The Running Man to kick things off this week.

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We dug up this old illustration that came up this morning in conversation for a potential project this morning and we don’t think we ever posted this piece called ‘The Running Man’ on this blog, so here it is. Happy Monday everyone! Here’s our Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify:

Digging up a pile of Tings from the vault for a future sticker pack release.

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A big pile of Tings as we sort out pieces for the sicker pack release.

So much work, so little time. We’re looking to opening the vault to fire up sticker packs and more in the near future after we plough through our current heavy workload. Really happy to see our Bun Bun Ting icon character concrete form for shits and giggles.

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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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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.

KAWHI FTW. A quick illustration of Kawhi Leonard before game 3.

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Right before heading out of the studio for the weekend, I quickly cranked this guy out before game 3 started. Wasn’t really sure what I was drawing and all I knew was that I wanted to drawn Kawhi in action. I referenced this photo and drew it by just eye balling the visual reference. Can’t wait for game 5 tonight! #WeTheNorth

We The North. A Canadian basketball success story 24 years in the making.

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Back in 2014, we were commissioned by Sid Lee, an advertising agency from Montreal (Toronto, Paris, LA) to create this massive illustration (one of the biggest we’ve created) for Sport Chek to sponsor the Raptors. This campaign #MyNorth had a massive media buy at the time where it was plastered all over Toronto. The artwork and campaign have earned us several awards including CA, Clios, Lotus Awards, Applied Arts and Graphis.

Seeing The Toronto Raptors headed into the NBA Finals for the first time in history is absolutely amazing! The first thing we thought of was to pull this project back out to share and celebrate for our hometown team. Looking forward to seeing the next game against the Warriors.

Project link: https://chairmanting.com/mynorth