Inspiration


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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Ride For Africycle 2012

Posted on August 21st, by Kris in Blog Roll, Inspiration, The Bike. 1 Comment

The ride for 2012 is in the books and now, a week later, having caught up on some work and Daddy/daughter time, it’s time to give the ride it’s due. Our man Steven Leak kept notes from every day of the ride so I’m going to leave to him to tell the full story over on the Ride for Africycle website, but I wanted to share some random words and pics over the next week or two, so keep checking in.

The Unexpected

Best place I’ve enjoyed a fabulous bottle of wine was above, and another shot here.

The Road Song

The hum of the tires, the intermittent rasp of the freehub, the rhythm of my breath, the intermittent creaks that a 20 year old bike and it’s 38 year old rider make. This is the road song. Once the body has found 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 »



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 »



Race. Space. New work in place.

Posted on June 1st, by Kris in Blog Roll, Design, Inspiration, Sport. Comments Off

A quick update on a rainy June 1st. For inspiration, Ryder Hesjedal’s fantastic Giro d’Italia win, the first win in one of pro cyclings three crown jewels by a Canadian. I’m celebrating with a minor tweak to my header brandmark – a subtle tip of the chapeau to his incredible and historical achievement.

Under news, I will be opening an ‘official’ office as of July 1st. Details to come as the date approaches, but I’m pretty stoked about it even if the days of the 30 foot commute are nearing an end. Instead I look forward to finally being able to join the ranks of the cycle commuter, as it means means I really should buy another bike *grin*.

And finally, my latest work is a small set of exhibit graphics profiling Canada’s three Major League Soccer teams – Montreal Impact, Toronto … 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 »



Living One Life

Posted on February 27th, by Kris in Blog Roll, Inspiration. Comments Off

Saw this over on Swiss Miss this morning… beautifully expressed.

“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, sildenafil and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.”
- L.P Jack, 1932


Cooking Made Picture Perfect

Posted on February 25th, by Kris in Blog Roll, Culinary, Inspiration. Comments Off

I love to cook. I’m not sure if it was borne out of a love to eat, or the other way around. Either way, the alchemy of flavour and texture, colour and form that cooking offers is entrancing. And as a designer, there’s always the visual appeal of the final step, presentation. So, many a time I’ve looked at a just-finished dish and longed to capture it, to savour long after it’s faded from my taste buds, but always came up wanting.

As a designer with a cooking problem, I have a hearty cookbook problem to go along with it. It’s unavoidable really. Each new one that came home wasn’t entirely about the recipes, but the stories they told, history and traditions passed down and so on. Or so I would tell myself. But as my eye would linger … Read More »



INSPIRING: Impossible Photography

Posted on February 15th, by Kris in Blog Roll, Inspiration. Comments Off

I’ve come across Erik Johansson’s fantastic and mind-boggling ‘photographs’ a number of times over the last few years, and in this brief TED talk from London he delves into some of the thought process behind his truly unique work. Fans of photoshop or M. C. Escher should get a kick out of this.






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