Summer Design Academy: A Student Perspective

Today’s featured post comes courtesy of Dylan Warrington, one of the attendees of our Summer Design Academy at Nike.  Dylan just graduated from high school and traveled all the way from Boise to join us at the academy and was kind of enough to spend some time sharing his experience on our blog.  Great post Dylan, love your line at the end “Cast and recast until you reel in what you came for.”  Keep following that mantra and I’m sure it will pay dividends…good luck next year at Boise State and keep in touch!

My name is Dylan Warrington and I was one of the students that participated in the Nike Design Camp! I’m 18, from Idaho, and just graduated high school and will be attending Boise State University! I intend to pursue Kinesiology and/or Graphic Design while on campus as I would like to either be an apparel designer or become a fitness instructor. I know that either of these will be useful going into the Nike industry. I decided to attend the camp because I love to draw and that’s basically what I did all throughout high school. It’s a great escape for me!

My experience on campus was AMAZING to say the least. I’ve never seen or heard of a company that’s so broad, diverse, and beautiful. It’s a work of art, and that’s not just the architecture I’m talking about. Every person I met was so willing to help me out and make an effort to get me to think about my future and where I want to be. I couldn’t have had a better experience. Plus, the carnival on campus, that I only attended for a short time, was incredibly fun and they had Death Cab For Cutie play! Who else does that just for their employees?!

What I learned most during my time at Nike was that you never know what opportunities could be thrown at you on a regular daily basis. Networking and showing passion in what you love to do and want to do are key to your success in life. Not only that but you must always have a hunger for learning, you can’t know everything. Most importantly, just get some experience under your belt. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a good or bad experience. You WILL learn from them as long as you show the drive to pursue them! Just as you should with your dreams. Finally, what I learned from a book I received as a prize, I learned to make goals for yourself. Write it, or them, down somewhere and reflect on it everyday. Think about what you can do better to help yourself achieve greatness. That’s what I believe Nike is all about. Striving to achieve what others didn’t make an effort to do.

This experience has shown me what it takes to make a brighter future for myself. Just throw yourself out there. Life, in a way, is much like fishing. You cast yourself out hoping to get a bite but some times that doesn’t always happen. So you reel yourself back in, brush up on your skills, get a little better every day and MAKE AN EFFORT. Cast and recast until you reel in what you came for. Only then will you know what it really feels like to achieve your own greatness.

Again, thank you so much for the opportunity even though I didn’t win. It’s revealed doors that I never thought I’d have the chance of opening.


Dylan Richard Warrington

Summer Design Academy: A Student Perspective

Today’s featured post comes courtesy of Brian LaManna, one of the attendees of our Summer Design Academy at Nike.  Brian is a high school student who traveled all the way from the Chicago area to join us at the academy and was kind of enough to spend some time sharing his experience on our blog.  Nice job Brian.  I look forward to seeing you again down the road and am excited to see where your career takes you…keep chasing your dreams!

I decided to attend the Nike Creative Design Academy because I saw it as a once in a lifetime experience. Nike is one of the most influential companies in the world and the opportunity to learn from them was too much to pass up. I plan to study marketing in college, but I’ve always had a huge recreational interest in shoes. Travelling from Chicago to Oregon I understood wouldn’t be easy, but I knew I would have no regrets attending. I was right.

The Nike campus felt like a vacation spot. The scenery was beautiful, the buildings were state of the art, and the employees were incredibly friendly people. The culture at Nike is something only one attending can fully understand. The designers we met inspired us with their self-made success stories of how they ended up at Nike Inc.

The Design Academy did a tremendous job reviewing many of their previous created shoes, and the steps it took in putting them on the shelf. We learned that shoes are so much more than just looks as they are all designed with inspiration to tell a story in one way or another. With the creation of the shoes, we learned that there are two different main jobs in the creation. The sketch artist draws the shoe in pencil, and the color graphic designer comes up with not only the color scheme, but he or she makes sure the manufacturer turns the piece of paper into the top selling shoe they envision. After we were done hearing from designers and touring the campus, we sketched our own shoes with something that inspired us on our trip and later we presented to the group.

My once in a lifetime experience to Nike Headquarters will be one that is never forgotten. I was inspired along my trip to be open to ideas and always do something in life that you love and are passionate about. The importance of networking was reinforced as well, and my first step in following that advice will to keep in contact with the designers and Chris Lindauer at Sports Career Consulting, who I thank so much for making this opportunity possible.

Brian's sketch from the design workshop at the academy