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The DIOP Circle V.1

Blane Asrat was our 310th customer and is a Senior in Industrial Design at the Academy of Art University of San Francisco.

We'll let her take it from here...

What do you think of when you think of professionalism?

Chances are you imagine oxfords, a button up, and a suit. But have you ever stopped to ask yourself why?

It's no coincidence that our understanding of professionalism is rooted in Western European design language. This semester, in my Introduction to Footwear class, I challenged this narrative by designing a shoe to empower, to educate, and to challenge.