The WorkBench Series is designed around the "lunch and learn" format, exposing Grove members and local thinkers to what people are doing and how they are doing it. The purpose is to idea share and provide a platform for collaboration, resource sharing and industry knowledge.
Alex Dakoulas is the owner, art director and designer for Strange Ways. His past experience includes designing graphics and footwear for Converse and Puma where his work primarily revolved around account-specific products—so he knows about designing within a certain mindset. He also ran his own apparel line, Dance Party Massacre—which you would have loved if you enjoy 80s horror movies. He's worked on exclusive collabs for DC Comics, Footlocker, Dr. Suess, Converse boutiques, Fangoria and more. His work has also been featured in Inked Magazine, Out Magazine, Karmaloop.com, High Snobiety, and Fab.com among others.
In 2013, Alex was named one of Tosser Magazine’s "50 People to Keep on Your Radar"—and has been working to live up to that statement ever since. With his experience working on different products with all types of creatives, he's been waiting for the day to open his own shop. He hopes launching Strange Ways on his terms will be the perfect opportunity to let his skills shine. He loves working on products that connect with people, and connecting with people to work on them. He really hopes you enjoy the strange little world he's created, and invites you to join him in it.