Friday, September 18th, 2009 at 4:43 pm  |  9 responses

Sneaker Design Contest

Renderdemo.com and SLAM want to see your creativity.

by Chris O’Leary

Sneaker design is one of those seemingly impossible fields that lots of people would love to get into, but very few are actually able to do it.

Mark Kokavec is doing his part to change that. The senior footwear design manager at Under Armour, Kokavec studied automotive and product design at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. Last year, he started a website, Render Demo, where he’s been sharing with his viewers the design knowledge he gained from working with industry pros.

While there’s attention paid to other facets of design like watches and cars, sneakers play the most prominent role on the site. Something else you’ll notice on the site’s main page is the SLAMonline.com logo.

SLAM is one of the sponsors of Render Demo’s basketball shoe design challenge contest. The design brief on their website outlines the criteria for the contest.

“Design a basketball shoe for a professional basketball player. The design needs to be futuristic and something that’s very unique. Select an athlete and create a signature shoe for them based on their position, skills and attitude. The athlete can be current or from the past. It’s up to you. Make sure you come up with a point of view. Think out of the box. Remember that we will be judging creativity the content so the final rendering has to be well developed and thought through! Illustrate the side view and outsole design!

Be creative and original. We want to see some wild designs! Think abou branding, function, materials, cushioning technologies and color. is it a speed shoe or a big man’s shoe? Each of these aspects should be considered for your final design. Maybe you create a new signature logo for your ahtlete? The further out there oyu are with your designs the better.”

For the full details on the contest rules and how to enter, visit Render Demo.

Up for grabs are some pretty cool prizes. The first-place winner will have their design published in the Dec. ’09 issue of SLAM (on sale Nov. 24) and will also win sketching software in the form of Autodesk Sketchbook Pro 2010. In addition to having Kokavec reviewing your work, you’ll get two Render Demo tutorial downloads and a Render Demo t-shirt.

The second-place prize winner will also get a copy of Sketchbook Pro 2010. They’ll get one Render Demo tutorial download and a Render Demo t-shirt.

Third-place will get you a Render Demo t-shirt and all three winners will also receive gift subscriptions to SLAM.

You’ll have until Oct. 31 to get your entries in to Render Demo’s site. Get creative and good luck, folks.


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  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    It is times like these I wish I knew how to design shoes…

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty aka make it reign aka flightschool aka the ghetto Kornel David

    With the exception of having your design in a copy of SLAM, those prizes suck monkey nuts. Just sayin…

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    Is that J-Lo’s shoe with the crazy red suits from that psycho movie ‘The Cell’ or something?
    Good luck to the entries.
    Off the top, reading the rules about any playr past or present, how about an “Ice-Man” George Gervin shoe. Black w/ Carolina/Ice Blue & some gold (chain influence) piping somewhere. Like what Melo shoes used to look like, colorwise. If only I could render something up to par with my idea.
    SLAM subscriptions don’t suck, unless you are already down and get that great inbox mail to your house on the regular.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    Or maybe its a “Wolverine-posite”

  • Daniel Segura

    i need these shoes!gime gimegime!

  • http://slamon-line Big D

    Those prizes are worthless.

  • ali

    Wheres the new Sure-Shot and Whats My Name, please don’t tell me you ran out of players because that’s impossible (Ron Artest, Lamar Odom, Mo Williams, Hedo Turkoglu, Brandon Roy (i think you did him))

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