Blog Roll


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 »



Bollywood Fairy Tale

Posted on May 11th, by Kris in Blog Roll, Design, Not-for-profit, Tourism. Comments Off

In what promises to be a unique retelling of this storied classic, Geetika Dance Company is staging a one-night production of Cinderella, The Bollywood Ballet to benefit the Oshawa Community Health Centre. I’m proud to be a sponsor for this evening of entertainment and to have designed the show poster, working with the photography of Michael Hurcomb and the media coordination of Katie Young.

Featuring the familiar characters set amidst the colour and pageantry of Bollywood, the evening promises to be a fantastic night of family theatre benefitting a great cause.

Cinderella, the Bollywood Ballet plays one show only – June 23, 2012 at 7:00pm. Visit www.regenttheatre.ca to purchase tickets.



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 »



It’s a Wrap, Again.

Posted on March 13th, by Kris in Blog Roll, Brand, Design, Sport. Comments Off

Quick update today… Pics of the latest effort in Cross Country Canada’s fleet branding arrived in my mailbox a couple days ago – a Mercedes’ Sprinter 2500 Passenger van getting the treatment this time. The art follows the same concept that I applied to the Tour de Ski tour bus I wrote about here.

I had plenty of inspiration putting this wrap together as Devon Kershaw was in the midst of tearing up the World Cup circuit after his fourth place finish at the Tour de Ski. Chandra meanwhile, posted her best finish in the classic discipline with a 5th place in Drammen, Norway.

Four down and just a Dodge Ram left to do before we close the books on this one. Para-nordic skiers, are you ready for your close up?



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 »



Manifesto for a Small City

Posted on February 23rd, by Kris in Blog Roll, Creative Economy, Peterborough. Comments Off

Not being an Economic Developer, I’m a little out of my element with this post. The simple beauty of A Micropolitan Manifesto is that I think I can get away with it. Still, I’ll keep this quick and just say Manifesto could have been written for Peterborough. Sub 100k people, rural to those from Toronto and urban to those immediately around us. One could walk our downtown side-to-side and end-to-end in less than 20 minutes, though to do so would miss the point and place, the energy and creativity.

Those of us who live here, know exactly why we do. We know our strengths – natural, cultural and human – and recognise the value of growing our local economy through businesses in our immediate community that serve our neighbours. I know as a new small business owner I’m now part of this community in an … Read More »



Better Brandmarks. My Rule of 3.

Posted on February 17th, by Kris in Blog Roll, Brand. Comments Off

Though we are bombarded by logos constantly, many pass by our eyes with barely a flicker of recognition or seem to be at odds with the company they stand for. So what traits elevate the best brandmarks above the rest? The following are 3 key features of effective identities. If you’re considering branding or re-branding your business, I learned these early and follow them on every mark I create.

Be Honest
We ask a great deal of our brandmarks now. We cast them to the winds on every manner of paper, pixel and product hoping they’ll be breadcrumbs followed back to our door. With so many possible points of engagement, it’s crucial that your identity be an honest reflection of your business, it’s principles, goals and aspirations. There’s no greater potential for disconnect, than a customer on the phone, in your shop … 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.



The Magic Bus

Posted on February 13th, by Kris in Blog Roll, Brand, Design, Sport. Comments Off

The Tour de Ski. A 9 day European competition for the world’s best XC skiers. For 2010, Cross Country Canada makes a bold decision to ferry our athletes throughout the tour via private luxury coach. The space and facilities to relax and recuperate between events propels our team to incredible results. They nick-named it the Magic Bus. Fast forward to the  2011 Tour de Ski, throw a world championship win for Devon Kershaw and Alex Harvey in the mix, now self-styled rock stars of the XC ski world. The bus is back, but this year needs something extra… and befitting of 3 of the world’s best skiers. That’s when Cross Country Canada called me.

Over the last couple years, I’ve worked with CCC to tighten the marketing for the National Ski Team into a concept that evokes to the raw emotion, the … Read More »



A Good Night Out

Posted on February 8th, by Kris in Blog Roll, Creative Economy, Peterborough. 1 Comment

I’m quickly discovering networking to be the lifeblood of an independent designer, and despite the good fortune of being busy these first couple months it was time to step out, make connections and explore new opportunities with 3 stops on the calendar tonight.

First up, Hazlewood Images to drop off business cards featuring the new brandmark I recently created. Marlon was thrilled at how they turned out and dove into an impromptu iPhone photo shoot for a quick tweet. We talked about some exciting leads and potential clients before parting ways for a couple hours.

A quick stop at the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event at the OFAH Mario Cortellucci Hunting & Fishing Heritage Centre was next. If you haven’t been, go. It’s an exciting place and a perfect winter activity for kids. On display are many native … Read More »



Brandmark: Hazlewood Images

Posted on February 7th, by Kris in Blog Roll, Brand, Culinary, Design. Comments Off

Hazlewood Images started 2012 with renewed energy. Focused on budding opportunities in food and lifestyle photography, Photographer Marlon Hazlewood approached me to create a new mark for Hazlewood Images. Aiming to position his company well amongst culinary and lifestyle clientele, the mark needed to reflect the quality and detail that Marlon is known for.

MARLON

In meeting Kris, I knew immediately that his talent transcends arranging elements of design into pretty layout. His intuitive nature and understanding allowed him to design a new identity based on my personal style and vision for my business. It’s a branding that works, plain and simple. I look forward to many more collaborations with Kris bringing his design savvy to the table to complete an overall look for my commercial clients.

A key feature of the past mark was the … Read More »






Recent Work + Events + Inspiration

Welcome Changes.

A quick update in the midst of shuffling boxes around… The change from June to July meant far more than turning a page in...

Race. Space. New work in place.

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...

Bollywood Fairy Tale

In what promises to be a unique retelling of this storied classic, Geetika Dance Company is staging a one-night production of Cinderella, The Bollywood...

A long time gone.

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...

It’s a Wrap, Again.

Quick update today… Pics of the latest effort in Cross Country Canada’s fleet branding arrived in my mailbox a couple days ago – a...

Living One Life

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...

Cooking Made Picture Perfect

I love to cook. I’m not sure if it was borne out of a love to eat, or the other way around....

Manifesto for a Small City

Not being an Economic Developer, I’m a little out of my element with this post. The simple beauty of A Micropolitan Manifesto is that...

Better Brandmarks. My Rule of 3.

Though we are bombarded by logos constantly, many pass by our eyes with barely a flicker of recognition or seem to be at odds...

INSPIRING: Impossible Photography

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...

The Magic Bus

The Tour de Ski. A 9 day European competition for the world’s best XC skiers. For 2010, Cross Country Canada makes a bold decision...