Viewing Archive ~ October, 2011

Monday is here and so is another talented individual, meet Scott Christie. I’ve been fascinated with his career for quite a while. Scott is the founding father of former Canadian powerhouse design studio Pylon which he started 14 years ago. After over a decade of being one of the most astounding and award winning design studios in Toronto and Canada for that matter, Scott has decided to move on and start a new venture with partner Doug Stewart. Conveniently named christie-stewart. I was fortunate enough to have a glimpse into his mind and share it with all of you.

I: What’s the earliest memory of a creative activity you did?

S: I don’t know why but I recall lots of colourful yellow and red posters size drawings of Mighty Mouse.

I: If you weren’t doing what you do right now, what would you be doing?

S: I ask myself this question a lot. I still have no answer—I love what I do and will probably do it till I die. Now, if you asked, what would I do if I won a million dollars. I’d tell you I would still be a graphic designer but one with a lot more holiday time.

I: Inspiration, who? what? where?

S: People—the professional and personal ones close to me.

Past co-workers and bosses—here and in the UK.

Lots of Coffee—everywhere.

Non-Fiction Books.

Magazines, all kinds—love the ads.

Movies—Sci-Fi and action films are my favourite—a close second is Horror. Basically I’m not that picky.


My walk to work.

London and NY for all of the above.

I: Share any of piece your work, recent or old and talk about it.

Well, it wouldn’t be fair of me to show a client project so… here’s to being temporary. A while back, during my Pylon days, I asked each of the staff to provide me with a personal project that we could publish in our newsletter. It could be anything; a hobby, something they felt passionate about, or even a physical experience.

Temporary was mine—Beauty, happiness, sadness, a moment, all of them temporary. On the surface it may seem like a pessimistic view of the world but my intention in fact was the opposite. My expression of temporary was a wake up call with the intention of reminding people that moments in time (good or bad), our environment, even your beauty are worth cherishing, reflecting on and in some cases taking action on, for each state will change.

I: Name 5 websites that you check often.



Johnston Banks Blog;

Ted Talks;

And my bank.

It’s been over a year since I worked on any film tribute posters, long overdue. I’ve had so many ideas bouncing around in my head, so many films I wanted to work on. One director stood out from the rest though, Martin Scorsese. I’m a long time fan of a lot of his work and I felt I should definitely pay tribute to his films.

I’ve decided to work on the Mob Trilogy that Scorsese has built over the years, starting with Mean Streets in 1973, moving to GoodFellas then finally Casino. It’s been quite a fun ride working on all three posters. Some took longer than others, for example Casino, I watched the film about three times, pausing, rewinding and so forth to capture every little detail of all of the suits that Robert De Niro wore in the film, quite the tedious affair, but a labour of love nonetheless. Finally weeks of obsession in my studio comes to the interwebs!

The three film posters will be released as 18×24 inch fine art Giclee prints in Extremely limited editions of 75 ONLY per film, all prints are signed and numbered according to their edition, the prints are on sale at my online shop . Prints will be distributed on a first come first serve basis.

During my time at SidLee in Montréal earlier this year, I was fortunate to be exposed to such a myriad of national and international talent. Among the inspiring people that I encountered, Henrik Leichsenring & Sofia Gillström are one of the few that stood out amongst the crowd. Not only are they extremely cheerful individuals, but they also are a supreme dynamic husband & wife creative duo. Being around them, one can’t help but feel really motivated to be the best version of themselves and aspire to reach constantly new creative heights. Once again, I’m truly grateful to know such creative talents.

I: What’s the earliest memory of a creative activity you did?

S: I remember thinking I could build a robot, I must have been 5 or 6. I made it out of cardboard boxes. I guess I was disappointed when I realized I couldn’t make it walk or talk.

H: I’ve actually tried on something similar. I was about the same age trying to build a helicopter with just one piece of wood and a hammer. I was hammering on that piece of wood for a while until I realized that wood will never fly. I gave up on that and carried on playing with toys not made by me.

I: If you weren’t doing what you do right now, what would you be doing?

HS: We would be inventors. We would hook up with like minded developers and business savvy people and make cool shit happen. In fact, that’s the next step for us I believe. We have a lot of ideas we want to see come to life, you know walk the walk, not just talk the talk.

I: Inspiration, who? what? where?

S: Maybe the most obvious answer right now, but Steve Jobs was an amazing smart and creative person. I guess you don’t appreciate people as much when they’re alive as when they pass away.

H: I get inspired by people around me that is about to move to new places, take on new challenges, getting into the unknown if you will. People taking risks in general inspires me and broadens my mind.

I: Share any of piece your work, recent or old and talk about it.

HS: Mixable Dancer is probably our favorite work up to date mainly because it was an idea we had that we could execute by ourselves in our apartment. It was a cool experience that you could make a lot of buzz on the internet with a simple idea that didn’t cost us more than a rabbit mask to make.

It is basically an interactive YouTube video where the user mixes the song and visual. It has almost 100 000 views today and the reaction on blogs was great and we even got an interview on Underwire (Wired magazine blog). We have a dozen ideas like this waiting to get started on, just need a few more people in our network to make it happen. Good times!

I: Name 5 websites that you check often.

S: Facebook and twitter is the first thing I check, there I have a collection of all my friends cool links. Buzzfeed gives me a daily dose of LOLs and other cool stuff. I get design inspiration from sites like Behance, awwwards and ffffound. Dvice is my favorite site to get insights about technology and some insights for what the future holds. I’m all into fashion and pop culture, and the Nylon blog does a good job of bringing me both.

H: Same here, I get my daily dose of cats out of twitter, Facebook and YouTube like everyone else. Lately I’ve been working on web related projects so I’ve been camping on sites like awwwards, siteinspire, cssdsgn and similar for cool stuff to steal. Lastly I spend a lot of time on feber (fever) a Swedish blog about everything news worthy.

Welcome to another round of obsession sessions. The inspiring person I decided to introduce everyone to today is Spanish talented soul Joel Lazano. I discovered Joel’s work about a year and half ago when browsing through a myriad of design blogs. It was bookmarked at first sight. I was fortunate enough to secure some of his time for a brief Q&A.

I: What’s the earliest memory of a creative activity you did?

J: In primary school I used to make posters for the classroom and at 12, I started in graffiti’s world, due to my interest in illustration, typography and calligraphy.

I: If you weren’t doing what you do right now, what would you be doing?

J: I would probably go to Japan to be a sushiman, or be a cook; it is as close to graphic design that exist.

I: Inspiration, who? what? where?

J: To inspirate and have a clean brain, traveling around works to me. this charge my batteries! but the truly inspiration comes when I am sleeping: when I get to bed, before falling asleep, i think in the current project and when I wake up, I found the way.

I: Share any piece of your work, recent or old and talk about it.

J: Self-portrait for “Other mirrors”, an exhibition of Sonar and OFFF.

It is a representation of my world and how i am absorbing what is around me. This piece was created with an Illustrator plugin designed specifically for the occasion by my collegue Flan (in the project Overtype studio vol.1)

I: Name 5 websites that you check often.

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