This week's guest Dustin Canalin is the creative force behind some of our favorite and most meaningful sneaker and streetwear designs and logos. With a resume that includes adidas, Nike, And 1, Undrcrwn and more, he is now using his talents to launch new campaigns and product lines with L.A. Gear and Puma. Here we talk about a small part of his journey so far and what it has been like navigating the creative space over the last 12 months.
3:30 - Dustin talks about adjusting to the realities of COVID as a creative, especially in the design field. He speaks on how working from home is not new to him and how he's pivoting to designing more casual items now that so many of us are at home a lot more.
7:00 - Dustin is the lead designer for PUMA's new "Black Fives" campaign celebrating the first wave of all-Black professional basketball teams. Here he talks about how the collection came together and its significance. He also talks about he specializes in telling stories through products and if brands are always open to the ideas.
17:30 - Dustin is one of the designers getting LA Gear and Payless back in the spotlight. Here he talks about his intentions behind working with the two brands.
23:30 - Dustin speaks on how designers are now considered "cool" and more high-profile. He credits it to people being more interested in wanting to know who and what they are supporting.
26:47 - Dustin speaks on his experience being on the design team for the NBA's City Edition jerseys, specifically the Golden State Warriors' "The Town" jerseys.
36:00 - Dustin talks about launching his new brand Trophy Hunting and explaining the soul and inspiration behind it.
41:40 - Here we try to unpack the current NFT phenomenon. We are still trying to figure it out too. We also speak on some of the technology coming out that is poised to shake up the art and fashion worlds. Key takeaway: "Technology is your friend when you stay on top of it."
46:00 - Dustin talks about how he developed his prolific drawing style and how a visit to the Charles Schultz (Peanuts) museum inspired how he works and creates. We also talk about some of his favorite sneakers that he designed and his thoughts on "knock offs" now becoming cool.
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