Nike is on the list of dream clients for most designers and illustrators. But how do you create great work for the shoe-and-lifestyle brand?

To find out, I contacted Polish illustrator Pawel Nolbert, who has just updated his site with illustrations and patterns that he's produced for Nike over the past three years – though his first project didn't appear in public for two years after he started on it. This is not unusual when working for Nike, as the nature of the company – having a worldwide presence and ties to many professional sports teams (and the US Olympic team) - means that lead-times are long.

Pawel is best known for his multi-coloured brushstrokes - which have been used typographically for the likes of Forbes magazine but Pawel has also applied this style to the Nike 'swoosh' logo.

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