Coming off of an awesome field trip, we decided that it was best to get some of our own shoe designs on the go. Piling into the computer lab, the students explored the websites of Nike and Adidas which both offer “Design Your Own” applications , allowing the students to create their own customized shoe designs. While this was happening, Trish and Kim went around to have some conversations about what inspired the design choices.
Neshaye: “I made my Adidas shoes with pink, turquoise and highlights. I picked Adidas because those are the shoes I like. At the front I made it pink as well as at the side of the shoe. I made pink, turquoise, pink, turquoise. It’s a pattern.”
Kahlia: “It’s an A-B pattern.”
Neshaye: “Inside I made it a highlighted colour as well as some of the stitches. The bottom of the sole is black because outside you’re running around and it’s going to get dirty. Because I love basketball so much, I made a personalized logo with Miami Heat. They’re my favourite team.”
Jacob: “I chose this shoe because I think it would be look cool, and the Nike part looks good in green. Now the bottom is red and blue and the main part is grey. This part [pointing to the cleats] it’s good for soccer, for running.”
When asking Shawn about his inspiration, he told Trish: “It just came to me. I picked this one because I like Kobe Bryant. I like gold and it’s one of the best colours, it matches the sun”
Trish moved towards Jameel’s accurately named AIR SWAG JRDN. He demonstrates an understanding of marketing and target markets. Jameel comments, “You know how Michael Jordan’s famous. I named my shoe after him because I think people will already be interested and I knew I could make something new. I picked leather because I think it looks better with the design, colours and logo. People who play basketball will like this shoe.”
One of the coolest things about these design applications is that it provides students an extensive vocabulary of the different parts of a shoe that are to be designed. Kahlia demonstrates her use of this language below.
Kahlia: “My shoe. You should buy my shoe because it’s different colours, no one wants a plain white shoe, so I added different colours. The outsole is ‘photo blue’, the airbag is black, the mid-sole is pink, white and gold. The carbon fibre is black with red, white and gold. The Nike swoosh is volt. I picked it because it’s a nice, bright, colour. It’s a girls show and I know girls like colour. When I bought these shoes [motions to her shoes she is wearing], I only liked it because of these colours. The underlay is electric green. Girls who like basketball and bright colours, or girls like to party might like light, bright shoes. If I’m wearing a yellow top with green, it will mix-in with these. All of the shirts I have have different colours”
Chevon: “My shoe has a lot of colours, a lot of blue. The brand is Jordan which is a popular brand these days. There’s different shades of blue – blue might be someone’s favourite colour. There is also black on the shoe. You could play basketball in them, or wear them out.”
Tatyanna: “This is my new Nike product, it’s yellow, purple, dark purple, bright pink (but not too bright) and sea blue and black. You could use it for running, but you could use it for walking around or if you were to play basketball. For jumping in basketball it has four springs in the back where your heel is. I picked the name (Air Taty 6000) because Taty is half of my name and I like Jordan’s so I took the Air out of it. I was going to leave it at Air Taty but I like the number 6. But I saved the 3 zero’s by accident. If I was to make the same product with different colours I’d leave it at Air Taty 6.”
All of the students’ designs were saved and uploaded on the blog. Today’s program was a bit different as it was Open Doors Toronto.
As a result, the building was busy and our students had the opportunity to bake with Marlene in the kitchen. She began the lesson by asking about safety rules that are important in a kitchen:
Neshaye: “No playing by the stove”
Kahlia: “Do not touch anything you were not asked to touch. No playing with knives”
Marlene asked Tatyanna to wash her hands after she had helped break the eggs which would be added to the wet ingredients.
Kahlia: “Oh yeah! Because eggs come from chickens and they have salmonella”
When asked why we should put flour on the table when we begin rolling out the dough, Shawn enlightened us: “You don’t want the dough to stick! My Mom usually does that”
When cutting out the pieces from the rolled out dough, Tatyanna asked, “Are we going to throw out the extra?”
Kahlia: “No! We put it together and do it again!”
And so we did! We were lucky enough to get to taste the scones we baked, and take home a recipe for future baking!