2009 Galleries

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Galleries // 2009 Spark:Pro // NIKE Free


Winner - Platinum

Competition: Spark:Pro
Designer: Andreas Harlow & Team
Design Type: Product, Footwear
Company / Organization / School: NIKE
Team Members: Design Direction: Andreas Harlow Principal Product designer: Thomas Bell Secondary Product designer: Andreas Harlow & Leo Chang Engineering: Philippe Blanchard Product Developer: Bryan Farris Color: Andrea Pastega-Vloon Material Design: Brooke Kuerbis Graphic Design: Craig Conahan

New methods of shoemaking were employed to create this shoe. Much of the shoe is bonded together instead of stitched. This more automated manufacture, reduces irritation-causing seams, improves product consistency & improves fit . This process also creates less harmful vapors during manufacture & is safer for shoemakers. An ergonomic, asymmetric lacing system was developed to improve fit & reduce lace pressure on the top of the foot. Individual components (‘flat parts’) of the shoe were analyzed using CAD/CAM software & redesigned to reduce waste. An MC Escher inspired nesting technique was employed to further reduce waste & reduce the environmental foot print of this product. The sole of the shoe features a simplified design with living hinges or ‘sipes’ to increase flexibility. It is made using injected material as opposed to compression molded material. This process reduces waste & energy use significantly, as well as simplifying manufacture. Note: The numeric value assigned to the shoe (Free “5.0”) conveys the level of flexibility of the product. Zero is barefoot. Ten is a traditional running shoe.