Lane Arts Council’s First Friday ArtTalks offer an in-depth opportunity for the community to hear from influential artists, designers, and arts leaders throughout each year.

First Friday ArtTalk: Design Think, On Your Feet
Presented by Wilson W Smith III, Senior Designer for Nike

Friday, February 2nd | 6:00pm
942 Olive St. Building

The upcoming First Friday ArtTalk “Design Think, On Your Feet” is presented by Wilson W Smith III, Senior Designer for Nike. In this ArtTalk, Wilson explores the role of Design Thinking from the feet up, to enhance creative expression, with the goal of a rich quality of life for all.  This free event is open to the public and coincides with the First Friday ArtWalk.

About Wilson W. Smith III

Wilson is a Senior Designer and Nike DNA Design Specialist.  During his 34-year tenure at Nike, Smith worked on projects that run the gamut of the design profession—retail, graphics, architecture, footwear, experience and apparel—and designed and developed product for some of the greatest athletes in Nike’s history, including Michael Jordan, Serena Williams, Andre’ Agassi, and Roger Federer.

In addition, Wilson is a Professor in Product Design at the University of Oregon, where his studio focus is Adaptive Design Enabling Para Athletic Performance. He also co-teaches Intro to Product Design in the UO Sports Product Management graduate program.  Wilson is the recipient of 2018 Ellis F. Lawrence Medal from the College of Design for distinguished alumnus.

Graduating in 1980 with an architectural degree from the University of Oregon, Wilson initially worked for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill out of Portland.  He began his Nike career in 1983, assisting in Corporate Architecture.  Transitioning into footwear design, his focus became athlete-inspired products in Tennis, Basketball, Cross Training, and Brand Jordan, where he designed Air Jordan XVI & XVII.  Black Enterprise Magazine named Wilson one of America’s Top Black Designers.

What truly defines Wilson is his incredible passion around coaching, teaching and giving back.  Wilson’s commitment to the next generation of designers and the power of design to positively impact the world has created a presence and legacy that expands beyond his designs at Nike.

This ArtTalk is part of the Product of Eugene initiative, in partnership with the University of Oregon Department of Product Design, to connect the community with the field of Product Design.,

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Previous First Friday ArtTalks:
June 6, 2014 – Jud Turner
October 3, 2014 – Irene Hardwicke Olivieri
April 3, 2015 – Rick Bartow and his Portland gallerist, Charles Froelick
June 5, 2015 –  Christopher Acebo “Guiding Space: An Exploration of Set Design in the Theater”
November 6, 2015 – Henk Pander
October 7, 2016 – Trygve Faste