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Sticker Mule : Dribbble Canada Playoff Challenge

Go give this one a 'like' on Dribbble by clicking  here .

Go give this one a 'like' on Dribbble by clicking here.

Just for fun (and a $20 credit to Sticker Mule), I designed a potential sticker for the Canada Challenge Playoff. Its concept is based on the welcoming nature of Canadians, retro motel signage, and a simple colour palette of hot reds and cool, icey blues.

If you're interested in participating, it's on until June 29th. Details can be found here.

Design at Play : The Concept

My grandma at her 100th birthday party

My grandma at her 100th birthday party

My grandma passed away a couple of months ago now. She was 104 and she always amazed me with her determination to live life to the fullest and have fun no matter what was happening or how old she was.  

She never wanted to think she was getting older or feel like she was losing her independence so she kept life happening for as long as she possibly could before old age got the better of her.

She passed peacefully and her send off was a celebration of all her accomplishments and life experiences and, boy, they were grand. To name a couple, she had her 8th child at 46, she took a voyage on a Mediterranean cruise at 95, and also volunteered at a hospice thrift shop in her 90’s until she was 100. Of course there’s more but that is just a little snapshot to show you that she never let the grass never grow under her feet.

I do believe her young-at-heart spirit and playful outlook, kept her going for so many years and is what kept her mind healthy. The evidence of this may not necessarily be set in stone as fact but the studies that have been conducted state that feeling younger may lead to better health habits which in turn, helps you live longer. Makes sense.

Study or not though, this is a philosophy I believe in personally and try to practice as much as possible in my life because it just feels good to explore new things, be silly, get curious, and to not to take life so seriously sometimes. I also believe that everyone needs that. Just because we're adults, doesn't mean we have to be grown up at all times, right? NO! (That's just me though :) )

This concept serves as the foundation and inspiration for my design work as well which I hope to transfer to everyone that buys a little something from me. Whether it’s a gift for someone or a gift for yourself, my goal is to make you feel silly, happy, or help you brush off the icky things in life. That's what my "Design at play" tagline is all about.

So tell me, what’s your secret to life? What inspires you? What keeps you going? 
I’d love to hear it in the comments below.
 

What Volunteers are Made of : Stantec Community Day TShirt

Final design for Stantec's Community Day t-shirts

Final design for Stantec's Community Day t-shirts

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” — Mary Lou Cook

My first day at Stantec was a whirlwind of excitement. Projects were flying at me, deadlines were fast-approaching, and being creative at the drop of a hat, was necessary. Crazy as it was, after almost 6 years, I'm still here. 

During my time here, I have experienced a lot of change; In the company, in the processes, as well as myself. I have had the opportunity to get familiar with a single brand and understand it well enough to know when, and how, to push it, bend it, twist it. As time goes by and with each new success, the opportunity to take on more creative work has increased. 

Sketches of concepts

Sketches of concepts

My most recent project was to take part in creating t-shirt concepts for Stantec's annual Community Day. It was the third year and corporate headquarters wanted to involve some other designers to reiterate the idea of 'community' and take it outside of the central design team.

I created 3 concepts so the team selecting the final design, had a variety of directions to choose from. Below ended up being my 3 based on some sketches I had developed earlier in the day.

Digital concepts from L to R: Volunteer Label, Stantec-branded Icons that came together to create a 'community' or neighbourhood scene, Local Do Good'er.

Digital concepts from L to R: Volunteer Label, Stantec-branded Icons that came together to create a 'community' or neighbourhood scene, Local Do Good'er.

My objective for all 3 concepts was to create something fun enough that one might want to sport it after the event. Maybe even at another volunteer event they may attend. I never did like designing, creating, or buying something that didn't have some kind of longevity or 2nd life. It's such a waste so that was one of my main goals for this piece.

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The Volunteer Label design ended up being 1 of 3 final selections that were voted on by Stantec employees & it won by 66%. 

After the design was selected, I got to work on adapting the design to posters, e-card invites, and signage for the big day. 

The general response to the design was extremely positive and enthusiastic. On the actual day, over 7,500+ volunteers sported these t-shirts across U.S. and Canada.

Did anyone see them out there?

Poster mockup

Poster mockup

TShirt mockup

TShirt mockup

Banner Mockup

Banner Mockup

Stantec volunteers at Burnaby Lake

Stantec volunteers at Burnaby Lake

To learn more about Stantec or their Community Day initiative, please visit stantec.com.

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