I TRULY enjoy the process of conceptual design. With a main interest in footwear, my background holds a variety of shoe design projects. Overall, I believe design & art is the foundation of all that you can physically see, smell, hear, taste or feel. Highly interested in footwear design & manufacturing, and shoe customization (hand painting, etc). Pay very close attention to detail. Recent professional experience assisting in multiple aspects of footwear design for brands such as Mountrek, Land's End and Zoo York. Favorite Quote: Write that down. Mobile: 843.992.9427 Email: michaelcookjr23@gmail.com Blog: www.michaelcookjr.com BIO From a family of multi-talented individuals, Michael Cook Jr began to explore the arts at a very young age. He found his niche in 'design' when he discovered he could take the clay from the very ground and bring his inner thoughts into a 'reality.' Michael discovered Savannah College of Art and Design in high school and pursued his passion in Industrial Design. Inner going the experiences Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and PENSOLE Footwear Academy have offered him, Michael was and is able to continue his journey as a great designer. PHILOSOPHY Design is everywhere. Design is in everything. Take a second to look around and 'observe' how this world operates. Now, 'rethink' your environment and begin to notice the thought process of every product, every experience, every way of life, and imagine it never existing. How does it look now? Interesting right? Strange? Well, design is what makes your life an 'experience,' and not just an inevitable timeline. Love Thinking. Love Creation. Love Design. Specialties: Computer -Proficient in both Mac and PC -Adobe Photoshop -Adobe Illustrator -Autodesk Alias -CAD Drawings -Rendering Craftsmanship -Sketching -Model Making -Footwear Manufacturing -Keen Eye For Detail Other -Time Management -Group Oriented -Very Organized -Excellent Learner

Work Samples

  • Signature Shoe

  • Doux Yacht Tender

  • Computer Modeling

Work History

  • Parts Receiving

    • South East Express (Honda)
    • Jan 2014 - Present (9 months)

    -Drive forklifts to receive incoming parts from Honda manufacturer.
    -Scan appropriate labels into computer system to allocate the destination of parts.
    -Take parts carefully to their destinations and place them on appropriate shelving and stacks.
    -Allocations: Search through 'pre stage' area to find parts that are requested, retrieve and deliver to destination.

  • Footwear Design Intern

    • LF USA
    • New York, NY
    • Jun 2012 - May 2014 (1 year 11 months)

    -Manage all aspects of pre production including spec sheets, materials, and confirmation samples.
    -Fit and communicate corrections as needed for prototype samples.
    -Daily factory communications regarding all style details and follow up, including confirmation samples.
    -Create and issue production spec sheets to factories.
    -Review and approve confirmation samples.
    -Work on multiple projects through time management / Attend market team plan meetings
    -Ensure line sheet is correct and up to date.
    -Manage material library.

  • Student Footwear Designer

    • PENSOLE Footwear Academy
    • Portland, OR
    • Mar 2012 - Mar 2012

    -Collaborate with 9 other hand-selected students from around the world
    -Learn from various professional designers from Nike, Jordan, Adidas, and Converse
    -Develop, refine, and build final shoe concepts
    -Deliver final presentation and professional design process book

  • Senior Thesis

    • Savannah College of Art and Design
    • Savannah, GA
    • Jan 2012 - Feb 2012 (1 month)

    -Design a signature shoe for a specified client
    -Listen, Interpret and maintain well thought throughout the design process in order to execute the exact features considered for this particular client.
    -Research, Develop and Present the final product from concept on paper to hand model.

  • Footwear Sales Associate

    • Shoe Carnival
    • Savannah, GA
    • Aug 2009 - Jan 2011 (1 year 5 months)

    Worked as a Sales Floor Associate. Responsible for maintaining outstanding customer service and keeping sales floor presentable. Measuring foot sizes accurately while suggesting sales and responsible tips.

Education

  • PENSOLE Intensive Footwear Course

    • Footwear Design Footwear Design
    • 2012 - 2012

    -Collaborate with 9 other hand-selected students from across the globe -Learn from various professional designers from Nike, Jordan, Adidas, and Converse -Develop, refine, and build final shoe concepts -Deliver final presentation and professional design process book

  • Savannah College of Art and Design

    • Bachelor of Fine Arts Industrial Design
    • 2008 - 2012
  • John Casablancas Acting and Modeling

    • Diploma Acting
    • 2006 - 2007

Specialties

Affiliations

Li & Fung USA

Awards

ACHIEVEMENTS *1st Boot Design selected for retail at Bass Pro. (2013) *4th Place Winner in the PowerForce Design the ‘You’ Shoe contest. (2012) *Offered for an internship at LF USA as a Footwear Designer (2012-2013) *Selected to attend 2012 PENSOLE Intensive Footwear Course with D’Wayne Edwards *Placed in the Top 8 of the 95 shoe...
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