• Posted on December 30, 2010
Coffee_Small

Coffee Madness

I live in Seattle, therefore I drink coffee. I can’t help it. Nobody can. There’s a pusher on three corners of each block. When I lived in St. Louis, I had a youthful Midwest addiction to Mountain Dew. I’d drink it in the morning like most drink their coffee, but then I moved to Seattle [...]

  • Posted on December 28, 2010
Bio_Gypsy

the gypsy way

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  • Posted on December 28, 2010
Kurt_Bio

kurt wolken

As founder, Kurt brings many years of experience and a great catalog of design expertise to Wolken Communica/Studio Gypsies. Before moving to the Northwest, Kurt spent four years in a large marketing firm in St. Louis. There, he designed collateral and event promotions for Fortune 50 companies. After moving to Seattle, he changed gears and [...]

  • Posted on December 28, 2010
Justin Byrnes

justin byrnes

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  • Posted on December 17, 2010
Justin and Kurt, the Srtuio Gypseis enjoy a refreshment

The Land of (LACTOSE-FREE) Milk and Money

I’ve noticed a comforting cadence to Ballard. Early in the morning there are homeless and elderly milling about. Then the bike commuters take over – until they get pushed out by the moms in track suits who push strollers. Around ten, the business people venture out of the buildings for coffee, or lunch. (If this [...]

  • Posted on December 09, 2010
Reunited-and-it-Feels-so-Good

Reunited and it Feels So Good

I knew there was a lot to work out with the concept of a traveling studio. I also knew the first stop would also be a bit bumpy while we worked out the kinks. Conceptually, I floated the new traveling studio to a few clients and designer friends – trial balloons, if you will. Everyone [...]

  • Posted on December 02, 2010
Justin on his Bike

Plotting the Great Escape

Sometimes I ask myself if I’m running from the responsibilities of many employees and monthly bills – or running to a new vision of the workplace. Either way I’m happy to be doing less paperwork. I hate paperwork. It is the devil’s work. It is worse. It is the opposite of why I went into [...]

  • Posted on November 22, 2010
A Hot New Foreign Model

A Hot New Foreign Model

After a good deal of soul searching and exploring business models – I was still scratching my head. I left the large studio system to be independent for a reason; I am not a cog. To work for one client or one brand would be great for one year, but day-in-and-day-out would run me down. [...]

  • Posted on November 11, 2010
This is not my beautiful wife

This is Not My Beautiful Wife

Life had become too stable – families created, schools researched and houses bought all according to the grand plan. This, however, created its own issues. Those elements would not change: no wife would be swapped for a new one, the economy didn’t permit cool new houses any more, instead of a month-long space camp, the [...]

  • Posted on November 01, 2010
Once Upon A Time....

Once Upon a Time…..

Wolken Communica is a design firm. We’ve been around since 2000 in quantities of two to five people, plus outside accomplices, working in a sweet mid-century building overlooking Lake Union in Seattle. Nine years ago, as WC was being forced out of another office space, I got a call from Ted Mader,  for whom I [...]