Category Archives: Design

Toronto Nightime Timelapse

Toronto the good from Oscar Flores on Vimeo.

If you’ve cruised my blog before, you may have noticed that I’m a big fan of time-lapses… Well there’s a new one based out of Toronto, shot by Oscar Flores, celebrating the city at night and per usual, I love it!

The city at night is a beautiful thing; the lights, the sounds, the energy and more. NYC has always been known at the city that never sleeps, and people have always compared Toronto to the same vibe. I’m not too sure how true this is (and part of me always doubts the comparison), but I do know that it’s pretty darn magical to witness either way.

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Keep Aiming…

“An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus and keep aiming.”

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I read the above quote one day, and for some reason it stuck with me. I’ve always considered myself a driven person, and I think the idea of moving forward, staying focused and aiming really appealed to me for that reason.

Earlier this year, I got an arrow tattooed onto my forearm. The tattoo is a constant reminder to myself to stay focused on what’s ahead: Bigger and better things. Always. Set goals and achieve them. Always.

I threw this image together, and decided to paste it on my social media sites. Since 2014 is around the corner, I thought it might be a good idea to start thinking about what’s in store for me in the new year. I’m looking forward to seeing where I’m being launched to.

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Beer Entering New Territory

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When you think of art galleries and creative social events, what type of alcoholic beverage comes to mind? Probably wine, right? Guests would likely be sniffing and swirling their glasses, all while commenting on how rich their reds are. The creative community is incredibly cultured and as stereotypical as it might be, is often associated with tapas and wine and cheese events. It really would be quite a challenge for any other beverage to break into this niche community, but if one did, what would it look like?

Apparently, it would come in a beer bottle.

Meet Collective Arts: ART + BREWING. With the recent explosion of the popularity of craft beers, it’s no surprise that founder Matt Johnston would view brewing as a creative venture. The notes and production of a brew become a work of art in his eyes, and what better way to convey that to the world than communicating it not only through  taste, but by connecting it to the creative community.

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Last night, I was able to attended the launch of the Collective Arts: Series One, aka the first batch of “Rhyme & Reason”. The event was great. It brought together like minded people who appreciate beer, craftsmanship, art and music. Above you can see people interacting with the new bottles using the Blippar app (detail below) and appreciating the artwork at the same time.

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Beautiful design, and wonderful pieces of art. I think Collective Arts becomes a great insight, especially in a city like Toronto. This city has a large arts community and culturally this fits. It would be really interesting to see whether this would be able to succeed in other cities around the world with similar cultures such as Montreal, Chicago, NYC, London, Melbourne etc.

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Mad Men Typography

Mad Men Typography

Another Mad Men post- yay!

I was doing some research and happened to come across a typography post on marksimonson.com all about the type used in Mad Men. It revolves around the historical accuracy of the typefaces and design used in the era of the show. When learning things, I love learning them in relation to Mad Men, and I definitely discovered a few new cool facts about the small details most people would never notice. I enjoyed it, you might too.

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Hyperlapse by Teehan + Lax + Labs

Well this is different… Different and AMAZING!

Labs is an independent part of Teehan + Lax. They focus on how to frame and use technology in new and creative ways. I think this is really creative and pretty darn rad! This hyperlapse refers to the combination of the common time-lapse and a sweeping motion where the camera is focused on one point but still moving. Because they’re using Google maps, which is essentially still images and not a video format, this become extremely intricate and difficult to make because you have to frame each image perfectly and stitch them together so that they flow into a continuous moving stream. If you think of the way stop motion works frame by frame, this also works the same way image by image. Unlike the normal time-lapse videos where you just hit record and leave your camera out, this is much harder to create. Kudos to these guys, seriously!

Ps. Woo for Toronto for getting in there at the one minute mark!

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Smoothicles: Typography + Video

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This series is fun, creative and not only beautifully shot, but also contains some beautiful overlaid typography from The Lost Type Co-Op. The videos were shot for Smoothicles, the website that shares some creative smoothie ideas that you can tun into popsicles. Perfect timing considering the weather is getting better day by day.

The way that the type is unique for every ingredient is really captivating and pleasing to the eye. It has a great flow and it tells the story really well. The combination of video and type in an instructional way really makes an impact. The video portion isn’t complicated either, which makes taking in both at the same time simple and fluid. I also find it much more compelling than most videos focused around type. I’m really looking forward to seeing more in this series.

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Everyone Loves Infographics Right?

Everyone Loves Infographics Right?

I happen to have a huge mega soft spot for infographics, especially ones that are beautifully designed and excellently laid out. And of course they’re even better if I’m actually interested in the content.

Infographics are like picture books. Fun to look at but they also tell you something. In some cases that something might be about the elements of design, social trends or something too scientific for me to understand without pictures.

What are some of your favourite inforgraphics? You can see a couple of my favourites posted on Pinterest.

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Designer Wallpaper

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I shared these with an art director/designer friend late last year and he loved them. If you are constantly using InDesign, Illustrator, Flash or Photoshop, they might come on handy for you too. And if they don’t I guess they’re just kinda cool to look at.

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If you have one of the more recent versions of Mac’s Spaces (the ability to have different desktops), then you could definitely use all of them at once and or use a couple of them and still have room for personalized wallpapers. If you’re a beginner designer, use these as a learning tool too. Knowing tips, tricks, shortcuts or whatever you want to call them will definitely come in handy.

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I’m not sure who actually created these, and I wish I could give them credit here. For all I know these are actually templates created by Adobe. If you’re any other type of designer or developer, I recommend checking [this] out for other really awesome wallpaper design tools.

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