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#np_unrealarchitecture Instagram Series by @NoPattern

#np_unrealarchitecture Instagram Series by @NoPattern

Our good friend NoPattern also known as Chuck Anderson is an artist, designer and creative director based in Chicago. On his Instagram, he recently just hit a milestone of 100K followers! As a little token of appreciation, we are featuring his series #np_unrealarchitecture. Enjoy! All Rights to NoPattern All Rights to NoPattern All Rights to NoPattern All Rights to NoPattern All Rights to NoPattern All Rights to NoPattern All Rights to NoPattern All Rights to NoPattern All Rights to NoPattern All Rights to NoPattern All Rights to NoPattern All Rights to NoPattern All Rights to NoPattern All Rights to NoPattern Previously Featured New Works by Chuck Anderson: Links More info about NoPattern: Follow NoPattern on Instagram:

New Works by Chuck Anderson

New Works by Chuck Anderson

Our good friend Chuck Anderson (NoPattern) just launched his new site with a wholesome of new stuff including client and experimental works. For those of you who don't know, NoPattern is a Chicago-based studio of artist, designer, & photographer Chuck Anderson. ...client list began to grow and to date he has lent his vivid, colorful work to collaborations with brands such as Burton, Microsoft, ESPN, Target, Honda, GQ, Wall Street Journal, and Vans among others. Enroll to the NoPattern / Chuck Anderson Skillshare Class, to learn to use your photography to create surreal, dreamlike new works. Learn More All Rights to Chuck Anderson All Rights to Chuck Anderson All Rights to Chuck Anderson All Rights to Chuck Anderson All Rights to Chuck Anderson All Rights to Chuck Anderson All Rights to Chuck Anderson All Rights to Chuck Anderson All Rights to Chuck Anderson All Rights to Chuck Anderson All Rights to Chuck Anderson All Rights to Chuck Anderson All Rights to Chuck Anderson All Rights to Chuck Anderson All Rights to Chuck Anderson All Rights to Chuck Anderson All Rights to Chuck Anderson All Rights to Chuck Anderson All Rights to Chuck Anderson All Rights to Chuck Anderson Links More about Chuck Anderson: Follow Chuck on Instagram: Join to Chuck Anderson Skillshare: Everyday Surrealism

Daily Inspiration #1000 Giveaway Winners

On last December 8th, we celebrated the 1000th Daily Inspiration on Abduzeedo and for the occasion we have put together an incredible giveaway for you all. We randomly picked the winners among all your comments and here are the lucky winners! Originally, the Daily Inspiration started as a way for us to share images we liked since we were constantly finding good stuff on the web and wanted to bookmark them. People really enjoyed it and slowly the Daily became quite popular. You guys started sharing your inspirations and work with us, and that really made what the Daily Inspiration is today, and for that, we thank you. 2 Abduzeeedo Book Winners Fabi Simoes (fabianasrs(@) and Hafyzza Kamal (hafyzza(@) Abduzeedo Book 2 Abduzeeedo Retro Posters Winners bechteaa(@) and Patrick Suin (suin2d(@) Abduzeedo Retro Poster 1 NoPattern Calendar and 1 T-shirt (of your choice) NoPattern Calendar (tyler(@) T-Shirt (brandoncoxdesign(@) NoPattern Calendar and T-Shirt To the winners, we'll contact you and we'll send your prizes via the mail. Also thanks to everybody for participating and contributing to the Daily Inspiration. If you wanna be featured in the Daily Inspiration, make sure to check out our Abduzeedo Raw Inspiration at

Daily Inspiration #1000 + Giveaway

Take a break in your day and come celebrate the 1000th Daily Inspiration! Abduzeedo is thankful for all the support you gave us along the years. To celebrate, we decided to throw a giveaway! Originally, the Daily Inspiration started as a way for us to share images we liked since we were constantly finding good stuff on the web and wanted to bookmark them. People really enjoyed it and slowly the Daily became quite popular. You guys started sharing your inspirations and work with us, and that really made what the Daily Inspiration is today, and for that, we thank you. Giveaway We have 2 Abduzeedo Books, 2 Abduzeedo Retro Posters, 1 NoPattern T-shirt (of your choice) and 1 NoPattern Limited Calendar to giveaway. To participate is very simple, just leave a comment in the comment box below with a valid email so we can contact you. We'll pick in total 6 winners on December 15th, 2011. Best of luck to you all! 2 Abduzeedo Books Abduzeedo Book 2 Abduzeedo Retro Posters Abduzeedo Retro Poster 1 NoPattern Calendar and 1 T-shirt (of your choice) NoPattern Calendar and T-Shirt About NoPattern NoPattern aka Chuck Anderson has been a great contributor and generous enough to include items from his latest store revamp in the mix for the Daily Inspiration 1000th Giveaway. Check out this store at Check out also his website , be a fan on Facebook or follow him on Twitter. ------------------------------------------------- This post is part of our daily series of posts showing the most inspiring images selected by some of the Abduzeedo's writers and users. If you want to participate and share your graphic design inspiration, just send us, via email, the image with the link from where you found it, also use "Daily Inspiration" in the subject, and don't forget to send your Abduzeedo username; or via Twitter sending to If possible use the HTML code: <p class="imgC"><a href="Link to the page you found the image"><img src="Link to the Image" /></a></p> Do you want to see all images from all Daily Inspirations? Check out You can also submit your images and inspiration to RAWZ via AoiroStudio Attilatheone aurora23 Coolvibe Diogo Carneiro Fabio Fabiano Feature Me Florian NICOLLE Giancarlo Clarete Joerg Daiber Mike Archer Sebastian Andaur Shootme Signalnoise Vervex Send your suggestions via Twitter to using #abdz in the end of the tweet. @Daniel_Nelson @LetMeBeInspired Send your RAWZ suggestions via aephotodesign al b sure Aleksei Alex Tass Berrykung Bogdan Sandu Cristian cuddlemeugly cuded Estúdio Happy giftcouture juanalexisc Kevin van Diest |kfDesign Mackenzie Maria Papaefstathiou nenuno Oleg Kremeshnoy pk Profeta999 sutsurikeru thaeger Thomas Clements Victor Ruiz WhatAnART zinkai

Interview with Chuck Anderson aka NoPattern

Chuck Anderson aka NoPattern is one of my favourite designers out there! He changed the freelance industry for the greater good of future designers like us. Entitled with the nickname of the 'Master of Light Effects', Chuck Anderson recently facelift his website with new works and features. Chuck is also involved in several charities like Charity: Water, WordMadeFlesh and many more! I had the honour to ask him some questions about his philosophy, his knowledge and things that will make you see that Chuck is a successful designer but also an down-to-earth kind of guy with lots of great values. Chuck Anderson aka NoPattern - Image by Brian Kelly 1. First of all, we would like to thank you for taking your time for this interview with Abduzeedo. For those that aren't familiar with you, tell us a little bit of yourself? Thank you for interviewing me and for all the continued support Abduzeedo has given my work and the design community. As for me, I'm an artist & designer and have been running my studio NoPattern for nearly 8 years now. I do a lot of work with clients like Microsoft, Reebok, Nike, Vans, and UltimateEars, among others, and do a lot of my own personal work, much of which is available at my online store . The best way to learn about me and my work is to just look through my site and get a feel for the work and collaborations I've done over the years. 2. Congratulations for your new website, tell us about the new things on your site? I'm super excited about the new site - it's been a very long time coming. I'd had the same NoPattern site for about 4 years and finally decided it was time for a serious overhaul. I needed a more efficient CMS first off. A backend that would be more effective for the sheer quantity of work I've accumulated over so many years. That was the first hurdle. The second thing was simply wanting a new visual & organizational way to show my work. The new site allows you to organize by client, type, and year - which makes a lot of sense when you're trying to show close to 100 individual client projects. And check out what happens when you resize my site - keep an eye on all the project images. Fun little easter egg...As for the actual new content on the site, there are a few new projects including collaborations with UnderArmour, Target, FootJoy, and Gizmodo with more projects coming soon with new clients like UltimateEars, Mead, and CAT Footwear. I also took the (very long) time to rephotograph all my work for the site, for example which was a great thing to have done but took a ton of time and a lot of hard work. Totally worth doing though. 3. How important it is for you the balance between commercial and personal work for you? It's important but the reality is I spend 90% of my creating time on commercial work now, which is actually quite fine with me since my clients almost always ask me to experiment and be as creative as I'd be with a personal project, so I'm not complaining at all. On the flipside, my new site is of course considered personal work, my new online store and all the prints available are personal work, all the promoting I do of my brand and work on Twitter, Facebook, etc. is personal work, so while most of the 'creating' time is spent on client work, a large portion of my overall time is spent on all that stuff. Man, I don't know, as long as I'm having fun and making a living from what I love to do I'm happy. 4. You have the design nickname of being the "Master of Lights Effects", how do you feel about that? I'm not sure how I feel about that. I don't really know where that comes from or anything but I guess if anyone thinks of me and my work in that way it's flattering. Not sure what else to say on that one...I don't consider myself to be a master of anything, except maybe my 2 cats. Ha. 5. On last June, you went to Ethiopia for the Charity:, tell us a little bit of story and how was your experience? It was a great experience. It came about while I was in Washington DC at a Summit Series event while speaking with my friend Scott Harrison, the founder of Charity Water. He simply asked me if I'd like to join him and a group of others on a trip to Ethiopia to see what it is they're doing over there and ultimately to help raise money for their cause, which I was thrilled to do. It was a great trip, I saw a lot, met some great people, and have just been floored by the continued success Charity Water has continued to have. 6. What do you feel is the most common mistake that you see other designers do? Relying too heavily on stock imagery and the internet for resources; not stepping outside what you know and doing new things for yourself. It's not that that's a mistake necessarily, but I just hate to see entire portfolios of things that are half created by the designer and half created by someone they've never even met. I'm just a big believer in a deliberate collaboration or doing everything in your work yourself, 100%, unless you're working for a client and need images that are impossible to get otherwise. Stock has its place, I just hate to see people using it as a crutch and never stretching themselves enough to learn to do new things themselves. 7. What is the one thing in the world that you wish to design or had designed? That's a great but very difficult question. I'm so grateful for all the amazing opportunities I've already had to be honest, I don't think a lot about "what I'd REALLY like to do" because I'm already doing it. I'm very content when it comes to the projects I've worked on and am working on now. I guess I'd really love to collaborate with a few brands I haven't worked with yet like Apple (although my Windows 7 work may haunt me there), Prada (mainly from seeing what they hired James Jean to do ( James Jean Prada III), Bell & Ross watches. 8. And plans for the future, any new projects? I have several plans for personal projects I'll be launching this year. One of my big next steps is to begin curating and/or publishing - basically I'm working on a few ways that will serve as outlets for me to give a platform to other creative people I admire whether that's through a book, a design 'news' type site, interviews, or whatever, I really want to start using my platform as a way to give people I admire and up-and-comers some new exposure. 9. Once again, thank you very much for the interview. As a final word, inspired by John C. Jay ( What are your 10 lessons for young designers? 1. Be open minded to different styles & aesthetics when you're just getting started. It's great to be really good at one thing, but it's even better to be great at that one thing and also pretty good and a few others too. Your talents and portfolio should have a well-rounded depth, ideally. 2. Non-profit/working for free can be a great way to get started and get a portfolio some depth but just be aware of the difference between contributing a sensible about of work & time versus letting yourself be exploited and taken advantage of. 3. Learn more than just Photoshop. Life drawing, photography, painting, anything by hand. Do it if you aren't already. It will help you in the long run in all you do. 4. Find inspiration outside the internet - start by spending a few hours in a bookstore. 5. Don't be shy about what you do. If you're ready to put it out there for the world to see, be ready to come off confident and determined. 6. Writeoffs/taxes. Save all your receipts!!! 7. Invest in quality technology/equipment. If you need a better/faster computer, figure out what you need to do to make that happen and do it. You can write it off and it's the primary thing you're using to make your work. 8. Just ask. People on design sites, Twitter, Facebook, etc., are willing to help, you just need to humble yourself when it's time to ask for advice. Everyone had to do it at some point with someone. 9. Don't be annoying. Writing an email to someone you look up to is fine, but remember people are busy. Give it a few days before you follow up or, if its a potential new client, before you call to ask if they got it. They probably did. Patience is key. 10. Make sure you're having fun.  For more information on Chuck Anderson, check out his website, be a fan on his Facebook or follow him on Twitter @NoPattern.

New Works of Chuck Anderson Aka NoPattern

Chuck Anderson aka NoPattern is a true example that hard work results into a success. He has collaborated and designed for companies like Microsoft, Nike, Warner Bros., Reebok, Burton, Target and more. Recently, he just launched his new site, this a sample of his recent works. I'll be also doing an interview with Chuck in the upcoming days. If you wanna ask some questions to NoPattern? Please send it out to and I'll publish a couple of them. For more information on Chuck, check out his website , be a fan on Facebook or follow him on Twitter. Target Racing Target Racing Under Armour 'Charged Cotton' Under Armour 'Charged Cotton' Under Armour 'Charged Cotton' Footjoy Remy Martin Kaskade

The Incredible NoPattern Office

Now I can understand why Chuck Anderson has this amazing mind to create pieces of art that are so impressive. His office is incredible, those places where we can work and live, for sure. And you must be imagining that lots of people work there, right? But NoPattern is a one person company, yes, Chuck Anderson enjoy all this alone! The guy work for the biggest companies in the world, in a workspace absolutely inspiring. The use of wood and brick with some apparent metal tubes bring a industrial and very modern feel. Besides the natural light and the wide space that make this office so cozy, the illustrations give personality to the place. The choice of the mobiles seem to be done randomly, with no concern, but all of them are complementary. And to finish this list, one especial piece call my attention, is a Herman Muller chair, this is what I can call chair! For me Chuck was very happy when design this stylish and cool workspace, a perfect place to work! Thank you OfficeSpanshot for this amazing tip!

Amazing New Projects by NoPattern

The master of light effects, Chuck Anderson from has updated his portfolio with some incredible new work. The clients are very cool too, including Microsoft with beautiful artworks for Windows 7 and the package itself. Also there's the Google Chrome theme and the fantastic work for the Chicago Marathon. I updated NoPattern today with the biggest projects I've ever done. New work for Windows 7, the Chicago Marathon, and Google Chrome are up, along with a few other new ones. Chuck Anderson is a reference for us and we highly recommend that you visit his website and take a look at his portfolio. It's definitely worth checking it out. Also follow Chuck Anderson on Twitter at @nopattern. Microsoft Windows 7 Chicago Marathon Decibel Magazine Google Chrome Ernie Ball Solace Magazine Other Projects

Portfolio Update: Chuck Anderson (NOPATTERN)

We here at abduzeedo love NoPattern-mastermind Chuck Anderson. We published a great interview and mentioned him in several articles. He just updated his website with great new stuff you wont miss. Chuck Anderson uses a lot of awesome light-effects, i especially like the AMP and the PUMA ad. But he's a great illustrator too, you can see that in his t-shirt design for Vans of the wall. If you like that kind of style he uses, you should read the tutorial Fabio wrote for where he teaches how to achieve one of Chuck Andersons lightning style. For more of his work you should check out his website

Interview: Chuck Anderson

This is the 6. Interview within 2 weeks. We are all happy that Abduzeedo is workin so good. As a special gift we offer you a insight in the colorful world of mastermind Chuck Anderson. For more of his work, check out First of all we would like to thank you for taking the time to provide with this interview. Please tell us more about your art and design background and what made you become an artist and designer? I've been an artist at heart my whole life. Ever since I was a little kid I loved to draw and create things. It just feels like a natural part of me, so becoming a freelance designer was just the most freeing and rewarding type of job I could have ended up with. I pursued it starting back in 2003 and things snowballed and really took off the following year. I don't feel like I really chose to become an artist, it just is something I love to do. 2. Your work is pretty unique. You use a lot of creativity in it . Where does your inspiration come from? I think too hard about an answer for this question sometimes when I give interviews. I don't think I really have a set source of inspiration. To be honest, I just really love creating things that are striking and fun and vibrant. Things that jump out as far as color goes. You'll see in my work a lot of times really intense light and color - I really enjoy creating things that feel supernatural and like they came straight out of my imagination. 3. You sure have your own way to do a job. How does your typical workflow look like? Usually all the business part of a job gets taken care of first. Working out timelines, budgets, direction, concepts, etc. comes first. From there I usually start slow and send clients a little portion of what I'm working on to make sure they like the direction. If they like where it's headed I keep building on that. Sometimes a client will just love what I'm doing and leave everything up to me to finish up, leaving some time at the end for minor revisions and refining. Other times I work very intensely and closely with the art director on a project doing tons of revisions and back-and-forths until things fall into place. There really is no set workflow for me, I just handle each job with what it needs and demands. 4. What are your tools of work? Do you use special software and hardware? Photoshop and Illustrator are the only software programs I use. I work on a Mac Pro, Wacom Intuos 3 Tablet, Epson Stylus Pro 3800 printer, and my trusty Dymo double-turbo label printer for labels for my online store, I also use a lot of photography in my work and I have a Canon XTi for that. For drawing I mostly use Micron pens. 5. What is the best part about being a designer? The best part about being a designer is the fact that I do it independently as a freelancer. I don't have a boss or anyone telling me what to do - I take on the work I want, set my schedule, and work at my own pace. It's really perfect for me and how my personality is. Other than that, I just love creating things. I don't know how else to describe that - I just love to sit down and create. It's relaxing and rewarding to me both personally and financially since I've been able to turn my passion into a career. 6. How does your job influenced your life? Do you see things differently? I definitely do see things different in my personal life because of work. I think they go hand-in-hand though. I have made very good decisions in my personal life and I think that has led me to be successful with my profession. I never wasted time in my teenage years drinking or doing stupid things I would regret now. I really just loved art and wanted to take it seriously. I have no regrets whatsoever about that, never look back and think "I wish I'd done this or that differently". I have a beautiful wife, parents, siblings, and friends and just really enjoy that I have such a fun job that allows me so much freedom. I am very grateful for it and feel incredibly blessed. So yes - my job and life definitely influence each other, for sure. 7. What are you 5 favourite sites in the web? In no particular order: 8. Thank you very much for this nice interview. Do you have any tips for upcoming designer? Do what you love to do and don't copy other people's work. Being inspired and influenced is one thing. Knowing what to do with that inspiration and influence is another. For more of his work, check out