The Kraken Theatre hired me to illustrate a logo to be used on signage, posters, and possibly t-shirts and stickers. Here's a breakdown of my design rationale.
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.
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.
The last month has proven to be a busy one; Work, personal projects, and the quest to find some downtime through it all. With so much happening, I haven't had a chance to update my portfolio yet so thought I'd do a quick sneak-peek here. Details on these projects to follow soon but contact me if you have any questions!
I designed a logo for a small startup that developed software for farmers to collect data on and control their growing environment, through wireless networks and handheld devices. Still working on this project, developing marketing & promotional materials so that'll go up soon.
Wizard Gettin' Wiggy
Worked with a weed dispensary to help name & design some jar labels for their product. Had a lot of fun creating something that was whimsical and colourful that would stand out from the plain-jane labels out there. Inspiration for this was the Jack Daniel's whiskey bottle label.
These are my 2 latest designs that were submitted to Threadless. Scoring has already happened so it's just a waiting game to see if they add it to their catalogue or not. For now, I've made them available in my RedBubble shop for you to purchase as a shirt, sticker, or print.
That's all for now folks! Stay tuned for more!
“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.
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.
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.
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?
To learn more about Stantec or their Community Day initiative, please visit stantec.com.
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