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. I am highly interested in footwear design/manufacturing and shoe customization (hand painting/etc). I take note to pay very close attention to detail.
Recent professional experience: Assisting in multiple aspects of footwear design for brands such as Mountrek, Land's End, Zoo York and many other private labels.
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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.
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.
-Proficient in both Mac and PC
-Keen Eye For Detail
*1st Boot Design selected for retail at Sam's Club (2014)
*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 designers of the Under Armour Boot Design Competition
*Selected for an interview with Reebok’s Designers for their 2012-2013 Apprenticeship Program
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