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2013 Designer of the Year

We are proud to announce that the 2013 MESH01 Designer of the Year is none other than Trev. In 2013 3Design led the pack finishing 1st in 2 different projects, 2nd on 3 occasions, and 3rd once.  I had the chance to catch up with him again to learn more about his background in design.

How did you learn about MESH01?

Rebooting my footwear design career in 2011 after a hiatus, I randomly discovered Mesh01 as I was doing various footwear searches but did not enter. A year later, a footwear design recruiter found my new portfolio on Coroflot and suggested that I enter some Mesh01 competitions to help revitalize my skills.

Had you participated in a design competition before?

Not in footwear, but for portrait drawing.

 Can you tell us about your path towards becoming an Industrial designer?

I was born with it, always drawing and designing spaceships, jets, medieval fantasy characters, bmx bikes, game consoles and even whole computer systems. As teenagers in a spacious rural village with access to construction materials and tools, we built everything from go-carts to bow and arrows to mini camps, complete with a working wood stove, insulated walls, water-tight roofs, sleeping bunks and even lights powered by a (cough) stolen car battery. For a high school wood-working project, I designed and built my own drawing/ computer desk.

It wasn’t until I discovered shoes at about age thirteen that began to dream about being a designer. I had no clue how to do that, so I created some concepts and mailed them off to Nike, my hero brand at the time. They personally replied, telling me that most of their designers have Industrial Design degrees. So I went to school for ID and got a job as a Junior Designer job with the Power brand in Toronto, Ontario.

Three years later I was on my own freelancing for the same brand, but I got creatively frustrated with the medium market limitations; shoe design went from a passion to grueling work. I had the creative fire of a volcano but didn’t yet learn how to channel it like a flame thrower to properly serve the brand and market, so I went dormant instead.

Moving on from the shoe industry altogether and bouncing around regular jobs to pay the bills but brought little satisfaction, I started experimenting with art, portraits and the like, but these turned out to be only hobby-level passions.

Later, I was blessed with a government office job that I surprisingly enjoyed for over 3 years, but that joy was unexpectedly overshadowed during a mundane corporate meeting concerning such well-known issues as dress codes and bathroom etiquette: to pass the long hours ahead, I starting sketching shoes which I hadn’t done for several years. Like a blast of warm air on cold, grey coals, the forgotten fire was suddenly rekindled. Realizing that I was missing my call, I began the process of rebooting my career a year later.

Through Mesh01, I’ve been able to take the next step of reintegration by being able to design footwear for several brands and categories, getting some fresh experience and credibility.

 What are some of the highlights of your career to date?

That’s a tough one. I’ve had a lot of good experiences in footwear design and appreciate the unexpected success so far, but I don’t think I’ve hit any highlights yet since I feel there’s so much more that’s unexplored.

 What do you feel makes your designs and style different/unique from others?

Though I appreciate and respect the creative diversity in footwear, most of the shoes on the market don’t appeal to me so it’s natural for me want to do something different. Understanding and being part of the market is important to a point – there has to be an arcing emotional and technical relevance to attract the consumer, but I resist following the micro-trends simply if it’s what we’re “supposed” to do and everybody expects it. If it’s fresh, inspiring and technically sound than sure I may jump on board, but I have to step out somewhere and do my own thing to keep the creative juices flowing.

My motto is “push it” so my designs can be polarizing because of the excess either of stylistic expression and/ or detailing, especially in this minimalist age.

Who are some of the designers / artists that you pull your inspiration from?

For some unexplained reason, I’ve never been a follower of particular designers, though I certainly acknowledge and respect the Earl Tupper’s and Tinker Hatfield’s of the industry. Ironically, when I stepped away from shoes and got a little into art, drawing portraits and photography, it was these artists who later influenced my thinking about footwear design:

- JMW Turner for his ability to mix the realism of precision drawings with fantastical color pallets and expressionism – like shoe design.

- John Singer Sargent for his minimalist approach: In some paintings it’s as if he’s wielding the brush like a two-edged sword as he slashes the canvas to and fro, yet he still captures the soft, subtle sensibilities of his subjects.

- Claude Monet and other impressionists because they are artistically the opposite of what I am – a realist. I tend to over-design and be very logical and literal, even with integrated graphic details. Good design is quite often beautifully simple and I strive for that.

- Ansel Adams’ black and white view of the world. He helped me to appreciate not the color of design, but what design is in the absence of it.

It was art/ photography that taught me about the importance of composition, texture, color, balance, tone and subject matter, which I later translated to footwear. Before that I just wanted to do “cool” shoes. Designing shoes now, sometimes I even like to try and lead the viewer’s eye around the shoe, like a painting.

Trev, Thank you for your time, can you offer any words of advice to the other designers out there in the MESH01 community?

1. Do what you love and love what you do. Money and the material possessions of life will never replace the satisfaction of doing what you’re made to do.

2. You never know what abilities and talents you have until you try. If you’re afraid to step out, do it afraid.

“A man can find no greater satisfaction than in his work”

- Solomon, Ecclesiastes 2:24

Be sure to check out Trev’s portfolio here:

www.coroflot.com/trevorford#keyword=trevor%20ford

 

August MESH01 X Concept Kicks Footwear Design Challenge

Thank you to all of the designers who submitted work and congratulations to David Hardie, winner of the August MESH01 X Concept Kicks Footwear Design Challenge.  It has taken a while to announce the winner, but this was no ordinary project.  For this particular project the winning design was transformed into a beautiful hand made sample by Quetzal and his team.  Not only did Quetzal do an amazing job creating the sample, but he also documented the entire process.

Rather than rambling on about how awesome this project has been, I will share, with you, the fantastic presentation created by Quetzal.

 

Check out the rest of the designs here:

http://design.mesh01.com/forms/contestsubmission/submissionlist.aspx?contest_id=232&DetailsType=UserVoting&industryid=1&status=SCORE&d=TXkGO9vpZ2Wbm48hbw42Tg

MESH01 June Talent Show

In June we ran the first MESH01 Talent Show so that designers could show off some of their skills through new or existing work.  We where especially interested to see some of the design work outside of footwear.  The timeline was short, but you came through, the work is fantastic.  We wanted to take the chance to show off some of our favorite designs, but you can see all of the designs HERE.

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 Sports Graphics by AK31

AK31 started off doing wallpapers but now he creates sports related promotional advertisements, mockups and physical package design.  His designs have been seen everywhere from celebrity athlete’s social media pages to DMX’s tour bus.  You can check out more of his work on: www.backstagegfx.com/usc

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 Stearman by Bewler

Bewler’s Stearman design is a modern watch that takes its styling cues from the vintage Boeing Stearman Biplane.  You can find more of Bewlers work, including other incredible watches and vehicle renderings, on: http://bdlworks.com/

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 Femme by Skittles

Skittles designed and entire women’s fashion line including footwear and accessories.  The line was designed using colors and materials to affect a woman’s emotions and empower her.  See the entire line.

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 “Rapido” Tri-Shorts Tag by JWaskowiak

JWaskowiak’s “Rapido” hangtag utilizes fantastic graphic design to display the products features.  A clever use of airplanes feature the “aerodynamic” rating of the fabric quality, and “peppers” symbolize the ventilation quality of the fabric.  See more of JWaskowiak’s work in his MESH01 portfolio

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 Silent Warrior by Shashi

Shashi’s Silent Warrior aims to depict the power of the modern woman, her supremacy and compassionate nature.  Just as intriguing as the design is Shashi’s choice of eco-friendly materials, using scraps and waste along with organic and sustainable fabrics.  See more images of Shashi’s design

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 Football Uniform by CharlesSollars

You may remember CharlesSollars’ football helmet designs from the blog post a few months ago.  Well he is still at it, creating killer uniforms; even customizing them to specific players while the NFL draft was taking place.  See his designs for nearly every college and pro football team here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fourteen85/sets/

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June’s Talent show was such a success so we are doing it again.  So if you have a project that you want to show off to the community be sure to register.  You only have a week and a half so dust off the portfolio and show us the design, new or old, that best demonstrates your talents.

 REGISTER NOW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My PENSOLE Experience by Barbieswaggkid

Wow, I do not know of any better experiences I have had in my life than the one I had in Portland at PENSOLE.

Arriving in Portland I was very excited, and Portland was everything I expected it to be… besides the rain.  I arrived in Portland about midnight and I could already tell that I was going to like it there.  I immediately fell in love with the town the scenery was beautiful.  The people dress dope and have some amazing sneakers on their feet.  I couldn’t wait to get off the plane to take the train since I had never ridden one before, but that would have to wait for the next day since I had missed it.

The first day I arrived late to class, since I have no sense of direction, and was greeted by Dwayne.  I became excited when I found out that the man shaking my hand created, my favorite sneaker competition of all time, Future Sole.  Dwayne teased me about being late but let it slide the first day.  Then he made an announcement that for every min we are late a push up would have to be done.  I was never late again.  Later he told us the reason he does this is to teach us time management.  If you are 15 min early you are on time, If you are on time your late.

I was expecting a class full of men, but was surprised when there was another girl.  The footwear industry is mostly male dominated, so going in I knew that I would have to be focused and dedicated.  What I liked about our class was that I never felt out of place.  Everyone treated each other like we had been friends for years.  We were in class a lot together but when we weren’t in class everyone would still meet up to go around Portland and do various activities together, like going out to eat, the Nike art show, or meeting up to go over our sketches for feedback.

The thing that I enjoyed about Dwayne the most was, he was down to earth and honest with us.  He was always there willing to help, no matter the time.  I appreciate and respect the feedback he gave and the lessons he taught.  He put us in front of other well-respected people, in the industry, that normally we might never have met.  He is serious about us succeeding and wants us to be even more serious about it.  Dwayne was hands down a great teacher and mentor.

While at PENSOLE I learned so much.  From my classmates I learned, when you’re working on a project by yourself it’s only your thoughts and ideas going into it, but when you have other designers with different thoughts and creativeness helping you out it is great.  They help your mind reach a whole new side to your project.  So many ideas are floating around, some good, some you appreciate but may not use, and some ideas make you say “Why didn’t I think of that”.  It also teaches you to take criticism.

Dwayne also taught me a lot. One of the first lessons that he taught was how each shoe has a story.  There is a reason for the colors, the sole, the design; everything has a purpose.  I had NEVER thought about that before.  Before coming to PENSOLE, when I wanted to draw a sneaker I didn’t think about a story and what it’s purpose would be, I would just draw.  So seeing it from his side taught me to be more serious about my designs and just “think”.  Another thing Dwayne taught us, was that a lot of times people don’t think about and understand what they are about to draw on paper.  The first week before we began drawing Dwayne just had us think about our designs.  Think about what type of products are needed.  What purpose is our design going to be used for?   We spent a lot of time thinking about it so when it was finally time to draw, we already knew what we wanted to do, and half of the process was done.

I had a great time in Portland, great time w/ Dwayne at PENSOLE and my PEN TEN classmates!!

If interested in attending PENSOLE be sure to check out the latest class PENSOLEOGRAPHY.  adidas will provide scholarships for up to 12 hand-selected aspiring footwear designers to experience PENSOLE’s rigorous “learn by doing” curriculum, where students are assigned  projects to develop from idea to final concept while working in a team environment.

Submission Deadline: May 13, 2012 11:55 PM GMT

visit http://www.mesh01.com/forms/competitions.aspx to learn more

 

 

Designer Limelight: Fifi

At MESH01 we want to begin to highlight some of our recent winners, and introduce the community to our fellow designers.  I recently had the chance to catch up with Fifi the winner of the “Ariaprene Green” Accessory Design Challenge.

First of all, congratulations on first place in the “Ariaprene Green” Accessory Design Challenge.  How did you learn about MESH01?

I found the link by searching “Sports Design Competitions”. I searched for this, as it’s an area of design I am hugely passionate for and inspired by. I wanted to show my interest in this industry by extending my portfolio within it. Luckily for me Mesh01 popped up on the search and it was just what I was looking for :)

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