Mixed bag


British Athletics

Posted on March 25th, by Kris in Mixed bag. Comments Off

British Athletics is the new brand under which United Kingdom Athletics (UKA) — the governing body for athletics in the United Kingdom — oversees it’s operations in Great Britain, that being England, Scotland, Republic of Ireland and Wales. Got it? Me neither, but this isn’t geography class so let’s carry on, shall we? The new British Athletics brandmark, created by London-based SomeOne, is an elegant, slightly conflicted, yet supremely British moniker.

A maxim I picked up some years ago was that a logo should be simple enough that it can be drawn from memory on a cocktail napkin during Happy Hour, so add a 3 martini handicap. This is not that logo. The British Athletics logo presents no less than 14 separate athletes in the throes of their sport, which must be a world record in it’s own right. Yet, it … Read More »


Creative Free Agent Turns 1!

Posted on November 21st, by Kris in Mixed bag. Comments Off

November 21 marks my first year as a Creative Free Agent and what a year it was. Full of ups, downs and plenty of sideways, there’s never been a dull moment. I have a few special goodies coming up to celebrate (when the paying work allows) so stay tuned to the site, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to share in the celebration.

Of course, I wouldn’t be here without fantastic clients, all of whom have been enthusiastic supporters of my work; and great family and friends who have been there when I needed them.

Thanks all!



On The Fly: Norman Hardie Winery

Posted on August 25th, by Kris in Blog Roll, Culinary, Design, Inspiration, Mixed bag, The Bike, Tourism. Comments Off

[flagallery gid=all skin=default name=Gallery]A small cross section of the many small, inspiring sights that caught my eye during our Ride for Africycle stay at Norman Hardie Winery. The first go in a little creative side project – shooting life as it happens, photographed and processed entirely on my iPhone, on the fly.

Norman Hardie Winery is a beautiful, small winery in Prince Edward County. Run by proprietor Norman Hardie, and his fantastic staff, NHW is producing some outstanding wines. It’s definitely worth visiting NHW for a taste, or a few bottles, of their efforts, or indulge in a wonderful artisanal pizza baked in their limestone brick oven.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Noble, name games and other news

Posted on August 7th, by Kris in Blog Roll, Communication, Culinary, Mixed bag, Peterborough, The Bike, Tourism. Comments Off

A bit behind, but here we go…

Nobleness. Six friends staring down 140km of uncharted territory that we call home. Six friends rolling in together hours later as one. The Noble Pursuit pitted resolve, camaraderie and skinny tires against our home and native land and we won, not that anyone was handing out prizes for this sort of thing. In all 54 cyclists tested their mettle against long strips of asphalt, winding country lanes and rugged ATV trails, came out worthy and celebrated with war stories and cold beers at Brio Gusto. Whether we cursed or cheered the day, we all knew we’d be back next year. So should you. Watch for it and in the meantime, be noble.
Name Game. A recent project I was excited to be part of was the naming for a new high-end butcher shop opening it’s … Read More »



Two Wheels of Change

Posted on July 17th, by Kris in Blog Roll, Inspiration, Mixed bag, The Bike. Comments Off

On On the morning of August 11, over a dozen cyclists will roll out of the Silver Bean Café in Peterborough, Ontario on a either a 2-day ride to historical Kingston, or a 5-day, 500+ kilometer ride to Kingston and back via beautiful Prince Edward County. Both options promise to offer plenty of camaraderie, adventure and fun. Never far from our minds though, is that for the people of Africa, bikes are a critical element of daily life and survival, and this is why we Ride for Africycle.

Africycle is a Canadian-based charity that collects unwanted bikes in Canada and ships them to Africa where they are refurbished and sold to residents as an affordable alternative to motorized vehicles. In their intrepid hands, bicycles become the means to generate income, carry children to school and lift families out of the cycle … Read More »



Protected: Sticklings

Posted on July 12th, by Kris in Mixed bag. Comments Off

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Everything’s Bigger in Texas

Posted on July 11th, by Kris in Blog Roll, Brand, Design, Inspiration, Mixed bag, Peterborough, Sport, The Bike. Comments Off

In the spirit of “Everything’s bigger in Texas” this update highlights big visuals, rides, inspiration and music.

I’ve been spending the last couple months evolving the Cross Country Canada brand and some cool projects are starting to see the light of day. I’ve worked with CCC to standardize fonts usage, colour selection and application, how we use images, all to present a united look and feel across all the various channels the organization employs. The first projects to come out since are a new 10′ pop-up display graphic along with the first couple corporate bannerstands. The brand has evolved in response to these changes with the addition of a red ‘faceted’ background, accented with a ‘shard’ of fluoro yellow and a greyscale background around the close cropped skiers. The net effect is far more eye-catching and dynamic and I’m looking forward … Read More »



Welcome Changes.

Posted on July 4th, by Kris in Blog Roll, Mixed bag, Sport, The Bike. Comments Off

A quick update in the midst of shuffling boxes around… The change from June to July meant far more than turning a page in the calendar this year. Not only did I move house over the long weekend, but I’m stoked to now have a proper office space tucked in the corner of Unit 8 – 280 Perry Street (aka Page Design). I’m still an independent Creative Free Agent, but benefit from the great creative energy and space the Page crew have. They’ve been very welcoming and it should be barrels of fun… micro-scooter races anyone? If you’re in the neighbourhood, stop in and say hi!

On the topic, I have to give a big thanks to Katie who let me set up shop in her home office for the month of June while I was between workspaces. Big thanks too, … Read More »



Canada and the Beautiful Game

Posted on May 15th, by Kris in Mixed bag. Comments Off

Canada’s soccer history is a rich tapestry — one that’s overtly out of proportion to our presence on the world stage – that’s being preserved and promoted by the Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum in Vaughn, Ontario. As the Museum grows, a key priority is to expand awareness of it’s mandate and collection. To achieve this, Kim Watson, Curator and Project Manager turned to me to create a portable installation that portrayed the scope and excitement of the game in Canada and the history on display. True to my European roots, but I’ve always loved the Beautiful Game, so it goes without saying that I was thrilled to play a part.

Through pictures and words, I spread the Museum’s story across 6 retractable banners. Each relates a unique feature of the collection and  can be used independently or in loose combinations. … Read More »



A long time gone.

Posted on May 10th, by Kris in Blog Roll, Design, Inspiration, Mixed bag, The Bike. Comments Off

How time flies when you’re running your own business. And enjoying spring. Okay, and getting back on the bike. But… a bevy of updates coming in the next couple weeks, showing off some recent work some designerly stuff and a bit more about me. Okay, about the bike and me.

For now, amigo, music lover and guitarist Jake Dudas has released a single to iTunes titled Get You Alone. I’m proud to have played a small role in this project by designing some cover art for it. It was a fun afternoon’s work, as we designed and rambled on about love and life; how they arrange the pieces and play the game with us, and so often place that we want most tantalizingly out of reach. When you are done here, click your way over to Jake’s site to have a … Read More »






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