Nike designer Wilson Smith has created products for Cross Training and Basketball, Andre Agassi’s signature line, and in 1997, as the dedicated designer for Brand Jordan he created the industry leading AJ 16 & AJ 17. Later he designed for Serena Williams, and Roger Federer. Today, as Creative Catalyst in the ZOO – Nike’s Special Other Operations, he focuses on Nike Better World projects, including the design direction for N7, which brings Sport and all of its benefits to USA and Canadian Native American and Aboriginal communities. Smith’s passion is in Access to Sport, aiding earthquake recovery efforts in Haiti, and adaptive design for Paralympics and other athletes with disabilities.
Speakers at this year’s annual Holistic Options for Planet Earth Sustainability (HOPES) conference April 4-6 include TED speaker and author Carolyn Steel, Nike, Inc.’s Wilson Smith, MIT designer Neri Oxman, architect Lola Sheppard of Lateral Office, and landscape architect, sociologist, and UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus Randy Hester, among many others. The event is free and open to the public.
HOPES is a student-run forum dedicated to design, sustainability, activism, and ecology begun in 1995. University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts Dean Frances Bronet terms the event “the largest student-run sustainability conference in the world.” The UO Ecological Design Center will host the gathering on the UO campus.