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The Perfect Pastas Pt. 1: Via Roma Designspiration

July 21st, 2009

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There is no perfect design, only perfect designs.

United* was the lead design team put on this project to create a one-of-a-kind imported Italian foods brand. They used unique portrait photography, shot on location in Tuscany to ensured that the brand maintained true authenticity. There are 3 million people in Tuscany. All different & all unique–this authentic Italian brand shows their true character, expression & emotion.

United* was successful. Possibly even very successful; to date the brand has seen unmatched sales figures and is in process of identifying the second round of 150 products to complement the existing line.

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Experimental JetSet: Paradiso / Bassline

June 30th, 2009



More great designspiration from Experimental Jetset. Check out what they have to say about these pieces and more of their amazing work at their website.

Between 1995 and 1999, we designed various posters and flyers for Paradiso, Amsterdam’s premier rock venue. Paradiso plays an important role in the recent history of Amsterdam, and in Dutch counter- and rock-culture in general, so it is a real honour to have been involved with this place. It also has a rich history of graphic design (Martin Kaye’s amazing concert posters, to name one example), so we’re proud to stand in that tradition.


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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.

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NAiM Jean Prouvé + Designspiration

June 8th, 2009

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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.

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.

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M.S. Corley Cover Design

May 14th, 2009

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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

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

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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.

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Catch Me If You Can Title Sequence

April 13th, 2009

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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

Expo 67 + Designspiration

March 20th, 2009

Expo 67 Designspiration on the Wanken Blog
Expo 67 Designspiration on the Wanken Blog
Expo 67, originally known as The 1967 International and Universal Exposition, was the World’s Fair held in Montreal, Canada. It is considered to be the most successful World’s Fair of the 20th century. The design and innovation was outstanding; see the large scope of designs here.

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