Hoodzpah Design | In Pursuit Of
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Vancouver  |  Seattle  | Portland


A summer road trip/documentary looking at creatives and what moves them to make.

On August 10th, 2015, Steve and Whitney Thomson (founders of Hardpressed Print Shop in Saskatoon, CA), and Amy and Jen Hood (of this very Hoodzpah Design Co. in Newport Beach) will board their various planes and take flight to Vancouver, Canada where this adventure begins. From there they will take to the road, down the Coast through Seattle and Portland, in search of visionaries, makers, doers, movers and shakers that are galvanizing the people and communities around them. They will talk, they will eat, they will experience, they will learn, they will pursue the story wherever it leads. The footage and stories will be compiled and posted daily on the founder’s instagrams, blogs, and finally in a mini documentary summation of their travels.





Steve & Whitney Thomson

Founders of Hardpressed Print Studio

Steve and Whitney are the owners of Hardpressed Print and Design Studio. Celebrating 10 years of creating design focused screen printed apparel and posters for customers throughout Canada. Recently having created a successful line of apparel focused on the city and province they call home, they are shifting focus to their own boutique line of branded goods. Hardpressed strives for quality over quantity by collaborating with clients looking to invest in good design and quality printed garments rather than the norm of the screen printing industry that focuses on cheap and fast. Create, don’t compete.


Jennifer & Amy Hood

Founders of Hoodzpah Design Co.

Amy and Jen Hood are mildly tortured creatives based out of Newport Beach, Calif., by way of Kentucky. Being twins, they telepathically co-own and art direct Hoodzpah Design Co., the design firm that they founded in 2011. Hoodzpah’s small but mighty team has had the pleasure of working with brands and companies like Google, Hot Wheels, the Tribeca Film Festival, The History Channel and Stella Artois, as well as many amazing startups and local businesses. Jennifer and Amy also teach design professional practices at Laguna College of Art & Design. The class is based on the ebook they wrote: A Hoodrat’s Guide to Starting a Design Business. 


If life is about the journey, not the destination, then the journey is about the people, not the road. Here is a little about the interesting folks we’ll be doing video and blog interviews with for our project.



Don & Ryan Clark

Co-Founders of Invisible Creature

Invisible Creature is a multi-disciplinary design and illustration studio based in Seattle, WA. Behind the brand is brother duo Ryan and Don Clark. They’ve done posters and album art for every band you’ve ever loved and have received 4 grammy nominations for their work. On top of that they make toys and work with a client roster that reads like a page out of the Fortune 500 list. They’re living that design dream.



Thor Drake

Founder of See See Motor Coffee Co. & The 1 Helmet Show

See See Motor Coffee Co. is a cafe/motorcycle apparel and parts shop in Portland, OR. Thor Drake is the man behind that shop. He’s also the guy you have to thank for the annual 1 Moto Show which features 21 helmets painted by artist from around the world and some of the baddest bikes around.



Melanie Richards

Designer and Founder of Badass Lady Creatives

Melanie Richards is a designer living in Seattle, WA and working on the browser platform team at Microsoft. Previously she was the Senior Web Designer for Fuzzco. By night and weekend she’s the badass lady behind Badass Lady Creatives.



Steven Clouse

Photographer & Traveler

Steven Clouse is a professional photographer that has built his career capturing the grandeur of the North American landscape. Over the last three years his photographs have been captured while traveling extensively across the country in his Subaru Outback. When not on the road Steven splits his time between Los Angeles, CA and Portland, OR.



Linda Derschang

Restauranteur, Designer, and Tastemaker

Linda Derschang is a restaurateur, designer, and staple of the Capitol Hill food and nightlife scene.  She opened her first Seattle business (a clothing boutique called “Basic”) in 1987, and currently owns five restaurants, bars and cafes on Capitol Hill (Linda’s Tavern, Smith, Oddfellows Cafe+Bar, Bait Shop, Tallulah’s, and Little Oddfellows) as well as King’s Hardware in Ballard.  She strives to create community, both through the unique and welcoming environments of each of her restaurants and through work with local non-profit groups promoting causes including global literacy, reproductive rights, and independent art.



Andee Hess

Interior Designer & Founder of Osmose

Andee Hess is the founder of Osmose, an interior design firm that creates compelling commercial and residential environments.  She believes staying small packs a big punch, and in scaring herself frequently.  Recently, she played keyboards+vocals for a design gig at MoMa NYC.



Jose Cabaco

Creative Director and Branding Expert

Formerly the Global Brand Creative Director at Nike, Jose just recently signed on with Eddie Bauer to help the brand rediscover it’s roots in climbing, adventuring, and innovation. His life is the rich, storied stuff that Bob Dylan songs are made of. His only vices: instagram and Coca-Cola.



Exactly. This whole project is to delve into why we do what we do. You’ll have to wait until we edit all the footage together to find out that conclusion.