• Posted on June 30, 2011

Rocking Out in SODO

It was hard to extract ourselves from lake life with Pixelube, but it had to be done. We would have been sent out by Vince eventually, and better to leave on a good note. The caravan almost became a dingy as we loaded up, but that’s only because we forgot to put the bricks behind [...]

  • Posted on June 11, 2011

Under the Influence

Music has always been a big part of my life. My older brothers and sisters collected records that I played as soon as they left the house, I just sat there listening – taking it all in. Many years later I’m still listening nearly every moment of the day. I love entering a room that [...]

  • Posted on May 25, 2011

It’s all good.

As I was locking up the shop last night I had a revelation. The key in my hand, allowing entry to the studio, was not only physical – it was also metaphorical. With that key, and every key we’ve latched onto our key rings, came trust. As we move around, we’re allowed to enter a [...]

  • Posted on May 13, 2011

Nudie Bikers at the Center of the Universe

Ah, eclectic Fremont, self-proclaimed center of everything. And now that the Gypsies are here, it might just be. The Wolken Communica office was just across the Fremont Bridge for 10 years before we fled, so in many ways we’re now trompin’ around in our old stompin’ grounds. Peet’s Coffee has been host over the years [...]

  • Posted on April 30, 2011


Sometimes it’s best to go out incognito. Occasionally it’s better to go to a client meeting unrecognized. We look at the travel log not only as a document of how we go about our work, but also as a “Best Practices” document for those who may want to start mobilizing their offices. We’re Gypsies, but [...]

  • Posted on April 20, 2011

Pirate Gypsies

Our restless souls have gotten the best of us once again and we have said goodbye to our hosts at Electric Pen. Mixing it up with everyone was inspiring. Working as an art director on projects with new designers was an unexpected jolt to our own work. But all things must end. We count the [...]

  • Posted on April 14, 2011


Before we leave Electric Pen there was one matter of business that needs to be tended to. The office is great – as offices go – but it’s not so great as a hangout. We Gypsies like a little of both. At Electric Pen there was what seemed to be an obvious opportunity: the giant, [...]

  • Posted on March 24, 2011


I’ve been paid to be a graphic designer since 1991. In the time since I’ve been fortunate to work with quite the spectrum of personalities. There are the “I-want-to- party-with-you!” bombasts, and then there are the wallflowers. Some were holier-than-thou who couldn’t design anything that wasn’t great (and couldn’t not point out that everyone else’s [...]

  • Posted on March 03, 2011

Electric Gypsy Land

Out of nowhere, a while back, I received an e-mail from John Pletsch of Electric Pen. I’d never met the man, but our firms had crossed paths once when we were both asked to respond to an RFP (Request for Proposal). His e-mail came with a proposal – one I’d never considered.  After a speed [...]

  • Posted on February 18, 2011

You CAN Take it With You

The actual moving of the office is actually not that intensive. This is because we do have a top-secret Bat Cave where we can build mock-ups and hold our larger printers, project samples, library and more. Where? We can’t say. But the point is, we don’t like spending time there – it kinda smells – [...]