Thomas Bell Profile
Thomas Bell's most noteworthy accomplishment is the Nike Flyweave technology, which is an innovation in sport shoe technology. Bell has been an employee at Nike since 2002 and has been their Innovation Lead since 2008. Despite Bell's notable achievements, publicly available information about his personal life, such as family and hobbies, is lacking. Detailed information about Bell's professional background and accomplishments is compiled below.
Bell received B.A. in Marketing and Marketing/Clothing Design from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City in 1990. After receiving his degree, Bell started working in September 1990 as a sail maker at Rush Wind Sails Hood River in Oregon. Bell then worked throughout 1992 to 2000 in the designing teams of companies, such as Gaastra Sails, Design Continuum Italia SRL, and Eleven Inc. In 1998, Bell received a B.S. in Product Design and Industrial/Product Design from the Art Center College of Design.
Employment at Nike
2002-2008: Bell began working at Nike in 2002 as a Senior Industrial Designer. During this time, Bell worked in In-line bag design for Equipment, advanced concept design for Equipment, and senior industrial design in Sports Culture.
FLYWEAVE TECHNOLOGY: Bell became the Innovation Lead at Nike in 2008. In 2012, Nike debuted the Nike Flyknit technology, which was later improved to create the Nike Flyweave technology. Bell is credited with the design for this product, which had taken him several years to develop. The design of Flyweave is meant to allow a more natural range of motion in sport shoes. Bell's design for the Flyweave technology was inspired by the technology used in the aerospace industry. Furthermore, Bell has stated that Flyweave combines traditional weaving with space-age materials.
CURRENT PROJECT: Bell is currently working to develop the Nike Epic Backpack, which utilizes a bio-kinetic frame.
Awards and accomplishments
Bell has received 7 awards and honors, including:
- Nike Global Maxim Award for FlyKnit, October 2015
- Athlete’s Plane IDSA Bronze award for Automotive & Transportation / Nike & Teague, August 2015
- Nike Free 5.0 running shoe, Winner (2009)
- Nike Considered bags, 2006 award
- Nike ACG Adventure Team bags, 2005 award
- Nike Epic Backpack, Honorable mention in I.D. Magazine, Fall of 2003
- Nike Epic Backpack (Bronze metal), Yearbook of Industrial Design Excellence Innovation Fall 2003
In addition to the awards detailed above, Bell also has 26 patents for innovations such as decoupled foot stabilizer system and the golf shoe with natural motion structures.
Bell's hobbies are not explicitly stated in publicly available information. However, based on interests listed on his available profile and statements in articles, it is likely that Bell is interested in reading and researching design trends and innovations.
Overall, there are few publicly available details about Thomas Bell's personal life. However, Bell's accomplishments in Nike design and innovation are extensive.