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‘Inspired By’ talk for the Advertising and Design Club of Canada.

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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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Western Washington University’s keynote talk was a real honour.

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It’s been over two weeks since I did my keynote talk for the 2019 senior design graduates at the Western Washington University in Bellingham but never had the chance to write about it (it’s been crazy busy), but first I need to get this out of the way, I was close to an hour late. In my own defence, I left home almost 3 hours before my scheduled talk at 1130am but because it was Father’s Day weekend, the border wait was unusually high and I got caught in the backlog of all the cars trying to enter the US. Long story short, I was late but thank god everyone was so chill about it. I guess it’s the pacific northwest chill vibes. 

I had a really good time giving my talk and trying my very best to help inspire everyone in the room with my stories and the things I’ve learned over the 2 decades of working in advertising and design. After my talk, I spent a good chunk of time talking to all the students and looking at their work. I was truly impressed with what I saw. Everyone was so driven, talented and most importantly, genuinely excited about their future. Youthful energy is very contagious! I grabbed a lot of their cards that day and I’ll try to post their links on this blog soon.

Here are a few snaps of the beautiful campus when I was given the tour by the professor.

The campus is perched up on a hill in Bellingham overlooking the bay area. It’s a gorgeous campus surrounded by public art. Thank you Western Washington University for having me. It was a real honour!

Keynote speaker for the Department of Design at Western Washington University.

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Been crazy busy this week but I want to take 5 min (hence the ugly image of this post) to tell you all that I’m excited to be invited to be a keynote speaker for the 2019 design graduates at the Western Washington University. I’ll be heading down tomorrow morning for the talk. Not entirely sure how I’ll find the time to rehearse tonight with game 6 happening! #WeTheNorth! Go Raptors!

I hope I’ll be able to update my IG stories tomorrow as it unfolds.

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.

Thank you RGD for having me speak at this year’s Speak The Truth Design Thinkers conference.

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RDG DesignThinkers 2018 Vancouver day 1 shot by Rick Etkin

I seriously had an amazing time speaking at this years RGD‘s ‘Speak The Truth’ design conference here in Vancouver. It is such an honour to be invited to such a fun and inspiring event! It was honestly very difficult to prep for this talk as our project workloads have ramped up significantly recently at the studio.

Prepping for this talk meant sneaking away from a kid’s birthday party to build the presentation slides, working weekends, early mornings, late nights and blah blah blah…but in the end, it was totally worth the time. I also need to thank my amazing design intern, Aiken Lao for her help on research and helping me fine tune my topic.

It was also one of the best conferences I’ve been to. I was so incredibly moved and inspired by talks done by giants like Aaron Draplin and then discovering the ultra-talented designer and illustrator, Gemma O’Brien from Australia. Both of those talks truly inspired me to rethink my work and processes. Once the craziness settles down at the studio, I am motivated to produce a new body of personal work. It’ll be a lot of tinkering and experimenting.

It was also so great to see so many familiar faces such as my old boss, Ian Grais, co-founder, partner and CD at Rethink, Brandon Thomas, Allison Chambers, Mustaali Raj, Philip Jarmain, Rick Etkin and much more. Also so great to meet so many new faces. And lastly, big shout out to my rock, Denise for being there to cheer me on with our little bean, Audrey (youngest design delegate!). Read More »

Video: Creative Mornings Vancouver – Rebel

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Thanks to everyone who came last Friday for my Creative Mornings talk on the topic of #Rebel. It was a sold out show with 300 people on the waiting list! For those who missed the talk, you can see it here:

Big thanks to Mark Busse, Mahyar Saeedi, Ryan Mah, Rick Etkin and the entire Creative Mornings Vancouver team for making it go so smoothly.

Photo credit: Ryan Mah

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SOLD OUT. Creative Mornings talk Feb 7 in Vancouver.

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I’ve been invited to do a Creative Mornings talk this Friday. The theme is REBEL. Registration is today @ 11am via http://creativemornings.com/talks/carson-ting but has already been sold out in first 2 min! Thanks for everyone’s support as always and I look forward to meeting you all this week. Cheers!

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