Thursday, January 15, 2009

winter colours

Today's the coldest day of winter this year ... -30 degrees Celsius outside my studio. Thought I'd just share the moods and colours of my day here.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Small Magazine

Always love the idea of online magazines. Thought it'd be nice to share some of our favourite reading materials on a Monday morning. This is one that we really love ... The Small Magazine. "Flipping" through it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy ...even though it's -8 degrees outside.

The Brand Gap

Just finished reading this amazing book called "The Brand Gap" by Marty Neumeier. Must say that it has been inspiring and great for consolidating my thoughts for the design studio. It is a must read for all business owners. If I could send along a copy to all my clients before the project starts I would. It would definitely bring them into focus on what's important to their business and what good design can do for them. Instead of just looking at how much the postcards/brochures would cost them, with the economy being in the downturn, people need to spend wisely and look at what is worth spending to expand their business.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

a new shift in the new year ...

Shift studio's yoga/pilates practice is in a phase of transition right now. So we created a calm, static and rooted image for their one-page website to represent their current state of mind...unflustered and undisturbed.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

New Year greetings ...

Happy New Year !! The first entry in 2009 is about 6 days late due to all the festivities. We've had a good year, with friend's support and a network of business associates that work hard to help each other. We're hoping to ramp it up in the new year. Our holiday e-card gives thanks to all who has made our year good. Thanks to my friend Rossana who inspired our illustration of holiday Elfs...

Well, enroute to deliver holiday greetings to clients and friends, we dropped by Quinceflowers to drop off our FAMOUS chocolate truffles. We perfected 6 varieties this year, featuring a laminated wood packaging, printed brown paper wrappers and finished off with baker's twine and a card made with my new Big-shot die-cut machine. I love the die-cuts ...

And coincidentally it was also Rosie's (Quinceflower's owner) birthday that day. So it was meant to be and we had to take a shot of the wonderful sign we designed for them.

I think the New Year will be full of such beautiful coincidences....