Pensole Footwear Design Academy

In June of 2015, I had the opportunity to participate in an intensive 4-week program in Portland, Oregon, through the Pensole Footwear Design Academy. I was invited to participate as a "designer", and alongside two other designers, a color/materials designer, and a brand manager, we created 3 designs from consumer brief all the way to tech-packs and a final presentation of ideas to industry professionals. I learned immense amounts about the design industry as a whole, not just about footwear design; working with a team, creating a design brief, presenting my designs to a professional group, and many more aspects of this program taught me a lot of ins-and-outs of how to take an idea from a brainstorm all the way to a real life product to be sold to consumers.