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Remember Büro Destruct?

March 9th, 2010 · 2 Comments

The original Büro Destruct book came out while I was attending Emily Carr.  It made an impression on our class, capturing some of the design trends occurring at that moment in time. Post-graduation, I’d kept up with their work only loosely. Turns out they’ve been very busy. The video above is a teaser for their […]

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Tags: Books · Culture · Design · Film & Video · Graphic Design · Interactive · Typography

Before there was Axe Body Spray, there was Hai Karate.

March 5th, 2010 · Comments Off

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Tags: Advertising · Culture · Funny · Surprising · You Tube

A T-bone steak, three double scotches and a pack of Chesterfields.

February 21st, 2010 · Comments Off

Douglas Coupland handed me my degree at the convocation for the Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design (as it was called back then) Class of 2000. He, along with Lynn Johnston and Japanese-Canadian artist Takao Tanabe, were honorary graduates (pretty great, no?). Whenever I feel homesick for my five years spent in Vancouver, I […]

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Tags: Books · Canada · Culture · Heroes · Inspiration · Writing

Quite possibly the best video ever made.

February 18th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Tee hee. Thanks to Adrian for the link.

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Tags: Culture · Film & Video · Friends · Funny · Inspiration · Memes

Digital Nation, Frontline

February 5th, 2010 · Comments Off

I came upon this program by chance a few nights ago. It’s worth a viewing, especially the (scary) part about the US military’s “Army Experience Center” where young people can play military-based video games for free in a state-of-the-art gaming (recruitment) centre. Frontline always has excellent complementary information on their website too.

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Tags: Culture · Electronics · News · Technology

I Am Star Stuff

February 2nd, 2010 · Comments Off

My wife has become a huge Etsy fan over the last few months, and has discovered many unique,  smart artists & jewelers who combine intelligence with skill. One such example is I Am Star Stuff: Of course the starstuff idea comes from the famous Carl Sagan statements: that we are composed of the stuff stars […]

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Tags: Art · Culture · Design · Fashion · Jewelry · Retail

Radio Canada, by Science & Sons

January 29th, 2010 · Comments Off

The RADIO CANADA concept is a homage to the cultural significance of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. This radio console design was inspired by the dedication of the many CBC listeners who keep their radio dials permanently set to our national broadcaster. After setting the radio to local CBC frequencies, listeners can toggle between CBC Radio […]

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Tags: Canada · Culture · Design · Industrial Design · Inspiration · Technology

Metropolis + Japan

January 14th, 2010 · Comments Off

“…But ask a Japanese designer, and you’ll see good design through a different lens. For him, it means that a product has a high kansei value, or emotional and physical appeal to the user.”

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Tags: Culture · Design · Graphic Design · Industrial Design · Japan

Quoting Robertson Davies

January 1st, 2010 · Comments Off

I like the mind to be a dustbin of scraps of brilliant fabric, odd gems, worthless but fascinating curiosities, tinsel, quaint bits of carving, and a reasonable amount of healthy dirt…

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Tags: Canada · Culture · Ideas · Inspiration · Quotes · Writing

Artists; a quote from the President (1962).

December 30th, 2009 · Comments Off

“Too often in the past we have thought of the artist as an idler and dilettante and of the lover of arts as somehow sissy or effete. We have done both an injustice.”

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Tags: Art · Culture · Ideas · Inspiration · Quotes · Surprising

Le Tour

July 14th, 2009 · 1 Comment

I’m a cycling fan. This show looks like a wonderful display of work by photographer Brent Humphreys, with show art direction & design by http://www.weaponofchoice.ca/. Wish I could find myself in Austin. Lance Armstrong and his team seem to have really embraced art & design as they mature the Livestrong brand. I’ll get behind any […]

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Tags: Art · Branding · Culture · Design · Inspiration · News · Photography

Canadian, please. Yes, please!

July 10th, 2009 · Comments Off

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Tags: Advertising · Canada · Culture · Film & Video · Funny · Marketing · Social · Surprising · Travel · You Tube

MJ Mashup

June 29th, 2009 · Comments Off

Eclectic Method – Long Live The King (Michael Jackson Mix) from Eclectic Method on Vimeo.

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Tags: Culture · Film & Video · Music · News

Boardsmag: The IT List

June 10th, 2009 · Comments Off

Always a great place to find high-quality video of recent ads and other motion graphics, Boardsmag recently posted their It List for 2009: You know what’s awesome? No? We do. And it doesn’t start with ‘r’ and end with ‘ecession’. It’s a hamper full of companies, people, gadgets and trends that entertained, enlightened and impressed […]

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Anatomicals “Shower to the People”

June 5th, 2009 · Comments Off

Came across this super fun line up of body products at Winners of all places. Their line goes: “Whatever you look like, whatever shape you’re in, we only want you for your body.” Nice one. Lots of great product names, delivered in simple, inviting packaging using Helvetica Rounded.

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Tags: Branding · Copywriting · Culture · Design · Funny · Graphic Design · Ideas · Industrial Design · Surprising · Typography

The Stone Roses, reissued.

May 28th, 2009 · Comments Off

One of my most treasured albums, and a sure sign I’m older than I care to admit, I see that The Stone Roses are getting ready to re-issue a 20th anniversary edition of their classic,  monumental self-titled album from 1989, “The Stone Roses.” To celebrate, I offer one of their best songs, on my Top […]

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Tags: Art · Culture · Inspiration · Music · News

Souvenirs [of Winnipeg] – 3 Short Films by Paula Kelly

May 26th, 2009 · Comments Off

Souvenirs (2008) Three short films which trace the shifting identities of a city called Winnipeg and the people who call it home. * colour, black & white * archival photos & sound * 8 & 16mm film * Hi-8 digital video, DigiBeta, Beta SP NTSC * 4:3 letterboxed * stereo Created through the Winnipeg Arts […]

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Tags: Architecture · Canada · Culture · Film & Video · Inspiration · News

Tokyo Cube — Shopping Japanese Style…

May 22nd, 2009 · Comments Off

Fun, fun, fun Japanese goods shop… sections include Art, Fashion, Interior & Toys. “Tokyocube was founded in 2005, initially with the launch of the Tokyocube Magazine, which was designed to provide people throughout the world with a place to find features, articles and reviews on all the latest to come out of Japan, as well […]

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Tags: Art · Books · Business · Culture · Design · Fashion · Graphic Design · Industrial Design · Inspiration · Japan · Magazines · Retail · Technology

Arthur Erickson, 1924 – 2009

May 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment

You can’t walk around Vancouver without being affected by Arthur Erickson’s work, and I was especially lucky to have had a chance to work in a studio in one of his buildings (the Evergreen Building on West Pender, now condos). To me, Erickson’s buildings *are* Vancouver – they engage the geography and climate, the warm […]

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Tags: Architecture · Culture · Design · Heroes · Inspiration · News

M.S. Corley Book Covers

May 19th, 2009 · Comments Off

Designer M.S. Corley is seeing a fair amount of success with his ongoing process of re-designing book covers in unexpected and fresh ways. Lots of great stuff to see here.

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Tags: Art · Books · Branding · Culture · Design · Graphic Design · Industrial Design · Typography