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The Chairman’s design work

Village Hero, a limited edition craft beer in collaboration with Phillips Brewing and the Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

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Village Hero – Dry Hopped Wheat Ale.
The customized design and art for the label, all done pro-bono to help raise funds for the Vancouver Foodbank.
The entire artwork.

In most of my artwork, I always try to embed Easter eggs for people to find and engage with the art. In my Village Hero piece, I tapped into the visually rich world of the Phillips Brewery brand. Examples of this are the unicorn and elephant riding high wheel bicycles, a blue buck, and a martian inside a flying saucer. I hope my artwork brings an extra layer of joy to the people enjoying this delicious brew.

Click here to see full project showcase.

Grateful for the feature on Muse by Clio. Read the full article here.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

Ryan Reynolds is everywhere these days. Even on beer cans.

He and fellow British Columbia celebs Seth Rogen and Steve Nash appear, along with other notable locals, on an illustration called “It Takes a Village,” created by local designer Carson Ting this spring as a fundraiser organized by the Vancouver Whitecaps of Major League Soccer.

Now, that same art is being used as the label of “Village Hero,” a craft beer from the Whitecaps and Phillips Brewing, also benefitting the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

Ting, who runs the Chairman Ting Art + Design Studio in town, created the cartoon artwork to commemorates Vancouver’s 7 p.m. ovations for healthcare professionals, emergency responders and sundry frontline workers serving the community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The print, first sold in limited editions last month, has raised nearly $130,000 for the Food Bank so far. It also includes representations of provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and sign-language interpreter Nigel Howard, familiar figures from televised coronavirus updates.

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Miso Happy about Miso Happy’s new look.

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New stickers arrived at the studio yesterday from Club Card.

Me so happy with how this logo illustration turned out for Miso Happy Club founded by our special pal, friend, studio mate, Leah Gregg. It’s been months in the making and I believe this is the 7th version of this logo design before we said ‘Yes! This is it.’ Happy Friday everyone!

Dare to wear these non-matching socks? New art and design work for Telus’ Storyhive swag.

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Happy to finally see how these turned out in real life. Commissioned illustration and design work for @telus @storyhive swag. We deliberately designed these as non-matching socks so you could wear them even if you lose one them (as we all do). Swipe to see the design process and close up shots of the illustration and details.

Final sock shots. Quick and dirty shots done in the studio.
Final vector pieces for design assembly.
A screenshot of the rough design process.
Close up shot of the sock for an idea of texture and to see the details of the illustration.
Sock 1.
Sock 2.

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.

An interactive mural for PRACTIVISM X: Igniting Societal Change Through Design.

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Our interactive mural called ‘Pick our brains‘ before the stickers were all peeled off.
Photo by Rick Etkin Productions.
Photo by Rick Etkin Productions.

Last Friday, GDC BC hosted an event called ‘Practivism X‘ that was designed to inspire attendees about the power of design and how it can spark societal change. The event was held at The Reliance Theatre in Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

For the event, we teamed up with Scott Gray from Mitchell Press to come up with a fun interactive mural. Attendees were invited to peel stickers off of the heads of two characters covered in our custom illustrations to reveal the word ‘PRACTICE’ on one mural, and the word ‘ACTIVISM’ on the second mural. Within minutes both murals were completely stripped naked to reveal the words inside the character’s heads and shared on social media.

Photo by Rick Etkin Productions.
Photo by Rick Etkin Productions.
Photo by Rick Etkin Productions.
Photo by Rick Etkin Productions.
Photo by Rick Etkin Productions.
Close up of the mural with all the tabs sticking out.
Photo by Rick Etkin Productions.
Photo by Rick Etkin Productions.
Mural installation photo by Rick Etkin Productions.
Photo by Rick Etkin Productions.
The info plaque. Photo by Rick Etkin Productions.
Early concept sketches of the interactive mural.
A more refined stage of the mural design.
Location inspection and measurements were done by Aiken Lao.
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Surfing into the weekend like this cool kid we created for Munchkin’s tradeshow booth in Cologne, Germany.

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Happy Friday.

Here’s a sneak peek into one of the coolest projects we’ve worked on this year. A massive illustration project for the amazing team at Munchkin to help create a fun and loving Munchkin kid universe for their tradeshow in Cologne, Germany last month. We worked closely with the amazing team at LNDMRK that helped produce and project manage from their Montreal HQ.
More images to come soon! Have a great weekend everyone!

Tradeshow booth entrance. Cologne, Germany.
Our hand-drawn type used as wallpaper for the lounge area.

Client: Munchkin
Rep / Producer: LNDMRK
Art + Design studio: Chairman Ting
Studio Manager: Aiken Lao

GTB Toronto and Montreal HQ Mural installed and embedded with loads of easter eggs.

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GTB’s visual brand manifesto measures 123″ tall by 296″ wide.

This project for GTB Toronto and Montreal was definitely one of our top 5 projects of this year so far. Working closely with the Executive Creative Director, Yasmin Sahni, we created this multi-layered of crazy fun artwork that’s embedded with a ton of easter eggs including subtle nods to great artists like Keith Haring, Alex Colville, Ai Weiwei, Edward Hopper, The Toronto Raptors, and more. This massive illustration can actually be taken apart as each component is its own entity. Here’s one piece extracted for fun. It’s called ‘The Running Building”.

The Running Building. One of hundreds of elements that make up this giant GTB mural.

Here’s a closer look at the mural broken up into two parts.

First half of the mural for a closer look.
Second half of the mural for a closer look.

It was extra nice to be able to work with Frank Turner again, the owner of Clockwork Productions in Toronto. I used to work with Frank way back in the early 2000s when I was an art director working in Toronto. Frank and his team always pull through in spades, so when I knew they were handling the production, I was more than thrilled. Project Management at the studio by Aiken Lao.

Check out more snaps of the mural that we pulled from social.

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