I am an independent footwear designer based in Boston currently working for Kanye West.
After graduating from Purdue Univeristy I got my start in the footwear industry designing shoes for Columbia Sportswear and Reebok, where I designed the Cardi Classic Leather. As a designer I focus on constantly exploring new mediums of creation to come up with innovative designs, processes, and solutions to the problems I'm solving.
For inquiries please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Purdue University 2013 - 2018
Major: Industrial Design
New Balance x Pensole Master Class
I was invited to compete in a 3 week footwear design master class at the New Balance HQ in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Through collaboration, research, storytelling, and visual communication I designed a performance soccer cleat for a New Balance signature athlete. My team's line of footwear and apparel products was created through a unified story by collaboration from start to finish with the brand/marketing person, color and material designer, as well as the apparel designer.
Kanye West / Footwear Designer
November 2021 - Present 2022
Reebok / Footwear Designer 1 / Classics/Innovation
September 2020 - November 2021
Designed the Classic Leather sneaker for Cardi B. Responsible for new iterations and modern interpretations of the Club C model. Telling new stories through the lens of the iconic sneaker.
Responsible for advanced concept generation to explore modern day brand language through new innovation.
Reebok / Footwear Design Apprentice / Tech-Style & Zig
July 2019 - September 2020
Designed color and material ways for several Zig Kinetica II packs.
We Are Underdogs / Footwear Designer
January 2019 - June 2019
Designed a lifestyle sneaker for the Pensole World Sneaker Championship in 2017.
In 2019, I worked with We Are Underdogs and shoe makers in Portugal to refine the design and bring it market. I was involved in all steps of the design process from start to finish. My design is currently available on the WAU online shop.
Freelance Footwear Design / Laceless Design Collab
October 2018 - June 2019
Designed a city lifestyle sneaker from a clients brief and developed factory ready technical drawings, references, material maps, and renders.
Organized weekly FaceTime meetings with global clients to learn their brands story and discuss design development.
Columbia Sportswear Company / Footwear Innovation Intern
June 2018 - September 2018
As the innovation intern I designed a collection of water sport footwear. I created a design brief, generated concepts, tech packs, and worked with developers to produce 3D printed prototypes.
Legrand / Industrial Design Intern
Designed various home electronic products. Worked on a team to develop design strategies, storyboards, 3D models, and Keyshot renders at all stages of the design process.
Pensole World Sneaker Championship
My footwear design placed Top 16 in the world out of thousands of submissions (2018)
My footwear design placed Top 32 in the world out of thousands of submissions (2017)
My footwear design placed Top 64 in the world out of thousands of submissions (2016)
This online, public voter based competition lead me to learn and improve on promoting a sneaker product to a future consumer. This involved taking in lots of feedback from social media and making adjustments on a daily basis.
Pensole #21DaysofDesign Instagram Challenge
I submitted a new footwear design 21 days in a row and 3 of my designs were selected in the top 210 designs. These were featured at the FN Platform trade show in Vegas.
Design Good Now
Fall 2016 & 2017
Lead a team of design, engineering and business students through the entire design process in a 24 hour design competition to solve a specific set of problems.
My group created a product that received the "Most Practical Design" award.
Pensole/FN Platform Nation Uplifted
Invited to compete in a 2 month outdoor footwear design competition.
My design was featured on Core 77 "These Footwear Sketches are Ahead of the Game"