I love this menu. The cover is one of the most beautiful things, I think, I’ve ever created. This was a sub-contract through iBrand in Ottawa.
I am going to try and get some older work online. I realized that some of my favourite pieces of portfolio work aren’t online. Note: This is not a piece of portfolio work but I like it. Fresh back from my trip from Newfoundland in 2005, I created this beautiful logo for a new Ottawa neighbourhood. I based it on a photograph I took of a lake near my grandparent’s house where the trout fishing is surreal. Please forgive the film-based camera. The iPhone wouldn’t change the world for another 2 years. Of course the moon and the stargazers were my creative addition.
Yes, I have a lot of music teachers in my life. They are all fantastic and deserve to have equally fantastic design to represent them. This is a before (MS Word, see bottom) and after (me) project.
Here is an example of simple and elegant. I designed them for a Kingston area piano teacher.
The beginnings of the podcast in logo form. Now it is a small discussion board on facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/131391273555237/
Six months ago I started a podcast. ‘Jedi vs. Hobbiits’ has a simple wordmark and in trying to create a real logo I ended up laying out an illustration. I’m not quite sure how it could be a logo. But it will make some darn good posters–Which I will, of course, upload for all to see.😉
The interview was a little more intimidating than most. Two professionals greeted me dressed in suits. The office was big, well designed, clean, had multiple offices and workstations and a huge board room. I also knew that they had large government clients and specialized in document production; an area I had little to no experience with. I immediately felt out of my league. But as usual I was willing to bend the truth to get the job. I had had document experience but it was more than 5 years old doing the Full Bore Catalogue with Blackbird PCD. I also had Quark Xpress experience but, again, it was 5 years old as well and on a PC. But I knew I could relearn quickly so i said I knew it. PLUS I brought InDesign experience that, over the next four years, would pull the company away from Quark; so, added bonus.
This is where I learned how to manage a publication. Charlie Smith, the owner and creative director was a fantastic mentor for any designer to have. He is from the old school of design but had modernized like any who wished to remain successful. His attention to detail is the highest I have ever encountered. It was frustrating at first but it forced all of his employees to operate at a higher tempo which produced better work. I owe all of my typographic skill to Mr. Smith. Charlie called me on my stick-handling about Quark and document production early on. It was obvious the wheels had fallen off my go-kart. But he didn’t fire me so he must have seen that I was willing to learn and work hard. Who knows. Owning a business and having employees is a tough road.
Ryan/Smith was (and still is) filled with hard working, creative individuals who know how to work when there’s work and play when there’s not. I don’t think any other company treated it’s employees so well. Lunches, christmas parties, the annual cottage party. My job before didn’t have those perks and my job after certainly doesn’t.
I took from Ryan/Smith some life-long friends. What a wonderful bunch I worked with.
I like to think I did some of my best work under Charlie’s direction and with Manny, John, or Jennifer’s input.
Here are some of my favourites.
As always I am very thankful for every client that is impressed enough with my work to give me a call. I am usually the first to say, “the bigger the challenge, the more fun for me!” As a graphic designer you get used to the same-old-same on a project-by-project basis it really is exciting when a new challenge comes my way.
That said, my most recent challenge was with the Canadian Mathematics Society’s Newsletter. They are, as you probably guessed, pretty keen on math. They share their research, findings, and math news in a bi-monthly newsletter. So, naturally, there’s a lot of Omega’s (Ω) and Psi’s (ψ) and everything else you can imagine! (φ ψ ∞ ⊂ ∪ ∞ ≠ π ∑ Δ ƒ Ω ∫ μ π θ ω λ)
As I said, I have ho problem with challenges. The only problem, for me, is they’re not all in the same font! Most can be found in the system font, Symbol. The rest are buried and hidden in one of about 15 different math fonts. Things like larger parentheses and this thing -> ∑ in a reasonable weight for large use are very hard to find.
For the designer’s reading this I know you’re saying “Stop whining, set your style sheets, and go!” So, yes, for the basic variables an italicized Times New Roman character will do. I also have a style set for the Symbol and a style set for the outlined letters. The equations I do manually but that’s no big deal, right? Wrong! The math program used to write these documents can only export to PDF. And, as we all know, when a PDF has a foreign font used it does not release the character in a copy/paste situation. The PDFs also do not import into Illustrator correctly either. So, I’m left with copying and pasting what I can and, character by character, placing each character manually. I feel like a type-setter before the computer-age.
To wrap it up, when all was said and done the client said “The math looks really good!” I’m also being paid for my time. I guess I wanted additional recognition for how time consuming and hard it is to produce beautiful math! Long story short, I’m awesome!