Tom De Blasis

Tom De Blasis  |  Nike

Tom De Blasis, a global design director for Nike, took his first step towards a life in industrial design when as an 8-year-old boy he took apart his Star Wars Tie-Fighter and gazed upon the mess of circuit boards, wires and molded parts contained within. Magic, inspiration and a painful lesson in spring-loaded assemblies hit him all at once. He believes in designing experientially and so in the name of design research he has found himself walking into a burning building in full firefighter turnout gear, firing an illegal Belgian semi-automatic assault rifle, going on a stakeout with a private detective and walking the tent cities of refugee camps. De Blasis’ latest creation is The Gamechanger Bucket, a health and happiness kit that brings access to clean water and sport to disaster areas and emerging communities all over the world.