I will be making a point of visiting Dominion Modern before this exhibition is over.
I suppose it's to accomodate the large population of meat abstainers. Plus, corn is cheap!
Just some notes from the start of a project I stumbled upon in an old sketchbook.
As the designer at a university I'm always interested to see how other schools represent themselves in their printed materials. This two-part mailout for Loyola University is by far the awesomest example I've seen yet.
For more info and images go here.
And, as an added bonus, my good pal and former classmate Justin Lafontaine is about to join the 160/90 team. Looking forward to the inevitable radness that ensues.
Another one of those projects that combines multiple interests, in this case animation and turntables. This is basically the same technique used in MASSTRANSISCOPE by Bill Brand, instead here the animation itself moves rather than the viewer.
Regardless who (or what) moves, anything based on the Phenakistoscope is rad.
There's something about artists that started out writing graffiti that always sucks me in. It probably has something to do with the fact that graffiti, like design, is so centered on typography.
Of all the former graffiti artists I've come across, ESPO (Steve Powers) is my favourite. I first became aware of his work while he was still painting on the street, specifically covering entire rollshutters in NYC with his name. After that, he moved into painting signs (which of course got my attention), and most recently has completed a mural project in Philly called A Love Letter For You. Basically, it's a love letter in the form of a series of murals painted with a nod to both graffiti and old painted advertisements on buildings.
See more at http://www.aloveletterforyou.com/
Ah, Gigposters, my first love. My very first freelance job was a gigposter, and I ended up doing a fair number while in school. Unfortunately, after leaving Edmonton I've never had the space/time/money to rebuild my screenprinting shop, and I've gradually become less and less involved in live music. That being said, I still plan to get back in the game at some point, when the aforementioned constraints allow me to. For the time being, here's a load of old stuff that lives on Gigposters.com, but which I've never posted here. Enjoy!
I've seen this pop up in a couple places recently, but I'm of the opinion that this craft can use all the exposure possible. This kind of work has a very personal connection for me, as I spent countless hours watching my father paint signs and pinstripe trucks. I still have childhood flashbacks every time I smell turpentine or catch a whiff of One Shot. Like John Downer, my dad was a traditionalist. He claimed to be the last person left in Alberta that could apply gold leaf, and took pride in the fact that he still knew how to create reflective signs with glass beads. Not to mention the fact that he could render Antique Olive Bold from memory at pretty much any size.
It seems pretty obvious that this background influenced my choice to become a graphic designer, and informed my love of type. The fact that I've been examining sign lettering for over 20 years probably helps too. I have a not-so-secret plan to someday learn all this stuff (thanks to my heirloom copy of Atkinson) and combine my design skills with some old-school craft. That day can not come soon enough.
Type, and sound. ...and goo!
I'm posting this as proof that if you pay me in (personally) canned goods, I will design just about anything for you.
These were designed for my cowoker Sarah Mulholland, who wins badass points for turning her front lawn into a garden. She also makes a mean pickle.
I know this sign breaks almost every rule of typography, but I love it. Squashed type? Check. Gratuitous use of fonts? Check. Seemingly random colour choices? Check. But it all just kinda... works.
And barely even in that played out 'vernacular typography' way.
Anyway, it's gone now. It got covered up with a far less arresting digital version some time ago.
Fun Fact: I once referenced this sign in a job interview when asked what I found inspiring. After a brief pause the interviewer asked me to be less specific.
First iteration of a logo for a fantasy band, called DadBand. DadBand is composed of Dads. They write songs about babies. They are currently contemplating a name change to Bad Daditude, and working on their forthcoming album Heavy Diapers.
Being unable to write well also shows a lack of understanding about the way corporate culture works. CEOs write. CFOs write. Marketing directors write. You can draw on a napkin all you want, but napkin-drawing is not the native problem-solving tool of most CEOs: Writing is. It is the stuff of which convincing arguments are made. It is the natural language of the boardroom. No matter how brilliant you are, if you don't know how to write well you will never be perceived by the rest of that table as anything but a window dresser wearing Prada.
Interesting post by Natalia Ilyin. Although I wasn't a huge fan of Chasing the Perfect, I have to agree with this.
Just got the first printed copies of the OCAD Annual Report back from the press. I'm pretty happy with the results.
Mmmmmm.... Love that UV shimmer.
Proper images to come next week.