THEYWALKAMONGUS™

20% Beauty
30% Communication
50% Human
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©Derek Vander Griend
1988-2020
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 20% BEAUTY

 30 % COMMUNICATION

 50% HUMAN







THEYWALKAMONGUS™ is the practice of Derek Vander Griend.

Working at the intersection of design and culture, Derek strives to create engaging, timeless work that makes you smile.



Portland, Oregon

Taurus︎
Capricorn︎
Pisces ☾

ENFP-T
HE/HIM/HIS

Tacos > Pizza
Gundam ≥ Macross
Motorcycle ≥ Cars
Star Wars ≈ Star Trek

︎PROJECTS
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Client:

Compound PDX

Project:

The Space In Between





As heritage Portland streetwear purveyor Compound prepared to move locations, they needed a brand refresh and an engaging temporary retail space to get local streetwear hounds hyped.

Along with updating their logo icon and wordmark, we created a design system that spoke to their ethos – creating a community space to swap and cop streetwear.

Dubbed “The Space in Between,” we leaned into the space’s temporary nature to create an engaging street-level experience.

Credits ︎

Capabilities︎

Art Direction
Brand Design
Environmental Design






Client:

Kotobuki Japan

Project:

KOKO







Introducing KOKO, Japan’s first data-driven play space in the Yurakucho area, located in the heart of Tokyo.

Created in partnership with KOTOBUKI, a 100-year-old Japanese public furniture company, we created an environment and brand system that celebrates how children create: optimistic, innocent, and just a little bit messy.

Inspirated by KOKO’s data collecting mission, we created a modern, approachable and playful system for both children and adults. 

The goal was to give children the freedom and space to fill with imagination, allowing them to decide – bit by bit, day by day – who they are and who they’d like to be.






Credits ︎

Capabilities︎

Art Direction
Brand Design
Environmental Design








Client:

adidas x Foot Locker 

Project:

Fest Pack







Every year, thousands flock to manmade oases to experience the joy of outdoor festivals. In 2019, adidas & Foot Locker inspired young women to cultivate their own personal oasis. 


Leaning into the artifical nature of festivals, we created a simple and surreal campaign that invited consumers to create their own festival experience. A place for her to express herself freely. 

Our goal: Support young women in finding, expressing and cultivating love for yourself by creating “Your Oasis.”

Credits ︎

Capabilities︎

Art Direction
Graphic Design

Content Creation