Food's greatest stage

Today marks the grand opening of the new Toronto Loblaws, located in the historic Maple Leaf Gardens. I wouldn't normally blog about a grocery store opening, but I am totally in love with the art deco-inspired renderings I have seen on billboards, the new website, as well as window signage on the outside of the new store. The style is perfectly in line with the building itself (which broke ground in 1931) and other era buildings on the block, including the Hydro Toronto building and College Park.

BlogTO also reports that the builders have also revived the original 1950s lettering for the marquee. This makes me very, very happy.

(Top images: Loblaws, Bottom images: BlogTO)

The shop is open

Big news! As promised, my first alphabet print is available on my new BigCartel site. These 18" x 18" alphabet posters are screen printed with black water-based ink on 245gsm pure white 100% cotton archival paper.

Special thanks to Bianca and Mike at Kid Icarus in Toronto for their impeccable printing work - I couldn't be happier with the results.

Know a typography lover? Spread the word, or purchase your limited edition copy today!

Thanks in advance for your support!



If all goes as planned, I have two exciting announcements to make next week. Above is a taste of one of them... stay tuned!

Have a great weekend!

Wrecked... in print!

Here are a few supplementary shots of my copy of Wrecked Upon This Shore.
Absolutely thrilled!

Wrecked Upon This Shore

Please join me in congratulating my dear friend Kate Story on her second novel, Wrecked Upon This Shore. I am thrilled to say that this is my first non-fiction book cover design (!), and honoured that Kate asked me to do it.

If you happen to be in Peterborough, the official Ontario launch party is tonight:
Titles Book Store 
379 George St. North
Free admission
7:30 p.m.

You can purchase the novel through the publisher, at your local bookstore as well as Chapters/Indigo.

Thanks Kate, and congratulations!

p.s. More photos to come after I pick up my copy tonight.

Hart House Theatre

I am absolutely loving the designs, type treatments and colour choices for Hart House Theatre's 2011/2012 season by in-house designers Sara Herron and Firoozeh Tangestanian. Bravo!

Weekend words

Have a great weekend!
(image via)

p.s. It's also 11/11/11 - check out what makes 11 so awesome on my other blog.

Weekend book find

Found this lovely typographic artefact by James Craig this past weekend in Ottawa.
(You had me at Helvetica.)

Type around T.O: Ottawa edition

Parliament of Canada

No Canadian can stand and look at this cluster of buildings [...] without feeling that somewhere on this Hill, perhaps by a happy accident, architects, masons, and stone carvers have managed to grasp and materialize the beauty of Canada, the vastness of its land, its loneliness, its youth and its hope.
-Bruce Hutchison's, The Unknown Country