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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.

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 »

Short listed! Communications Arts Illustration 2019 short list announced.

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Every year we enter the prestigious Communication Arts illustration competition for the work we proudly handcraft and create in our Vancouver studio in hopes to be recognized among the best in the world. Out of over 3940 entries submitted, only 934 entries were shortlisted. 2 our entries were shortlisted out of only 3 submissions. Congratulations to everyone that got on the list. Final winners will be announced by Feb 8th.

3×3 Illustration Annual. No. 15 – Winner for CMPNY Mural illustration

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Stoked to receive our copy of the latest 3×3 Illustration Annual from New York yesterday. It was our first time entering the 3×3 illustration show and we’re thrilled to have been selected as a winner for the work we did for CMPNY last year. Big thanks to Chris Zawada for bringing us on to this project. It’s been amazing seeing how everyone loves this piece and more importantly how this one style has brought in so many projects for 2018. Read More »

Featured in Applied Art’s Creative Futures ‘Career in The Visual Arts’ magazine.

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Happy to have our studio featured on Applied Arts latest issue of Creative Futures ‘Careers in the Visual Arts’. It’s my subtle way of giving back to the creative community. I’ve always been so grateful for all the advice and mentorship I got from all the amazing people in my life especially from my mentor Glen Hunt. He used to pull up a chair to my desk after work and would coach me on what my strengths and weaknesses are and what I should be focussing on.

Over 14 years ago, I worked for Glen at Dentsu BOS Canada as an art director working on brands like Lexus, Toyota trucks, Canon, Vespa and more in Toronto. During that time I learned so much from him within just 2 short years and I feel like I have this duty to help inspire and mentor the next generation of creatives.

So it’s no surprise that I am very excited to have Emily Rose intern with us at the studio through Capilano University’s practicum program. Emily will be our 4th intern since 2015 where she will be helping us on a new mural project in a few weeks and officially start her practicum with us in Feb of 2019.

Earlier this year we signed on Aiken Lao and little did we know that she turned out to be one of the best decisions we made this year at the studio. Aiken went from intern to a full-time contractor within less than a year and next month she will officially move up to her new title Studio Manager. Her role will be managing all projects coming in for us, Hubert Kang Photography and Annie Chen at Lemoni. We’ll be doing a special interview feature on this blog about Aiken soon. Stay tuned! Exciting times ahead.