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Entries Tagged as 'Heroes'

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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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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Things I have learned in my life so far – Stefan Sagmeister

May 5th, 2008 · Comments Off

I had the opportunity to see Stefan Sagmeister speak in Toronto in 2006. In person, he seems humble and grounded in ideas. His personality shows well in this short from Hillman Curtis.

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This speaks to me on many levals.

July 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

From my hero, John Maeda, the Misspeller.

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Leo Lionni – Hero

October 18th, 2006 · Comments Off

I have a dog-eared, yellowing, frayed-edged copy of “Family of Man,” given to me as a gift from an old friend. Lionni was only responsible for the cover design and accompanying posters, but his art direction on the cover sets the tone for a beautiful photo essay, produced at a time when much of the […]

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Notable Links

July 6th, 2006 · Comments Off

Philips’ focus on design & simplicity in its branding efforts is highly visible on their site. They have a large area devoted to talking about their “Sense and Simplicity” brand promise, including the announcement of their formation of a “Simplicity Advisory Board,” made up of professionals from around the world, including my hero John Maeda. […]

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[Heroes] John Maeda

May 11th, 2006 · Comments Off

“The greatest form of education, whatever field it may be design, education, economics, science or what not, occurs when you have the fortune of meeting great people. Period. You will find great people by being earnest in your work, humble in attitude, and doing your best in all situations. You will find great people by […]

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