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What’s your new norm? We were invited by ADCC to share our WFM photos.

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Through strange times our creative industry persists.

We’re happy to be invited to be part of this fun series by The advertising & Design Club of Canada called the #ADCChomeoffice.

The series is set to explore the current office spaces designers are working and creating from.⁠ Here’s ours. We live in a 5 level split townhome built in the 70’s in the Westend of Vancouver. On the 4th level, we have our home studio where we’re working from now. The space lets in loads of light thanks to all the skylights and windows we have. For most meetings and video calls, we do it on our patio to avoid the kid screams and banshee crying sounds from our 10-month-old. We sometimes use the dining table to lay all our work down for more tactile work. As nice it is working from home, we can’t wait to get back into the studio when this pandemic blows over. Go check out all the other spaces featured on the ADCC IG feed.

Our home office. An open concept townhome built in the 70s. We have lots of skylights and lets in loads of light which is nice but the glare on our screens can sometimes be a problem.
Our rooftop patio has been a great place of refuge for virtual video meetings as our kids can be quite disruptive. And we try our best to work outside as much as possible. Vitamin D!
Our second desk. Denise’s workspace is smaller as she’s mostly responsible for admin and finance work.
Our beloved Herman Miller Nelson Swag desk has served us so well for the past 9 years.
One of our favourite art pieces in our home. A limited print titled ‘Masquerade’ by James Jean.
Released through MAEKAN back in 2016.
Our custom art bike for adidas Originals fixie from a project back in 2010 now is one of our centre art pieces in our home. It sits in front of ‘Chaos’ 28″ x 40″ that I painted back in 2015 in my old studio at 1000 Parker. Both of these pieces sit by our home’s front entrance.
Looking up to our feature piece from the front entrance. Spot the Jean Julien’s IKEA limited art print. ;)
Denise likes to change up her scenery by working in living room. This large dining table has been our go-to spot for bigger illustrations or laying down all our design work.
Denise pretending to be hard at work. ;)
Hidden gems. Our micro Benz G-Wagon hides behind our design annuals.
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‘Inspired By’ talk for the Advertising and Design Club of Canada.

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Shot by Rick Etkin

It’s been almost a month since I did the talk for the Advertising and Design Club of Canada, where I was invited to talk about my creative journey as an advertising art director for almost 2 decades. It was truly an honour to be invited to speak among all my peers in the advertising and design community in Vancouver at the Anza Club. It’s a beautiful full circle kind of story since it was the ADCC that inspired me to pursue a career in advertising and it felt like it was my turn to help inspire the next generation for all the young creatives that attended the show.

Here a few screen grabs from the video (thanks Aiken! for shooting the entire talk on my Google Pixel) that feature the slides of the people who have had a real positive impact on my professional life.

My good friend and mentor, Glen Hunt.
My good friend, Alex Beim, Founder of Tangible Interaction
My good friend, Mike Nowland, Co-founder of Company Policy.
My good friend Adam Richards, Award winning D.P. based in LA.

Thank you to everyone that came and watched me ramble. It was so great to see so many familiar faces and meeting new people.

Here a few IG story screen caps, click ‘Read More‘ below.

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Inspired By. A night of creativity hosted by The Advertising & Design Club of Canada. June 6th.

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June 6th 2019 | The Anza Club, Vancouver, 6-9pm.

I’m really honoured to be invited to be a featured speaker at this event called ‘Inspired By’ hosted and organized by The Advertising & Design Club of Canada. This club has inspired me since the very early days of art school at OCAD. I still remember vividly how I used to volunteer at the club by handing out the beautifully designed annuals and swag bags to all the attendees during the awards ceremony hosted at the Royal Museum of Ontario. I would try to identify all the advertising superstars that walked through the doors to make sure I got a chance to introduce myself and maybe even get a business card or two.

This was over 2 decades ago and the club has never stopped inspiring me since that day so I’m incredibly flattered and honoured to have been invited to speak at this event called ‘Inspired By‘ where I’ll be talking about why I do what I do and all the inspiration behind it all.

The Vancouver advertising scene has been fairly fragmented and devoid of any sense of community since the passing of the Lotus Awards so I’m really happy to see an event like this is happening.

Hope to see you all there! Grab your tickets here via Eventbrite.

ADCC Silver and Merit Winner: Design, Graphic Design Miscellaneous

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Super stoked and proud to be part of this worthwhile anti-bullying cause by Telus. Today we just found out we got a Silver and Merit design award for this year’s Advertising and Design Club of Canada award show this week. Big thanks to the team at The & Partnership for bringing me on board for this project.

Full credit list

Agency The&Partnership
Client TELUS
Category Design Sub-Category Graphic Design Miscellaneous Year 2018
Award SILVER + MERIT
Executive Creative Director Ron Smrczek
Creative Director Noreel Asuro
Design Director Kammy Ahuja
Art Director Jamie Brand
Illustrator Carson Ting
Account Director Ashleigh McEwan, Lindsay Di Tolla

ADCC Silver. Last piece of recognition to cap off 2017.

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It’s been a very rewarding year especially with our very first win at the Advertising and Design Club of Canada for our studio. Again, big thanks to our friends at Tool of North America, we couldn’t have picked up so much hardware for our Webby’s 20th annual video animation. And in keeping with our tradition for the past couple of years, we’re working on our year-end video to summarize all the work we’ve done in 2017. With bigger plans in the new year, we hope 2018 will be even better.

2017 ADCC Silver Award winner. Film & Animation category for the Webbys.

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Super happy to find out we won SILVER at the Advertising & Design Club of Canada show earlier this week! We got in for the Film & Animation category for our Webby Awards animation video that we collaborated with Tool of North America – Wished we were at the show in Toronto earlier this week.