Recently premiering at Hot Docs 2013, in Toronto, Spring & Arnaud is a documentary about art, love, and mortality, explored through the lives and work of celebrated Canadian artists Spring Hurlbut and the late Arnaud Maggs. Underline Studio of Toronto designed the theatre poster and promotional materials for the film about the inspiring couple.
From the Hot Docs film description by Lynne Fernie: “Cinematically gorgeous and beautifully crafted, Spring & Arnaud is a breathtakingly tender and intelligent love story about acclaimed Canadian artists Spring Hurlbut and Arnaud Maggs. Spring’s art focuses on mortality and the traces we leave behind: ashes, bones, preserved animals, old metal cribs that invoke the spirits of the deceased in her photography, video, sculpture and installations. Arnaud Maggs, winner of the Scotiabank Photography and Governor General’s awards, remains fascinated by systems of identification, of repetition and the miniscule differences and similarities in collections of people, objects and ephemera while recognizing the authority of photography to express these ideas in massive installations. Whether singing ‘It’s only a paper moon’ together as dusk falls on the French countryside or talking about the process of making art in their Toronto studios, their undying love for each other as they face the reality of Arnaud’s illness literally lights up the screen.”
Ask Montreal photographer John Londono what has contributed to his success and he ticks off the big three: timing, luck and doing what he loves. Yet, from his life story the picture that emerges is one of a man who has deliberately sought cross currents in his career that have pushed him sideways or seemingly backwards when other artists would have driven ahead.
A case in point: At the end of his studies in photography at the CEGEP de Vieux Montréal, he won the top prize in the Lux student competition for his series Altares, a tribute to his family roots in South America. (Londono was born in Venezuela, but moved with his mother to Quebec when he was almost five years old.)
Soon agencies were calling, wanting to see his portfolio. He turned them all down. “I didn’t have any commercial ambitions at all and I didn’t really have a commercial portfolio,” he recalls. “I wanted to be an artist.” . . . Read “Instinct, Intuition & Memory” by Liz Warwick.
The May/June 2013 issue of Applied Arts Magazine features the winners of our Photography & Illustration Awards, as judged by our senior panel of creative directors, designers and art directors from across Canada and the United States. Boasting one of the strongest paricipations yet, the issue is a stunning record of some of the most compelling imagery created in Canada and internationally. A true keepsake.
Our main feature, “Making the Best Quest List,” looks at what it takes to get a paying gig in the rapidly expanding video-game industry. We profile Jam3, a Toronto digital agency relying on experimentation with new technologies and R&D to become a rising creative force. The Split Run portfolio, Montreal photographer and video maker John Londono, has made a name for himself by following his passions instead of a well-mapped career path. In Career Shift we offer Rick Buceta, who left his job as a successful advertising art director to open his own brewery in Queens, New York. . . . Read more.
If you’re in Toronto, or will be visiting this city in the month of May, then you should have the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival on your radar. This is a month where photography is embraced and showcased through public installations and exhibitions in most galleries in the city.
With over 175 venues exhibiting the work of over 1500 artists and photographers, this festival is a no brainer when it comes to inspiration and appreciation of the work that Canadians and international artists are putting out there.
For a full list of artists and venues participating, check out the official website of the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival.
A list of some of the impressive Primary Exhibitions:
Arthur S. Goss
Photo: Gijs van den Berg
For the first time, an annual report has been published on Instagram, on Earth Day. Trigger in Calgary created this as its latest commitment to developing conservation-focused annual reports for Calgary Zoo.
The idea for the Instagram-based annual report came from a creative insight that with a record 1.457 million people visiting the zoo in 2012, a huge number of images were posted on Instagram tagged #calgaryzoo. With this kind of usage, doing the AR on Instagram was a natural move.
Conservation is integral to the zoo’s vision and mission, and last year Trigger produced its annual report on a single sheet of recycled newsprint. Going paperless took this evolution a step further.
The RGD is hosting two events looking at the impact of technology on design. The In-House Breakfast Forum, held May 1 at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto (8:30 to 10 am), offers a panel discussion on how technology is making a difference for in-house design departments.
“This is your opportunity to expand your knowledge, network with industry colleagues, make new connections and interact with others who know just what pressures you face! Our panel of in-house veterans share insights on the technological software, programs and protocols that are increasing productivity, reducing costs and expanding reach. Each panelist presents a mini case study from their own experiences, including implementing web safe fonts, and managing a hybrid team of web professionals and graphic design professionals. Continental breakfast is included.”
Future by Design: Information & Design is panel discussion on May 29, taking place at the Gladstone Hotel, with satellite screening venues in Hamilton, Barrie, Kingston, Welland, North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, London and Newfoundland. Panelists include: Eddie Opara, Partner, Pentagram; Paddy Harrington RGD, SVP Design Innovation & Digital Creative Director, Indigo; Diti Katona RGD, Creative Director, Concrete; and David Bradfield, Social Strategy Lead, North America, SapientNitro.
From Christy Hsu at KIMBO Design, in Vancouver:
I’d like to share with you this project that we have worked on for the past two years. We’ve created the Green Economy Booklet for the BC Climate Action Secretariat and we’ve also created an updated version of the booklet.
The BC government’s division in charge of coordinating government action on climate change needed assistance communicating with their diverse and complex group of stakeholders, which includes members of various business and industry sectors, the provincial and federal government, and the general public.
In designing the Green Economy booklet, we performed photo editing and enhancement of landscape imagery. We designed custom infographics, icons and other graphic elements. We also coordinated the printing.
The Green Economy booklet is a major component of the BC Jobs Plan, and it is available on BCJobsPlan.ca and bcge.ca. Premier Clark also presented this booklet at Globe 2012. Due to its popularity, a reprint has been requested. We also formatted it for the web as an interactive book at bcge.ca.
Toronto-based creative agency Open worked with Prep Academy Tutors on their rebranding, design, marketing and advertising, to help it make the transition from a small local company to a national franchise operation. Building from scratch for the up-and-coming tutoring company, Open developed a name and designed a brand identity system that would speak to both parents and students.
An updated take on a traditional school crest shows the logo as “sophisticated and solid, while borrowing classic ivy league patterns for letterheads and business cards creates a collegiate feel without compromising style.” Posters and flyers directed at potential clients and franchisees reflect Prep Academy Tutors’ “smart and friendly tone of voice.” Welcome kits for new clients include pencils, notebooks and tote bags.
After a lot of hard work from our esteemed Design Judges, the winners of the 2013 Design Awards have been announced. We had a record number of entries this year, which is a sign that more work is getting picked up, and the creative community is thriving.
All of the winning work will be displayed in the July/August 2013 issue of the magazine, the Winners Gallery on our website and at our annual Winners Exhibit, which will be held in Toronto this Fall.
We have a tie for our highest scoring Young Blood Winners this year. Lucie Jullian Cahu of luciegraphic won in the Young Blood Design Digital category and Patrick Dias of Ak & Pat won for his work in the Young Blood Broadcast Graphics category. Young Blood categories started in 2011 for young creatives who have been out of school for five years or less. The Young Blood winners will receive the same great exposure as all of our awards entries, with the added bonus of editorial coverage in a future issue of Applied Arts Magazine.
The AACE Design Winner will be kept under wraps until the AACE Awards Ceremony, held in the Fall of 2013, receiving a uniquely designed award and extended coverage in an all-AACE issue of Applied Arts, published in March 2014.
Congrats to all for an outstanding year in design! Winners listed after the jump. (more…)
The 2013-14 season of the Montreal Opera has just been announced, and for a 13th consecutive year, orangetango is in charge of the design. In its approach this year, the agency reveals the theatricality that lies at the heart of opera, through character details. The look, the attitude and even accessories can be the key to understanding the operas being cited.
Annonceur: Opéra de Montréal – Guillaume Thérien
Direction de création: Mario Mercier
Direction artistique: Isabel Beaudry, Mario Mercier
Design: Isabel Beaudry
Planification stratégique: Laure de La Moussaye
Infographie: Sophany Sin, Vickie Rousseau
Service-conseil: Marie-Andrée Poirier
Photographie: Pierre Manning – Shoot Studio