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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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Smart Water

Posted May 27, 2014

Isn’t this cute and useful. Vittel has launched a water bottle that actually reminds you to drink more water. With a timer and a super cute little red flag that pops up.  Love it. Agency is Ogilvy Paris.

Watch a video showcasing the bottle on Vimeo. Currently the video’s setting are not set-up for embedding (please fix that).

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New Netdiver

Posted May 15, 2014

Netdiver, one of the first online design portals, has revealed their new identity – and it’s lovely. The identity was developed by Gregor Žakelj from studio VBG and the new site is due to relaunch in the coming months.

Congrats to Carole Guevin & the team. You should like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

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The Heather Project

Posted May 12, 2014

Toronto-based photographer and director Christopher Wahl has launched TheHeatherProject.org, a microsite which features a detailed portrait of Heather Ogden, a principal dancer from the National Ballet of Canada, and her daily routine to maintain physical strength via exhaustion and exertion.

Wahl says that the project is an extension his still portrait work, “a photographer’s view of the moving image, as if to point the camera but not press the button.”

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Breaking Down the Grand Budapest Hotel

Posted April 30, 2014

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LA-based LOOKEFFECTS breaks down their work on Wes Anderson’s latest film, Grand Budapest Hotel (so good).

Scooped from Panic & Bob’s Matt Kett on Facebook. You should watch his reel.

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A Very Wes Anderson Forrest Gump

Posted April 25, 2014

Here are the opening credits to the movie Forrest Gump if Wes Anderson had directed it.

Created by Louis Paquet, a Montreal-based art director. Music by Mark Mothersbaugh. Enjoy.

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