Monday! Inspiration! This week I’d like to introduce everyone to a good friend of mine, Canadian Graphic Designer, Ross Chandler. I met Ross back during our days together at the Ontario College of Art and Design, where he really stood out to me with his keen eye for what is fresh and unique in Design and his overall easy going nature. I’m glad that we’ve kept in touch even after graduation, from hanging out together in Toronto, urban exploring in Tokyo and cycling adventures on the southern coast of Japan, I’ve always cherished the inspiration I derived from spending time with Ross and always check in to see what he’s working on for immediate doses of inspiration and motivation. Currently Ross is back in his hometown on the western coast of Canada, Vancouver where he is a Senior Designer at fresh design studio Subplot.

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

R: In the pages of my Archie comics, erasing Betty & Veronika’s clothing and re-drawing anatomically correct characters. I guess even as a 9/10 year old I was interested in art direction. And at that age, there was a growing interest in the aforementioned subject matter.

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

R: Doing something related to professional sailboat racing. I love the water and sailing as both recreation and a competitive sport.

I: Inspiration, who? what? where?

R: I first really took notice of design when I became aware of Milton Glaser (NYC). He’s prolific and his work has a timeless balance between creative thought and mischief. Parra (Amsterdam) is doing amazing contemporary interpretations on the type of humour and graphic style that started in Glaser’s era.

I try to stay open to as many people and creative works as possible. There is so much going on in so many different disciplines that it’s difficult to keep up! I am competitive, so I am very much inspired and motivated by my friends, colleagues and of course my partner Sonnen who is the greatest source of inspiration in my life.

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

R: This is a poster & custom typeface I designed to promote myself. I had been working as an independent freelancer for over 2.5 years and to be hones was craving the social aspect of studio life. It was produced as a large poster which folded down into a pamphlet size. The back is a monotone blue preview of selected projects (not shown). The front was printed in (metallic) Pantone 877 and we trapped the black typography to maintain it’s punch! I printed 250, handed out 18 and got one phone call. I’ve been working at Subplot since that call.

I: Name 5 websites that you check often.

The Guardian
Pentagram
Otis and Frank
RBMA Radio
Sailing Anarchy

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