Where It All Began

My first professional job, a part-time gig around 1980, was with a local design firm called Spilker Baker & Associates. Jim Spilker and Don Baker had met in design school at Spokane Falls Community College a few years earlier.

We worked out of the first floor of a house at 724 West Shannon. It’s…a little different from our studio today:


While I was at Spilker Baker for less than a year before moving on to an advertising agency, I’ve remained friends with Don ever since, and we continue to maintain a long-standing collaborative relationship.



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