best throughout her busy day. Her surroundings throughout her day became my inspiration as well as the design story. It came together nicely  because I created a particular high class lifestyle I called the diamond lifestyle which started Diamond Lifestyle Collection .

At the Platform tradeshow, you where presented with a pullover of your design.  What was it like to see a pullover of your design for the first time?

That was crazy. I was the last to make it to Vegas so everyone was waiting to see my design. I was extremely excited to see it because of the complexity of the heel.  When DE pulled it out the box it made me think about all the sleep I missed and the headaches of finding the design was well worth it. It is a feeling that never gets old.

What have you been up to over the last 8 months, since I saw you in Las Vegas for the FoF 2012?

For the Last 8 months I have been working on my first collection including this design. I had a chance to work with Suzette Henry in Italy at the Lineapelle materials show, which was incredible. She helped me with shopping the show and basically finding the best materials. Other than that it has been just the beautiful struggle of finding factories and making progress as an independent designer.

What advice do you have for designers looking to be apart of the Future of Footwear class of 2013?

Future of Footwear will give you the experience that you just will not get any where else. I will advice you to try to earn a spot!

Great advice! You can submit your designs to earn a spot HERE

Future of Footwear 2012 Skate Winner: Jared Fiorovich

Hopefully you are all hard at work on your submissions for this year’s Future of Footwear class.  The deadline is only days away.  Take a break for minute as we catch up with Jared Fiorovich, 2012 Future of Footwear Skate winner.

Did you have any footwear background prior to the Future of Footwear class?
I’ve been riding a skateboard most my life and have been interested in footwear just as long, I was always trying to find a way to improve performance and durability.  I sketched lots shoes over the years and eventually started deconstruction, reconstructing and making my own shoes to skateboard in. The first big step I took towards shoe design was a class at Art Center by Grant Delgatty in 2011, then I got in to Pensole prep class in 2012.

Tell us about your experience in the Future of Footwear class.
Future of Footwear was one of the best experiences of my life. There was so much information and knowledge to absorb every second, from D’Wayne Edwards to every person who stepped into PENSOLE. It was inspiring to have these amazing individuals helping in the class and with our projects. It made me want to work my hardest and and strive to produce better work.

As part of the class, you where selected to attend the Platform trade show in Las Vegas, what was that like?
Wow! At the Trade show there were shoes and materials as far as the eye can see, it was crazy. It was a great experience to present my project to professionals in the industry and meet new people.

You where selected as the winner of the Future of Footwear in the Skate shoe category.  Can you tell us about your design?’
“The Rebar” Is high top performance skateboard shoe, I designed with ankle protection in mind. The main inspiration for this shoe is  the way skateboarders make pools and DIY skate spots. First they stack ruble or carve earth to the shape of the desired obstacle, Then they bend and lay down rebar to support the form and poor concrete to hold it all together and provide a flowing surface to skate on. I took that concept and and applied it to my design. The embossed underlay is the support like the rebar. The suede is like the smooth flowing concrete, the uninterrupted surface the skateboard comes in contact with. With no seams to blow out in high abrasion areas and attention to the movement of the foot the “Rebar” is a true performance skateboard shoe.

At the Platform trade show, you where presented with a pullover of your design.  What was it like to see a pullover of your design for the first time?
To see the first sample was the coolest thing ever, the shock still hasn’t worn off! My design sewn together and attached to a sole that I designed for skateboarding. When I was a kid I thought the only way to influence a skateboard shoe was to become a pro skateboarder. but now I have a sample of a skate shoe I design with my name on it. Its a dream come true.

What have you been up to over the last 8 months, since I saw you in Las Vegas for the FoF 2012?
Working on many new projects, skateboarding, and exploring the world around me.

What advice do you have for designers looking to be apart of the Future of Footwear class of 2013?
Do “your” best.

Jared, it was good catching up.  Thank your for taking the time.

Register Here to learn more about Future of Footwear 2013

Future of Footwear 2012 Kids Winner: Sarah S4 Sabino

For the 3rd installment in our 5 week series, we catch up with Sarah Sabino, 2012 Future of Footwear Kids winner.  We talked about her experience at PENSOLE and the family she gained as result.

Did you have any footwear background prior to the Future of Footwear class? (study Industrial Design in college, draw footwear just for fun, school project, internship, etc.)

I have been drawing footwear since I was in High School, but it wasn’t until I got to college where I learned that my passion for sneakers and art could be turned into a career.  I attend Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston where I studied Industrial Design for a year and more recently, switched concentrations to painting. As a sophomore at MassArt two very big things happened that changed my life forever.  I received an internship at Stride Rite Children’s group where my dreams of becoming a footwear designer was put in play as I worked with designers on children’s shoe projects.  This opportunity for me, was very much learning about the industry that I saw myself working in, and every part of the job became more and more what I could see myself doing for a lifetime.  That same summer, Nike and Jordan Brand sponsored a design competition called Future Sole.  I had entered the Jordan brand competition where I could only hope that I would be discovered and receive a dream opportunity to present my design at WHQ.  A few weeks after entering, I found myself 1 of six semi-finalists out of the country and the only girl.  At that very moment of seeing my own design on the website I knew that this dream was really attainable.  Although I didn’t win the competition I learned a very valuable lesson of networking, and the winner of  the competition became one of my best friends and role models Christopher Dixon.  After that Summer in the fall of 2010, I was blessed through a mutual connection to meet D’wayne Edwards who is the creator of Pensole, and coincidentally, the creator of Future Sole.   Knowing who I was when he met me, and seeing the passion I had, D’wayne had invited me to take part in a course in Oregon where I would be able to learn skills from himself and other talented designers at University of Oregon.  I attended the course and fell in love with every part of it.  I met aspiring designers from all around the world, as well as Designers at Nike and Jordan who made me realize that anything is possible.  Pensole became an experience like no other.

Tell us about your experience in the Future of Footwear class

The Future of Footwear class for me was an experience that was not only as fulfilling as my first Pensole experience, but magically even more exciting.  This time around instead of just learning about the concepts of footwear design and working with a group to create projects, we were competing for a spot at the MAGIC footwear showcase where our designs would be chosen as the Future of Footwear.  Each day at Pensole x FOF was something new.  Whether it was learning some skill from a classmate that would help you, or seeing Top designers from Nike, Adidas, Jordan and more walk through the door to give you feedback on your projects, every day was a surprise that kept you on your A-Game for sure. That Summer, the PENSOLE studio became our home as many of us would spend up until 3-4am working on our projects, because as D’wayne says, “You never know who is going to walk through that door” we wanted to make sure we were truly putting in all of our effort.  Although it sounds great to meet top designers and compete for an amazing prize, for myself, this experience was WAY more than that.  It was the summer of 2012 at FOF that I made a true family of sole brothers that are amazing and inspiring.  The thing about Pensole that people don’t realize is that the “un-advertised” reward you gain is a truly amazing network of people who will be part of your life and family forever.  Winning the prize was only half the reward of what i have gained through the FOF class, but the real reward is being able to call amazing, inspiring people my family.

As part of the class, you where selected to attend the Platform trade show in Las Vegas. That had to be crazy.

I am not much of a traveler, prior to Pensole I have never left New England.  So flying into Las Vegas was such an exciting experience.  As we landed, I could feel the anxiety and excited-ness (I just created that word for you) inside of me.  The way the summer had worked was we found out that we were the winners of FOF and then returned to our homes for a month before Las Vegas,  so I had not seen my Sole-brothers and Dwayne for an entire month! I think I was more excited to see them than anything!  We attended the MAGIC Trade show for a week, where each day we presented our projects to over 1,600 footwear companies.  The A-game was brought as the 10 of us became salesmen and in my case a sales woman for our Designs.  The first day at the trade show we were given a pullover sample of our design ( which is referring to the first sample of our designs from the factory).  For myself, it was the first time seeing a design I made into 3d.  It was such an amazing feeling to see myself and my peers shoes and to be able to actually hold them.  As the days panned out more an more people came by the booth to see us present our projects.  I even got the opportunity to present my shoe to the CEO of Sketchers Robert Greenberg who is D’wayne’s very own mentor.  On the final day in the booth a very large crowd began to form around us, lots of cameras and Press began to surround us.  As I looked around at my peers we realized that the moment that they would announce the winners was beginning to happen. I was so nervous  as I heard my name being called to come and receive my award.  I could not believe that I won. I was so proud of my sole brothers because in my eyes everyone was a winner. 

You where selected as the winner of the Future of Footwear in the Kids category.  Can you tell us about your design?

I was assigned a brief to design a shoe for best friends. I began by focusing on children when they first begin to make friends. I looked back to when I was younger and remembered some of the first friendships I had. What was it about those relationships that helped me remember them?  I thought about different ways children interact and spark up new conversations.  Two major friend-making elements stood out to me from my past,  friendship bracelets and Pokemon cards.  What I liked most about these elements was the idea behind building and trading things for and with your friends. Some of the first concepts I had come up with ranged from shoes that had bracelets as fasteners, a secret note hider shoe, shoes that spelled out names on the upper. All of these ideas led to my final design which is a shoe that is completely interchangeable and built by kids.  It is composed of 4 main parts, 3 that build the upper, and an outsole.  The three pieces on the upper are removable and the can be woven together and traded out with other pieces.  The idea behind the shoe is that it will be sold in one color and in order for children to get more colors on their shoes they can customize and trade with other friends. So the more colors on your feet show how many interactions you have made with new friends.

You mentioned being presented with a pullover of your design.  What was it like to see a pullover of your design for the first time?

As a designer your craft is typically what comes out of your brain translated through your hand and onto paper.  Seeing this idea turned into an actual physical model is like giving birth to your design.  We all worked so hard on our projects, and for most of us this was the first time an actual shoe we had designed was created in a factory.  It feels like your holding your dreams in your hands; there’s no other way to describe it. Because my final design had an interchangeable upper, D’wayne handed me a shoebox filled with 30 pieces and 4 outsoles and smiled as he said “Get ready to get to work” .  I couldn’t wait to start putting together my model. I still can’t believe its real.

What have you been up to over the last 8 months, since I saw you in Las Vegas for the FoF 2012?

I’ve been working mostly on graduating college so that I can become a designer in the industry.  I have been painting a lot and working on my portfolio.  I have also been trying to give back to the community by working with an organization called Sneakers for Success.  It is a program set up similarly to Pensole where we teach kids about footwear, but we focus on more than design. We use the footwear industry as a gateway to get youth to think and learn about different types of jobs in the industry, anywhere from marketing to color trends we try to teach Kids that they can get a career in anything they are interested in.  Its a great feeling to give back,  Currently we are working with a younger group from 7 -14 years old on a project called “Sole Searching”.  The project is asking kids to create any type of creative project whether its a poem, picture, or design, of something that they are interested in the footwear industry.  In the summer we will have a showcase that will double as my Senior Show as I will display my artwork alongside my students projects. Its a pretty great opportunity and it has taught me the importance of classes such as PENSOLE.  I hope to truly make a difference in the world.  After graduation, I plan to continue my work with S4S and get a job in the industry!

What advice do you have for designers looking to be apart of the Future of Footwear class of 2013?

My advice in terms of design is to be as open minded as possible.  Designing footwear doesn’t mean that you have to make something you would see on the shelves at Footlocker.  Designing footwear means your solving a problem that a person has during a specific activity, and you just so happened to be creating something that will help their feet. Try to think of things that haven’t been done before, and be your own brand, don’t design the Nike or Reebok way, design the YOU way!  Don’t be scared of your imagination it will take you very far in this competition.  Most importantly, have FUN!! it shows the most if you truly loved your project, chances are, others will too!

Sarah, Thanks for taking the time. 

Register Here to learn more about Future of Footwear 2013


Future of Footwear 2012 Lifestyle Winner: Jonning Chng

This week we have part 2 of our 5 weeks series, catching up with the 2012 Future of Footwear winners.  By now many of you are hard at work on your PENSOLE: 2013 Future of Footwear submissions, but you will not want to miss as we catch up with Jonning Chng.  Jonning’s Sneaker Freaker design earned him Future of Footwear in the Lifestyle category.

Did you have any background in footwear prior to the Future of Footwear class?
I have a background in Industrial design, and am a sucker for sneakers.  By marrying the 2 things I love to do, I developed a passion in footwear design.  Prior to FoF class, I had been working closely with a local sneaker store designing collaborative SMU releases.

What was the Future of Footwear class like?
My experience in the FoF class was great! The level of creativity in the class was just amazing, and to be able to interact with like-minded people that share similar passion enhances the whole learning experience.  The main take away for me was the friends I’ve made in the short time with we’ve spent as a class.

As part of the class, you where selected to attend the Platform trade show in Las Vegas, what was that like?
It was definitely an eye opener as it was also the first time for me to be in Vegas.  At the trade show we showcased our projects to the public.  It was a great platform to receive feedback from professionals and to gauge ourselves against the industry standards.

You where selected as the winner of the Future of Footwear in the Lifestyle category.  Can you tell us about your design?
I was designing a spring/summer lifestyle shoe for Sneaker Freaker, which is to be inspired by the adidas ZX running range of products.  One of the first things I did was get in touch with Woody, the founder of Sneaker Freaker.  His all time favourite ZX model was the ZX8000 that was a 90s classic.  The fact that Woody liked everything about the original design was quite a challenge for me – I didn’t want to be seen as the one to spoil such a classic design.  So I decided that I want to retain the classic running shoe aesthetics, while exploring into using high performance and ‘futuristic’ materials and finishing.

I drew aesthetic hints inspired from iconic architectural structures in Melbourne, Australia (where Sneaker Freaker is based at). The design tells a story of high breathability with mesh webbing on the vamp and quarter panels – suitable for those warm summer days.  Overlaying the mesh is Bone White 3M reflective leather.  The reflective treatment on the upper gives the shoe a ‘surprising’ glow when light shines on them – transforming a classic looking shoe into a head turner.  Under laying the quarter mesh is a midfoot lock down system that is inspired by the Webb Bridge structure.  The glossy white TPU heel counter is a throw back to the original design and seeks design styling from the Plymouth Roadrunner 1972 – Woody’s favorite car.  The toe cap and heel panel flows continuously overlaying the midsole, revealing the centre die-cut detail.  The die-cut midsole reduces material used and allows you to see-thru from the sides, highlighting the essence of airflow and light weightiness.  ‘Icy’ translucent treatment on the outsole gives the shoe a ‘cool’ vibe.  Finally subtle hits of grenadine red accents on the shoe pays tribute to the Sneaker Freaker brand.  I call this shoe CHEECH, the name of Woody’s pet beagle – which is the main inspiration of my color story.

At the Platform trade show, you where presented with a pullover of your design.  What was it like to see a pullover of your design for the first time?
Awesome!  The feeling of seeing, touching, smelling 4 weeks of hard work  in your hands is indescribable.  Though I have had samples made before, this time it felt different.  This time, every detail on the shoe are designed by me.

What have you been up to over the last 8 months, since I saw you in Las Vegas for the FoF 2012?
I’m now designing casual lifestyle shoes for a local company.

Congrats!

What advice do you have for designers looking to be apart of the Future of Footwear class of 2013?
Go for it! And while you’re at it, keep an open mind – be receptive to feedback.  And most importantly enjoy the experience!

Jonning, Thanks for taking the time. 

Register Here to learn more about Future of Footwear 2013

Future of Footwear 2012 Athletic Winner: Aric Armon

As I’m sure you have seen we are now taking submissions for PENSOLE: Future of Footwear 2013.  In order to help get your creative juices flowing we decided to reach out to last years winners so that you can hear, straight from them, what FOF is all about.  Over the next 5 weeks we will catch up with each of the winners so that you can see the designs that earned them the title Future of Footwear 2012.

First up is Aric Armon, whose Basketball shoe earned him the Future of Footwear in the Athletic category.

First of all congratulations, it was great meeting you at the FN Platform trade show.  Did you have any footwear background prior to the Future of Footwear class?
I always had an interest in footwear design. At the time I was finishing up my degree in Industrial Design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and from time to time I would sketch shoes in my notebooks whenever I had extra time. It was always just a fun thing to draw. But the biggest crash course I had in footwear design was in the Adidas Pensole class a few weeks before the Future of Footwear class. That is where I learned the most about the process of designing footwear and realized there is a huge difference between “sketching shoes” and “designing shoes”.

Tell us about your experience in the Future of Footwear class.
That class was one of the best experiences of my life. Being around all of my fellow classmates, who all came from different backgrounds, really opened my eyes to a lot of possibilities. Everyone there shared the same passion I had and it pushed me to do my best. The truth is I have never worked so hard on a project and not have it feel like work. I really learned a lot about the process, which is really unique to footwear, from ideation to tech packs. There was so much to learn and experience, from D’wayne teaching us about design, to footwear legends like E. Scott coming in and helping us with our projects; I just wanted to soak it all in.

As part of the class, you where selected to attend the Platform trade show in Las Vegas, what was that like?
The trade show was another awesome experience. During the show we casually talked to people walking by about our projects and by about the twentieth time explaining my concept, I had my story down. It was definitely an eye-opener in regards to being able to explain what I had done and doing it in a way that was quick and interesting, which is often the hardest part of presenting any project. I also got to meet a lot of people from the industry which opened up a lot more opportunities for me.

You where selected as the winner of the Future of Footwear in the Athletic shoe category.  Can you tell us about your design?
Yea, I was tasked with creating a basketball shoe for a new company called Drive Nation. So I began my process by thinking about my consumer and what a 14 year old kid would want in a shoe. I remembered being that age and going through those summer growth spurts and what that meant for my shoes. I would grow out of my shoes in literally a couple months so when I bought a new pair, I would buy a shoe that was too big, anticipating that I would grow into it. This obviously led to other issues with blisters because my feet would be sliding around on the inside of my shoes. So I focused on a lockdown fit system for the mid foot which would help to alleviate some of that sliding. After that I decided to build the shoe by only adding what was necessary; a toe box that kept the foot secure in lateral movements, and two heel “wings” to keep your heel locked down to the midsole. I then brought the midsole up around the heel to further resist the ” blowout” which occurs during cuts. Aesthetically I was inspired by the spear, which is what drive nation’s logo was inspired by, so I wanted to create a very angular and chiseled look to the shoe.

At the Platform trade show, you where presented with a pullover.  What was it like to see a pullover of your design for the first time?
I was in awe, It felt like Christmas or like I had just given birth to something. It was a crazy feeling seeing something come from your head and into your hands. I swear my cheeks hurt from smiling so much.

What have you been up to over the last 8 months, since I saw you in Las Vegas for the FoF 2012?
Well I finished up my last semester at school and graduated with my degree in Industrial design. A few weeks after graduation I moved up here to Portland to intern as a footwear designer at Adidas. It has been a pretty busy year for me. Congrats

What advice do you have for designers looking to be apart of the Future of Footwear class of 2013?

I would say that if you have a passion for footwear design then there is no reason not to. The class isn’t about who can draw the best, or who has the most experience; It’s truly about who has the passion for it. So regardless of skill level, you should submit something that shows your ability to think from a unique perspective, don’t do anything that is already out there or is expected.

Aric, Thank you for your time.   

Register Here to learn more about Future of Footwear 2013

 

 

MESH01 2012 Designer of the Year: 3Design

We are proud to announce that the 2012 MESH01 Designer of the Year is none other than 3Design. In 2012 3Design led the pack finishing 1st in 5 different projects, 2nd on 3 occasions, and 3rd once.  You may have read our blog featuring his designs back in November, but I had the chance to catch up with him again to learn more about his background in design.

How did you learn about MESH01?
Visiting design sites, one day I saw the publication named the MESH01, I entered the link, and saw that it was a site dedicated to product design competitions, so I started to participate in it.

Had you participated in any design competitions before?
Yes, but nothing compared to MESH01 competition or on-line. Here in Brazil, there is a contest to highlight designers to market “TOP OF STYLE”.  This happens only once a year, like those contests taking place in Italy and other countries such as Thailand and Japan.

Can you tell us about your path towards becoming an Industrial designer?
Well, nothing too complicated. I come from a family of traditional modelers, and was always surrounded by information on product development and marketing, so I began to put my ideas into practice, with the help of graphical computing. First with marketing and advertising, then I majored in technical footwear and later industrial design, always looking for the 3D digital world, rapid prototyping, robotics and modeling speed. After a while there began to appear opportunities to create products for businesses in the city where I live, and later to companies from other cities in Brazil.

What are some of the highlights of your career to date?
Nothing too great, but with a sense of gratification, having the opportunity to create many products that have been very well accepted in the Brazilian market and for export.

What do you feel makes your designs and style different/unique from others?
I feel totally the will to create all projects in 3D/DIGITAL modeling, from start to finish, but with a small contribution from 2D sketches, something like / 3D 85% – 15% 2D.

Who are some of the designers / artists that you pull your inspiration from?
I’m always looking for a way to create a form and a style unique and unparalleled, but when lacking inspiration, I always have on hand architecture books, technology, automotive and decorative, and 3D movies.

Where can designers go to see more of your work?
Here on MESH01, but also COROFLOT and FACEBOOK

Thank you for the interview, can you offer any words of advice to the other designers out there in the MESH01 community? “Feed the DNA of creativity, always,” and always alert because ideas and opportunities should not be discarded.

You can see MESH01′s Top 10 Designers of 2012 Here