Head of Product & Co-founder
Co-founded with my friend Blake Dunkel in 2011, Trampt is currently going through an end-to-end product overhaul with another friend & developer Chris Gwizdala. Our site is a crowd-sourced platform for the Designer Toy and Low-Brow Art scene where members can find, follow, collect, talk about and purchase.
Each year, as a member of the Designer Toy Awards judging panel, I'm lucky enough to vote on the best art & toy submissions across a variety of categories.
By following artists and members on Trampt, we are able to create a highly curated collection of content, social posts, news & release information that removes the noise and gets you closer to the things you want.
The heart of Trampt is the 172,000+ item library. Our site works like a Wiki, where active members can freely add & update information about items. However, many passive collectors come to simply find information, inspiration, and manage their vast collections.
Below the basic item information we provide several pivots to either discover similar items, discuss the item, find sources to purchase, or post your own for sale. On other platforms like eBay, the items are categorized by keywords in the listing; our site is curated and only gives you information about the exact item searched for.
With so many releases and shows each week, the library provides a quick look into what items have been recently released. Production pieces, one-off customs, art prints and original art are also available to view, filter, and explore.
While we provide a simple search feature in the site navigation to find the exact items you're looking for, the Library filters can give users a larger dataset in which to explore.
Throughout the library members can mark items they find as something they Have, Want, or are Dealing from their collections. We also provide clear indicators on whether other members are talking about items and opportunities to purchase them from the marketplace.
While I have personally added thousands of items to Trampt, the real power comes from our members who not only add new items, but add new information, update pictures and share on other sites. With our wiki-like system, anyone who is a member can add or update items to ensure we have the most accurate information available.
While our current traffic doesn't reflect large mobile usage, we realize that is most likely due to our desktop-only templates. Our new responsive framework enables collectors that are attending conventions and art shows to have on-the-spot access to information they need.
A majority of my work on Trampt over the years has been analog. While I always begin with pen and paper on each project, there is an intentional gap from sketch to design on my Trampt work. As an idea strikes it is quickly jotted down on paper and iterated, then later translated directly into design.
Over the last few years we've run several shows at New York Comic Con and DesignerCon, as well as attending countless show openings and releases. From the beginning, this community has been extremely supportive and I've been privileged to make some lifelong friends from all over the world. Interacting with artists and manufacturers that produce the stuff I love to collect, has made working on Trampt a truly rewarding experience.
Many of my design adventures for Trampt are available on Instagram.