words // Nick DePaula
Every designer has their own process, and Nike Basketball Design Director Leo Chang isn't known to sketch out hundreds upon hundreds of thumbnails, doodling away on paper until he finds just the right court view or flow. He'd rather work in 3D, hand-carving and cutting models, building his own upper pull-overs, and as a size 9, even wearing samples around to hone in on the smallest of details, like the right fit, flex and feel.
As you'll see below in a step-by-step progession of the process of designing the Zoom KD III, Chang started out with just a simple sheet of paper and six swift sketches. There's minor detail to the sketchwork, as he was quickly toying around with potential configurations and placements for the line's newest innovation, Flywire. With KD's quest for a "Kobe collar" in mind, the silhouette was decidedly low to start.
From there, he went straight to the computer, rendering up a few upper variations before getting right into the sampling stages of the shoe. Follow along during The Process below, as Chang tweaked and tinkered around with several design cues and details before landing on what would become the final and polished rendering.
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