“Everything we create is just a product of recombination.”
What’s the inspiration behind the Air Jordan 2010?
The ability to see through your opponents and keep your intentions hidden. Just like in the world of design, in the world of Air Jordan’s the word inspiration comes up a lot. It’s safe to say that every single new Air Jordan has a distinct feature that borrowed from previous models to create the new one, and that is a key to their business strategy:
They’ve mastered the art of recombination.
Not only do they do it with the newer models but also with all the other extensions they’ve build around the Air Jordan’s such as the retro’s, TEAM and individual player models. I think the Jordan Brand is to the sneakers industry what Apple is to the tech industry mainly because both companies set out to reinvent whatever they do. Jordan’s reinvent the basketball shoe and Apple reinvents mmm well everything it comes into contact with.
Jordan’s are also about performance and with every new model there’s some innovation in that department but this focus on recombination has made Michael Jordan the first athlete to $1 Billion dlls. If you don’t believe me check out the history of the Air Jordan’s and you’ll see what I mean, a lot of transformational inspiration.
If there’s one thing you can learn from Air Jordan is they borrow ideas from themselves and from other sources and then combine them to come up with something entirely new all while maintaining a focus on style and performance.
Ask yourself: How can I make recombination part of my business strategy? Who can I borrow ideas from that can help me reach x objective?