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November 29, 2013
Flock together

Flock together

These gorgeous feather sculptures by visionary artist Kate MccGwire remind us how infinitely gorgeous – and versatile – the forms of nature can be. The pieces take a living thing and create something else, a shape that seems almost as alive, coiled together with a staggering mathematical precision.   There’s something universal in this about the creative process. After all, inspiration doesn't happen in a vacuum. It always proceeds from something else, recombining what's

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October 07, 2013
Judge them by their covers. It's okay, sometimes.

Judge them by their covers. It's okay, sometimes.

There’s something profoundly satisfying about great book covers. The best-designed ones, in my opinion, are never too literal. Never too realist, or narrow. Because books themselves, of course, are layered, nuanced, full of grays and tones and depth and round characters and living narratives and delicately sequenced arguments. That’s why they’re hundreds of pages: you can’t reduce them to a single idea – and any attempt to distill to one for the cover design is too reductive,

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November 29, 2012

Illustrating Our Point

We believe in Illustration. The design universe of today is pretty much digital everything - grafted templates, all laid out in precise pixels, crisp colourways, high res layers, and varying file formats. So there's something intensely comforting - and quaint - about illustration work that's obviously done by hand. This video takes quaintness to the next level. No question, though, the illustration is about as warm, childlike, and comforting as you can imagine. Who watched this and didn't get

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October 29, 2012
Now That's A Bright Idea (Hee Haw)

Now That's A Bright Idea (Hee Haw)

Nothing sets the tone for a life in design better than sugary Belgian waffles.  So we ordered up two full boxes, and invited a whole whack of design students to eat them with us.   Last week, we invited 26 IDEA (Capilano College's Illustration and Design, Elements and Applications) students into our studio. We love to keep ourselves connected with these up and comers. It's a way to stay closely connected to the design community, for one thing. And in fact, we're pretty closely connected

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