Dionisian splendour

Since 2001, Sandra Dionisi  has been a multiple winner in the illustration categories of the Applied Arts Awards Programs. For more than 20 years, the Toronto illustrator’s work has appeared in a variety of publications in the U.S, Canada and Europe. She has also provided images for many international clients in graphic design, book publishing [...]

Museums shake off the dust

The various Applied Arts Awards Programs have demonstrated time and again how well museums have rehabilitated their dusty, academic images, with great creative work in categories that cover design, advertising, photography, illustration and interactive. The big boys, including the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and the Museum of Civilization, have trumpeted new crowd-pleasing exhibitions, whether it’s [...]

Illustration’s original cowboy

Applied Arts: How would you describe the unique relationship you have to livestock? Rick Sealock: Thankfully that’s not a question from the local constabulary or psychiatrists. At first I used livestock imagery in my illustrations because no one else was doing it. Then they became part of branding (pardon the pun) my stylistic and conceptual approach. Now [...]

Taxi Drives Car Brand to Success

Not only have the various offices of Taxi been consistent winners in the Applied Arts Awards, they have also won repeatedly for various long-term, high-profile clients. This is especially true for MINI Canada, an account that Taxi snagged in 2002, with great expectations. “We want to introduce the MINI to Canadian consumers with a campaign [...]

A Montreal Photography Duo Creates a World of Dreams

Leda: We work together to create something quite different than what we could shoot alone. Usually I start with our digital camera and do the first shots and go to the computer [to review the images]. Then Pierre takes over and pushes what I saw a little further. . . . St. Jacques: Fashion is [...]

When Cahan Was King

If you go back to 2001, Bill Cahan of San Francisco-based Cahan & Associates, was still king of the annual report. Given credit for giving new life to what had been a dull design category, he and his studio garnered an impressive 11 winning entires in that year’s Applied Arts Advertising and Design Awards. Ten of these [...]

Blast from the Past: Keep It Simple, Stupid

Blast from the Past mines the back catalogue of Applied Arts Magazine to revive articles from years gone by. It’s our attempt at bringing to light the figures, firms and events that shaped the Canadian visual communications industry. Revisiting the stories and giants of yesteryear gives us an appreciation of where we came from and, [...]

Blast from the Past: Rough to Ready

Blast from the Past mines the back catalogue of Applied Arts Magazine to revive articles from years gone by. It’s our attempt at bringing to light the figures, firms and events that shaped the Canadian visual communications industry. Revisiting the stories and giants of yesteryear gives us an appreciation of where we came from and, [...]

Blast from the Past: The Advertising Soft Cel

Blast from the Past mines the back catalogue of Applied Arts Magazine to revive articles from years gone by. It’s our attempt at bringing to light the figures, firms and events that shaped the Canadian visual communications industry. Revisiting the stories and giants of yesteryear gives us an appreciation of where we came from and, [...]

Too Close for Comfort

Blast from Past mines the back catalogue of Applied Arts Magazine to revive articles from years gone by. It’s our attempt at bringing to light the figures, firms and events that shaped the Canadian visual communications industry. Revisiting the stories and giants of yesteryear gives us an appreciation of where we came from and, perhaps, [...]