FRIDAY, DESPERATION, FRIDAY.
Another beauty in Portland today with a high of 73º.
After morning meeting we had a guest lecture from footwear design legend Steven Smith. Steven talked about his incredible career and the projects that he's worked on and designed over the years including Adidas Micoach Elite Team System, Schutt DNA helmets, New Balance 574, Reebok Insta Pump Fury, Nike Monsterfly, Nike Air Max 2009, Nike Mary Jane Crib Shoe, and many more.
A couple of quotes that I took away from Steven's lecture included, "for true innovation to occur, you need desperation," and, "if we're all thinking alike, somebody isn't thinking."
After Steven's lecture and some work time, I met with Mrs. Suzette to discuss my color palettes and for directions moving forward. Today also included a visit from Bruce, a Poron Foam representative, and lectures from Pensole alums Erin and Erin. Their stories were inspirational and showed that taking risks can pay off.