• Posted on December 21, 2011

We Have a Bathroom Issue.

As you know, we travel all over the Seattle metropolitan area from one exotic work environment to the next. We land at a high-class grouping of today’s hottest companies but, unfortunately, I’ve noticed that there is a seedy underbelly of incompetence. Apparently there should be “How To Install” directions on toilet-paper packaging. As we’ve toured [...]

  • Posted on November 29, 2011

Returning to the scene of the crime

Let me take you back to late 1999. Just breaking out of another design studio, Brian Piper, Christina Piper and I started a design firm called HEAVY. We rented a second-floor spot on the corner of 12th and Pike on Capitol Hill, a loft type space with a big window looking toward downtown. We refinished [...]

  • Posted on November 18, 2011

The Year that Never Stopped

Happy birthday to the Gypsies. One year en route to nowhere in particular, Wolken Communica has been traveling – stopping only to suck dry our hosts’ creativity before moving to another. When the thought struck to hang up the office structure for a mobile lifestyle, we planned to do it for a year –minimum. It [...]

  • Posted on November 05, 2011

The Sound of Silence

It’s been a full month since the last post. And now, I’d like to bring you back to regularly scheduled programming. I hope you missed us. I can say that we’ve been super busy – which wouldn’t be a lie. Justin and I have been pumping work out non-stop. After all, we may be Gypsies, [...]

  • Posted on September 29, 2011


As Gypsies we haven’t been entirely true to our ethos: We’ve paid for space in far too many locations along the way. We’ve taken to changing that with our newest host. We are shacking up for the first time with an existing client. SiteWorkshop is an outstanding landscape architecture firm. And we’ve moved into their [...]

  • Posted on September 21, 2011

Kissing the Frog

We’re about as far from an international agency as you can get. Given that, it makes sense for us to sample one or two on our travels. I’ve been running a small studio for over ten years, so it has been even longer than that since I worked in that environment. So, when one of [...]

  • Posted on August 24, 2011

Party in our Pants

The idea of having a studio that moves around has always required a social component. With each new office we meet a grab bag of new people – it’s one of the most exciting elements of the studio. As our time was winding down at Graypants, we wanted to reach out. After all, their warehouse [...]

  • Posted on August 16, 2011

Sweet Lovin’ SODO

As fun as Graypants is, our mantra is “Keep on Truckin.’” So we’re off again. SODO has been good to us, though. We actually found a way to benefit from the large corporate system by eating at the food carts that Starbucks brings in everyday. We also almost got a home theater system out of [...]

  • Posted on July 20, 2011

Office = Creativity Sucking Vortex

In the photo for this travel log entry, I’m sitting in a Flux chair. It is a project of Douwe Jacobs and Tom Schouten (flux) – one piece of polypropylene folded into a beautiful and comfortable chair. It ships and stores flat – as a matter of fact I’m holding another chair in that same picture. [...]

  • Posted on July 12, 2011

World Class Jerks (Hey Jealousy)

Seth and Jon of Graypants piss me off. They’re punks with bright eyes that exude creativity. Hanging with them is like having the guy next to you catch a 50-foot wave back to the beach, where a cold one held by a hottie is waiting. Meanwhile, I sit in a sewage outflow waiting for the [...]