Shelby White of Wanken & Designspiration

Behind the Blog

Name: Shelby White of Wanken.com & Designspiration.net
Location: Portland, Oregon
Size: 700 square feet

Tell us a bit about Wanken: Wanken originally started as a video production venture by brother and myself in 2004. After a while video production become less of an interest so I took Wanken and ran with it in a different direction involving design and photography. The first versions of Wanken.com were interesting to say the least--full flash sites with intros and hit counters. When the blog started it was only photography but soon after, my interests evolved; architecture and graphic design became more prominent. Right now the blog is mostly focused on Mid-century & Swiss design, architecture, photography and music.

Pin it button big

How would you describe your office? I'm on the seventh floor of a very quiet, but large building in Portland. My space is simple and free of clutter. I've arranged it to encourage me to work at the desk for certain things like editing photos or designing while the rest of my space is comfortable for working from the laptop.

In terms of layout and organization of your work space, what are specific details that you're particularly proud of? My inspiration wall is something that I've found quite useful. Every time I come across something really interesting or that I particularly like, I'll put it up on the wall. I also like to put up images of inspiration related to the current projects I'm working on.

Pin it button big

What's on your desk/computer desktop at this moment? On my computer's desktop right now are designs for the new Wanken t-shirts, Ancient Aliens Season 3 and a folder for a new project called Love for Leica.

On my actual desk is my Yashica T4 35mm camera, two rolls of Portra 160 film, and two of my favorite books: Helvetica Forever and Symbol.

What's your favorite tech tools for business and/or leisure?
It would be a tough battle between my iPhone and my Yashica. I use both every day to shoot photos, but my iPhone lets me use Twitter.

Favorite thing about your workspace? Inspiration wall and Herman Miller Aeron Chair.

What would you improve about your workspace? I'd improve by swapping my light colored wooden desk top with Bolivian Rosewood top. My next move would be to transform the whole space organically much like the work of Verner Panton.

Pin it button big

What inspires your blog? Anything Mid-century or Swiss will get me going. Intentionally simple design is something that I strive for in my own work and anything that I post on the blog. My other inspiration comes from specific aesthetics of design or photos and even imaginative interpretations of feelings or nostalgic moments that I've had.

Is it reflected in your workspace? Some of the same inspiration has informed my workspace but for the most part it is distant. Somewhere in the back of my mind I'm secretly afraid that if I actually reflect it, I may become bored of it...that will never happen though.

Any tips or advice about office décor, layout or organization? Always work where you're most comfortable. If you're not comfortable, then find somewhere that is. Never let the confines of a desk stop you from finding your comfy place. It could be the lying on the couch, sitting in the darkest corner of your space, or even sitting in an Eames Plywood chair amidst a circle of plants.

Photos by Ian Matteson

Are you a blogger, designer, artist or musician with a stylish and well organized home office or creative space with technology thoughtfully incorporated into your decor? We'd love to share your space with our readers. Submit your space by contacting us via email with the subject line "Behing the Blog", some preview images and a short description of your space.