5 December 2013
Darren Gibbons, founding partner OpenRoad
VANCOUVER — Web development firm, OpenRoad Communications
has raised the level of its design expertise with the acquisition of creative digital agency Mod7
Both OpenRoad and Mod7 are well known in the Vancouver technology and marketing communities. OpenRoad is one of the area's largest independently-owned web development firms, with an 18-year reputation working on major web projects for clients including Electronic Arts, Roxy/QuikSilver, BC Hydro, ICBC, The Government of Canada and Pokémon.
Mod7 is an award-winning creative agency, servicing clients such as BC Dairy Association, the Discovery Channel, and the Food Network. The acquisition will broaden OpenRoad's creative offerings, adding creative direction and enhancing design capacity.
26 November 2013
Keith Leinweber, senior graphic designer, Ion Brand Design
VANCOUVER –- Ion Brand Design
of Vancouver has announced the return of Keith Leinweber
to the Ion team, taking on the role of senior graphic designer.
Leinweber brings experience in branding and strategy, community engagement, project management and systems development. This is his second stint with Ion. For the past five years he has worked as graphic designer and then head of communications, creative, for alumni UBC, the Univeristy of British Columbia’s Alumni Association.
26 November 2013
TORONTO - The final slate of judges have been announced for the 2014 Canadian Regional Design Awards, the national graphic design awards program that has firms and individuals competing for Best of Region honours. The Redgee Awards submission deadline is Dec. 16, 2013. Submit here
This year's judging panel consists of 16 individuals from across the country enlisted to evaluate the best in graphic design from areas outside of their own locations. The first five judges were announced
Nov. 12th, with five more released
Rounding out the Redgee Judges panel are:
26 November 2013
TORONTO - Building upon a strong foundation of clients, Toronto-based cosmetics company DaLish
has freshened up its look courtesy of design firm, The White Room
Originally launched in 2006, da lish creates cosmetics designed to enhance natural beauty. Created and produced in Canada from locally-sourced natural ingredients, and using processes approved by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), The White Room was charged with building out the DaLish brand as an ethical manufacturer of quality natural cosmetics.
22 November 2013
VANCOUVER – Buying flowers brightens up anyone’s day, and buying local makes consumers feel even better. North Vancouver communications agency BRANDFX has delivered on the task of creating a memorable identity for the United Flower Growers Co-Operative Association in B.C. that aims to create greater awareness of the locally-grown flora.
The new branding "Flowerful BC" and tagline "Pick Local" deliver the simple message. “We developed the new term, Flowerful, because it combines what is wonderful and abundant in BC floriculture,” explains Tim Kelly, BRANDFX creative director and partner, in a company release. “Flowerful BC, Pick Local, brings a message of homegrown happiness to consumers.”
20 November 2013
TORONTO - Following up on last week's announcement
, the 2014 Canadian Regional Design Awards has announced more additions to its judging panel, which has been expanded from previous years’ panels of eight to 16. The Redgee Awards deadline of Dec. 16 is fast approaching. Submit here
Joining this year's Canadian Regional Design Awards Panel are:
15 November 2013
OAKVILLE, ONTARIO – Well known for its animation, illustration, design and gaming programs, Sheridan College
in Oakville today unveiled a new visual identity for the school, re-imagining its wordmark, stand alone “S” logo, and revealing new branding which promotes “creativity with purpose” and the institution’s intent on becoming a university dedicated to undergraduate, professional education.
Sheridan was assisted in its repositioning and branding by Vancouver-based Kaldor Brand Strategy & Design
, which has been engaged by the school since 2012.
The new Sheridan wordmark incorporates custom-drawn letterforms, and the unique shape of the capital S is described as “a nod to Sheridan’s creative journey, starting with a classic and traditional look at the top and ending with a tear drop at the bottom.”
12 November 2013
TORONTO - To allow for more participation from across the country, the Canadian Regional Design Awards is expanding its panel of judges from eight to 16. The judging will take place in January, some categories will be judged online, while others will be judged in person.
11 November 2013
Christopher Chapman of Disney delivering keynote address at DesignThinkers 2013.
TORONTO - Firing up the audience with tales of his own inspirations, aspirations and achievements Christopher Chapman
, the boyish-looking global creativity and innovation director with The Walt Disney Company, encouraged attendees at this year’s DesignThinkers conference to follow their passions, discover a fulfilling purpose and great things will follow.
Chapman delivered the opening keynote session on November 6, and began by asking, “What is purpose?” Along the way he described his early childhood fascination with Disney, from the Sunday evening Magical World television programming to the wonderful art created by its animators, to his personal visit to Disney World. All of these inspirational motivators led him to where he is today.
In his role as creativity and innovation director at Disney he recognizes that motivating people in organizations to be creative requires aligning the end goals of the organization with a higher purpose that people believe in.