A rat pack busting into the new lunar year. Happy Year of The Rat.

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Happy year of the Rat everyone!
I had many concepts for this post but decided on this one called ‘Rat Pack’ because this one was just naturally crazy fun to draw. A different kind of rat pack busting into the year of the Rat. Wishing everyone a year of happiness and peace.

Rat Pack. Digital illustration.
The final illustration done on Procreate.
The rough concept sketch.

A timelapse video of my illustration process.

Our design submission won 2nd place for a design competition hosted by Westbank.

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Our proposed design concept called ‘Meet Up For Coffee’

We are so thrilled to have been notified by Westbank that we won 2nd place in a design competition called This Is Not A black Box.

The design proposal we submitted was titled ‘Meet Up For Coffee’. Essentially, the structural design is a giant coffee cup. Big thanks for our studio manager Aiken Lao for putting the proposal together despite the tight deadline we were working with. 

The challenge is to come up with a structure that will increase the diversity of events that can be held in the atrium in the Woodwards building by challenging the current restrictions that the space presents. Westbank was looking for a structure design that is aesthetically pleasing, multi-purpose, modular, transportable. A structure that will challenge restrictions and enable the following events to take place:

A. Security: The structure must be secure given that it’s in a public space.

B. Business Activity: The structure must minimize any disruption of the business activities of the two retailers on site: London Drugs and Nesters Market.

C. Privacy: The structure must enable privacy to the attendees, if that is a requirement of the event.

THE CHALLENGE

The challenge is to come up with a structure that will increase the diversity of events that can be held in the atrium by challenging the current restrictions that the space presents.

OUR SOLUTION

We are proposing an art installation called “Meet Up For Coffee” that has dual functions as an event space and as an art piece for the public. This multifunctional space works as a stage and private area for events like art exhibits, retailer pop-up, fashion show, and more.

SECURITY The installation has glass doors with locks to ensure the space inside is secure. A custom tarp can be made to keep the installation clean from graffiti.

BUSINESS Activity Installation does not cause a disturbance to the local businesses in the space as it stays contained to its own area. The installation is movable on wheels so it can be put away for storage or to be moved in the outside area of Woodward’s.

PRIVACY Doors can be open and closed to create a public and private space inside the coffee cup. The sleeve can be extended to reveal a food-truck style opening to serve as a bar and acts as an extension to create a larger private space for events. Screens on the outside of the sleeve can act as branding and signage for an event, or a temporary advertising space when acting as art installation for the public.

SPECIFICATIONS The structure will be about 2.5 metres tall to be able to fit through the doors and moved to the outside atrium area of Woodward’s if required. Wheels with locks will be installed for mobility purposes. The container will be built with a mixture of wood and PVC plastic to keep it stable and lightweight.

Our initial rough concepts
The original marker sketch.

Ready to rumble to take on 2020 with full force.

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A gang of goons. Digital illustration.

Kicking off 2020 with this quick and fun illustration of a gang of goons that are ready to take on 2020 with full force. 2019 was our best year yet and to make sure we continue to ride high, we’re pulling out all stops for 2020. One thing we’d like to do this year is to work more on fun personal illustrations. Here’s the first of many.

Here’s the process video:

Thank you 2019! A year in review for our best year yet. 365 days in 60 seconds.

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Happy new year! Here are 365 days worth of our work crammed into 60 seconds. This marks our 6th consecutive year of putting together a recap video of all the work we’ve done in a year. It’s always fun to see the year in preview to see the growth, achievements and learnings. 2019 has been our best year yet with projects from around the globe including LA, Austin Texas, Cologne Germany, Toronto, Calgary, Hong Kong and more. Big thanks all the clients and friends that believe in us and our work. We couldn’t be more proud of all the work we’ve done in 2019 and we’re extremely excited for 2020, the next decade!

Video credits
Andrew Latrielle (Footage from Salt Spring Island art project)
Rick Etkin (Timelapse footage from GDC Interactive mural)
Michael Millard and Paul Bennet (SFU Mural timelapse and photos)
Danny Yu (GTB Toronto mural photos)
Peter Molick (Kabam Austin mural photos)

Also really pumped to have been able to commission the talented Paul Chin from Toronto provide us with this amazing music track called ‘House Party.

Happy holidays everyone! Here are our studio holiday hours.

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Happy holidays everyone! Wishing all of you a jolly and peaceful holiday season from all of us at the studio. We will be closed from Dec 24th – Jan 3rd 2020. For urgent matters, please email us directly to either Aiken or myself, Carson. Will be be back on Friday, Jan 3rd starting at 930am.

Stick around this space to see our year-end video. Happy holidays and a happy new year! With love and peace.

Heading down to LA to meet our good friends at Munchkin tomorrow.

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We’re excited to spend the week in LA starting tomorrow to meet our friends at Munchkin, the world’s most loved baby product brand. This past fall, we did a bunch of super fun illustration work for their rebrand initiative and for their big trade show in Cologne, Germany that turned out to be a huge hit so we were invited by their CEO, Steve Dunn to visit their factory and HQ in LA to learn more of what they do. Stay tuned with our IG stories this week.

A very jolly holiday studio party. Thank you to everyone that came and got trashed with us.

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Full studio squad photo by Jen Newsted

Tis was the night of a very jolly evening of laughter, wine, beers, pizza and good company at our annual studio holiday party. This was our second annual holiday party and this year it was a bit different because we casually and unofficially launched our creative collective called ‘Forces of Nice‘ which consists of Hubert Kang Photography, Annie Chen of Lemonni design, Leah Gregg, ourselves, Chairman Ting and Aiken Lao, our studio manager. The name ‘Forces of Nice’ was actually birthed through our good friend Jason Perdue over a decade ago during Carson’s time at Rethink when he was an art director during his agency years. The original Forces of Nice was a collaboration project between Chairman Ting and Tangible Interaction for an adidas Originals art project in both Hong Kong and Shanghai. It feels really good to bring this name back to life with this new crew and what a better way to reboot this collective name than throwing down a kick-ass holiday party. Here are a few snaps from the party for those who missed it. Big thanks to everyone that came and celebrated with us over good beers, wine, whiskey, pizza and more.

This year we took over Green Horn Cafe as we hit over 120 people.
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