Click on the image to check out this week’s instalment of the JOM JOM CLUB. It’s a weekly playlist compiled by 7 people and arranged by me.
Manitoba Film & Music supports the growth and prosperity of the film and music industries in Manitoba. To recap their achievements in 2011 and 2012, MFM approached a design firm where I held a lead designer position to create their annual report.
After developing the theme “Behind The Scenes”, we went on location with photographer Mark Reimer to capture the inner workings of local film productions and venues. For further insight into the industries, and MFM’s role in helping them grow, quotes from prominent figures in film and music were laid over the duotone images.
As a bilingual publication, the front and back cover are interchangeable, with one language on either side. To create unity between both covers, I edited the photo to flow naturally across the spine.
Big Fun is a Winnipeg music festival that takes place in the brutal, cold month of January. In contrast to Winnipeg’s winter, I wanted the brand to be bold and lively. Inspired by bus seat graffiti, I used Sharpie on acetate to create this style, scanning and editing the various attempts.
After many sheets of logo versions, I compiled the best characters from each attempt. Once the logo was finalized, I created the festival’s identity, including business cards, pamphlets and posters.
Synonym specializes in both art consultation and event planning/management. Much like the word itself, Synonym bridges two concepts through meaning, pairing artists of multiple disciplines with a wide range of spaces.
When creating their brand, I knew It would be important for the logo to be flexible while working with the idea of connection through meaning.
The logo is a solid square that can be applied over any image, protecting the legibility of the type. The logo type is an altered version of Courier New, with a diagonal line placed within the “O”.
When applied to two images, the square logo gains a diagonal line that simultaneously splits and connects the different works. This line acts as a bridge and is used throughout Synonym’s branded materials.
EQ3 asked me to create a guest playlist for their blog. I decided to go old fashioned and only choose songs from my record collection as if I were actually putting together a mixtape for someone special. Head over there and give it a listen! Here’s the track listing:
01. Tonight – Iggy Pop
02. Farewell American Primitive – Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
03. Graham Green – John Cale
04. Gruesome Castle – The Wake
05. Ask – The Smiths
06. Scandinavian Crush – Craft Spells
07. Look at Me – Mirrors
08. Berlin Lovers – Still Corners
09. A Certain Person – Light Asylum
10. Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) – Kate Bush
11. We Become – Austra
12. Maria – John Wizards
13. Always Let U Down – Blood Orange
14. Arm Around You – Arthur Russell
15. Inspiration – Section 25
16. Isolation – Joy Division
17. Believer – John Maus
18. Souvenir – Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
Today was the day that I went on a press check for my first printed collection of my work. It’s going to be a book.
Thanks to Chris Young at The Prolific Group for seeing this project through!
While at ClarkHuot/Cocoon, I was lead designer for a rebrand of Akman Property Management. I was responsible for ensuring that Akman Property Management’s new look reflected the company’s newly defined traits: trustworthy, modern, and professional. Akman Property Management provides services to rental property owners, condominium owners, and residential tenants.
Photos by Mark Reimer
For Royal Canoe's debut LP, Today We're Believers, I was asked to design a cover that would reflect the band's collective love of summer in Winnipeg. Royal Canoe's music is explosive and colourful, which helped guide the album's look and feel. Royal Canoe provided two artworks by Danny O’Connor and requested that I combine both images, adding additional textures and elements. The result was an image representative of the feeling the band had hoped to portray.
Photos by Mark Reimer
Inspired by a suburb of the same name in Melborne, Australia, Fitzroy embodies character, simplicity, and above all, great food. When the restaurant’s owners came to Vantage Studios, I was excited for the opportunity to create their brand. From logo, stationery and typography, to menu and signage design, Fitzroy’s brand is clean and functional. With a simple design, visual spacing is an essential detail and became an integral part of Fitzroy’s brand.
When it came to online materials, I oversaw the design of the website in addition to ensuring that Fitzroy had all of the necessary tools needed for a consistent social media presence – including a vertical version of the logo that fits nicely in a square.
Photos by Mark Reimer
A poster I designed for a show at Union Sound Hall featuring some custom type for the headlining artist, Kaytranada.
The front and back of a handbill I made for The University of Winnipeg Students’ Association’s 4th annual Grass Routes (a sustainability festival). P.S. I also did the branding for Grass Routes 4 years ago.
I made a quick poster for a new venue in the city.
Here is an annual report that I designed for the Winnipeg Committee for Safety while I was creative director at Vantage Studios and Print Shop. The visual theme for the annual report was “layers”. This was executed through the use of overlaying colours, varying paper widths and custom architectural photography shot by Steven Ackerman.