Workshop: Sneaker Design – Marni Gerber

Tue, October 25, 20225:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Bodecker Foundation
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Have you ever wondered how a sneaker becomes a sneaker? 

In this workshop, students will explore what it takes to be a footwear designer; how to research and find inspiration for a project. Product Design, Color Design, Material Design, and Graphic Design will all be covered. Each student will have an opportunity to work with a team of designers to create their own shoe. By the end of the workshop students will have created a mockup of their final product.

In addition, students will learn about careers in footwear design through real-world conversations and presentations by working designers. 

HYBRID Tuesdays + Thursdays- October 25 and 27th and November 1, 3, 8 and 10th 5-6:30pm

In person Saturday, October 29th and November 5th + 12th 11-2pm

  • Marni Gerber

    MARNI LUHTA GERBER (she/her) was born in Minneapolis, MN in 1961 and attended both Syracuse University and Art Center College of Design. She studied Product Design and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Art Center College of Design. For the majority of Marni’s career, she designed toys at Mattel and footwear at Nike. Marni was Sr Creative Director of Kids Footwear until 2020 when she retired from Nike. Two shoes that Marni is most famous for are The Air Swoopes, the first signature Basketball shoe for a female athlete and The Dynamo, a kid’s shoe that has been in Nike’s line for over 20 years and sold millions of pairs.


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