GHOST WORKS IS AN INVISIBLE FORCE.
AN INDUSTRIAL DESIGN CONSULTANCY IN PORTLAND WITH A TRUE PASSION FOR SPECIALTY SPORT PERFORMANCE AND LIFESTYLE FOOTWEAR DESIGN.

Continuously inspired by our headquarters at the hub of the footwear design industry and the great outdoors, we actively cultivate a culture of gear. From insightful consumer research, to a full service industrial design menu, our diverse team of specialized designers collaborates closely with clients to create disruptive products for the action sport category.

Research

Research

A comprehensive pre-design research service that uncovers valuable consumer insights used to inform our design process. By conducting this independent background research and immersion exercises, we can establish competitive benchmarks, expanded consumer profiles and attitudes, relevant current and shifting trends, opportunity spaces and points of differentiation.

Framework

Framework

Not all design results in market-ready products -- some will simply inspire. For clients seeking a fresh third-party perspective, we conduct exploratory design exercises that establish a revitalized design framework and refreshed visual language that can then be used to inspire a brand's internal team to design in a new, disruptive direction.

Design

Design

We specialize in designing disruptive products that elevate our clients as brands and their customers as athletes. Though we employ a functional process of ideation, refinement and development, we architect a uniquely tailored approach for each project that will ensure the greatest design results and ultimate product performance.

Innovation

Innovation

Current calendars often distract brands from looking toward the distant future. We work with clients to strategically develop long-term innovation programs that aim to improve existing products, expand current lines and introduce new technologies that aid in establishing the future of a brand, five and ten years from today.

Design Week Portland Open House

Design Week Portland Open House 2017

We are hosting an open house for Design Week Portland 2017. Join us Thursday 4/27 at the Left Bank Building for food, drink, motorcycles and our latest footwear designs on display. Tell somebody.

Michael Wardian HOKA runner

HOKA Runner Wins World Marathon Challenge

The World Marathon Challenge is an annual competition where runners attempt to complete seven marathons, on seven continents, in only seven days. A few fools took the starting line in early 2017 and HOKA One One athlete, Michael Wardian, was the outright winner.

Pearl Izumi X-Project Pro by GHOST WORKS

DESIGN STORY 25: Pearl Izumi X-Project PRO

The X-Project 1.0 was hailed as the top-end mountain bike shoe in the Pearl Izumi range. Given this expert approval and widespread rider popularity, the design challenge in the next iteration was to make the best even better. See the process ideation and final X-Project PRO product in this design story.