It’s been a rigorous and productive two weeks, but it’s not over yet! Today is the last day of the Pensole 2013 workshop. This is what our two weeks’ worth of work comes down to: final presentations with industry designers and guests. The anticipation and dread is building up in the studio. Everyone is busy preparing for the big night tonight.
In the morning, Susan is making last changes to her model. Seth is making the universal package for our team. Diane is arranging the layout for the presentation board. Our amazing leader Kristina is overseeing everyone’s work and helping us get ready.
Issac is making all the podiums for his team.
After lunch, everyone scrambles to get their presentation boards up and clean up begins. We spent the next hour and a half sweeping, scrubbing, mopping, vacuuming and polishing the studio. The studio is restored to what it was before.
By 4:15pm, all the boards and podiums are up and the studio is sparkly clean!
One last order of the day before presentations: Dwayne’s daily pep talk.
Dwayne’s Daily 5:
Good Habit: Make time to become mentors. Our job is to prevent others from walking into the same holes we walked into.
As designers, we’ve ran into lots of walls! We all, at some point, got stuck and wish someone could give us advice. As mentors, we can be those advice-givers for someone else. Dwayne told us his personal experiences and gave us suggestions so that we don’t have to make the same mistakes he did. Dwayne mentors us in hopes that we can pass on what we learned to our Art Center peers. In this way, Pensole can not only influence all of us but also future generations of footwear designers. More students can benefit from Pensole. There are many benefits to mentoring. Mentors become more proficient in their fields when they help others. By giving help, they reinforce what they have learned. Thus, they are more careful about the knowledge they pass on. They will make sure the information is correct before they teach others, and they will better command their professional skills. In addition, everyone has their strengths and weaknesses. As Confucius said, “In a group of three people, there is always something I can learn from. Choose to follow the strengths of others, use the shortcomings to reflect upon ourselves.” Even if you are the mentors, there is always something you can learn from your students.
Bad Habit: Sometimes we get too excited about the first designs we came up with. Explore and don’t treat the first design as the last.
As designers, we stubbornly get married to our first brainchild. This is a universal weakness among young designers. Sometimes we come up with an idea and think that no other idea can be better. We are reluctant to think of more ideas because we unconsciously take the first idea as the best solution. Therefore, getting excited by the first design becomes the obstacle that prevents you from moving forward. A design strategy to create innovative ideas is this: throw out the first fifteen ideas. Those are trash. After cleaning our mental palette, our minds are fresh and ready to innovate. That’s when the create solutions come.
Book: Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee’s Wisdom for Daily Living
“Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee’s Wisdom for Daily Living is an unparalleled volume of Lee’s own writings on the wisdom that he used to shape his extraordinary life. Editor John Little, in the tradition of Tuttle’s other Bruce Lee Library titles, uses his unprecedented access to Lee’s writings to cull the words of the legendary martial artist, actor, and philosopher into this soulful, personal collection. Striking Thoughts is a diverse record of the thoughts and observations that Bruce Lee put on paper in his lifelong quest for self knowledge. Lee’s personal thoughts on life are a unique blend of traditional eastern traditions and modern western ideals. John Little distills the essence of Lee’s writings on all aspects of life, including Existence, Achievement, Art, and Personal Liberation. Consider some of Lee’s elegant thoughts.” (Source: www.amazon.com)
Inspirational Website: Your Website
For the past two weeks, we received an inspirational website each day. Dwayne urged us to sign up for newsletters from these design/business-related websites so receive inspiration daily and get our creative juices flowing. Inspiration should be internal and external. We should be inspired by others and we should inspire ourselves. But most importantly, we should also inspire others. Let our website be an inspiration for others.
“I’m not number one. I’m number one, two, three, four and five.” – KRS One
In his song “Step Into a World,” KRS One raps, “I’m not sayin I’m number one, uhh I’m sorry, I lied / I’m number one, two three, four and five.” He’s got some pretty big ego for saying that, but it’s definitely a mentality we should adopt. We should never be satisfied with the level of work we produced. We should constantly strive to be better.
During this last meeting, Dwayne presents everyone a Pensole Footernity T-shirt and a golden pencil (for use during special emergencies only).
Before the presentation, our Product Design department chair Karen gives us a quick run-through of things to present along with some words of encouragement. Our team, Team Adidas, is presenting first, followed by Under Armour and then Nike. Everyone has two minutes to introduce his/her design. Guests will give critiques after based on their presentation.
Team Adidas’s presentation begins with Kristina introducing the team’s topic “The Future Renegade” and the brand story while pitching her personal color and material project as brand manager of Adidas. She has created her own mood boards (color and material boards) for each of the topic for Team Adidas: Bossaball, caving, tree-/pole climbing, and log rolling.
Her presentation is followed by Diane Chiang (Bossaball), Daniel Kim (Caving), Susan Zhang (Tree/Pole Climbing), and Seth Weissman (log rolling). The group presentation closed after a quick critique from a few Adidas designers.
Team Under Armour took a different approach for presentations. The team has weaved together two personas, Gianna and Ethan, both with a rich storylines, to present their shoe designs. Presentation Order: Erick Ikeda (Gymnastics), Louis (Double Dutch), John Cao (Ice Hockey), Eliana Feigelstock (Kickball), Jacqueline Bae (Jujitsu), and Rachel Choung (Bootcamp).
Team Nike’s theme was “Discovering New Frontiers.” The team was divided into sub-teams: Jordon, Sportwear, Wintersports, and N7. Presentation Order: Anastasia Hanan (Flight Attendant’s Heels), Tianyi Sun (Chef), Dahye Lim (Luge), Thomas Belhacene (Motorcycle Boots), Sean Whelan (Air Jordan), and Issac Oaks (Sustainable Slides).
Daniel Kim & Team Adidas presenting
Erick Ikeda & Team Under Armour Presenting
John Cao presenting his ice hockey shoe
John Acevedo, designer from Adidas, critiques Thomas’s motorcycle boot.
Susan Zhang & her final model
Thomas Belhacene presenting his motorcycle boot
After our presentations, Karen hosts a panel with three footwear designers (former Art Center alumni) on their careers after Art Center and their outlook on design responsibilities .
Guests are free to mingle afterwards.
Everyone is grateful to Suzette for her generous and professional help on colors and materials.
After Presentation Clean-Up
Pensole Family 2013
Thanks for an awesome experience everyone!
-Diane and Susan