Monthly Archives: July 2020

First Photo Here, a new Instagram based project for the National Film Board.

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Head over to First Photo Here on Instagram for more stories.

Really excited to be sharing this project @firstphotohere as it’s been in the works for 8-9 months with our studio collective (Hubert Kang, Leah Gregg, Annie Chen and Aiken Lao) Our latest collab with the NFB is an Instagram based project that focusses on new arrivals to Canada and the first photos they share with family and friends back home. Linking people across time and place, this project represents a wide array of new experiences and first impressions.

This is one of the many illustrations we created for the project. This particular piece is called ‘My Neighbour Snowman Totoro’. Head over to @FirstPhotoHere for the full story and other amazing stories.

Curated by Joella Cabalu, First Photo Here is for anyone who has moved somewhere new and knows the thrill and trepidation that goes along with it. By turning personal stories into collective ones, we’re all invited to share in the richness of these moments and the connections they forge.

A video of the drawing process.


If you’d like to submit your photo and story, email firstphotohere@nfb.ca with the photo and a caption that includes your home country and the story (e.g. where it was taken, who you shared it with, what you were feeling at the time, how you feel about it now, etc.).

NFB Producer: Nicholas klassen
NFB Curator: Joella Cabalu
NFB Senior Production Coordinator: Jasmine Pullukatt
Production Company: Kindred and Scout
Creative Directors: Leah Gregg and Carson Ting
Director: Hubert Kang
Producer: Amy Jones
Illustrators: Carson Ting, Annie Chen, Aiken Lao
Editor: Mike Southworth
Animator: Eric Wada
Sound Mix & Master: Mike Southworth
Colour: Dave Tomiak

Aqua Colour App officially launches today! Proceeds go to the Vancouver Aquarium.

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Very excited and proud to be part of another amazing initiative. This time we are helping the Vancouver Aquarium continue to raise funds to keep their doors open.

Our very good friend Alex Beim that runs the award-winning design studio, Tangible Interaction invited us to join forces with them, The Vancouver Mural Festival, and Ocean Wise to help contribute to the new Aqua Colour App.

The app is a free download for iPhone and Android – an interactive, digital colouring book for tablets and phones inspired by the Vancouver Aquarium. Simply use your finger or stylus to select colours and brush sizes, fill and shade areas, add stickers and save or share your work.

We are proud to be contributing our art alongside other mega talents like Joanna Ambrosio, Alison Woodward and Ben Tour.

We live very close to the Vancouver Aquarium so naturally, we often take our daughter there to learn and have fun. The Vancouver Aquarium plays a very important role in our city and we can’t imagine not having it around. Being able to use our skillset to help raise funds for the Vancouver Aquarium is heartwarming and empowering.

The app is downloadable on the App Store and Google Play and proceeds go to the aquarium.

Happy to see our People Powered illustration for Powershifter become a face mask.

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Love seeing our art reincarnate into so many different forms. This was initially a wall mural project we were commissioned to do for POWERSHiFTER a few years ago and today it’s a fun face mask.

Now available for purchase. These masks are hand made here in Vancouver BC and all net proceeds will be donated to WHO to assist in the battle to find a vaccine for the Coronavirus. Please allow 2 weeks for delivery. 

SFU’s Meet You By The Mural at the Harbour Centre, behind the scenes process video.

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⚡PSYCHED⚡ to share our ‘Meet You By The Mural’ BTS video. Watch to the end for a little fun surprise.

Months of work distilled down to 60 seconds to reveal our creative development process for SFU’s latest mural. From the initial ink on paper to digital assembly and finally, the physical installation of this giant mural, measuring 154 feet wide to over 14 feet high. Big ups to Prismtech Graphics Ltd. for the amazing quality print and bang-up installation job despite all the curvatures on the wall.

Project managed by Aiken Lao
SFU Project lead by Ailsa Brown
Illustration and Design: Carson Ting
Colour design consultant by Lemonni Design
Printed and installed by Prismtech Graphics LTD.

Meet you by the mural: Vancouver campus’ Harbour Centre building gets a makeover

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The entire panoramic mural

We’re so excited to finally share our latest mural design for SFU’s Vancouver campus at the Harbour Centre. This mural has been months in the making as it was carefully and meticulously planned while working closely with SFU’s marketing and communications team. We are immensely grateful for the guidance and leadership from everyone at SFU and especially to Ailsa Brown, the Communications and Marketing project director at SFU.

Laurie Anderson, executive director of the Vancouver campus, believes that “meet you by the mural” may become a common phrase once campus life resumes.

Here are a few photos from the installation process

“The mural also represents the convergence of creativity, consultation and collaboration—made possible by the imagination and expertise of our Communications & Marketing project director, Ailsa Brown, and local design studio, Chairman Ting, alongside feedback from the students, faculty and staff who work and learn at the Vancouver campus.”

Printed and installed by Prismtech Graphics.

“This colorful mural captures the essence of the university, and of the downtown campus in particular,” says Anderson.

Printed and installed by Prismtech Graphics.
Printed and installed by Prismtech Graphics.

The final installed mural:

Printed and installed by Prismtech Graphics.
Close up details of the mural (A total of 154′ wide).
Close up details of the mural (A total of 154′ wide).
Close up details of the mural (A total of 154′ wide).
Close up details of the mural (A total of 154′ wide).

Our VMF Hope mural made it on the front page of Vancouver magazine.

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July 2020 issue.

Pleasantly surprised to find out (Thank you for the message Leah Gregg!) our ‘A dash of Hope‘ mural commissioned by the Vancouver Mural Festival, Vancity and Robson Street made it on the front page of Vancouver magazine.

Vancouver Magazine, July 2020, Page 21.
Vancouver Magazine, July 2020, Page 21.