Christmas Wrapping

I am the type of person that likes to be thrifty when wrapping gifts (and for pretty much everything else in life too). I especially hate buying wrapping paper, so I tend to recycle and reuse whenever possible. I try to add in a few fun touches here and there by using asian newspaper, string, or even random objects instead of a bow. This year I mixed brown paper grocery bags with small bits of wrapping paper instead of ribbon and topped them off with various gift tags i’ve found online. I am specifically in love with the tag designed […]

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Dear Steve Jobs

Dear Steve Jobs, Thank you for creating the Macintosh Computer. Without your invention I would not be the Graphic Designer I am today. 1994   I used my first Mac and fell in love with it. I made artwork in MacPaint and animated graphics in HyperCard. 2001   I had a class that let me play with photoshop, photo editing and fonts. This was when I fell in love with the Mac and discovered its true power. 2003  I took my first official photoshop class. I now realized I could actually have a career doing something I loved. 2006  I got my […]

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Design Sponge Book Tour: Vancouver

Tonight I went to the Design*Sponge book tour at Anthropologie. It was great to meet the face behind the blog i’ve been reading for ages. Grace is so kind and so petite! Even though you could tell she was tired from touring all over the place, she still took the time to ask me questions and even pose for photos! Local Vancouver blogger Poppytalk created a beautiful driftwood backdrop, where the photos were taken, it was very West Coast. As for the book, it’s awesome, you should buy it if you haven’t already! Check out some photos below:

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Maplewood Farm

Today I went to Maplewood Farm. I hadn’t visited there in well over 20 years. It was great to pet the goats and check out all the animals, even though i’m pretty allergic to everything, it was well worth it to flash back to my childhood for the afternoon.

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Pantone 2011 Colour of the Year

Pantone annouced the colour of the year this morning. With much anticipation, every designer was trying to guess what it would be, on facebook and twitter. While I wasn’t too surprised with the choice, I was thinking it would be more of a rich red instead of being on the pink side of things. For now I honestly can’t stand the colour, but maybe it’ll start to grow on me as the year moves along. What do you think of it? Read more>>

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Marian Bantjes at Emily Carr

I went to a wonderful lecture at Emily Carr on November 24th, 2010. It was featuring Marian Bantjes and her newly created book called I Wonder I’ve always known of her work, but never really took the time to explore it fully. I felt like my eyes were opened a bit wider tonight after looking at how she has creates her pieces. It’s really truely a mind blowing process. Marian discussed how she started her career and failed to get a good start, but then continued to mention that she was fortunate and very lucky to get the jobs she […]

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Art to Boot and I Heart Van Art

Last month I contributed to an art charity event, called Art to Boot. We had to “art up” a pair of Blundstone boots and they’d go up for auction, money raised went to I Heart Van Art. It was a collaborative effort with my coworker David Manzl.

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Carded 2010: Vancouver Art Show

On February 27th I checked out a sweet art show on Granville street. You walk in, purchase a $5 pack of mystery cards created by various artists, then you open them up and start trading with people in the gallery. It’s the most socially fun art show i’ve ever been too. I’m totally looking forward to checking out their other event Hot One Inch Action. If you want to submit art or just check it out sometime, go here: http://www.hotartcard.com $15 bucks later and some awesome trading, this is what we settled with:

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Chinese New Year 2010

Chinese New Year was special this year. It just happen to take place during the Olympics, Valentines Day as well as right near my birthday, so it was just so much celebration all at once. On that Sunday I joined a bunch of people for a Dim Sum style brunch, before we headed out to Chinatown. Unfortunately we didn’t make it in time to see the parade, but it was still pretty busy with many things to explore. The building below was renovated and in the courtyard at the back was an art installation with beautiful white umbrellas joined together […]

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The Copper Cowgirl

Since the Olympics began, it’s been absolutely crazy in this city. Music, large crowds, line ups, traffic, noise, fireworks, etc etc. Amazingly i’ve been able to spot a few gems and this girl is one of them. Down on Robson Street she stands, surrounded by a crowd. She’s originally from Victoria, British Columbia but has now found a temporary home in Vancouver during the Olympics. Her name is Claire and she’s the Copper Cowgirl. You should visit her and show her some appreciation, she’s pretty awesome!

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