November 4, 2014 | 16 Comments

Iceland is magical! There’s no other way to describe it. My wife and I recently took a trip to Iceland and explored some incredible spots along the southern coast and around Reykjavik. I could go on for hours about all of the amazing sights we saw, but in this case pictures and video are truly worth more than words. If you ever have the chance to visit, do it!

I shot and edited this short video to recap some of the highlights from our trip. All shot on my new Olympus EM-10 with f2.8 12-40mm lens. I’ll be writing more about my new camera setup in the future, but it was a lot of fun to put it through its paces on our trip.


I put together 25 of my favorite photos that you can download here. I’m giving these away for free, but if you’d like to support me just head over to the shop.


I shot a well over a thousand photos throughout the trip I posted some of my favorites below. We had an absolute blast and barely scratched the surface of what Iceland has to offer and hope to go back in the future. Follow me on Instagram for more photos.

New Colors for Fall

October 31, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Fall is a beautiful time of year here in Pennsylvania and as the leaves change color so are a few of our favorite products. We’ve added 3 new tees, a new cranberry color zip-up hoodie, and black versions of our popular leather wallets. Check out all of the items in the shop and pick up something new to freshen up for fall.

Ugmonk Turns Six!

September 23, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Six years ago I launched Ugmonk almost on a whim, with no intention for it to become anything more than a creative side project. Here we are six years later and it’s been an incredible journey and more than I could have imagined. There have been struggles, surprises, and successes but in the end there’s nothing I’d rather be doing. Whether you’ve been following Ugmonk for years or you’ve just recently discovered it, I thank you for allowing me to share my passion for design with you.

For this year’s 6th Anniversary Set we decided to go even more minimal with the design. The simple 6-dot design represents the six years of Ugmonk and is carried throughout each piece of the set. Only 200 of these sets exist, so once they’re sold out they’re gone for good.

6th Anniversary Tee

This ultra-soft triblend heather black tee is printed with the gold anniversary design and special screenprinted anniversary tags. Made and printed in the USA.

Solid Brass Dice

Precision cut from solid brass, these dice feature the 6-dot anniversary design and the Ugmonk Ampersand. These are not your average dice. They are heavy and feel incredible in hand. Take them with you in the handy velvet pouch or keep them on your desk as a show piece.

Woven Patch

Easily attach this 2.5″ woven patch featuring the 6-dot anniversary design to your bag or jacket with the heat seal iron on backing or simply sew on with matching thread.

The Packaging

Each tee is rolled and shipped in a special 2-piece telescoping tube. The large gold foil 6 beautifully contrasts against the matte black tube. Display it on your shelf and be the envy of your friends, or use it to store things like pens, coffee beans, or other odds and ends.

Numbered Card

Finally, the set also includes a hand-numbered card making each set truly unique.

Anniversary Sale

To celebrate 6 years of Ugmonk, we’re running a special 20% storewide sale. Use code: 6YEARS and get 20% off your entire purchase (yep, that even includes the new anniversary set)


Things Don’t Always Go as Planned

August 27, 2014 | 9 Comments

As you may know, we were planning to celebrate six years of Ugmonk with the new Limited Edition 6th Anniversary Set this Thursday but sometimes things don’t go as planned. We’re super excited about this year’s design and have been working hard these past few months to bring it to life. We did everything in our power to get it here on time, but we ran into multiple production delays and issues that are out of our control.

Assuming we don’t hit any additional speed bumps, we’ll be releasing the 6th Anniversary Set in approximately three weeks. Sign up for our newsletter for more updates:

We hate to make you wait, but we wouldn’t want to release anything that’s less than perfect. We think you’re going to love the finished product. As the saying goes, “Good things come to those who wait.” In the meantime, here’s a special sneak peek:

We’ll be sharing more details about what we’ve learned through this process. Thanks for your patience and support!

Coming Soon: 6th Anniversary Set & Sale

August 18, 2014 | 1 Comment

Can’t believe how fast this year has flown by. I’ve been working hard on the upcoming 6th Anniversary Set and I’m really excited with how everything is coming together. It’s always a fun challenge to pull out all of the stops and try to raise the bar each year. Only 200 sets will be available and you’re not going to want to miss this year’s set. We’ll also be having a special 6-day Anniversary Sale.

Set a reminder for 10:00am ET on August 28.

Sign up here to be the first to know when the set drops:

Introducing the New Black Series

July 28, 2014 | Leave a Comment

There’s just something elegant about the color black.  It’s sleek, versatile, and understated – a perfect combination for Ugmonk’s minimalist aesthetic. Today we’re introducing black versions of 8 of our favorite Ugmonk items.

Pick up your favorite items individually or buy the whole set. Along with the new collection, we shot a special Black Series Lookbook so you can see the new items in action.


4 of our best-selling t-shirt designs are now available in sleek new black versions: MountainsAnd Then I Woke UpSeven Days a Week, and Horizon. Pick them up individually or grab the 4 Shirt Set for $95.



Our super comfortable Ampersand Crewnecks have become a fan favorite and now they’re showing their darker side. The new black crew features the custom-sewn ampersand felt appliqué in charcoal gray.



The Slim Card Case is ready to help you minimize the clutter and carry just the essentials, and it’s now available in classic black leather.



If the traditional brown and natural versions of our popular leather mousepads didn’t quite match your desk, maybe this black leather mousepad will be the perfect complement to your workspace. Made from thick 8oz. premium black leather, it provides a nice cushion for your hand and a smooth surface for your mouse.



Handcrafted in Seattle by Ebbets Field, the new black version of our popular Ampersand Baseball Caps are super versatile. Made from lightweight wool with adjustable leather strap these hats are great for all-season wear.



Can’t decide which items you like most? Grab the Complete Black Series Collection (all 8 items)  and save. (Limited quantities available.)



Check out the new Black Series Lookbook to see the new collection in action.


New Lookbook is Live

July 22, 2014 | 2 Comments

When shopping online it can be hard to tell how the products will look in person, but lookbooks help bridge that gap and show the products in context. Today, we’re excited to release a brand new Ugmonk Lookbook! (photography by our friends Bethany Olson and Cory Staudacher)

We also added some handy functionality with this lookbook that allows you to quickly jump to the products that are featured in these photos. Just click on the “+” symbols for more info about the items in each photo.

Click here to view the full lookbook

Click here to view the full lookbook


All Black Everything

July 17, 2014 | 4 Comments

Black on black on black. Coming very soon.
Sign up here to be the first to know when these products drop.

Offscreen Mag + Mountains Bundle

July 14, 2014 | Leave a Comment

We’ve teamed up with our friends at Offscreen Mag to create a special limited time bundle. Pick up an issue of Offscreen and our classic Mountains Tee for only $32 + shipping.

Offscreen is an independent magazine about people who use the internet and technology to be creative, solve problems, and build successful businesses. Captured in enduring print, it documents stories of creativity, passion and hard work that enable our digital lifestyle.

Kai Brach, the one-man-band behind Offscreen, started the magazine back in 2012 after being tired of the fast pace and ephemeral nature of digital design. Kai and I share a lot in common in what we do. Both of us wear the many different hats of designing and running a business, have a passion for creating tangible products, and face the many challenges that come with selling physical products. As more and more content continues to go digital, I find myself enjoying well-designed printed publications like Offscreen even more.

Grab the limited time bundle here.
The bundle deal is now over but you can still pick up a copy of Offscreen here.

Read more about the connection of Offscreen and Ugmonk here.

Fresh Exchange Giveaway

July 10, 2014 | Leave a Comment

One of my favorite parts about running Ugmonk is the countless other cool creative people I’ve been able to meet. Mike and Megan Gilger who run The Fresh Exchange are no exception. We first connected at Circles Conference last year and share a lot of the same philosophy about design, business, and life. Their blog is filled with beautiful photography, travel guides, and all sorts of other fun content and has become one of my favorite lifestyle blogs.

We’ve teamed up for a special Ugmonk giveaway. Visit this post to enter.

Click here to enter the giveaway on the Fresh Exchange blog