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Élan Hawkins is a highly regarded footwear designer who consistently pushes the boundaries of design to create innovative and captivating footwear. Her work showcases a keen eye for aesthetics, a deep understanding of functionality, and a passion for artistic expression and technical precision. Élan, educated in industrial design with a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Academy of Art University, has honed her skills and developed a unique approach to design that embraces diversity and celebrates inclusivity. She achieved the top GPA in her class, reflecting her commitment to excellence in both craftsmanship and creating visually captivating designs.


Likelani is Élan Hawkins' brand, named after her childhood nickname "Lani," which holds deep meaning as it represents her personal journey and desire for a world where people of color can find inspiration. Her brand's mission is to empower and uplift individuals, providing a relatable role model. Likelani stands as a symbol of authenticity, personal growth, and the aspiration to make a positive impact, creating a sense of empowerment and motivation for her audience.


Product Design

Footwear Design

Digital Illustration

Sketch and ideation


3D Design

Collaboration with manufacturer and development teams

Communicating Visual Concepts

Layout Design

Adobe Programs – Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, Indesign 

Autodesk – AutoCAD, Alias, Fusion 360 , Solidworks

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Full ride Scholarship Athlete

Starred in Television Program California by Design  supported by IDSA and Core 77

Featured Artist on Whipsaw's Thinking page Where Industrial Design Meets Maya Angelou

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