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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.

Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators Portfolio Peer Review.

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CAPIC Portfolio Review event.

Looking forward to this event tonight. Apparently, I’ll be a ‘Group Leader’ to help facilitate group discussions and critiques. It should be a fun one. See you there!

2019 Award of Excellence. Interior Design Institute of BC’s Annual Awards.

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Award of Excellence at the Interior Design Institute of BC’s annual awards.

We’re super proud to have been part of this amazing project for Kabam Studios that Perkins + Will brought us on board last year. We were notified by Kimberly Baba, the Senior Interior Designer from Perkins + Will that the project received an Award of Excellence at the Interior Design Institute of BC’s annual awards. Big ups to Frank from North Side Signs for the printing and installation for the entire art installation.

Here are some photos of the space taken by Ema Peter.

Shot by Ema Peter.
Shot by Ema Peter.
Shot by Ema Peter.

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

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http://www.wwu.edu/design/

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.

2019 Applied Arts Illustration and Photography winners annual.

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We finally got a copy of the latest Applied Arts Illustration and Photography annual along with our certificates (which we’ll be sending out to our clients at Deloitte Canada, Kabam Games Inc. and Perkins + Will next week – one of many perks you get working with us!). We are so happy and grateful for being recognized among our peers and for all the hard work we put into the work we do for our clients. Congrats to all the winners and especially to our studio mate, Hubert Kang for also winning multiple awards for his photography work! Shout out to our Studio Manager, Aiken Lao for not only her amazing hand modelling role in the photo above but also for her amazing project management skills for the Kabam mural job.

Follow our adventures on IG.

2019 Applied Arts Photography & Illustration Awards Winning Entries.

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We’re a little late to announce but we’re thrilled to have three of our projects selected as winners for this year’s Applied Arts Photography and Illustration Awards. Both of these projects we worked on for Kabam and Deloitte are hands down one of our top 10 favourite projects of 2018. Super happy that both of these projects got selected as winners. We have a total of 3 awards this year.

I-017: Mega Marvel Mural [IL/10 Corporate Illustration – Single]
I-020: Mega Marvel [IL/11 Corporate Illustration – Series]
I-021: Wonderful World Of Discovery [IL/11 Corporate Illustration – Series]

Here are the winning entries. Read More »