Tinker Hatfield is a household name within the sneaker community. Well known for designing some of the best Air Maxes, Air Jordans, and everything in between, it might not be known that some of these designs were done with the assistance of a Mac. As Apple celebrates thirty years of the Mac, Hatfield and his use of the technical tool are profiled. Check it out here.
A decade of being decked out in Jordan Brand gear is celebrated on the Jordan Melo M10. Carmelo Anthony’s tenth signature sneaker finds Tinker Hatfield helping out with design duties for the Knicks superstar. The famous Flight Plate is the technical centerpiece of the latest Melo, aiding propulsion and maximizing responsiveness. On the aesthetic side, a metallic heel counter provides flash and identity, showcasing the famous Melo font seen on his first signature shoe.
Full-grain nubuck leather offers a premium finish on the molded upper, backed by Dynamic Fit technology for superior lockdown. An ‘M’ shaped toe box caps off the Jordan Melo M10 in signature fashion, set to launch on January 4th for $175.
Ever wonder what a day on the job is like for Tinker Hatfield? Get a glimpse in a new video from Esquire. This clip from the “How I Rock It” series finds Tinker taking a tour through the Nike Sports Research Lab, detailing his design process and offering a peek inside the Innovative Kitchen. Check it out above.
Nike’s true source behind their continuous innovation comes straight from HTM, a three-headed design collaboration between Nike CEO Mark Parker, legendary designer Tinker Hatfield, and cultural consultant Hiroski Fujiwara. An acronym of the three thinkers’ names, HTM has been developed to ““to amplify new innovations, reinterpret existing designs, and explore concepts that take the brand to new places.” Taking knowledge from past successes and failures, Hiroski, Tinker and Mark casually meet at Nike’s Beaverton headquarters to basically predict the future and map out Nike’s next moves. Check out the imagery of their coffee table meetings, which include an array of HTM exclusives, and then jump to Business of Fashion to get the whole story and inside scoop on Nike’s leaders.
Last night, Sole Collector celebrated ten years of making magazines dedicated to sneakers. The pioneers in the industry received a gift from another pioneer, Tinker Hatfield. A celebratory edition of the Air Jordan 11 “Playoffs” sees gold detailing done by Tinker on the heel panel and patent leather mudguard. Engraved is a message of congratulations and gratitude from Tinker to Sole Collector founder Steve Mullholand. Check out another photo of the kicks below and congrats to Sole Collector on the milestone.
In a rare sit-down interview, designboom was able to get ahold of Tinker Hatfield to discuss his background, and of course, other sneaker-related topics. Reaching back to dive into the story of Hatfield getting his start with Nike, the interview goes on to uncover some interesting information regarding the brand’s inner workings, and what the designer draws inspiration from. Check out the choice imagery below for a glimpse of Tinker’s past works and design process, and head over to designboom for the transcript of the full interview.