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Each year “Designer of the Year” is awarded to the designer who accumulates the most points during the calender year.  (1st – 1000pts, 2nd – 800pts, 3rd – 600pts, 4th – 400pts, 5th – 300pts, 6th – 200pts, 7th – 100pts, 8th – 50pts) This year was a competitive year with over 40 different designers earning points for their work.

The Top 10 Designers of 2013:

  1. Trev                                5000 pts
  2. 3Design                         3400 pts
  3. Moffatt                          3000 pts
  4. Shevitz                          2400 pts
  5. TokyoBoomBox         2000 pts
  6. Quetzal                          1800 pts
  7. Jayhung                        1800 pts
  8. BoilerDowd                 1400 pts
  9. JustinCumming         1400 pts
  10. LiunchMeat                 1400 pts
  11. Evrich                            1400 pts

Read more about MESH01 2013 Designer of the Year: Trev

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

 

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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

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.
To learn more about MESH01’s design capabiltiies, go to www.mesh01.com .

About MESH01

MESH01 delivers creative innovation and strategic analysis for the three most critical points in the consumer product lifecycle: design, testing and marketability.  MESH01 connect brands with the appropriate segment of their global network of professionals, delivering the right combination of crowd-sourced design solutions, customized field testing programs and market analytics.  By drawing from a virtual talent pool, MESH01 expands on companies’ in-house R&D capabilities to help brands thrive.

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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