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Arena Freeze Tag | creating the future through looking back at nature

This was a project that was done over 12 days in Pensole Footwear Design Academy. We worked in teams of 6 for one brand (4 footwear designers & 2 CMF designers). My footwear design teammates were Felix Hoyos-Trauttmansdorff, Henry Song, and Shiyi Zhang. My CMF design teammates were Alaina Mickes and Kiki Wang. 

RULES:

- ALL SHOES ARE PROVIDED BEFORE THE GAME

- 15 SECONDS BEFORE INTERVAL CHANGE, ALL FLOOR BLOCKS ARE SLOWLY MAGNETIZED

- TAGGING AN OPPOSING PLAYER WILL TRIGGER THE FLOOR MAGNETIZATION AND WILL FOLLOW THE TAGGED PLAYER. THE BLOCK THEY ARE ON WILL SLOWLY MAGNETIZE OVER 3 SECONDS (WITH OR WITHOUT OTHERS ON THEIR BLOCK)

- TO UNFREEZE PLAYERS, TAG THEIR UNIFORM OUTSIDE OF THE MAGNETIZED ZONE

GOAL OF THE GAME:

TAG OUT ALL THE PLAYERS OR

ACCUMULATE MORE POINTS THAN THE OPPOSING TEAM

 

RUN, HIDE, DODGE, STRATEGIZE

 

I drew inspiration from the angular fish for the sport as well as the environment. Players lurk in the dark and use lights and movement to their advantage. The greaves were inspiration for the functionality of the shoe itself. Instead of protection from the outside, the greaves served as a purpose to keep the foot in the shoe to prevent slippage.

FOOTWEAR IDEATION

The main elements that I took account for were: all round movement, keeping the users in the shoes, adjustable fit, and interaction with the arena.

APPAREL IDEATION

The apparel was ideated along side of designing the footwear to ensure that they were a matching set. I reiterated the use of fiber optics into the suit as it was the most notable element in the footwear.

MATERIAL AND COLOR

My colorway was created by Kiki, and was inspired by the Swedish flag colors. My materials and finish were made to interact with the arena enviroment as well as with other player's gear.

AFT UNIFORM

- SENSORS EMBEDDED: - COLOR SHIFT & ACTIVATING THE FREEZE FLOOR BLOCKS

- SENSORS IN THE GLOVES INTERACT WITH THE OTHER TEAM'S UNIFORM

AFT SHOES

- HIGH TOP FRONT FALLING PROTECTION

- COLOR SHIFT/FIBER OPTICS FOR STRATEGIZING (DECOY N STEALTH MODE)

- ALL ROUND MOVEMENT TREADS- DIAMONDS THAT FORM T'S

What I Learned

This was my first time visiting Portland, Oregon. It was a beautiful change of environment walking to class every morning from where we stayed. Everyone was very helpful and inspiring. Thank you Dwayne and Suzette for the amazing study away deep dive into footwear, and everyone that stopped by the studio and provided us with feedback and support. I feel that I learned more that footwear and CMF. I learned about storytelling, connecting with peers, and bringing back emotion and fun into products.