03.30.08

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Chuck Anderson has updated Nopattern with some new work. If you don’t know who he is you have probably been out of the loop for so long that telling you about him won’t do you much good. His meteoric rise to the top of the design food chain, minus a graduate education by the tender age of 21 has made him one of the more hotly debated personalities of the design scene. He was working for some of the biggest names in the business before he could even legally sip a beer. Watching all of this happen put a lot of experienced creatives on edge and there has of course been an angry backlash found in the dark corners of design forums where is work is sometimes contested. His work brought the style over substance debate to the fold and it has remained there argued in circles by the design and advertising community every since. Fortunately clients care about results and if style yields results, clients are happy to pay for it. His portfolio says it all with names like Nike, Burton and Moutain Dew.

He came on as a blogger at Design is Kinky not long after I did and I remember looking into his background at the time and being stunned that he was all but 18 and just out of highschool. I had already spent 4 hard years in an intensive design program and felt more than a little threatened by someone so young, so raw and so naturally talented. Not long thereafter his star quickly rose and finding himself in the right place at the right time, he was ushered into the Keystone Design Union AKA The KDU by David Gensler and the rest you could say is history.

Throughout all of this Chuck has always remained a humble and just sincerely nice person. I have had limited correspondence with him over the years through email and he always exudes sincerity and humility. I have very little doubt that if I ever have the chance to meet him in person, he would typify those same qualities.

On a personal note, I couldn’t take my eyes off of the ‘light camo’ jacket he created for Burton (as seen in the images above). If there was a piece in Chuck’s book that I would flag as embodying his style, it would be that jacket. It is pure candy, and even if some may find it saccharin, there is just no arguing that it is sweet.

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