Shinola Runwell Turntable.

Congratulations to Shinola for announcing their turntable last Tuesday. I'm proud to have been a part of the program and will be posting more process in the projects section soon. For now, enjoy the images of the final product below.

Google Chromecast Ultra

On October 4th at Google's #madebygoogle hardware event, the Chromecast Ultra was announced. I am proud of Astro Studios, Sean Missal, and myself for creating a visually premium hardware product at only $69.99.

The Chromecast Ultra is an upgrade of the original Chromecast as it now streams up to 4K and Ultra HD & HDR picture quality over your WiFi network.

I'll be back with more details of the program added to the project section soon, but for now enjoy the hero image and introduction video below. It's really exciting to be a part of a product that is expected to sell millions of units, and I can't wait to get myself one in November.

"Light" Photoshop rendering technique

I've received a few direct messages to my instagram account asking how I achieve my rendering style. It really takes only a few steps. The key is to get a basic sketch with great proportions completed as a nice underlay. Then the rest is simple.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial. This sketch style has been very liberating for me as it has allowed me to spend more time thinking about blocking in the big-picture design gesture and less time fussing with each individual element.

I start by scanning in the final sketch. I typically unsaturate this layer to eliminate any blues or yellows the scanner may pick up. I then keep this sketch at the top layer on "Multiply."

I start by scanning in the final sketch. I typically unsaturate this layer to eliminate any blues or yellows the scanner may pick up. I then keep this sketch at the top layer on "Multiply."

Starting below the original sketch layer, I create solid fills of color. In this case, the black upper and white sole. NOTE: I like to use a 10% grey background so then the white sole reads as an intentional decision.

Starting below the original sketch layer, I create solid fills of color. In this case, the black upper and white sole. NOTE: I like to use a 10% grey background so then the white sole reads as an intentional decision.

To assign a material, I apply a texture over the whole shoe. I know in the next step I will be assigning leather overlays overtop of this mesh material layer, so I am not worried if the mesh extends into other areas.

To assign a material, I apply a texture over the whole shoe. I know in the next step I will be assigning leather overlays overtop of this mesh material layer, so I am not worried if the mesh extends into other areas.

Leather overlays provide more definition and cover mesh where not necessary. Again, this layer is a simple solid fill.

Leather overlays provide more definition and cover mesh where not necessary. Again, this layer is a simple solid fill.

I like to apply branding before I begin working on the overall highlights and shadows. This way, those highlights and shadows will cover the branding.

I like to apply branding before I begin working on the overall highlights and shadows. This way, those highlights and shadows will cover the branding.

Overall highlights and shadows are applied with simple black and white color fills. I reduce the opacity to 10-15% for shadows and 5-10% for highlights. In this case, a core black shadow is applied around the back and side while a white highlight runs down the vamp.

Overall highlights and shadows are applied with simple black and white color fills. I reduce the opacity to 10-15% for shadows and 5-10% for highlights. In this case, a core black shadow is applied around the back and side while a white highlight runs down the vamp.

Secondary highlights and shadows are applied with the same approach.

Secondary highlights and shadows are applied with the same approach.

Detailed shadows are applied where overlays fall onto the main body. This helps pop the overlays and laces. Again, this is a solid black fill layer, but the layer opacity is dropped and potentially set to "Multiply."

Detailed shadows are applied where overlays fall onto the main body. This helps pop the overlays and laces. Again, this is a solid black fill layer, but the layer opacity is dropped and potentially set to "Multiply."

Detailed highlights are applied along edges. This adds more depth to overlays.

Detailed highlights are applied along edges. This adds more depth to overlays.

Using the same techniques to as I did to the overall shoe, I render the laces as a separate group. A solid fill base, and solid fills for highlights and shadows.

Using the same techniques to as I did to the overall shoe, I render the laces as a separate group. A solid fill base, and solid fills for highlights and shadows.

Finally, I add a few ovals that act as a ground shadow.

Finally, I add a few ovals that act as a ground shadow.

Sunday night design videos

A few weeks back I attended a trends talk in Los Angeles at MOCA. The common theme with most of the videos I've selected for this post is the use of modern manufacturing processes juxtaposed with traditional materiality. In other cases, it's about using traditional material in a unique way to create an unexpected result. Each of the designers featured below has an amazing portfolio of work, and I highly recommend digging in further.

Nike Sportswear Boot Concepts

I completed this project in October of 2011. At the time I was looking for a winter boot and had developed an appreciation for crafted leather boots from brands like Danner, Red Wing, Quoddy, and A.P.C., but all of those boots were missing a sport twist that felt right for me.

For this project I designed under two camps, "Force" and "Flight." LeBron and work boots were inspiration for the "Force" camp while Russell Westbrook and chukka boots were inspiration for the "Flight" camp. Four each camp I developed four concepts and colored each concept in six different colorways.

After spending some time reviewing some work in my archives, I decided to add it to the project section of my website. Below are four of the eight concepts I had completed as a part of this exploration.

Alexandra Kehayoglou x Dries Van Noten

Today I attended a trend conference in Los Angeles at MOCA. One of my favorite videos shown was Alexandra Kehayoglou's work for Dries Van Noten's SS15 show. Though the work was from a few years back, todays presentation focused on creating depth in textiles for a level of depth and discovery. Naturally, Kehayoglou's work was the perfect fit.

God Shammgod ball handling.

I found this video after watching a Kris Dunn crossover dribble highlight. Dunn credits God Shammgod as the one who has been teaching him how to handle the ball. I remember Shammgod from when I was younger and found the video below. You can FEEL the HOURS spilling out while Shammgod handles the ball with ease. So routine. So smooth.

It's funny. It's all just the same.

Y-3 NOCI 0003 High and NOCI Mid.

Last week Y-3 released images of the NOCI 0003 High. It's tooling looked very interesting, and I really enjoyed some of the forward leaning design lines near the toe. I was excited to see if Y-3 had plans to continue this language at their SS17 presentation. In watching the video closely, at the 3:44 mark there appears to be a NOCI mid. The way the shoe walked looked brilliant; I haven't been as excited for a new footwear moment since Y-3 introduced the Qasa a few seasons back. Congratulations, Y-3! And shout out to the women's bomber at 9:14.

Below is an image of the NOCI 0003 High's, a video of the SS17 show (for the mid's, look closely at 3:44), and screenshots of the NOCI mid. Can't wait.

Adidas NMD2

The Adidas NMD has been one of my favorite shoes since it's release last December. I love its nod to heritage, but commitment to embrace the future. It seems so often classic sneakers are realized with modern materials, but the NMD is truly a reimagined classic. It still feels refreshing.

This morning when I saw the NMD R2 as featured in adidas' collaboration with White Mountaineering at Paris Fashion week I couldn't believe how well they were able to push it even further. Thanks for inspiring. Can't wait to get these on my feet.