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Posted on December 18, 2015 by

Being a person who loves watching TV shows, it’s always a treat when a show stands out and puts a unique and creative twist on their title sequence. A show with compelling opening credits not only speaks to the creativity that goes into making a show great, but also compels viewers from the beginning. It is an effective way to establish the tone and style that the show has to offer.

Here is a short list some of my favourite title sequences that show some great creativity:

Dexter

Rectify

Orange is the New Black

The Leftovers

American Horror Story: Coven

 

| December 12 | Design
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Cut. It. Out.

Posted on August 13, 2015 by

As a designer, I am consistently searching for new tips, techniques, and shortcuts to improve workflow and quality of the final product of a project. Clipping an object out from its background is a task every designer faces, and there are many methods to choose from to execute a successful image separation. A great resource I turn to for design tutorials, resources, and more, is the Spoon Graphics Blog. Thanks to a recent post, I was able to watch a short video tutorial highlighting the various methods of how to clip out anything in Photoshop with fantastic results.

For any designers out there looking to learn something new or improve current processes, this is a great resource. I also recommend signing up for their mailing list to stay up to date with new resources posted to the site frequently.

| August 8 | Design
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Mmmmusic!

Posted on April 23, 2015 by

The importance of music when it comes to my creative process is integral. From preliminary concepting and sketching, all the way to getting pumped up for a pitch – music feeds my creativity and pushes me to perform to the best of my abilities.

A passion for music was instilled in me from a very young age. Between my dad being a DJ, having music constantly playing in my house, and being in several bands over the years, my relationship with music has been a strong driving force in my life. I not only rely on music to push me creatively, but it is also very therapeutic. Usually if I feel stressed, have a lot on my mind, or am even suffering from a headache, a few hours spent playing or listening to music gets me back to a calm, relaxed state.

I could go on and on about music all day, but instead I will take this opportunity to offer up a shortlist of music on my current daily rotation. Please enjoy.

 

Broken down by artist and album, tis’ as follows:

 

OK Go – Hungry Ghosts

 

The Decemberists – What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World

 

Death Cab for Cutie – Kintsugi

 

Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

 

The Tallest Man on Earth – Dark Bird is Home

 

Alvvays – Alvvays

 

Bombay Bicycle Club – A Different Kind of Fix

 

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Belong

 

The Hives – Veni Vidi Vicious

 

The Vaccines – What Did You Expect From The Vaccines

Uber-gate

Posted on January 30, 2015 by

In the past month, Edmontonians have been exposed to a series of back and forth debates on whether the use of the mobile app Uber, an alternative transportation service, should be outlawed. Recently, many taxi drivers across the city made their voices heard in a peaceful protest opposing Uber, fearing it will take business away from established taxi services. The City of Edmonton heard these outcries and issued a temporary motion to place an injunction on Uber until they meet city bylaws. In the meantime, Uber driver, if caught, can be slapped with a ticket for operating against this temporary bylaw.

As someone who has not personally used Uber, but am aware of its benefits and know people in my personal and professional life who have used the app to the utmost of positivity, I think that we may simply be prolonging the inevitable. As such, on Wednesday, January 28th 2015, Uber launched on online petition for Edmontonians to sign that is addressed to Edmonton’s City Council, highlighting statistics and benefits to having Uber become fully operational in Edmonton. By Wednesday evening, over 5,000 people had signed the petition.

Uber is offering the people of Edmonton a more reliable and trusted mode of transportation to get to and from business meetings,  shopping centres, or just getting home from the bar on a Friday night. Allowing people to have options when it comes to their mode of transportation should be an informed choice they can make. As my shallow knowledge of politics comes out, I will say that if a service like Uber comes along, and theoretically overtakes conventional taxis, that’s the unfortunate/beneficial aspect of capitalism. When something better comes along, people will want it. I believe that Uber may very well be a step towards a future that is inevitable, might as well embrace it. If not, I guess we should all trade in our smartphones for flip phones, obviously.

Here is the petition page Uber developed for Edmonton.

 

Designspiration

Posted on November 6, 2014 by

As a designer, I have a plethora of resources I turn to when seeking inspiration for different projects. However, there is one website I have as my browser home page, it is always the first page I see before I start work every morning, Designspiration. It functions as a sort of slimmed down version of Pinterest that primarily focuses on graphic design, art, architecture, photography, and a variety of other creative industry related content. It has been a main stop for me whenever I need to jumpstart my creative thinking process.

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It is fast and easy to create an account so that you can start saving items you find particularly inspirational, and start collections of your own that contain pieces pertaining to a specific theme (i.e. a collection that contains only Typography or only UI design, etc.). What’s great and unique about Designspiration is the quality of the content that is posted to the site. In order to have work featured on Designspiration, you must upgrade your account and submit a link to your portfolio site, which will then, upon review, grant or deny permission to begin posting your own content on Designspiration. I think that this is a great concept in that it maintains the quality of the content on the site, making it a reliable resource to turn to when seeking out some creative inspiration.

Designspiration, is super easy to navigate giving you the option to search for content by name, which you can accomplish by simply typing anywhere within the website or even by choosing to search through inspiration by colour. Also, with a handful of new features recently introduced to the site, including infinite scrolling, get ready to spend hours sifting through some of the best creative inspiration the internet has to offer.

| November 11 | Design
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Storm’s a Comin’

Posted on August 28, 2014 by


For creative agencies, a common practice when developing new concepts for projects is having brainstorm sessions. It is a time when a collective group of the team throw any strategies or ideas they have for how to execute creative for a project on the table, in hopes of fleshing out a single winning concept. Many agencies have their own unique process when it comes to brainstorming, but like all creative processes, there is always room to improve.

Brainstorming sessions should never turn down or turn away from ideas that may seem “outlandish” or “off brand”. As highlighted in the attached article, and a major outlook I took away from the article, was that Brainstorm sessions should be about quantity and NOT quality. They’re about pouring out all of your creative thoughts, in hopes of inspiring ideas in others involved in the session, which really explores more options than if you try to limit your creative thinking. These meetings are great opportunities to work closely together with your team and really dive into each others brains in hopes of coming up with some amazing ideas.

From fastcompany.com, here are 7 THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER SAY WHEN BRAINSTORMING.

1. “LET’S HOLD OUR IDEAS UNTIL WE CAN GET OUT OF THE OFFICE.”

2. “OKAY, EVERYBODY START TOSSING OUT IDEAS.”

3. “WE NEED TO WALK OUT OF HERE WITH ONE GREAT IDEA.”

4. “WE’RE ALL BUSY, SO DON’T WASTE OUR TIME WITH NONSENSE.”

5. “I’LL KICK THINGS OFF BY TELLING YOU MY IDEAS.”

6. “EVERYBODY KEEP YOUR SEATS.”

7. “WE’VE TRIED THAT BEFORE.”

Numbers three and four really resonated with me and are what I believe to be the most essential components of a brainstorm session. They really hammer home the notion that no idea should be overlooked and that creativity should not be hindered by time constraints or pressure to follow a specific, familiar formula. Brainstorms are meant to draw out the best of the creative skills each member of the team possesses, which should be a humbling, collaborative experience that brings everyone together in a positive way.

You can read more about each of those points in the full article on FastCompany.com. It really highlights the importance of not only what should be done to inspire creativity, but also how to not totally destroy creative thinking.

Give me those sweet, sweet deals!

Posted on June 5, 2014 by

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A couple of months ago, I stumbled across a wonderful website called Design Cuts. It is a great resource for designers looking for quality fonts, brushes, vectors, texture packs, etc. at amazing discount prices. Design Cuts will bi-weekly mash together themed bundles of the design resources mentioned above and discount them anywhere between 80 and 95 percent. The regular price of these bundles before the discount often breaks the $1,000 mark, making them hard to pass up.

I highly recommend Design Cuts to any one from designers to photographers to the avid scrapbooker. Subscribing to their e-mail newsletter is the best way to stay up to date with current bundles and deals being offered. Personally, it is the one newsletter I look forward to seeing in my inbox.

Design Cuts has this designer saying:

Shut-up-and-take-my-money

| June 6 | Design
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