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Exclusive: How To Recreate Tinker Hatfield’s iPad Sketch Setup

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One of the more interesting process reveals from the past year is Nike designer Tinker Hatfield’s affinity for doing most of his sneaker sketch work now on an Apple iPad.

The first public clip on it broke in a Design Insight interview here on CK where Tinker said:

I usually have a pretty well thought out design in about an hour. I am doing it all on an iPad now so I can color it and even render it pretty quickly and actually shoot it to somebody.

Tinker said the nascent revelation is weird “because I detest computers.”

I followed up with Tinker to ask what exactly his iPad sketch setup consists of, so you young designers out there can replicate (talent and skills sold separately).

Here’s what Tinker told me:

I design almost exclusively with Sketchbook Pro on an iPad, using a ‘next generation’ Bamboo stylus (CS100K).

So I’ve gathered those component pieces together here for a simple rundown:

Apple iPad 16GB latest generation model – $499 (or $399 for an iPad 2) at

Autodesk Sketchbook Pro for iPad – $2.99 (originally $7.99) in Apple App Store

Wacom Bamboo Solo Stylus for iPad – $29.95 (found cheaper on Amazon) at Wacom

There you have it.

We already know the coming 8-inch tall, $250 Air Jordan XX8 model was designed by Hatfield on an iPad, essentially in a setup that costs just a few hundred dollars for anyone to reproduce. Now go out and draw the next great American Air Jordan design yourself.

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I’ve got a Wacom for digital rendering, but I still love the good ol’ pen/pencil and sketchbook. I can see the value in a tablet PC though, with the advantage of quickly getting a design sent out to people.

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