A broader spread of images I shot of Nick Sieber this past weekend. It’s always a blast to slide into an alternative creative role, see things from a different perspective, and work for the hardest Creative Director I know. See my previous post Falling, Falling, Crash to see the final images paired up with my design work, and to hear one of Nick’s tracks from the upcoming EP.
A major milestone for any young musician is their first published work — that first collection of music that leaves their instrument, announcing their arrival to musical stage. So too is it for Nick Sieber, a talented jazz trombonist putting the final touches to his first EP, Falling, Falling, Crash. Outside of the recording process, one of the most crucial of those touches is album artwork, and Nick turned to his little big brother (me) to photograph and design the look and feel for his musical calling card.
Over the last month, we brainstormed a number of ideas around the titles of the self-penned pieces included on the 3-song collection, and went into the photoshoot with Moments Missed as our main inspiration. We shot in a number of locations amongst the industrial environs of the Perry Street Warehouse District and Genpak, … Read More »
With winter just around the corner, the winter sport scene is ramping up at full pace. Facebook timelines and Twitter feeds are chock full of reports from sport organizations and athletes as the last training sessions wrap up and thoughts are dispensed about the upcoming season. Behind the scenes, work is continuing at a feverish pace as well and along that line I’m excited to announce the release of a recent project, that Biathlon Canada has launched their new web site at biathloncanada.ca
This will be the third time I have provided the creative for the look and feel of the Biathlon Canada site, and this go-round is a marked departure from what we’ve used in the past. Created as part of the overall rebranding that I am working on with Biathlon Canada, the template artwork features bolder imagery, a far … Read More »
At over 50′ in length and weighing in at over 106,000lbs, the McCloskey International J50 Jaw Crusher is a monster of a machine. Operating world-wide, and headquartered here in Peterborough, Ontario, McCloskey’s J50 Jaw Crusher is the class-leading track crusher and also the focus of a recent illustration project (especially for my inner 6 year old!).
Created for a large vehicle wrap application in the eastern United States, illustration was the way to go over photography as it allowed for a brighter, sharper image that is optimized to the application — not overly detailed, but enough so to look accurate and authentic. As a vector-based illustration, is is also scalable to any size making it an ideal investment for future applications large and small, with no change in image quality. Finally, the illustration is easy to manipulate by adding and subtracting … Read More »
I tweeted a fast Company article yesterday, titled The Rise of Visual Social Media, which raises an interesting trend – that photos are superseding words as the backbone of content. For several reasons, the article resonated with me, not the least of which is my own perspective and use of social media has gravitated towards visual of late, and that as a visual communicator, it brings social media closer that much closer to my expertise.
On the flip side, an underlying theme that gave me pause was it’s contrasting of the “content is king” mantra vs. “a picture being worth a 1000 words”. While the article doesn’t declare a winner, I’ve always believed that “content” was all-encompassing of copy, imagery, video and design, and any serious shortfall in one would hobble the others. What experience tells me is that we are … Read More »
[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.
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »