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Niko Potton
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October 24, 2013
Selfie confidence

Selfie confidence

It’s easy, while we’re in the first wave of pop culture – sputtering in the frothy whitewater of new fads – to dismiss trends as frivolous. To wit, selfies: a playful, sometimes vain phenomenon that stems from the ubiquity of digital cameras and digital networks.   However gauche you might find them, selfies are obviously an outgrowth of our current culture, and here to stay. And in fact, as this article in the Atlantic points out, selfies are not only widespread today;

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Jon Shanahan
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September 25, 2013
Design Grad Dispatch: Mariko's Toolbox Transition

Design Grad Dispatch: Mariko's Toolbox Transition

Graduating from university was exhilarating – and also a little terrifying. The thrilling prospect of landing my dream job was tinged with a persistent fear of ending up on the street, clutching my shiny new 27” Mac. I had no idea what to expect in an industry that seemingly had rules of its own.   Toolbox is unlike any other place I have worked – in fact, from what I hear, it is arguably unlike any other place in Vancouver. At the heart of the Toolbox philosophy is

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May 13, 2013
Year Of The Phoenix

Year Of The Phoenix

Vancouver’s Chinatown is close to the heart in this city. It’s old, and soulful, and has such real texture. Obviously, the Chinese community is a huge force in Vancouver. From where we sit, Chinatown is a pretty important representative of that community.  Which is why many people have found it a bit worrying that Chinatown as we’ve known it seems to be changing, maybe losing some its old steam. I personally used to buy these kung fu sneakers down there, at Dragon Martial

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Jon Shanahan
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March 25, 2013
The Times Are Changing

The Times Are Changing

The New York Times is redesigning their site, moving toward a more organic, one-page-style experience. This is obviously a pretty big deal, and we think it's a decisive signal of where the web is moving.  The NYT already works very well. It's clean and organized and very navigable, but still super dense with content.  So the fact that they're moving toward a more consumer focused, touchscreen-like experience is significant. It means that even very staid news institutions are seeing the

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