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State Goods Prints & Party

Posted October 20, 2014

A few weeks ago I posted about design ad branding company Sovereign State’s launch party for their sister company’s print series – State Goods.

The Scoop – on Friday, September 26, Sovereign State celebrated Toronto’s cultural and commercial growth with the launch of a print series at Toronto’s iconic Gladstone Hotel. The State Goods print series features artwork from Sovereign State designers, artists and collaborators. Each print features iconic Toronto imagery that any resident would recognize as being uniquely endemic to the city. The night also harnessed the momentum behind Toronto’s burgeoning commercial development by bringing together a unique blend of resident brands — some well-established, some new, all Sovereign State clients for whom the boutique design agency has done design work — representing some of the best facets of Toronto culture.

Above is part of Joel Gregorio’s (Sovereign State Creative Director) print. Below is a video of the night. See more of the prints here. If you’d like to get your hands on one, you can order here.

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Heritage Minute Posters

Posted October 17, 2014

Those of you in Canada will remember the “Heritage Minutes” shorts that celebrate and educate on moments in Canadian history – James Naismith cutting the bottom out of a peach basket to help make basketball what it is today, Jennie Trout facing adversity while she was becoming the first woman doctor in Canada, Joe Shuster’s moment of realization that Superman would be “faster than a speeding bullet.”

For those of you are who not Canadian, these vignettes, created by Historica Canada,  aired on TV and are a large part of Canadian pop culture. You can watch the Joe Shuster one here (starring my friend Adam Reid who also stars in this great Toyota commercial that won a Gold Lion – I digress). There’s a playlist of all of them here (not great quality).

Anyway…Halifax-based designer Christopher Hemsworth has created a series of posters that encapsulate a moment that perfectly sums up each of the Heritage Canada vignettes. Hemsworth started creating the series on his own in 2012, but has since connected with Heritage Canada and they commissioned him for an entire set. The posters are available for sale on their website.

See more of the posters here.

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Lisa McCoy Joins Transcend3

Posted October 8, 2014


The Transcend3 team is pleased to announce the addition of Lisa McCoy as co-creative director. The Toronto-based communications agency is excited to benefit from the breadth of knowledge about the English Canadian market she brings. McCoy has already put her talents on display in helping develop the agency’s new campaign for Lycée Français de Toronto, a school based in France that’s found a home in Toronto. With McCoy on board, the agency’s unique bilingual and tri-cultural background in one senior creative team — boasting a deep and ongoing knowledge of English Canada, Quebec and France — has been strengthened even more.

A picture of McCoy is above along with an image from some of Transcend3′s new work for Lycée Français de Toronto.

Read more and see more of the work.

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Knock Knock

Posted September 24, 2014

What a fun, beautiful and playful video for “Knock Knock” by Brunettes Shoot Blondes, an indie/electro/pop band from the Ukraine. Jaja.

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Pantone Beer

Posted September 18, 2014

Yep, I would totally buy beer based on pantone.

This stylish brew packaging was created by Spanish designer Txaber. See more images here.

Scooped from PSFK.

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State Goods

Posted September 12, 2014

Sovereign State Celebrates Toronto Culture with Unique Event

Toronto-based Idea consultancy Sovereign State is paying homage to the city it calls home with a unique event celebrating Hogtown’s cultural and commercial growth.

Taking place at the iconic Gladstone Hotel on Friday, September 26, the event will be centred on the launch of a print series by Sovereign State sister brand State Goods. The series features artwork from Sovereign State designers, artists and collaborators, including illustrator Nimit Malavia, current cover artist for the DC Comics series Fables, motion graphics designer and film director Jullian Ablaza, Art Director and Designer Ibraheem Youssef, and Sovereign State Creative Director Joel Gregorio. Each print features iconic Toronto imagery that any resident would recognize as being uniquely endemic to the city. One print, for example, features the alphabet as Toronto-centric icons like the TTC, Sam the Record Man and Honest Ed’s, while another depicts Toronto’s native flora and fauna springing forth from the top of the CN Tower.

The experience will also harness the momentum behind Toronto’s burgeoning commercial development by bringing together a unique blend of resident brands — some well-established, some new, all Sovereign State clients for whom the boutique design agency has done design work — representing some of the best facets of Toronto culture.

Read more and get complete event info.

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Elsa Mora Paper Art

Posted September 5, 2014

I love me some paper art and can not believe I’ve never stumbled across Elsa Mora’s work before.

On her site, All About Paper Cutting, not only does she share her passion for paper, which she manipulates in many ways – from flat pieces to 3 dimensional sculptures and installations, to photographic images and animation – but she also shares some great resources and sources for inspiration.

See more of her work. Found via Fubiz.

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Feed This Cat Your Art

Posted August 27, 2014


Laser Cat, the giant cat head sculpture that projects art via lasers out of its eyes, is coming to Canada.

The ADC-commissioned Laser Cat from the Barcelona-based art duo Hungry Castle, will be on display from Sept. 10 to 14 at the Beakerhead festival for art, science and engineering in Calgary. On Sept. 13 it will project personal art projects made by creatives from the ad industry.

People can submit an image, gif or video of their masterpiece on feedlasercat.com. All art is accepted except for commercial work.

The story-tall cat head is one part Japanese Maneki-neko, one part Egyptian Mau, and was first shown off at ADC’s annual award show in Miami back in April. To date, more than 15,000 works have been uploaded to Laser Cat. Since its south Florida unveiling, Laser Cat has beamed down in Barcelona, with plans afoot to take it to New York, London, and Dubai.

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Spinning Images

Posted July 25, 2014

I miss vinyl. I like the little bit of nostalgia in this spot to promote Bombay Bicycle Club’s new album, So Long, See You Tomorrow.

The clip expands on the band’s phenakistoscope inspired artwork by taking the concept and creating it in-camera, with no post except edit and grade. It’s directed by James Henry of Love Commercial.

Found via Creative Review’s Best of Feed.

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Massimo Vignelli, 1931-2014

Posted May 28, 2014

Sad news this week – the great designer and teacher Massimo Vignelli has passed away. He was 83.

Vignelli is know for his subway sign system created for the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority in 1966 – along with the modernist subway ‘diagram“.

He also contributed to the design of many iconic brands including American Airlines, Bloomingdales and Knoll. I’m personally a big fan of plastic stackable dish set which he created for Heller.

I recently was able to watch a great documentary on Vignelli and his wife Lella, on an Air Canada flight of all places. It’s called Design is One, created by Kathy Brew and Roberto Guerra, and I recommend watching it. Vignelli is also featured in Gary Hustwit’s Helvetica.

Read more about Vignelli, his legacy and his passing, on Creative Review.

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