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.
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.
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June 4th, 2009
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!
June 1st, 2009
As 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.
May 25th, 2009
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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May 14th, 2009
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
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
Passenger – Do What You Like
Passenger – Night Vision Binoculars / Walk You Home
Passenger – Things You’ve Never Done
April 16th, 2009
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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April 13th, 2009
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
April 10th, 2009
Nearly two years have soared past since I shot this Super 8 footage at the Carson Ianson Memorial Jam in 2007 and I’ve finally pulled this footage from the dusty archives for this short cut. The snowboard jam was held on the ridge of a tall mountain outside of Cascade, Idaho.
Music accompaniment by Air – Kelly Watch the Stars.