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    Footwear Designer

    Boston, MA

I'm a footwear designer with extensive experience in performance and fashion. I chose to study and work in a variety of different footwear categories and brands in order to become as versatile as possible with the goal of creating innovative footwear that performs and inspires. Other interests: music (composing, producing and playing keys). International lifestyle - I lived in several countries which has consistently inspired my design aesthetics.

Work Samples

  • Salomon Trail Running

  • Dolce&Gabbana sneakers

  • Adidas Origials Concept

Work History

ILIJA NIKOLIC Senior Footwear Designer Boston, USA info@ilijanikolic.com www.ilijanikolic.com SUMMARY Masters in Accessories Design, specialized in footwear 8+ years in footwear design SKILLS Free Sketching and CAD rendering skills. Works on Wacom tablet. 2D: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop (Advanced working knowledge) 3D: Rhino 3D, V-Ray, Bunkspeed Hypershot (working knowledge) Model making - clay Other: Cubase SX; Misc. VST & Audio tools, digital photography (exhibited) Proficient on both Mac and PC OBJECTIVE Finding new ways to incorporate various technological and cultural influences into footwear. WORK EXPERIENCE 1/16 - Present: Reebok, Canton, USA Position: Senior Footwear Designer - Training Designing functional training and fashion inspired performance shoes. 1/15 - 1/16: Dolce&Gabbana, Milan, Italy Position: Senior Footwear Designer - Sneakers (Men's, Women's and Kid's) Designing luxury sneakers and following the production in Italy. 10/12 - 1/15: Salomon, Annecy, France Position: Footwear Designer (running) Designing footwear for trail running category in which Salomon is the industry leader. Followed the production in Asia. 6/12 - 10/12: Diesel, Italy (freelancing in New York) Position: Freelance Footwear Designer Designed 3 men’s sneakers (1 complete with the sole plus 3 uppers and 2 uppers for an existing Diesel sole); Worked from New York with the Italian developer. 6/12 - 7/12: Coach, New York, NY Position: Freelance CAD Designer - Bags: Illustrator and Photoshop renderings 3/12 - 5/12: Marc Jacobs, New York, NY Position: Freelance Footwear Designer/sketch artist: work includes sketching, corrections and technical drawing for production. 9/11 - present: Ilija Nikolic Position: Freelance Footwear Designer 2/11 - 9/11: Manas, Montecosaro Italy Position: Footwear Design Intern: Work includes all aspects of design process, from research, presentation to designing collections of mens and womens footwear. 7/09 - 10/09: Specialized Bicycle Components, Morgan Hill, CA Position: Industrial Design Intern: Designed 3 cycling shoes that went into production, among other projects. 4/09 - 4/10: SixPack Fitness LLC, San Francisco, CA Position: freelance designer 3/08 – 4/09: Puma Store, San Francisco, CA Position: sales associate 6/07 - 3/08: Eternal Portraits online store: Hand-drawing portraits. Position: Artist / Co-Owner 1/07 - 6/07: Queens College New Music Group, Flushing, NY Position: Graphic designer and advertising coordinator. EDUCATION Masters in Accessories Design at Domus Academy, Milan MFA program in Industrial Design at Academy of Arts, San Francisco, CA Master studies in Music at City University of New York Bachelors of Arts, Music major at University of Pristina, Serbia OTHER PERSONAL INTERESTS BESIDES DESIGN AND FASHION: I play, compose and arrange music: classical, film, jazz, electronic, Disco, Funk, House, RnB, HipHop, different ethnic music, fusion of all mentioned genres & +. I enjoy good film in different genres, one of my favorite are documentaries. I love photography. I play sports: basketball, soccer, running, biking, hiking, skiing... I find inspiration in: interacting with people, traveling, different cultures, history, nature and all forms of art. References available upon request


  • Domus academy

    • MA Accessories Design
    • 2010 - 2011

    Intensive Masters program with specialization on Footwear Design and fashion. Part of the program was pattern-making at the prestigious Ars Sutoria. Other accessories studied during the program were bags and jewelry. The final outcome of the program was a collection of 50 fashion shoes of which half were sneakers. The final thesis project and making prototypes was sponsored by Italian footwear manufacturer Manas which selected me to do an internship after the graduation.

  • Academy of Art University

    • MA Industrial Design
    • 2008 - 2009

    Learned 3D thinking and standard design process. Created various hand-made prototypes in ren-shape as well as 3D models in Rhino. Successfully completed 4 semesters before granted a scholarship at the Domus Academy in Milan for continuing Master's studies.

  • City University of New York

    • MA Music
    • 2006 - 2007

    Studied Music composition with Prof. John Corigliano.

  • University of Art

    • BA Music
    • 1997 - 2001

    General music studies.



2011 Trends Forecasting Competition for 2013 by MatMarket: 1st place winner; 2010 Mesh01 Running Shoe Competition-2nd place; 2009 Ars Sutoria Design Competition, Milan: Master studies scholarship at Domus Academy Milan; 2009 Cut&Paste Design Competition, San Francisco: Finalist; 2008 KicksGuide Footwear Design Competition: Finalist; Press: www.tendancehightech.com