The future is... now?

Scientists find a potentially habitable planet (called Gliese 581g) within the Libra constellation.
(When do the WALL·E robots go into production?)

Happy Birthday Peter

Inspired by one of our favourite movies of all time, Pretty Woman.
Click to enlarge!

Got Glee?

Season 2 of Glee starts tonight! Hooray!

Fall theatre preview

Studio Centre at Toronto Centre for the Arts
September 22 - October 10, 2010

Priscilla Queen of the Desert (North American premiere!)
Princess of Wales Theatre
Opens October 12

Canon Theatre
October 20 - November 28, 2010

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
November 25 - December 11, 2010

And in the spring, get ready for:

Princess of Wales Theatre
April 19 - May 22, 2010

I will be happy if I get to see even ONE of these!
Oh how I love you Toronto...

Hip to be a square

Epps-Evans typeface, designed by experimental psychologist Dr. Chris Evans and typographer Timothy Epps. It was created using only horizontal and vertical lines within a 5x5 square, ideal for electronic recognition.

On white space

"White space can be used in the design of our lives as well, not just the design of magazines and websites and ads. By using white space in our lives, we create space, balance, emphasis on what’s important, and a feeling of peace that we cannot achieve with a more cramped life."

-Leo Babauta on minimalism, via Swiss Miss
(worth the read!)

Alliance Mechanical, rebranded

I was recently commission to design a logo for Alliance Mechanical, a heating, ventilation and air conditioning supplier and repair service in Ladysmith, BC. The idea was to capture all four elements — earth, water, air (wind) and fire (sun) — in a simple, modern way. Here is the rough sketch I was provided:
After a few variations, some colour adjustments, shading options and font refinement, we settled on a final logo. Here's some draft work:
And here are the final two colour versions. They liked the blue and green text versions so much, they requested both! Here is the logo in blue text:
And here is the final logo with green text:
Finally, I offered a greyscale option for any monochromatic mediums they encounter:

Much thanks to Daina for her awesome attitude and succinct feedback, and to Mandy for passing my name along.

Gaga, exposed?

...Gaga has borrowed so heavily from Madonna (as in her latest video-Alejandro) that it must be asked, at what point does homage become theft? However, the main point is that the young Madonna was on fire. She was indeed the imperious Marlene Dietrich’s true heir. For Gaga, sex is mainly decor and surface; she’s like a laminated piece of ersatz rococo furniture. Alarmingly, Generation Gaga can’t tell the difference. Is it the death of sex? Perhaps the symbolic status that sex had for a century has gone kaput; that blazing trajectory is over…
-Excerpt from a recent article by Camille Paglia in the Sunday Times Magazine

Puttin' on the ritz

Stunning minimalist samples of Acier, circa 1930

The Google Generation

Ten years ago, I finished high school, left the nest, and began my post-secondary career. But before the exodus, I completed five murals at my humble little high school. The last one I designed was an ode to the year 2000 and the new millennium. While I recognize the amateurish aesthetic (it was high school after all), it still stands as a interesting memento of the prominent ideas and cultural tokens of the time.
This was my original sketch of the mural (yes, this was before Photoshop, so I had to use a good old photocopier):
This is how the mural turned out (apologies for the mediocre image quality - the lighting in this space was terrible):
And this is how the "puzzle piece" fit into the existing mural, which showcased the previous four decades (created by an unknown artist):
For the last couple months, I have been musing about the idea of creating a new mural for the last ten years. What defines us in 2010? And now, after several hours and over 100 Photoshop layers, I present to you: 2010, the iDecade:
(please click to enlarge)