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Speaking at Montreal Meets April 7

March 26th, 2012

I’m excited to announce I’ll be heading to Montreal, Quebec (Canada) in the first week of April to speak at Montreal Meets. I’ll be joining friends Fabio Sasso / Abduzeedo, James White / Signalnoise, and Radim Malinic / Brand Nu. The event is two days and if you’re able to make it, tickets are available here.

Tycho will also be performing on the second day of the event to close the conference. Looking forward to seeing some of you there!

Saturday, April 7th, 2012
14h30 – Presentation by Fabio Sasso (Abduzeedo) w/ Q+A
15h30 – Intermission (30 minutes)
16h00 (4:00PM) – Presentation by Shelby White (Designspiration) w/ Q+A
17h00 – Intermission (60 minutes)
18h00 – Presentation by Radim Malinic (Brand Nu) w/ Q+A

Sunday, April 8th, 2012
11h30 – Presentation by James White (Signalnoise) w/ Q+A
12h30 – Intermission (30 minutes)
13h00 – Presentation by Rik Oostenbroek
14h15 – Q+A Session with all the Speakers

Tycho in Portland + 2 Sets of Free tickets

September 1st, 2011

Tonight (Friday, September 1st 2011) Tycho and Shigeto will be playing a 9PM show in Portland at the Crown Room. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. However, there are two sets of free tickets up for grabs right now if you head over to ISO50 and leave a comment on the post.

I’m looking forward to enjoying the show and hopefully I’ll see you there!

The Power of Perseverance

May 16th, 2011

YouTube Preview ImageWe tend to give up too easily on things we think we can’t do. The truth is that we can do those things, but we tell ourselves we can’t. That is dangerous.

Do you want to learn how to play guitar, become a designer, or an architect but feel like you should just give up? For me it was learning how to build a large website. Quite frankly I hadn’t the best clue on how to do that. What I found was that time is what it would take; time was my friend. How you form your relationship with time is also key.

Let me say that one more time—believe in yourself and just do it.

Sure it sounds like a line out of a self-help book, but we all really need to read it. Sometimes it’s not just that we think we can’t do things it’s that other people tell us we can’t do them. The next time someone tells you something isn’t possible, question why. Question why because their intent might fall towards laziness rather than a technical problem.

What I’m trying to say is that the guy in this video, Og De Souza, didn’t give up skateboarding just because he doesn’t have the same ability to use his legs as we do. He persevered. He said the hell with those who think I can’t do it, and the hell with my own negative thoughts. I can’t think of a more perfect example than this to fuel your fire and drive you forward into your next goal.

North on Sixty Woodworking

March 23rd, 2011

North on Sixty is a woodworking studio that focuses on building great products using environmentally sound materials. The wood used is taken from barns, farmhouses, warehouses, factories, plane hangars and bridges from around the North on Sixty shop.


Pantone Chip Cookies

January 26th, 2011

Kim Neill really knows the way to our hearts: cookies and Pantone. I’m not sure that you can really go wrong here. Check out the Pantone tins, I would love to get my mitts on a set of those.

Pantone cookies are a great self promotional item and fortunately Kim was kind enough to give out her recipe here.

Happy Holidays from Wanken

December 24th, 2010

Everyone that has tuned in, I thank you. The blog has come a long ways since earlier this year and it’s because of your support. The new year will bring a lot of new things that I believe you’ll love.

Remember to sign up for the bloglist if you’re not already and also check out my newest project called Designspiration. Feel free to pass it along to friends as well. After all it’s a site for you to use!

Vintage Airline Tags

December 8th, 2010

A collection a Day posted four sets of these great vintage airline baggage tags. Its quite a shame that the United States can’t adopt a better design for the tags. The design itself is far more appealing than the traditional baggage tags that we see.

Check out more baggage tags.

Minimalist Icon Sets

June 18th, 2010

As Alex Koplin and I have discussed in the past, coming up with new and unique icons can be a real challenge. Lucky for us, has come up with the Top 10 Beautiful Minimalist Icon Sets.

Read the full post here on

How A Web Design Goes Straight To Hell

January 11th, 2010

So you’re about to start the best project in the world and are thrilled to have it in your portfolio. Fast-forward twenty days and you’re now wishing that you’d never agreed to do this project because your client has forgotten why they hired you as a designer–to build something really great. It’s safe to say that that most of us in the industry have experienced a similar situation. Feel free to vent your story in the comments.

Hit the jump to read the comic and have a good laugh.


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!

A day of Substance: Moving Day & Nacho Challenge

October 23rd, 2008

Our Friends over at Substance seem to be having some fun. They just moved into the new Substance Head Quarters. Some of their moving day was captured via flip cam.

Substance Moving Day from Substance on Vimeo.

Nacho Challenge
All moved in and now they’re off to the Substance Nacho Challenge. I’m not sure if this was fun in the end, or if this was torture, but some things to know before you watch:
– Cory, Shaun and Erin are the competitors.
– Each container of nachos was from 711.
– There is no way these nachos tasted great.

The Nacho Challenge from Substance on Vimeo.

Canon goes Avril

October 22nd, 2008

Canon Canada seems to be taking a new approach by teaming up with Avril Lavigne. Why Avril? There are so many other well known people that would appeal to a larger audience.

Go to and you can sign up for their photo contest and possibly win some goods.

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