Tinker Hatfield is the designer of many of Nike’s most popular and innovative athletic shoes and is currently Nike’s Vice President for Design and Special Projects.
Hatfield grew up in Linn County, Oregon. His father was a legendary figure in Oregon coaching circles and won three straight class AA titles. Hatfield himself was also a track and field star, and ran for the University of Oregon under coach and Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman. He had studied architecture, and went to work at Nike in 1981 in architecture, but joined the shoe design team in 1985 when he realized his architecture skills could be transferred to shoe design.
Hatfield is responsible for the design of some of the most popular Nike shoes, such as the Air Jordan 3 to the 15, the Air Jordan XX, XXIII and XXV, as well as the Nike Air Trainer, Air Max 1, and Infared Air Max 90.
Hatfield is one third of the high-level Nike HTM collaboration with Nike CEO Mark Parker and Hiroshi Fujiwara, whose designs serve as the core innovative force for the sportswear company.