Erik Blood


I'm so excited to share this project that has been 6 months in the making.

Erik Blood is a talented music maker and producer in Seattle, WA. He just released a new full length album called Lost in Slow Motion, available in digital, vinyl – and cassette tape! All three mediums feature his new custom wordmark, title and track listing, courtesy of yours truly.

Check out his music and videos on his website, and purchase the album here.

Thank again Erik for this great challenge – it was a blast!






(Photo credit: Erik Blood)

Jane 100


I'm proud to share a custom wordmark I created for a very special project:
Jane100 is a year-long celebration of the life and legacy of Jane Jacobs, the inspiring urban theorist, author and citizen activist who made Toronto her home for nearly 40 years. To mark the occasion of what would have been her 100th year, you’re invited to organize or attend an event that brings Jane’s ideas to life – be it a book club, a block party, a film screening, or a day of community design.
With your help, from May 2016 to May 2017 we will animate Toronto with 100 events that engage citizens in dialogue, action and the spirit of Jane – events that challenge us to see our city from new or overlooked perspectives.
Much thanks to Jay at Studio Jaywall for this great opportunity!

Coralie Bickford-Smith


Last November, I had the pleasure of interviewing book designer Coralie Bickford-Smith at the RGD Design Thinkers conference in Toronto. Ms. Bickford-Smith was a pleasure to chat with, and had lots of great things to say about design, problem solving, and the changes in the publishing industry.

You can read the full interview in issue 29 of Uppercase Magazine. Thank you to Ms. Bickford-Smith for her time and to Janine for this great opportunity.

p.s. Janine was kind enough to list me as a Featured Contributor in the current issue. Thanks, Janine!

Brush lettering at UPPERCASE



On Saturday, April 2, I had the pleasure of teaching 13 folks the basics of hand lettering at the beautiful UPPERCASE studio in Calgary, Alberta. The event was generously sponsored by the fine folks at Sakura.

Thanks again to Janine for making this all possible.




Pocket Concerts


A quick logo refresh for Toronto's Pocket Concerts.

Original branding here.

Learn brush lettering at Uppercase!


If you're in Calgary, don't miss this special brush lettering workshop on April 2 at Uppercase Magazine.

More details and registration info at: http://uppercasemagazine.com/learnbrushlettering

Share the love


Love is in the air. To share my love with all of you, I have created 4 special hand-lettered Valentines, FREE to download. All you have to do is click on the links below, print, trim, fold, and give them to your special someone one next Sunday.

Love

Kiss

XO (colour)

XO (black and white)

Want to make your own Valentines? Join Ligatures this Thursday in Toronto for their "Love Letters" event. RSVP today!


Nifty numeral



I'm tickled pink to share you my contribution to Uppercase Magazine's "Nifty Numeral" project, which is published in Issue 28. Janine asked 10 designers, typographers and lettering artists to submit their favourite number. Here's mine:
F-O-U-R: the only number whose value is the same as the number of letters in its name. Four sides make a square, the basis for our grid system. Conceptually, four connotes strength, stability, and order – a perfect fit. The standard peaked 4 can also be drawn by connecting four points in succession. 1-2-3-4.
Four leaf clovers are lucky; a 4.0 is the finest grade-point average one can attain. Most furniture has four legs; most vehicles have four wheels. You can’t play cards without four suites (hearts, diamonds, clubs, and spades); a ballgame certainly wouldn’t be the same without four bases. We couldn’t explore the “four corners of the world” without the four cardinal directions (North, South, East, and West). We wouldn’t be able to enjoy the four food groups (meat, dairy, grain, and produce) without Mother Nature’s four seasons (Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter).
Most importantly, our beautiful world of print wouldn’t be the same without our beloved four process colours: cyan, magenta, yellow, and black.
Check out the complete list of stockists and pick up your copy today!

Looking back, moving forward


2015 was a marathonic year, with many hurdles and obstacles, but also great rewards.
As in previous years (201120122013, 2014), here is my annual recap of how my year unfolded.

January was cold and long. I kept myself busy creating the Emoji Alphabet Project.

In February, I completed a chalkboard at The Body Shop. I also started the Emoji Alphabet Project, which got some nice press.

March brought some more nice press for the Emoji Alphabet Project. I also did a special piece of art for the F**k Status Quotes project.

In April, I did a big menu chalkboard for Church Street Espresso.

May brought spring weather and a chalkboard for RedLab Digital. I also had the privilege to
co-instruct Type Camp pointed pen workshop at TDC (Type Director's Club) in New York City. Amazing!

June was a busy month for client work. Ligatures also held our first Type Attack!

In July, I co-taught a special Ligatures brush pen workshop in Calgary, in partnership with GDC (Graphic Designers of Canada) and Uppercase Magazine. My sister also got married, and I turned 33!

August was filled with two back-to-back Ligatures brush pen workshops in Toronto, introducing a fun new layered alphabet in the workshop plan.

September was all about my big 2015 rebrand. More photos here. I also unveiled a special painting, created for the Buddies in Bad Times Art Attack auction.

October was busy to say the least. My Ellen Lupton interview was published in Uppercase Magazine. Also, the Toronto Etiquette Project (and my mugshot) were featured prominently on the masthead of the Toronto Star's GTA section. I was also thrilled to share that my 2011 poster of Macbeth for Shakespeare Toronto / Classical Theatre Project  was published in the new Mirko Ilić / Steven Heller book Presenting Shakespeare: 1,100 Posters from Around the World, published by Princeton Architectural Press.

In November, I unveiled my winter collection 2015, including reveal the new Emoji Map of Canada. I had the privilege of attending RGD DesignThinkers on behalf of Uppercase Magazine. Here are the links to Day 1 & Day 2. November was also a busy month for chalkboards: a massive 25 foot one for Flock restaurant, and three for the new Loaded Pierogi restaurant.

December was all about City of Craft Winter 2015, with some special products created just for the show. The event was a huge success, and I can't wait to apply for next year's show.

This massive year wouldn't have been possible without the support of YOU – family, friend (new and old) and clients (new and old). Thanks to everyone who purchased a print in my shop, donated to my 10K run, liked one of my Instagram photos, attended a Ligatures workshop, or visited my booth at City of Craft. Your generosity inspires me. I am truly blessed to do work I love each day.

May 2016 bring you happiness.

CR

Alphabet a day


Here’s my project for the year: one complete alphabet (A-Z) hand-lettered and posted at the end of every weekday in 2016. If my math is correct, that should be 250 alphabets by December 31. Wish me luck!

Follow my progress on Instagram.