The Burden of Responsibility Needs Compensation The two hundred folks on a call put together by Dr. D’Wayne Edwards was uplifting, even as just a fraction of the potential mind...Read more
Honestly, I didn’t really know Sandy Bodecker that well. He was a Nike legend far before I landed on campus in 1996 and I never worked on any of his...Read more
Funny to think that no one was interested in the relaunch of the Huarache in 2010, so we Trojan Horsed a FREE pack. In a big corporation you still have...Read more
Three stories. Are You Stupid or Are You Dumb? I get to Nike in 1996 with an ounce of design skill. They measure by the ton. But I landed a...Read more
Jeffrey Alan Henderson founded And Them in 2014. Projects from Allbirds to Yeezy, his creative strategy is a comprehensive blend of his technical background, design style and creative leadership. The Ohio...Read more
Never Too Much
If you are just starting out in your career, save this information for later. If you’re a veteran, be greedy now. I talk about money a lot to folks because...Read more
Bring Your Own Logo
I had been a designer at Nike for 5 years when Sergio Lozano told me something I needed to hear out loud to understand. I was showing him some sketches...Read more
Not My Thing But...
One of my earliest memories in life is waiting in my mother’s car outside of my Aunt Jay’s project apartment. I remember swearing. I remember anger. I remember pity. I...Read more
Twenty years ago I had to entertain countless questions about my music and my clothes because I’d traveled to a strange new land where there weren’t a lot of people...Read more
A Creative Balance
The expression ‘all work and no play’ takes on a special significance during a pandemic. Our team ranges from midsole construction techniques in one call to the rising potential for...Read more
The Social-Cause Business Experiment
It took 3 years after my last corporate paycheck to realize I didn’t need a job. Maybe even 4 years. No matter how well things were going, I kept checking...Read more
My son, Elijah, is an artist. I wanted him to want to see Kadir Nelson tonight at 7 World Trade tonight but he was busy doing something close to nothing but different...Read more
I get bored easily. I always have. At one point in my early days as a footwear designer I wondered what else I was missing. I would ask veteran designers...Read more
Three. Possible Five. Portfolio Rules.
For years I crafted and recrafted my portfolio based on trial/error, advice from experts/peers and whatever I thought looked cool in the real world. Perhaps to the detriment of my...Read more
About a year ago I started receiving phone calls from area codes I hadn’t heard from in years. I left Oregon in 2011 and Nike, Inc in 2013. I couldn’t...Read more
In 2019 I attended a conference in Washington DC for African Americans in the Footwear industry. The sea of black talent in one a single room was a sight to behold....Read more
What's in a Name?
Back in the olden days a rite of passage was getting a check book for your bank account. I was officially a teenager and my mother wanted me to learn...Read more