Wilson Smith

DNA Design Specialist at Nike


Wilson W. Smith III is a Senior Designer and Nike DNA Design Specialist. During his 35-year tenure at Nike, Smith worked on projects that run the gamut of the design profession—retail, graphics, architecture, footwear, experience and apparel—and designed and developed product for some of the greatest athletes in Nike’s history, including Michael Jordan, Serena Williams, Andre’ Agassi, Roger Federer.

What truly defines Wilson is his incredible passion around coaching, teaching and giving back. Wilson’s commitment to the next generation of designers and the power of design to positively impact the world has created a presence and legacy that expands beyond his designs at Nike. He was honored in 2019 with the Jan Ernst Matzeliger Award, being the first African American designer in the footwear industry. Wilson is also a worship leader at SouthLake Church, West Linn, Oregon.