Besides having a portfolio, do you like the idea of designers being invested in other things? For example being active bloggers/writers, or otherwise outspoken in their community? How much do you value side hustles?
We love designers who are active in creative pursuits outside of their day-to-day design. Our design work is definitely challenging and inspiring but sometimes, you have to look outside your everyday world to feel inspired.
We have many designers who pursue creative interests outside of Nike Design — music, art, photography, sculpture. This is all valued and encouraged.
However, we are a brand and a company so designers need to balance creative pursuits with the corporate guidelines of Nike. Obviously you have to be reasonable and not do things in direct competition with our brand — that’s obvious!
Things that make it hard to see your work, like: “Website coming soon,” passwords for everything, really old content, links you cannot open…
Simple, curated books with one or two of your greatest projects are the best. If you are posting your work, it should be at a quality level you are proud of.
Yes, for sure. People have sent shoes, brought shoes to presentations, etc.
I am open to anything creative but ultimately, it’s much more simple. You don’t actually need to do anything crazy to get our attention — you just need to show your excellent design work. It’s all about the work. Luckily, in the field of design, your work is not represented by only a resume.
For legal reasons, we do not recommend you redesign a Nike product. What you have already designed should speak for your skills.