Viewing Archive ~ November, 2010

The new year is almost upon us. I always am excited come December, as I feel the creative juices tend to overflow in anticipation of the next 12 months. This Time I’ve channeled a portion of that creative overflow into my first 2011 wall Calendar, dubbed as “UpLift” from cues in the Design.

I wanted to design a Calendar that is considered a work of art, a piece that specifically aims to inspire and motivate the viewer. The Calendar is also designed so that our brains are kept on their toes each month, instead of the typical way of setting the days of the week as standard (Monday being the first day), I chose to keep the numbers of the month as the standard and each month the beginning of the week will alter accordingly.

Priced at $40 & Measuring at 12″x36″ (30.4cm x 91.4cm), printed on High Quality Canon printing paper, 120# cover stock. In a Limited edition of 200 hand marked prints. The 2011 Calendar is hand wrapped and lovingly ready to inspire you for the next year.

Get yours here

I’d also like to Thank the ever talented Jeremy Lewis for rightfully capturing the essence of my calendar.

November 14th, 2010

Aziz Ansari

So I’ve been contacted by Aziz’s reps to do a poster for one of his Dangerously Delicious tour stops in Los Angeles. I’m really happy with the outcome and vibe the poster gives. Shout out to Jessica Hische for the Awesome ButterMilk font. Screen printed by hand by Dan at Valhalla studios, they will be available solely at the Orpheum Theatre in L.A. the day of the show.

Go see the show and grab a copy!

Oh and If you are not aware of who Aziz is … watch this.

November 11th, 2010

Back home. Toronto.

It feels great to be back in this city. 45 days away is quite a while. I found that in the last days of my journey, I was really itching to get back to creating. Since I didn’t have my laptop with me, it just meant that the “creating” was restricted to being in idea forms, I filled two moleskines with ideas, ready to execute whenever I have the time. Most of the ideas were done in random cafe’s in Seoul.

Speaking of Seoul, It is the most wired city I’ve ever been to, almost 9 out of 10 times wherever I was in the city, I was able to find a free wireless access point. Which is quite amazing, considering in a place like Tokyo, that is unheard of. That was really the only exciting thing about Seoul, the fact that it was designated as Design Capital of the World for 2010, was a bit deceiving to me. Upon arriving there, It dawned on me that the award was for what is planned ahead, for the effort that is being put into re-modelling the South korean capital based on Design principles and not for what is ACTUALLY on the ground. The city is mainly bland and monotonous, but they do have potential to become amazing, the big trick is getting society to embrace design in their daily lives and beings, a practice that I’ve noticed time and time again is embodied by the Japanese.

I don’t think I’ll ever tire of revisiting the land of the rising sun, for the simple fact that unlike any other people, I feel that they completely understand and appreciate the value of design in daily live. I’m speaking in general terms of course, but it is truly amazing to witness the sheer beauty of that practice being applied almost everywhere. A true joy. I’ll be speaking a bit more about my travels in Detail sometime in the near future.

My journey consisted of the following cities in order :

Toronto > Cairo > Tokyo > Seoul > Fukuoka > Seoul > Istanbul > Toronto

A total flight travel time of 54hrs in 45 days!

At the moment though, it’s crunch time that I’m back, I’ve got a heap of print back orders to deal with, and new projects are popping up here and there. I’ve just finished working on a tour poster for comedian Aziz Ansari, which I’m really happy with, I’ll be releasing a shot of it soon once it is released by the artist.

For now I’ll leave you with this sunset shot from Fukuoka, a city which I definitely have a lot to talk about in the future. My favourite Japanese city, artistic, independent and unique.

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