Footwear Surface Designer I (Color, Materials, Graphics)

  • Boston  
  • Company
    Start date
  • Closing date
    7 December 2019  
    Posted on
    8 November 2019  


This position is responsible for researching trends, ideation of new concepts and creating compelling footwear product to meet the brand aesthetic. The footwear Designer 1 works with the footwear team to ensure that each product meets the category’s product brief and the seasonal design direction set by the Creative Director and Senior Management team.



  • Accurately depict hand-drawn sketches, designs, graphic applications, and ideations as digitally rendered line art, flat patterns, 2D / 3D, technical drawings, and other required art / illustrations.
  • Capture mental impressions and ideas in visual, verbal, or audio renderings.
  • Effectively and efficiently navigate and use Reebok software tools and systems.
  • Use appropriate Reebok forms and templates, such as briefs and tech packs, to capture, convey, and communicate design and product information to others throughout the design cycle.
  • Create technical drawings and representations of fabric, trim, graphic artwork, and products such that construction information is interpreted exactly as intended.
  • Select appropriate methods of communications to accurately convey technical information in informal and formal situations.
  • Create design and concept boards to communicate seasonal direction and design theme application to a product or product line.
  • Create supporting artwork that illustrates design concepts and tells stories.


  • Create new products, graphics, seasonal color palettes, or seasonal vision / concepts using trends in fashion and culture, competition, and Reebok past designs as catalysts.
  • Translate fashion and culture trends to the brand, products, product lines, design concepts, color, and graphics
  • Freely speculate possibilities and if/then scenarios during brainstorming or sketch sessions.
  • Employ multi-dimensional thinking to ideate and discover new perspectives,  view points, or approaches.
  • Use unorthodox or atypical ways of solving problems to conceive innovative, usable concepts, or inspire other concepts / ideas.
  • Respond to design critique with multiple solutions.


  • Incorporate seasonal inspiration, fabric/materials/trims, color, and graphics stories in designs that have visual aesthetic as well as relevant product color / graphics themes and placement.
  • Select and ensure color, graphics/prints, materials, fit, and trims enhance product aesthetic, works within overall design range, and overall design has market appeal.
  • Ensure the product successfully meets the brand aesthetic by adhering to Reebok design DNA fundamentals.
  • Design products based on accurate assessment of fabric and anatomical characteristics.
  • Ensure construction, finishing techniques, and textiles enhance product usability.
  • Select textiles based on their functional properties, aesthetic, cost, and support of the intended design.
  • Infuse and apply new technologies to performance products or fashion influences to sports-based lifestyle products or graphics / color and ensure they are integral elements of the design.
  • Research and apply new and innovative ways to use existing techniques.
  • Visualize concepts, impressions, and ideas in concrete and tangible ways.
  • Translate design concepts to products and product lines.
  • Design new components or innovate existing footwear parts.
  • Attend and contribute to review sessions for designs, construction, fit, and/or prototypes.
  • Resolve product design and development problems using innovative approaches.
  • Ensure design reflects / incorporates market needs and product brief requirements.
  • Design products that are achievable given construction and manufacturing techniques.
  • Ensure execution of 2D into 3D / prototypes meets the vision and intent of the orginal design, margin expectations, and is of high-caliber.
  • Apply knowledge of footwear technical processes for lasts, patterns, blueprints and molds.


  • Use relevant and appropriate resources to accurately determine, anticipate, and validate current and future trends, competition, retail landscape, and cultural drivers.
  • Use appropriate research methods and resources to efficiently obtain current, reliable, and credible information regarding markets, colors, trends, consumers, retailer strategies, and other required types of information.
  • Interpret and understand consumer dynamics, predict shifts, and react to trends.
  • Make accurate assessments and projections of competitors' strengths and weaknesses in the global market relative to the Reebok brand, products, and product lines including market presence, tactics, merchandising, and trends.
  • Maintain current information of Reebok and industry factors that can affect products, such as material, technology, and consumer feedback and insight.
  • Accurately assess the impact consumers have on the market.
  • Employ formal and informal methods to gain insight and to research industry, market, consumer, and competitor information.
  • Analyze and summarize research data.
  • Gather and apply market research and/or consumer feedback to accurately anticipate and fulfill consumer needs, and identify consumers and trends.


  • Create / design products  that integrate technology, function, and design aesthetic and remain within cost margins.
  • Assess potential cost / margin impact of fabric, color, trim, graphics, treatments, technology, components, and construction choices.
  • Resolve cost / margin issues and ensure product / design realization and execution, within budget, against the targeted Go-In-Margin, revenue, quality / pricing, and timelines to meet market requirements.
  • Analyze and select design / product elements  based on cost and a hierarchy of importance.
  • Fulfill product briefs' cost, margin, and competitive pricing requirements.



  • Improve the design and development process by suggesting / using new, innovative concepts, materials, or manufacturing processes.
  • Manage direct reports, junior team members, and/or interns and apprentices in their daily work and ensure they meet deadlines and deliverables.


  • Transport information effectively in individual and group situations using the most appropriate and effective medium, such as, but not limited to, presentations, meetings, one-to-one situations.
  • Select content and use language and terminology appropriate to the audience.
  • Prepare concise presentations, briefings, and email that ensure the intent is consistently and correctly interpreted by recipients.
  • Convey messages verbally and visually in a clear, concise, and accurate way during meetings, telephone / video conferences such that interpretation is consistent and accurate, and need for clarification is minimal.
  • Present facts and factual information in a structured and non-ambiguous manner.
  • Receive and give feedback in a positive, constructive manner.
  • Convey conceptual information in a concrete and tangible manner.


  • Tackle conflicts proactively and finds constructive solutions together with his/her counterparts.


  • Work independently and perform a variety of tasks with different levels of complexity by developing effective plans and organizing work efficiently.
  • Meet design calendar deadlines and deliverables.
  • Participate conscientiously and with accountability in own, cross-department, and cross-function teams, and facilitate effective team outcomes.
  • Think and act in a goal-oriented manner, and prioritize and complete tasks in order of importance.


  • 2+  years of footwear design experience.
  • Advanced level Adobe Illustrator;  Photoshop and 3D software a plus.
  • Understanding of materials and their application to footwear designs; understanding of material development processes and footwear construction.
  • Bachelors degree in product, industrial, automotive or interior design.