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Showcased Work: Pantone Book Project

June 19th, 2009

The latest and first piece showcased is a proposed booklet for Pantone. This book is aimed at the mid-level designer looking to learn more about using the Pantone Matching System. The book was done as a project for an electronic print production class and has no relation with Pantone except of course for the information regarding the use of Pantones.

The most interesting part of building this book was learning about all of the different guide systems and how the numbering system works. I believe this book would be a great tool for designers trying to expand their knowledge on using the Pantone systems.


New Portfolio Roll Out

June 19th, 2009

After nearly a full year of not having a portfolio online, I’ve finally gathered my new work and put it in an all new website. It’s been quite a journey to get it online but its here.

Let me highlight a few of the new areas, but it easily speaks for itself:

Work: The new portfolio has four sections; print, branding, interactive and personal. The print section will be the container for packaging and any printed material. Next up is the branding section–my favorite. You will find both identity specific projects and full brand development projects here. The interactive section is pretty straight forward; web projects will be in this category (hopefully live websites soon). Lastly the personal section. All of my personal posters, t-shirts and odds & ends will be here.

Contact: Send messages! I’m currently available for freelance and would love to hear from you.

Labs: This will have…well…experiments. Some great specimens (ideas) are brewing.

Every section of the website is expandable and I will continually add to them. Each time a new piece is added, I will be showcasing it on the front page. For any of you feed readers, you may just have to join us all at ground level to view the images.

Feedback is welcomed! The more the merrier.

Ten Cameras Every Photographer Wish They Had

June 15th, 2009

If you’re a photographer, then chances are you’re wishing you had a new camera to play with. Yeah sure, your current one is just fine, but you want the next camera with that sleek new special gadget.

I think I may have found ten cameras that will solve your wants forever. Sure they are a little strange, but these cameras will produce such interesting results that you can’t go wrong. The only problem is that they’re limited in quantity, so getting your hands on them will be tough.

Continue reading to reveal the list.


NAiM Jean Prouvé + Designspiration

June 8th, 2009

Talk about amazing design–these pieces are incredible. I’m definitely a fan of Experimental Jetset’s work and their process which is explained on their website. They are a small, independent design studio based in Amsterdam.

Follow on Twitter @wanken

June 4th, 2009

wanken on twitter
Over the last few weeks my network on Twitter has grown larger enabling me to give away a bunch of t-shirts to lucky followers. I have plans to do more in the near future. Thing that I like to do on Twitter include: posting interesting photos from my iPhone, links to interesting articles, links to awesome videos, links to websites, and shoutouts at follows/designers/photographers.

Quite a few of my readers are already on Twitter, but for the rest, sign up and follow @Wanken!

Ridiculous Requesting: Man Vs. Bear

June 1st, 2009

YouTube Preview ImageAs creatives or any positions really, we see this so-typical, unmanaged, client relationship that results in completely ridiculous requests. Time and time again we are pushed to actually fulfill them. If you do, then more often than not the work that you’ve done falls into the category of “Who’s really designing this, the Client or Creative” and if you don’t fulfill the ridiculous requests you’ve just stepped into the ring for a power struggle. This is where we need to check ourselves and make sure we’re managing the relationship effectively from the get go.

Managing the relationship can be as simple as outlining in the very beginning what the scope of the project is and building the client’s confidence in you. Outline what each party is expecting from the other so you don’t hit road blocks amid the project. I particularly like this quote from the video where the client says, “You aren’t meeting your commitments to me.” The creative then responds back with, “We’re trying, but your priorities keep changing.”

How does this affect our industry?

The more times that ridiculous requests are filled, the more confidence the client builds in requesting ridiculous things.

Think of it as Man vs bear.

Respectively replace “Creative” and “Client” with man and bear and who wins? The bear will seemingly always win unless the man is armed with a gun. The gun in this case is knowledge of dealing with this particular situation. If man (creative) is armed with knowledge, he can tame the bear (client) if you will and deal with it on a human level (by no means am I advocating the use of firearms on clients). The key here is knowing how to effectively stop it or drop it and the more times that designers/photographers are put into this situation, the less chance we have to create work that benefits our clients while having complete creativity.

So here’s my idea—just say no to those clients that from the start expect ridiculous requests from you and those who continually change their priorities. Learning how to say no and still maintain the relationship is tricky. Feel ree to share any thoughts or experiences concerning this topic. This is definitely not rocket science here, rather, something that is often slightly overlooked in the beginning.

Live at the Gorge CD Single + Design

May 25th, 2009

Marcus Eaton Trio
Marcus Eaton Trio
Remember the Marcus Eaton Trio photos from the Gorge last year? Some of those photos were put to good use in the ‘Live at the Gorge’ cd single. The art was completed last year and put to use early this year.


M.S. Corley Cover Design

May 14th, 2009

MS Corley

MS Corley

More designspiration, this time classic redesigns from Washington designer Mike Corley. Corley brings back the classic Penguin Book look but with his own style. Hit the jump for more covers. » CONTINUE READING THIS POST

Songs for Singing + Passenger

May 6th, 2009

More than once I’ve been tempted to put this band in a Songs for Singing post but kept putting it off for a reason. Some bands you almost just want to keep to yourself, but this one–from the first time I heard them–fits Songs for Singing much too well to not share. So here we are, Songs for Singing and Passenger.

The band is based out of Brighton, UK which definitely contributes to why these guys are amazing. Mike Rosenberg leads the band by singing very quirky, poppy, sensitive songs telling humorous stories of wasted lives and stalking. These are great songs to work and sing to so hit the jump and turn up your volume!

Passenger – Table for One

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Passenger – Do What You Like

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Passenger – Night Vision Binoculars / Walk You Home

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Passenger – Things You’ve Never Done

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Screen Printed – D.Nine & Successful Speaking

April 25th, 2009

Two new projects have been added to the constantly growing project wall. The first is for Inspirational Minds (Inspirational Minds Live Lives), originally a Wanken sub-portfolio section but now expanded to encompass more range of ideas. This new project is titled ‘Successful Speaking Inspires Minds’ and it really is just that–successful speakers inspire you.

The original, still standing idea is to bring together lessons from inspirational speakers such as David Lemley, Malcolm Gladwell, Bruce Mau, and Seth Godin so that we can appreciate what they’re doing. To begin the project, I’ve started screen-printing posters. The first test run was in tabloid format, which to my eye seemed small. The next test run will be in a larger format (14/20 or 13/19 depending on screens). Continue reading to see images of the SSIM transparencies and exposed screen and test run of Dnine Series 1 posters.

Century 21 Exposition Space Needle Design

April 16th, 2009

Century 21 Exposition
The Space Needle is one of the most photographed architectural monuments in Seattle. It’s very surprising how many people live in the Seattle area and have never been to the top or been informed of its intriguing history. Being that the Space Needle is such a spotlighted attraction for Seattle I believe that knowing the some of the history about it, could perhaps influence your photographs or anything relating to the monument.

These drawings show the preliminary stages of design and proposed designs that the Space Needle went through for the 1962 Worlds Fair. Edward Carlson and Victor Steinbrueck were credited for coming up with the elements of these designs.


Catch Me If You Can Title Sequence

April 13th, 2009

Catch Me If You Can
Catch Me If You Can

Some of the most interesting title sequences are ones that reveal elements of narration through simplicity in design. ‘Catch Me If You Can’ does this consistently throughout the piece; Video after the jump. » CONTINUE READING THIS POST

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