[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 »
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 »