Archive for the ‘Design’ Category

SanDisk in Style for Once

March 9th, 2009

For the years I’ve been into photography, I’ve never seen a card reader with a great design. I believe that SanDisk has hit on something here with their new multicard readers. The design is more modern than the previous and has a high fashion look to it. Personally I haven’t seen the new card readers, and I’m slightly concerned about the functionality and sturdiness of them. Does anyone have any information on these? What do you think about them and would you make the upgrade?

From the Record Factory + Designspiration

February 25th, 2009

Record Factory
Record Factory
Record Factory
Record Factory
Record Factory
Record Factory
Tonpress was a polish label from 1980’s. Belonging to KAW – Krajowa Agencja Wydawnicza (The National Publishing Agency), their catalog consisted of foreign albums, singles, audiobooks and Polish records.

Tonpress was shutdown in 1990, due to the Polish government discontinuing most of the state-controlled publishing houses and agencies. Much of Tonpress’ collection was lost when it was split between two privately owned music labels. Tonpress records are still available at on-line auctions. Below are several amazing pieces of the artwork from albums.

Source here.

Simplistic Designspiration

February 23rd, 2009

Simplicity in design often speaks louder than complexity in design. This is very much the case with these inspirational design pieces. After browsing Ffffound for an hour I found a whole series of artworks that I find inspirational.

Found via Ffffound.

David Carson…whoa wait, let’s back up here

February 4th, 2009

YouTube Preview ImageIn my recent post from a few days ago, I asked all of you to voice your opinion on some photos pulled from the shot bag. There are a handful of lengthy comments as well as some short comments but there are some valid points being made. The feedback window is still open so take the chance to voice your short creative analysis–comment here–it helps and is greatly appreciated. After reading the comments I came across the word inspiration.

People often wonder what and who inspires creative folk the most.

Personally, I love to ask and to tell. I’m often curious to understand how the creative people whom we look up to, get inspired and how to apply it to the work we do. Just recently I was asked to name a few people who are of inspiration to me. I just began rambling off names of my most recent sources of designspiration…Chase Jarvis,, Scott Hansen, Shepard Fairey, David Carson…whoa wait, let’s back up here. I named David Carson and I’m not even that big of a fan of his work.

For those who don’t know, David Carson is a graphic designer whose work is very subjective and experimental. My first glance at Carson’s work was quick and right to the point. I didn’t love it–I wasn’t inspired, in fact it was the furthest thing from inspiration for me. I first felt was a crock and didn’t understand how someone could be inspired by his work. That to me suggests that when I was first introduced to Carson’s work, I was not given an insight to what others felt was the inspiration for them to like the work. They simply skimmed the surface by saying a name and proceeding to show the artwork. Month’s later, by chance I came across the video posted above where Carson talks about design in a very open and humorous fashion. Note: He minimally shows his work throughout the piece.

I now see him as an inspiration, but why?

Carson’s work is not the reason behind the inspiration. It’s his willingness to talk of how he discovers design; it’s his humor that I find inspiration in. This is the most important thing to understand when trying to find inspiration through someone else or when told an inspiration that someone speaks so passionately about yet you disagree. Find out just why they’re an inspiration for that person–it could be something truly interesting.

Autumn Garage Skateboards

July 28th, 2008

Almost two months ago I was asked to do some skateboard designs for Autumn Garage out of Salt Lake City. I ended up doing a bunch of different designs. The whole project was fun, the boards turned out great and I am definitely looking forward to working with AG in the future.

Autumn Garage Skateboads
Autumn Garage Skateboads
Autumn Garage Skateboads

Poster + Depeche Mode + Cepia

July 16th, 2008

Remember that D.Nine poster from a while back? I have decided to update it and give it much more. I’ve posted a few small teaser previews. Alongside that, there will be some other posters coming as well.

I spent most of my morning trying to listen to all of Depeche Mode’s songs. I came to the conclusion that I wasn’t going to be able to get through them all, so I gave up and chose one song from them and one song from the Ghostly Swim Album.

Depeche Mode – Agent Orange

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Cepia – Ithaca

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D.Nine Poster Series Teaser
D.Nine Poster Series Teaser
D.Nine Poster Series Teaser

Logo Evolution

July 5th, 2008

Since I shoot photos, and I blog them frequently, I’ll post a little bit about one of my favorite brands–Kwanon. Wait a minute…Kwanon?

In 1933, Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory (Canon) was established and Kwanon was the name given to Canon’s earliest cameras. Their first logo during the prototype stage, was a horrid beautiful rendition of what looks like Buddhist deity.

Canon has since then undergone some serious changes that have given us a much more welcoming logo. Here are some of the stages they’ve gone through to get that logo that we’ve all come to love:

canon logos

Another logo change that is questionable is Walmart’s. In my opinion, all they really need is the updated color change and that will be enough for them.

walmart logo

Trio Flyer & Stock

April 23rd, 2008

There originally were going to be a few posts in a row with a couple different graphics, but I’ve narrowed it down into this one. Up first is a flyer done for a show in Philadelphia, PA. The show is for Marcus Eaton and his band. The show will be happening Wednesday, April, 23 (tomorrow). If you’re in the area check it out.

shelby white wanken design
It looks as if more of this stuff will be coming soon as well as plenty more photos. I just purchased a new set of gadgets that I’ll blog about when I get them in the mail. For now I’ll leave it up in the air as to what it is.

Second on my list of things to blog about, are a few of the stock photos from the Sunday walk at the Olympic Sculpture park with Dave. Apparently both of us had stock photos in mind when we went out shooting. We both returned with very similar shots. Here are some of them. There are more on flickr that you can view:


Cloud Puff

Grass + Gravel

Texture Wall

Autumn Garage Art Show

March 28th, 2008

Early this week I took a trip to Portland, OR. I didn’t realize how much I enjoyed Portland until I came back today. Hopefully soon there will be another trip down there and I’ll take the camera with. I have been waiting a few days to blog a poster/flyer that I was asked to make for an Art Show at Autumn Garage in Salt Lake City. The show will feature work from Dave Kamp, Brett Allen and my good friend Ian Matteson. I will include the information below if you’re interested in attending the show.

wanken design shelby white
As of recent, I’ve been asked how many layers go into making a piece like this. My answer is simple—as many as it takes! Of course, the more layers, the larger the file size. For example, this file has around 90 layers being used. In return the file size is about 618MB—giant. Some of which were very small, but still served a purpose. Here is a screen shot of the layers panel. Of course I’ve made the image smaller and moved it horizontal so you won’t have to scroll 6,000px down.

wanken design shelby white

Sleep Creatively

February 22nd, 2008

These last two weeks have been spent trying to recover from two wrecks on the bicycle and getting well from what might have been the flu. I spent some of that time going looking at apartments and reading articles. I was skimming through Digg yesterday and couldn’t help but notice a series of links about inspiring things. This particular one was about the worlds most inspiring and creative hotel rooms. I would love to stay in one of those and have dreams. I think I’d be having creative nightmares.

Room Hotel

Cool Room Design

D.Nine Graphic

February 19th, 2008

This graphic was made as a piece just for display. I may decide to do posters on these if anyone if interested.

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