Shades of Unlimited
At Nike, the phrase â€œbe a spongeâ€ is often bantered about. Mark Parker, President & CEO, NIKE, Inc., has noted the eyes-open mandate as a habit he picked up as a child, when he would take long walks with his grandmother and soak up the natural world – plants and rocks, seeds and bugs. This attentive observation is shared by Nike designers, who consciously connect to the world around them. They interact with athletes, view art and travel the globe to activate their imaginations and inform their creations – a dynamic blend of influences that has recently taken on a vivid tone.
In anticipation of the summerâ€™s competitions, the companyâ€™s color design team first considered the flow of the body in motion. Imagining athletesâ€™ travel then directed their minds to tropical rainforests and the fauna that thrives in the environment: birds, with their attention-grabbing, color-shifting feathers; beetles, with their futuristic shining shells. Absorbing these inspirations prompted an exploration of artwork. The designers pored over images and films of birds in flight, close-ups of their iridescent wings and insects arranged like precious jewels.
These colorful influences ring out into the companyâ€™s vibrant summer palette, led by Nikeâ€™s new signature unlimited colorway and extending to its exploration of national shades, which broaden traditional flag tones to both their brightest and their deepest extremes. A gradient fusion of Nike volt and hyper-punch pink, the unlimited colorway adorns the uppers of the seasonâ€™s footwear, including all of its track and field silhouettes. Volt, the companyâ€™s celebrated bright yellow hue, defines the toe, immediately catching the eye – yellow is the most visible color to the human eye and volt is the most visible version of yellow, which means it makes a statement. In the case of Nike, that statement is speed. Hyper-punch pink, when mixed with volt at the mid-foot and saturating as it approaches the heel, mimics the optic blur of a breakneck runner.
It also harmoniously pairs with the footwearâ€™s metallic spike plates, which – like those aforementioned beetle shells – feature an iridescent flash that shimmers silver, purple and blue. In motion, these brilliant colors appear to paint a subtle glowing path, representing not only its wearerâ€™s unlimited athletic abilities but also the way in which Nike views the world: bursting with unlimited inspiration and design possibilities.