Designer Q&A: Tom Scalese

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By Nicole K.

Have you tried out our Quotewall wall decals yet? Quotewall was created by local designer Tom Scalese, who came up with the concept in college as a way to permanently document memorable quotes, jokes, and happenings in his apartment. We have one in our studio that is now completely filled—and nearly every new visitor to RoomMates stops to read it!

We recently conducted a Q&A session with Tom to find out a little bit about the history of his designs, what inspires him, and what lies ahead for the future of Quotewall. Here’s what we learned!

How was the original Quotewall created?

Quotewall was founded in 2008 at Kutztown University. I was a senior and had a great apartment in which my roommate and I hosted a variety of social gatherings and parties. We covered our walls in large sheets of paper and documented our amazing college experiences on the original “quotewalls.” Throughout the semesters, these walls filled, acting like an always updating yearbook. This was a cool idea which was shared, reminisced, and enjoyed by numerous students, friends, families, and later colleagues.

What led you to think of transforming the Quotewall concept into a wall decal?

Upon graduating from college, my roommate and I had a dilemma of what to do with the walls. They were filled with amazing memories, but at a very large size. We started removing them and realized the markers had bled through on the walls, and the tape and adhesives used to hang them had damaged the paint as well. So upon losing some of our security deposit, a repositionable, non-permanent solution was sought out with RoomMates.


What inspires you to design?

I‘m inspired by anything new, different and unique. I hate cliche and the same old, so I try to keep things as original and creative as possible. Quotewall keeps up with that sense of creativity by allowing the users to create and build anything they want on their own space of “organized chaos.”

Aside from Quotewall, do you have a favorite graphic design project you’ve worked on?

I contribute to a variety of organizations through graphic design. One of newest features is the branding of a non-profit foundation called 4UDrew Foundation. This foundation was started after the passing of a high school friend and neighbor named Drew Panettieri. I control all design elements of the foundation, including our annual car show hosted in my hometown of Doylestown.

Quotewall wall decals

Do you have anything special in the works you can share with us?

I am currently working on expanding the line further with vertical oriented Quotewalls specifically for areas where wall space is limited. Vertical Quotewalls could be used in a variety of locations, but will fit perfectly on the back of a door.

Many ideas for new styles have been discussed, and I would like to release different and unique backgrounds on my Quotewalls. There are two new styles I’d love to share. The first would be the graffiti wall, which is designed to replicate a brick wall background and inspire permanent artwork that you can display anywhere without vandalism! The second style would add a glow-in-the-dark feature for fun use in the dark or under a black light.

Thanks so much for taking the time to speak with us, Tom. If you haven’t already, make sure you check out Tom’s featured designer page to learn more about Quotewall and pick yours up today!

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