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Zuckerberg’s New Clothes

Zuckerberg’s New Clothes

November 12, 2019

It’s been over a week since facebook CMO Antonio Lucio posted an announcement entitled ‘Introducing Our New Company Brand”. I have to admit when I read that headline about 1.5% of me thought maybe the brand team was actually grappling with som ...

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Grip's Bernice Lo

Grip's Bernice Lo

November 5, 2019

Bernice Lo is an Associate Creative Director / Art Director at Grip Limited in Toronto.  Better known as “Bee” by her peers, Bernice recently joined Grip. Previously, she helped lead the Rogers brand at Publicis. With over 11 years of experienc ...

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Cossette's Carlos Moreno

Cossette's Carlos Moreno

October 2, 2019

Carlos Moreno is the Global Chief Creative Officer at Cossette in Toronto.    Carlos is one of the most successful creative directors in Canada. Under his leadership, Cossette was named Canadian "Agency of the Year" by Strategy Magazine in 2016, ...

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Will Novosedlik on Clearing a Path to the Future

Will Novosedlik on Clearing a Path to the Future

September 28, 2019

Standing on the subway platform the other day, I came across this creative for an organization  called Pathways to Education:                 Immediately struck by the logic of the message – linking lifelong poverty and burden ...

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Bensimon Byrne's Joseph Bonnici

Bensimon Byrne's Joseph Bonnici

September 28, 2019

Joseph Bonnici, partner and executive creative director at Bensimon Byrne in Toronto.   For the past 7 years, Joseph has helped lead Bensimon Byrne, overseeing its growth into one of the largest independent agencies in Canada. In 2018, Bensimon By ...

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TAXI's  Nikki Jobson

TAXI's Nikki Jobson

September 26, 2019

Nikki Jobson is the ASSOCIATE CREATIVE DIRECTOR at TAXI in Vancouver     Nikki hails from the UK where she spent many years working at independent shops and multinationals whilst drinking too much tea. Fourteen years ago, she moved to Canada, ...

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Dave Federico

Dave Federico

September 23, 2019

Dave Federico is chief creative officer at Toronto's No Fixed Address    Dave started his career 20 years ago at legendary Canadian agency Roche Macaulay and Partners. Since then he's worked at some of the most highly regarded creative agencies i ...

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Addison's Kevin Barclay

Addison's Kevin Barclay

September 19, 2019

Kevin Barclay is the creative director at Addison in New York, NY.    After accepting Applied Arts' invitation to judge, award-winning CD Kevin Barclay – originally from Winnipeg – confessed the following: I bought the very first issue of App ...

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Rethink's Joel Holtby

Rethink's Joel Holtby

September 16, 2019

Joel Holtby is the partner & creative director at Rethink in  Toronto.  Over his career, Joel Holtby has been called one of Canada’s top advertising talents and has been a regular feature in Strategy’s top creative report card. He has b ...

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Canadian Down Syndrome Answers Tough Questions

Canadian Down Syndrome Answers Tough Questions

September 13, 2019

Jeff Hilts is the Chief Creative Officer at FCB Canada in Toronto An award-winning Chief Creative Officer, Jeff’s passion for creative thinking along with an unwavering commitment to his craft has helped shape his multi-disciplinary career. Jeff ...

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Union's Rica Eckersley

Union's Rica Eckersley

September 6, 2019

Rica Eckersley is the creative director at Toronto's UNION.  Rica has spent over 15 years helping brands find their unique voice and shaping their narratives across multiple platforms. Her keen sense of insight and love of storytelling have helpe ...

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Executive Creative Director Rob Sweetman

Executive Creative Director Rob Sweetman

September 4, 2019

Rob Sweetman is a founder and executive creative director at One Twenty Three West in Vancouver.   Rob helped launch the agency in a garage with partners Bryan Collins, Jeff Harrison and Scot Keith to embrace the current realities of our industry. ...

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Anomaly's Sebastian Lyman Rolls With It

Anomaly's Sebastian Lyman Rolls With It

August 29, 2019

Sebastian Lyman is the creative director at Anomaly in Berlin. Applied Arts Advertising Awards judge Sebastian is a half Native-American creative director who has worked internationally in Toronto, Los Angeles and Berlin. He started his career in To ...

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Starbucks: Breaking Brand Promise, One Store at a Time

Starbucks: Breaking Brand Promise, One Store at a Time

August 21, 2019

Back in 1997, Starbucks founder Howard Schultz wrote about his now-iconic brand, “The people who line up for Starbucks aren’t just there for the coffee. It’s the romance of the coffee experience, the feeling of warmth and community people get i ...

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A Salute to Burton Kramer, Canada's Pioneer of Modernism.

A Salute to Burton Kramer, Canada's Pioneer of Modernism.

August 15, 2019

Burton Kramer is a pioneer of Modernism in Canadian Graphic Design. He is best known for his iconic design of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation logo and corporate identity program in 1974 and his work for Expo ’67.   From 1967-2001, he w ...

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AA Judge Nick Asik  on Creative Canadiana and Next Gen Talent

AA Judge Nick Asik on Creative Canadiana and Next Gen Talent

August 8, 2019

AA Judge Nick Asik is the creative director at WAX partnership incorporated in Calgary Nick’s career has spanned North America, working for agencies in Toronto, Calgary, Los Angeles and New York. He’s leant his creativity to brands like Audi, Co ...

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All about AA Judge Brent Choi

All about AA Judge Brent Choi

August 1, 2019

AA Judge Brent Choi, CEO & CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER, DDB Canada Toronto As a ‘creative’ guy, for years Brent hid the fact he had graduated from one of Canada’s most prestigious business schools. And that he used to be an account executive. A ...

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Will Novosedlik on Building the Biggest Bible since Gutenberg

Will Novosedlik on Building the Biggest Bible since Gutenberg

July 25, 2019

I once had a colleague who joked about how graphic designers were “on a mission from God” to save the world from bad design. Aside from the Blues Brothers reference, it was a sarcastic reflection on the heroic narrative in which the designer is ...

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2019 Student Awards Winners Announcement

2019 Student Awards Winners Announcement

July 25, 2019

A big thank you to all the entrants who took the time to submit their best work. It’s an exciting endeavour for our judges to make their way through the incredible offerings from talented students around the world.  Thank you, judges, for your ti ...

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A Look Back at Theo Dimson

A Look Back at Theo Dimson

July 18, 2019

Graphic designer Theo Dimson (1930-2012) holds a well-deserved place in Canadian graphic design history. The OCAD grad’s exuberant yet elegant designs won awards and international applause with exhibits in Finland, Poland, Germany, Japan, Switzerl ...

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Meet Our Judges: Laura Wills Covers Cycling Apparel + Wine Labels + Luxury Travel

Meet Our Judges: Laura Wills Covers Cycling Apparel + Wine Labels + Luxury Travel

July 17, 2019

AA judge Laura is a multi-award-winning creative director and designer, recognized in top design shows and publications around the world, and featured in a few big, fat coffee table books about wine labels. She’s had the great fortune to work wi ...

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AA Judge Greg Oznowich Nesnadny + Schwartz

AA Judge Greg Oznowich Nesnadny + Schwartz

July 12, 2019

As creative director at Nesnadny + Schwartz, Greg Oznowich guides the company’s founding principle that concept should drive design. He has collaborated with industry leaders on print and digital communication projects for clients like the Clevel ...

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What are niche chocolate brands are doing differently?

What are niche chocolate brands are doing differently?

July 3, 2019

protecting the workers and protecting the earth. I’ve recently become addicted to chocolate. I blame it entirely on work. I always liked chocolate but never made a habit of eating it. It was never on my shopping list. But since taking on some bra ...

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 Pamela Rounis takes a fresh approach

Pamela Rounis takes a fresh approach

June 28, 2019

Pamela Rounis is the associate creative director at Rethink Vancouver. After completing a BFA at Emily Carr University in 2006, Pamela studied design and illustration in the IDEA program at Capilano University. Currently, at Rethink, she works wi ...

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Applied Arts Judge Margherita Porra on the Virtues of Taking Your Time

Applied Arts Judge Margherita Porra on the Virtues of Taking Your Time

June 21, 2019

Known for her unique brand creation, cultural trend clairvoyance and paired down, symbolic design, Margherita launched her design career in fashion, working with top Canadian and US brands. With over 17 years’ experience in consumer goods, her wor ...

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Meet Our Judges: Hangar 18 Design Continuum’s Vida Jurcic

Meet Our Judges: Hangar 18 Design Continuum’s Vida Jurcic

June 13, 2019

Our salute to Applied Arts Awards judges continues.  Say hello to Vida Jurcic of Vancouver’s Hangar 18 Design Continuum. Vida is a founding partner of Hangar 18 Design Continuum, a Vancouver design firm with a legacy of award-winning strategic d ...

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 The Design World Needs More Photos of Women by Women

The Design World Needs More Photos of Women by Women

June 12, 2019

In the 1940s and 1950s, Lillian Bassman was one of a small cohort of prominent women in fashion photography, the significance of which was not lost on her female models. “It was sexually a very different thing when they worked with men,” the pho ...

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Samsung Wants You to Meet the Workplace of the Future

Samsung Wants You to Meet the Workplace of the Future

June 10, 2019

As modern office spaces evolve, technology is transforming the way we work. Samsung Electronics Canada knows that it’s a requirement of modern businesses to offer digital solutions that provide employees with high-quality tools that encourage coll ...

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Snack by McMillan Offers Bite Sized Agency Services

Snack by McMillan Offers Bite Sized Agency Services

June 6, 2019

Snack by McMillan offers an Uberized process for one-off creative agency projects. Introduced today, Snack by McMillan will provide clients interested in quick turnaround projects across the agency spectrum with an alternative to the traditional ag ...

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Our Judges: Leo Burnett’s Petra Cuschieri

Our Judges: Leo Burnett’s Petra Cuschieri

June 3, 2019

Our salute to Applied Arts Awards judges continues.  Say hello to Petra Cuschieri, Design Director of Toronto’s Leo Burnett. Petra is an award-winning designer with a focus on branding, packaging, editorial, digital design and illustration. She h ...

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Photographer David DeStefano

Photographer David DeStefano

May 30, 2019

Montreal based food/lifestyle photographer David DeStefano’s path to photography has had some twists and turns but always had food somewhere in the equation. From his early teens, David DeStefano worked in the Montreal restaurant scene, and once h ...

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Our Judges: Pendo’s Peter Ladd

Our Judges: Pendo’s Peter Ladd

May 24, 2019

Our salute to Applied Arts Awards judges continues. Say hello to Peter Ladd, Creative Director & Co-Founder of Vancouver’s Pendo. Humber College graduate Peter Ladd launched Pendo in 2015.  Since then, the company has taken on projects coveri ...

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Brutal Postings on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Brutal Postings on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

May 17, 2019

Did you know that every 23 seconds, a homophobic or transphobic comment gets posted online? Kudos to Rethink for their work with FondationEmergence on “Brutal Postings”, a social experiment highlighting the role of social media in promoting hom ...

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Meet Our Judges: Lime Design Inc.’s Lara Minja

Meet Our Judges: Lime Design Inc.’s Lara Minja

May 16, 2019

Lara Minja of Lime Design Inc. Lara Minja’s love of art, craft, learning, and storytelling has led her to the focused design of exhibition catalogues, scholarly books, magazines, educational materials, and postage stamps. Her work has been widely ...

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Eyes on Eye on Design, by  Will Novosedlik

Eyes on Eye on Design, by Will Novosedlik

May 16, 2019

A new publication from America’s most prestigious design organization both hits and misses the mark. For whatever reasons, publications aimed at the graphic design community are still a lot more interested in what’s fashionable than in what’s ...

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In Wade Hudson Portraiture, Subjects Shine

In Wade Hudson Portraiture, Subjects Shine

May 10, 2019

Wade Hudson portraiture is sharp and clean; through his understanding and use of light, his raw and seemingly effortless aesthetic allows his subjects to shine. Born and raised in Jamaica and currently living in Toronto, Hudson is a graduate of Hu ...

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Meet Our Judges: Locomotive’s Frédéric Marchand

Meet Our Judges: Locomotive’s Frédéric Marchand

May 2, 2019

Next in our series on Applied Arts Awards judges. Today we’re looking at some recent work from Frédéric Marchand of Montreal’s Locomotive. As President & Creative Director of Locomotive, Frédéric Marchand serves as the “strategic fo ...

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Announcing the 2019 Design Awards Winners

Announcing the 2019 Design Awards Winners

April 18, 2019

Winners will have their work and credits published on premium paper in the Summer 2019 issue of Applied Arts. They’ll also appear in our tablet edition, and in our online Winner’s Gallery (coming in June), where their work will live on in perpet ...

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Field Trip & Co. Tells an East Side Story

Field Trip & Co. Tells an East Side Story

April 17, 2019

When it comes to hospital fundraising, the competition for eyeballs and wallets can be fierce and the market fragmented. There’s no particular reason to elevate the reputation of any hospital above that of its peers, especially in a market like To ...

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Meet Our Judges: BangBang’s Simon Laliberté

Meet Our Judges: BangBang’s Simon Laliberté

April 10, 2019

The first in a series in which Applied Arts profiles our Awards judges. Today we’re looking at some recent work from Simon Laliberté, Founder, Designer, Art Director & Screenprinter of Montreal’s BangBang  Simon Laliberté’s creative s ...

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When Private Equity Meets Brand Equity

When Private Equity Meets Brand Equity

April 3, 2019

Or what happens when what can’t be measured doesn’t get managed OR what can’t be measured isn’t accounted for? “Tomayo!” cried my wife. “That’s what they should have called it. Not “Mayochup”. My wife is a speech and language pa ...

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Tears to Fear: McMillan Agency Sends Bottled Tears to Prospective Interns

Tears to Fear: McMillan Agency Sends Bottled Tears to Prospective Interns

March 20, 2019

Say “Millennials” in conversation and you’re likely to be met with rolling eyes.  But like them or not, Millennials are here to stay, and they currently make up the majority of our industry’s juniors, interns and new hires. Determined to com ...

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Mitchell Press Illustrates Desert Island Songs

Mitchell Press Illustrates Desert Island Songs

March 18, 2019

It’s a question we’ve all been asked before “what is your desert island song?” From cocktail party chatter to the countless Spotify playlists teaming the web and the BBC’s Desert Island Discs radio program – the question has been discusse ...

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COMING SOON! THE 2019 SPRING ISSUE OF APPLIED ARTS MAGAZINE

COMING SOON! THE 2019 SPRING ISSUE OF APPLIED ARTS MAGAZINE

March 13, 2019

2019 Spring Cover featuring Wayne Hoecherl’s winning work Our Spring 2019 issue beautifully showcases the winners of our 2019 Photography & Illustration Awards. Plus stories on the future of photography and illustration, Instagram’s impact o ...

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From Graphics to Beer: The Journey of Martin L’Allier

From Graphics to Beer: The Journey of Martin L’Allier

March 4, 2019

Sour Fruit Beers. Acidula Framboise (left) and Acidula Citron Vanille Mixing work with alcohol is usually a recipe for disaster. But for Martin L’Allier, mixing business with pleasure allowed him to turn his passion into a career. L’Allier has ...

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Announcing the 2019 Photography and Illustration Awards Winners.

Announcing the 2019 Photography and Illustration Awards Winners.

February 25, 2019

Oliver Staub, ‘Cannabis.’ Advertising Photography, 2108 Photography Awards winner. A big thank you to all the entrants who took the time to submit their best work from the past 12 months. It’s always a challenge for our judges to make the dist ...

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Going Viral: A Talk with Libby Oliver

Going Viral: A Talk with Libby Oliver

February 21, 2019

Going viral and the attending influx of attention is a digital goal for almost every business. But it doesn’t just happen to celebrities – sometimes it happens to artists. Introducing Libby Oliver, whose project ‘Soft Shells’ went viral afte ...

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The storyfire: Learning to Listen

The storyfire: Learning to Listen

February 14, 2019

Photo by Wenni Zhou for Unsplash What indigenous culture can teach us about storytelling As the editor of a national magazine, you get a lot of article pitches. Most of them are easily dismissed. Some of them are out-and-out PR. I never print that ...

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FIVE MINUTES: Annabelle Soucy, Creating through the language of imagery

FIVE MINUTES: Annabelle Soucy, Creating through the language of imagery

February 13, 2019

White What happens when you cross a graphic designer and a photographer? Other than a corny joke, you’ll likely get the minimalistic yet expressive work of Annabelle Soucy. A visual thinker, Soucy explains that her craft is almost like a secon ...

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2019 Student Awards are Now Open for Entry

2019 Student Awards are Now Open for Entry

January 22, 2019

Kathy Powell, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ninth Letter 15.1 Spring/Summer 2018. Complete Book Design-Campaign, 2018. Applied Arts values the work of all students and aims to help them get the recognition they deserve. Consequently, t ...

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2019 Design Awards Announcement

2019 Design Awards Announcement

January 18, 2019

Studio Baillat, ELEKTRA 2017 – 18TH International Digital Art Festival. Craft Motion/Animation, 2018. It is with great excitement that we announce the opening of the 2019 Design Awards call for entries! The Applied Arts Awards are the only compet ...

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Exciting News For The 2019 Applied Arts Awards Competitions

Exciting News For The 2019 Applied Arts Awards Competitions

January 15, 2019

Jen Aurich, Swimmers. Travel Photography – Single. 2017 For nearly 30 years the Applied Arts Awards have helped raise the bar of creative excellence by promoting award-winning artists, both professionals and enthusiasts alike. Entering the Applie ...

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Inspiration: Vigg

Inspiration: Vigg

January 9, 2019

Montreal-based illustrator Vigg has been in the creative game for 20 years. His playful and light-hearted work is mostly divided between children’s books and editorial illustrations. For him, there is no difference in how he approaches illustrati ...

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Inspiration: Marcus Beretta

Inspiration: Marcus Beretta

January 8, 2019

Toronto-based photographer Marcus Beretta can break down his creative process into three steps. The first is inspiration, then explanation and finally execution. Or as he says, “This is what I want to do, this is why I want to do it and then actual ...

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Inspiration: John Parra

Inspiration: John Parra

January 7, 2019

If there’s one thing that John Parra wants you to know about creating children’s book illustrations, it is that they “take quite a bit of time and effort,” and that he almost never has contact with the author of the book. “I think it’s fr ...

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Inspiration: Cody Greco

Inspiration: Cody Greco

January 3, 2019

When you ask Toronto-based photographer Cody Greco how he describes his artistic style, the first word that pops into his head is “minimalistic,” and after looking at his pieces, you could argue that this word perfectly embodies Greco’s style. ...

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Inspiration: Ran Zheng

Inspiration: Ran Zheng

January 2, 2019

In anticipation of our 2019 Photography and Illustration Awards, we have interviewed some of our past winners to help inspire your work and encourage to you enter. These shorter inspiration pieces will appear on site throughout the coming weeks. The ...

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Martin Dupuis Creates Fantasized Worlds With Latest Project

Martin Dupuis Creates Fantasized Worlds With Latest Project

December 31, 2018

A few weeks ago we covered a first in Applied Arts history. Martin Dupuis of Montreal-based Les Évadés and his poster series entitled 'Cinema du Parc' were the first to win in three of our Awards programs (Photography and Illustration, Advertising ...

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The 2018 Advertising Awards Winners Gallery is Live

The 2018 Advertising Awards Winners Gallery is Live

December 21, 2018

"Stop Sucking." Rethink. Public Service/Charity-Series.   The 2018 Advertising Awards are published in the new 2018 winter issue, which will be hitting mailboxes and our stockists within the next few days. Head over to our Winner’s Gallery to ch ...

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Will Delivers a Treat for Your Ears

Will Delivers a Treat for Your Ears

December 20, 2018

Every year when the holiday season roles around, Vancouver-based agency Will takes it upon themselves to spread happiness to the advertising community, their partners and clients. This year has proved to be the same, except that the medium of deliver ...

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A Logo Too Big to Fail

A Logo Too Big to Fail

December 18, 2018

So I’m surfing my LinkedIn feed a couple weeks back and I see a post from Toronto-based Method Branding. The news: Bank of America has a new logo. As a former logo designer, and now an armchair logo critic, I wondered if this might be column-wor ...

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Advertising Awards Judges Work: BBDO NY and Quiet Storm UK

Advertising Awards Judges Work: BBDO NY and Quiet Storm UK

December 17, 2018

Finishing up our 2018 Advertising Awards judges work roundup, we have two judges to show today! Both Bianca Guimaraes and Laurence Quinn are international creatives. So we thought we'd finish the series with our last two "worldy" judges.  First u ...

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New Campaign From Here Be Monsters

New Campaign From Here Be Monsters

December 14, 2018

Just in time for the winter season, Here Be Monsters (HBM), an independent agency based in Vancouver, updates a classic holiday tradition for their newest campaign.   Continuing the campaign for their client, Noodlebox, a Southeast Asian noodle ba ...

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Advertising Awards Judges Work: DDB Canada

Advertising Awards Judges Work: DDB Canada

December 13, 2018

    Continuing with our showcase of our 2018 Advertising Awards judges work, we arrive at Dean Lee, ECD at DDB Canada in Vancouver. Dean shares his latest campaign for Emerald Health.    Designing a campaign for a cannabis company is all ab ...

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The 2018 Winter Annual is Here!

The 2018 Winter Annual is Here!

December 12, 2018

   2018 Advertising winner. "Trust Your Taste." Lg2   It is with great excitement that we introduce our final issue of the year, the 2019 Advertising Awards Annual!   This annual is particularly significant to us here at Applied Arts, as it ...

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Announcing our 2019 Photography and Illustration Awards

Announcing our 2019 Photography and Illustration Awards

December 11, 2018

Pinter Creative Studio, Lindsay Siu,1957: Public Transit as a Metaphor for Societal Norms. Photo Manipulation - Single, 2018.    Our first Awards program of the new year is now open! We are very excited to announce the call for entries for our 20 ...

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Advertising Awards Judges Work: Sid Lee

Advertising Awards Judges Work: Sid Lee

December 10, 2018

As we get closer to our 2018 winter issue drop – which features our 2018 Advertising Awards Winners – we have been showcasing some work from our ad judges. This week we are exploring Kristian Manchester’s latest hits as global executive creativ ...

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McMillan Rocks Ottawa

McMillan Rocks Ottawa

December 7, 2018

It’s not all business when you’re in Ottawa. Especially if you attended McMillan’s 613 Agency Rock-Off – Ottawa’s very own interagency Battle of the Bands – earlier last month.   To help bring local-area agencies together, play some tu ...

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Sneak Peek of our Winter Issue

Sneak Peek of our Winter Issue

December 5, 2018

2018 Ad winner. "Refuel. Restart." lg2.    Our Winter 2018 issue is set to drop next week! This issue features our amazing Advertising Awards winners, not to mention it’s our first issue with editor Will Novosedlik. The Advertising Awards ar ...

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Design Army Gives The Mocktail Club a Makeover

Design Army Gives The Mocktail Club a Makeover

December 3, 2018

For their latest campaign, Washington, D.C.-based, Design Army rebrands and designs The Mocktail Club, a premium line of craft non-alcoholic beverages. Originally targeted to expecting mothers and health-conscious clients, Design Army has redesigned ...

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The Big BC Snowball Fight

The Big BC Snowball Fight

November 28, 2018

Vancouver-based creative agency Will returns with an updated version of the BC Children’s Hospital ‘Snowball Fight for Kids.’   The Big BC Snowball Fight is a virtual snowball fight, which raises donations for the hospital and its patients. ...

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Noise 13 Designs for the Cannabis Market

Noise 13 Designs for the Cannabis Market

November 26, 2018

When Skunk Factory, a cannabis company, approached San Francisco-based agency Noise 13 to create a new brand evolution they knew exactly what they were looking for. They needed a new packaging design for their vape kits, cartridges and flower, that w ...

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Marvin Veloso: From Unemployed Graduate to Junior Art Director in Seven Days

Marvin Veloso: From Unemployed Graduate to Junior Art Director in Seven Days

November 21, 2018

Marvin's "Indian Motorcycle Company"   Marvin Veloso graduated from Seneca College's Design program back in August 2018. Even though he was eager and ready to find a job, nothing seemed to land. Until this October. After Marvin's piece had won i ...

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Advertising Young Blood Winners

Advertising Young Blood Winners

November 14, 2018

Still from john st.'s "President's Choice Eat Together" campaign Here at Applied Arts, we’re all about promoting and showing off our junior winners! And with our Advertising Annual set to drop in early-December, we thought it would be a great time ...

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Advertising Awards Judges Work: Cossette

Advertising Awards Judges Work: Cossette

November 12, 2018

As our Advertising Awards are set to be published in our winter annual, we would like to showcase some work from our judges panel. First up is Katie Ainsworth, ECD of Cossette Vancouver. For their newest project, Cossette takes us down memory lane wi ...

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Q&A: Martin Dupuis

Q&A: Martin Dupuis

November 8, 2018

Martin Dupuis of Les Évadés is the art director for their Cinéma du Parc poster series. If these images look familiar, it's because they are. Dupuis' poster for Blade Runner was the cover of our 2018 Photography and Illustration annual. Since pub ...

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Endangered Syndrome

Endangered Syndrome

November 8, 2018

The Canadian Down Syndrome Society (CDSS) has teamed up with Toronto-based agency FCB Canada to address the problem of dwindling services for people with Down Syndrome.   As the number of people born with Down Syndrome declines, so do the voices o ...

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10 Truths We Uncovered at DesignThinkers Toronto 2018

10 Truths We Uncovered at DesignThinkers Toronto 2018

November 7, 2018

Under the theme of ‘Speak the Truth,' 2,000 designers gathered in Toronto on October 24 and 25 for the DesignThinkers 2018 Conference to discuss everything from the lack of colour in our wardrobes to the lack of diversity and why we need more peopl ...

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Truth vs. Soap

Truth vs. Soap

November 7, 2018

  Every once in a rare while you hear a brand story that is actually based on an empirical truth which, when carefully told, turns out to be far more effective than any of the fantasies conjured up by ad people to sell you whatever it is they are s ...

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Investing In Our Future

Investing In Our Future

October 31, 2018

Winning design category entry in Applied Arts 2018 Student Awards - a fictitious type specimen book for Dalton Maag's font family Aktiv Grotesk, by Humber College Graphic Design program student Jordan Jackson.   In our recent Fall 2018 annual, Cos ...

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Featuring Highlights the World of Kidz

Featuring Highlights the World of Kidz

October 30, 2018

To get a brand to reflect children and their lives, you must enter their world. For the newest project for children’s clothing brand Electrik Kidz, Featuring does just that.   Electrik Kidz is a Montreal-based clothing brand that specializes i ...

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Bob's Your Uncle Creates a Brew

Bob's Your Uncle Creates a Brew

October 30, 2018

Canadians are amongst the world’s biggest food wasters. In a report released by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, the average Canadian throws out 396 kilograms of food each year. In turn, the food then decomposes in landfills and releas ...

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Studio Baillat and Red Bull Music Festival

Studio Baillat and Red Bull Music Festival

October 24, 2018

Montreal design firm Studio Baillat is back with a new design for the Red Bull Music Festival 2018. This is the studio’s third year designing for Red Bull Music. This year, the team at Baillat was challenged with creating a new and fresh image that ...

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McMillan Brings Ottawa to Life

McMillan Brings Ottawa to Life

October 24, 2018

Ottawa-based B2B agency McMillan has been creating the design aspects and campaign for the Ottawa International Animation Festival (the second largest animation festival in the world) for the last five years. For this year’s campaign, McMillan’s ...

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Grad Week Virtual Speakers Nov 14-21

Grad Week Virtual Speakers Nov 14-21

October 24, 2018

Brittany Salzone, Savannah College of Art and Design. 2018 Student Award winner Applied Arts has added to its student activities by creating a virtual speaker series for post-secondary students about to graduate. Why virtual? So students from anywhe ...

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Q&A: Andric

Q&A: Andric

October 18, 2018

Architectural photography, advertising photography, commercial photography and fine-art photography. These are just some of the many areas that Andric, a Toronto-based photographer, covers and shoots. Andric is an international artist who has worked ...

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Common Good and Tokyo Smoke Celebrate 10.17

Common Good and Tokyo Smoke Celebrate 10.17

October 16, 2018

How will you celebrate 10.17?   With less than 24 hours until cannabis legalization across the country, this historic day, known as 10.17 (October 17), should be full of festivities. To help you make sure that your 10.17 is celebrated right, Toron ...

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Target Finds Icebergs for NL Tourism

Target Finds Icebergs for NL Tourism

October 15, 2018

Target helps icebergs get ready for their close-up for NL Tourism   Newfoundland and Labrador is a hot spot for icebergs. During iceberg season (spring and summer), the coast is dotted with multiple 10,000 year-old bergs. The bergs also bring alon ...

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The Colour of Giving

The Colour of Giving

October 10, 2018

  How the United Way, TAXI and Pantone used the power of colour to reinvigorate a brand that was losing its lustre       Charitable organizations everywhere are facing the same challenge: how to engage a new generation of donors (millennia ...

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2018 Advertising Awards Winners Announced

2018 Advertising Awards Winners Announced

October 9, 2018

 2017 Advertising Award winner, Havas, Toronto (CCO Helen Pak), Entire Advertising Campaign   We're pleased to reveal the list of 2018 Advertising Awards winners Email notifications were sent out last week. Thanks to everyone who entered and c ...

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TBD and The Ad Council Address Bullying

TBD and The Ad Council Address Bullying

October 9, 2018

In collaboration with San Francisco-based independent creative agency TBD, The Ad Council has released an anti-bullying campaign. The campaign (developed pro bono by TBD) has multiple aspects to it, all revolving around the impact of bullying towards ...

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DesignThinkers is Around the Corner

DesignThinkers is Around the Corner

October 4, 2018

DesignThinkers Toronto is almost here! Usually held in November, the event is October 24-25 this year. That means there’s no time to lose if you want sign up. Online registration closes October 18.   DesignThinkers is a must for anyone in the ...

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Spark44 Helps Ring in Land Rover’s 70th

Spark44 Helps Ring in Land Rover’s 70th

October 2, 2018

Spark44’s newest campaign brings a Canadian twist to a British milestone.   Land Rover has a long and interesting history. To showcase the history it has in Canadian lives, Wonder Screen, a Toronto-based production company, produced a 3-minute c ...

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The Student & Community Awards Annual is Here

The Student & Community Awards Annual is Here

October 2, 2018

"See Creatures." Caroline Norman, Community - Cartoon / Comic Illustration   What can we say? When it rains, it pours. We had a slight production hiccup when getting our Fall issue to press and then the news of the impending Canada Post strike cau ...

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Update on the Student & Community Awards Annual

Update on the Student & Community Awards Annual

September 26, 2018

"Victorious": Giano Currie, Miami Ad School – Lynwood, Student - Photo Illustration/Mixed Media    The domino effect. A slight production hiccup, partnered with a potential Canada Post strike resulted in the delay of the fall Student & C ...

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Sid Lee Toronto Creates a Buzz

Sid Lee Toronto Creates a Buzz

September 26, 2018

  Sid Lee Toronto has joined the bee saving initiative. In collaboration with Alveole, an urban beekeeping company in Toronto, the team has created a number of products to help the bees. As the effects of climate change continue to put the bee popu ...

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New Awareness Campaign from Camp Pacific

New Awareness Campaign from Camp Pacific

September 24, 2018

Wildfires destroy much of the environment they take place in. However, often people forget about the devastating effect fires have on our lives and our memories. To show the human aspect of wildfires and how they destroy more than forests, Camp Pacif ...

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Student Awards Winners at Our Creative Futures Expo

Student Awards Winners at Our Creative Futures Expo

September 19, 2018

  Image: Coralie Carrier, CFP Maurice-Barbeau   The Student Awards annual is coming soon. Look for our winners in this issue. Our student winners will also be displayed at our upcoming Creative Futures Expo – the best place for students to ...

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Stack Creative Designs for Star Renegades

Stack Creative Designs for Star Renegades

September 19, 2018

Stack Creative has teamed up with Massive Damage, to create a landing page and website for their new galactic video game, Star Renegades. Stack needed to tell the story of Star Renegades while at the same time show off its features to users. To ac ...

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Design on the Way to Work

Design on the Way to Work

September 19, 2018

With a talent for snatching beauty from the jaws of decay, this young shooter reminds us that entropy always has the last laugh     Instagram turns some people into collectors, some into curators, some into voyeurs. It turns other people into ...

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Sneak Peek of Our Student and Community Awards Winners Gallery

Sneak Peek of Our Student and Community Awards Winners Gallery

September 12, 2018

With our new issue dropping later this month, we wanted to share a sneak peek of our Winners Gallery. This online gallery is an ongoing archive of our Awards winners. Take a look at what judges had to say about some of the winning entries in our Stud ...

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Q&A: Carlos Moreno

Q&A: Carlos Moreno

September 12, 2018

      Cossette has entered the world of movies with their newest campaign. In a game-changing direction, they have teamed up with renowned director Fleur Fortune and DOP Matias Boucard, to create a 13-minute short film entitled Dream Thieves. T ...

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BBDO Toronto Tackles COPD

BBDO Toronto Tackles COPD

September 11, 2018

BBDO launches a new awareness campaign. It’s estimated that 1.6 million of the 3.2 million Canadians living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) don’t know they have it. To help combat this and bring awareness to COPD, BBDO Toronto ...

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A Symphony of Sound From Target

A Symphony of Sound From Target

September 5, 2018

Experience the musical landscape of Newfoundland and Labrador with Target Marketing.   In their new campaign for Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism, Target captures the unique sound of the province. Wind chimes, whales calls and tolling church bell ...

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Putting the Soul in Sol

Putting the Soul in Sol

September 5, 2018

Chicago-based brand agency Soulsight has partnered with MillerCoors to help relaunch Sol, a Mexican lager.   The competition is fierce when it comes to beer and so to give Sol an extra edge to attract new customers (while at the same time not igno ...

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The Life of a Dumpling

The Life of a Dumpling

September 3, 2018

“Dumpling” is a broad term for a dish that consists of a doughy outer layer, usually stuffed with a meat or sweet filling. Usually the life of a dumpling is short—from the early stages of cooking to the final resting place in a full stomach. No ...

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Sneak Peek of our Fall 2018 Issue

Sneak Peek of our Fall 2018 Issue

August 29, 2018

 Illustrations from Student Awards winner Caleb Boyles   Our Fall 2018 issue drops mid-September and this issue is packed with great content, not to mention both The Community and Student Awards winners. The Community and Student Awards annual ...

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48North and Blok Design

48North and Blok Design

August 28, 2018

For their latest project, Blok Design has teamed up with 48North, a women-led cannabis company, to create a brand identity that would showcase the direction and philosophy of the company.   48North is reimagining the cannabis landscape for women, ...

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2018 Advertising Awards Extension

2018 Advertising Awards Extension

August 24, 2018

"The Keg Steakhouse & Bar: Nothing in Common," Palmer Jarvis DDB Vancouver. Consumer Magazine-Series, 2002.   We have a special announcement to make! The 2018 Advertising Awards deadline has been extended to August 31. That means you have an e ...

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Insider Tips for Entering Our 2018 Advertising Awards

Insider Tips for Entering Our 2018 Advertising Awards

August 23, 2018

  There are only four more days to submit your entries to our 2018 Advertising Awards! We wanted to share some tips to make entering your pieces easier. Read through our hints below and enter at the end of the page. Good luck!     To enter ...

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Celebrate Take Your Cat to the Vet Day with BBDO Toronto

Celebrate Take Your Cat to the Vet Day with BBDO Toronto

August 22, 2018

The makers of Whiskas cat food and BBDO Toronto have teamed up to create Cat Calm Radio, a radio station that plays calming music for your cat during car rides. The release of Cat Calm Radio coincides with National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day which ...

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Work From Our 2018 Student Awards Judges

Work From Our 2018 Student Awards Judges

August 21, 2018

Eureka Catalogue created by Paprika    The fall edition of Applied Arts is almost ready to be sent to the printers! This double annual will feature both the Student and Community Awards winners. The Student Awards are open to all post-secondary s ...

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Find Your Sipsong with Noise 13

Find Your Sipsong with Noise 13

August 21, 2018

Noise 13, a women-led strategy and design firm based in San Francisco, has created a branding and label design for Sipsong Spirits, a new California small-batch liqueur company.     The team behind the new design worked closely with owner and ...

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Design of a Nation, or a Nation of Design?

Design of a Nation, or a Nation of Design?

August 16, 2018

How Canada’s image on the world stage was, for a brief period of time, defined by the heads, hearts and hands of the nation’s leading graphic designers    Design Canada Title Canada   History is and always has been hugely underrated.   ...

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Big Agency Wins From the 2017 Advertising Awards

Big Agency Wins From the 2017 Advertising Awards

August 15, 2018

Winning campaign 'Open House' from GREY Canada   As we get closer to the deadline for our 2018 Advertising Awards (August 24!), we wanted to showcase the top winning agencies from last year to drive inspiration. Take a look at the top winners belo ...

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Interview with Hatecopy

Interview with Hatecopy

August 15, 2018

Painter and illustrator Maria Qamar talks about her work for The Yogen Früz Pinkberry Brain Project and the beginnings of her career.   When Maria Qamar aka Hatecopy was asked to create a piece for The Yogen Früz Pinkberry Brain Project, an o ...

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Print is Back

Print is Back

August 14, 2018

  Earlier this summer, Fujifilm launched a movement. Yes, you’re reading that right. A movement, not a product. The Fujifilm Print Life Movement was launched to educate and inspire consumers to print their photographs.   “Fujifilm is launc ...

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Work From Our 2018 Community Awards Judges

Work From Our 2018 Community Awards Judges

August 8, 2018

Work from ON THE CHASE!    The fall issue of Applied Arts will hit newsstands in September. This edition features two awards sections; the 2018 Community and Student awards. This is our second annual Community Awards, which focuses on smaller fir ...

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New Era for Steam Whistle

New Era for Steam Whistle

August 8, 2018

Steam Whistle Brewery enters an age of sophistication with new brand identity   The last time Steam Whistle updated their overall brand design and look, it was the early 2000s. And in those 17+ years, Steam Whistle has grown and changed as a compa ...

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cHANGING pATTERNS

cHANGING pATTERNS

August 7, 2018

A fresh pattern design has been popping up in various Balzac’s cafés across Toronto. The wallpaper can be found at UP Express Union Station and gracing the walls at Powerhouse and Market Street locations. It’s even on the road, wrapped around th ...

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New Work by The White Room

New Work by The White Room

August 2, 2018

The White Room has entered the luxury wine market with their newest project for Baby Brunello.   Following the European tradition of gifting a bottle of wine when a baby is born, The White Room has rebranded  Baby Brunello to extend this traditio ...

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Introducing The New Editor of Applied Arts

Introducing The New Editor of Applied Arts

August 1, 2018

Photo credit: Chris Lynn   We are very excited to announce our new editor, Will Novosedlik! Will has been a long time contributor to Applied Arts as well as a prominent strategist and designer in Canada and abroad. We look forward to having Will o ...

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123w Tackles Driving Under the Influence

123w Tackles Driving Under the Influence

August 1, 2018

Vancouver-based agency 123w has teamed up with The British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) to create an awareness campaign that discusses impaired driving—now that cannabis is set to be legalized in the fall.     The campaign, which i ...

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Q&A: João Vaz de Carvalho

Q&A: João Vaz de Carvalho

July 31, 2018

The Portuguese painter and illustrator shares his creative process and reflects on the message behind his images.   For João Vaz de Carvalho, painting has been his central artistic medium. But he is more than just a painter-he is also an illustr ...

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The 2018 Advertising Awards Judges Are Announced!

The 2018 Advertising Awards Judges Are Announced!

July 25, 2018

2017 Advertising Award winner "Sickkid Vs," from Cossette. Entire Advertising Campaign.    The judges for our 2018 Advertising Awards have been announced! This years’ judges panel is an allstar cast, including; Ian Grais-founder and national CD ...

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Rethink Has Too Much Fun with Playland

Rethink Has Too Much Fun with Playland

July 25, 2018

How do you communicate the universal feeling of fun? Emojis!   In their newest “Too Much Fun” campaign for the amusement park Playland, Rethink uses the universal language of emojis to tap into the theme park experience.       The c ...

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Q&A: Alia youssef

Q&A: Alia youssef

July 23, 2018

The Toronto-based photographer explores womanhood and gendered Islamophobia in her series The Sisters Project   Alia Youssef is the photographer behind The Sisters Project, a long-term portraiture series combating stereotypes and showcasing the mu ...

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Rethink Surprises Torontonians with Ottawa-Themed Ice Cream

Rethink Surprises Torontonians with Ottawa-Themed Ice Cream

July 18, 2018

How do you promote a city that is often labelled as “bland?” Free food always works!   Rethink Canada created a new campaign for Ottawa based on the insight that the city is often judged as boring, or “vanilla.” The agency aims to change t ...

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New Work by Featuring

New Work by Featuring

July 12, 2018

Cuisines Steam, a Montreal-based design company, has tapped creative agency Featuring (formerly Écorce) and website designer QuatreCentQuatre to create a digital marketing strategy and online store for their new modular kitchen brand, coquo.   ...

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Ethos Keeps Piknic Electronik Fresh and Fruity for 2018

Ethos Keeps Piknic Electronik Fresh and Fruity for 2018

July 11, 2018

Two years after first creating the identity for Piknic Electronik Montreal, Ethos is back with a new visual look for the festival.   Piknic Electronik, an outdoor music festival in Montreal, first tapped creative agency Ethos and photographer Vi ...

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Get With The Program

Get With The Program

July 11, 2018

Programmatic creative should not be problematic    © ar130405/Pixabay   Do creatives get in this business to be creative? Of course. Does that mean that every working hour is creative? No. Creative in advertising has never been precious. If ...

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The Hive's New Campaign for OPG

The Hive's New Campaign for OPG

July 10, 2018

In their newest campaign for Ontario Power Generation (OPG), Toronto-based agency The Hive invites you to sit around the campfire with Dammy The Beaver.       To raise awareness for dam safety and the dangers of ignoring cautionary signs, Th ...

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FIFA: From Fabergé to Football

FIFA: From Fabergé to Football

July 9, 2018

The FIFA World Cup's graphic title cards on TSN are as rich in execution as they are in symbolism     Ah, the World Cup. Like the Olympics, this quadrennial sports fest does its best to command or attention for the few weeks that it takes the ...

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2018 Community Awards Winners Announced

2018 Community Awards Winners Announced

June 29, 2018

Last year's Community Award winner White Crow Communications. Population Less Than 100,000, Public Service/Charity Design - Series   We're pleased to reveal the list of 2018 Community Awards winners!   Winners of the second annual Community Awa ...

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2018 Student Awards Winners Announced

2018 Student Awards Winners Announced

June 29, 2018

Image by last year's Student Award winner Airisa Seflere, Langara College, Photography - Series   The 2018 Student Awards winners list is here!   Huge thanks go out to our judges! They evaluated each entry independently and scored based on c ...

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Jesus Murphy! A Case Study of Canadianisms with WAX

Jesus Murphy! A Case Study of Canadianisms with WAX

June 29, 2018

Illustration for the phrase 'Jesus Murphy'     Canadians use a lot of euphemisms, or “Canadianisms,” that cover a variety of topics. From food and drink slang (“double double”) to phrases and sayings (“splittin’ the rocks”). But ...

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Q&A: JEANNIE PHAN

Q&A: JEANNIE PHAN

June 28, 2018

The freelance illustrator talks inspiration and navigating the path between work and personal time   If you’ve picked up a copy of The Walrus or Canadian Living in the past year, then you have surely seen Jeannie Phan’s colourful illustrations ...

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For the Love of Type! Pressing On: The Letterpress Film

For the Love of Type! Pressing On: The Letterpress Film

June 26, 2018

  When Erin Beckloff became a letterpress printer eight years ago, she knew that she wanted to preserve the knowledge about the centuries-old practice that she found in the community. A few years passed before she approached Bayonet Media co-foun ...

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Les Usherwood Collection & Font Memorabilia Available

Les Usherwood Collection & Font Memorabilia Available

June 25, 2018

  Attention, typography collectors: a former graphic arts technician is selling a series of posters and other memorabilia he collected while working for Les Usherwood throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s.    Below is the list of what's ava ...

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The 2018 Design Awards Winners Gallery is Live!

The 2018 Design Awards Winners Gallery is Live!

June 22, 2018

Leo Burnett Toronto      The 2018 Design Awards are published in the new 2018 Summer issue, available here. Head over to our Winners Gallery to check them out!   Winning an Applied Arts Award means your work is showcased with the best of t ...

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High Design: Canadian Cannabis BRANDING Sparks Up

High Design: Canadian Cannabis BRANDING Sparks Up

June 21, 2018

With cannabis legalization around the corner, Canadian designers are finding ways to elevate a burgeoning new industry despite strict packaging regulations   The road to cannabis legalization in Canada could best be described as one littered with ...

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THE CREATIVITY COUP

THE CREATIVITY COUP

June 21, 2018

When it comes to creative achievement, Quebec is making some bold moves. Writer Will Novosedlik explores how historical events, cultural awakenings and decades of political support have positioned the province as a "Silicon Valley of creativity"  ...

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The Summer 2018 Issue is Published!

The Summer 2018 Issue is Published!

June 20, 2018

  Our much-anticipated 2018 Design annual is currently on its way to mailboxes and select newsstands!   We've beefed up the Design Awards section, giving extra pages to our winners so that we could show their pieces as large as possible. More ...

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Orange Keel Creates Innovative Packaging for EarthFresh Foods

Orange Keel Creates Innovative Packaging for EarthFresh Foods

June 20, 2018

  Packaging challenge: How do you make a potato, that humblest of foods, sexy?   Orange Keel, an Oakville, Ontario–based brand strategy and design agency, recently wrapped up a mission to do just that for potato purveyor EarthFresh Foods, wh ...

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Top 5 Things To Do At the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

Top 5 Things To Do At the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

June 18, 2018

    The Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (TOAF) is back for its 57th season! Formerly known as the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Canada’s largest and longest-running juried contemporary art event has rebranded to reflect its new vision. This year’s ...

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Work From Our 2018 Design Awards Judges

Work From Our 2018 Design Awards Judges

June 12, 2018

Karolina Loboda, creative director and co-founder of The White Room, shares this picture from her agency's recent project—an image campaign for Valentine Rouge.     The Summer 2018 issue of Applied Arts is about to hit newsstands across t ...

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john st. Lets You Eat Pizza in Bed

john st. Lets You Eat Pizza in Bed

June 12, 2018

  Can pizza get any better? If you’re creative agency john st., then the answer is yes. Their newest innovation for Boston Pizza is a series of limited-edition pizza boxes that turn into self-supporting tables—allowing customers to eat their ...

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10 Truths We Learned at DesignThinkers 2018

10 Truths We Learned at DesignThinkers 2018

June 12, 2018

At the first 2018 instalment of DesignThinkers last month, designers were dropping a lot of industry truth bombs. RGD rounds up 10 of the best   THIS SECTION SPONSORED BY     “Wow, that looks great!” Lie.   “We made a few tweaks to t ...

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New Changes for Stocksy United

New Changes for Stocksy United

June 11, 2018

 © Santi Nuñez     Attention, image makers: The artist-owned, Victoria-based photography and cinematography co-op Stocksy United has made some significant changes to its business model.   Since its beginnings in 2012, Stocksy United has ...

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Sneak Peek of Our Summer 2018 Issue

Sneak Peek of Our Summer 2018 Issue

June 6, 2018

© Pol Turgeon   Our Summer 2018 issue drops mid-June, and it's packed with inspiration!   The Design Awards annual features 120+ pages of winning work from studios and freelancers across Canada and beyond in a special awards section sponsore ...

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Living the Dreamscape

Living the Dreamscape

June 5, 2018

When graphic design meets fine art   Larry Rossignol, The Struggle Continues   While attending an event at the venerable Toronto jazz haunt Hugh’s Room last week, I found myself enchanted by a body of work hung on the walls there as part of ...

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Poster Series: The Most Iconic Bridges in America

Poster Series: The Most Iconic Bridges in America

May 31, 2018

    In terms of transportation, bridges play a major role in the movement of people, goods and vehicles. They shape the landscape where they are built and are often seen as landmarks. However, many people are unaware of the background of these ...

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 Zulu Alpha Kilo Brings the Truth to DesignThinkers 2018

Zulu Alpha Kilo Brings the Truth to DesignThinkers 2018

May 29, 2018

  DesignThinkers is back again and this year they are bringing the truth with them.   The annual DesignThinkers conference, hosted by the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD), has officially kicked off with its second Vancouver of ...

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New Stamp Set Features Great Canadian Illustrators

New Stamp Set Features Great Canadian Illustrators

May 29, 2018

  Canada Post is recognizing the work of five prolific artists with its new Great Canadian Illustrators series.   The stamps, which were released in April, each feature a single, high-impact past work by Anita Kunz, Blair Drawson, Gérard DuBo ...

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Deadline Extension for the 2018 Community Awards!

Deadline Extension for the 2018 Community Awards!

May 29, 2018

  Community, Population above 500,00, Hyr. Entire Design Program- Campaign, 2017.      We’ve heard your concerns and acted! The 2018 Community Awards deadline has been extended until June 1. That means you still have a few more days to pick ...

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DESIGN ARMY'S NEW WORK FOR HONG KONG BALLET

DESIGN ARMY'S NEW WORK FOR HONG KONG BALLET

May 29, 2018

Design Army's photo-heavy campaign for Hong Kong Ballet celebrates culture   In its new campaign for the Hong Kong Ballet, Washington, DC–based creative agency Design Army combines the classic imagery of ballet against the backdrop of Hong Kong ...

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2018 Student Awards Deadline Extended to June 1!

2018 Student Awards Deadline Extended to June 1!

May 24, 2018

Heli Prajapati, Humber College, EATS: 2011 Annual Report. Design-Editorial-Single, 2012.     Have you been rushing to submit your work for our 2018 Student Awards? Take a breather—the deadline has been extended for another week!   You’v ...

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3 New Graphic Design Books to Perfect Your Technique

3 New Graphic Design Books to Perfect Your Technique

May 24, 2018

 Layout Work by Kristin Cullen with Dennis Puhalla     Looking for a new summer read? Interested in taking your work to the next level? With countless design books out there, it may be hard to narrow down which one is a worthy read. So we’ ...

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Future by Design AI, Type and Inclusivity

Future by Design AI, Type and Inclusivity

May 23, 2018

Panelists discuss inclusivity, communication and how designers should respond to “evil robots” at RGD’s latest Future By Design discussion THIS SECTION SPONSORED BY      On April 24, RGD invited creative industry leaders Lara McCormick, ...

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McCann Canada Gets Digital with New Campaign for Prostate Cancer Canada

McCann Canada Gets Digital with New Campaign for Prostate Cancer Canada

May 18, 2018

    A new advertising campaign by McCann Canada brings humour to a medical test that many find uncomfortable. The digital rectal examination—when a doctor inserts a gloved finger into the rectum to check for irregularities—is one of the mos ...

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 Zulu Alpha Kilo Sheds Light on Mental Health

Zulu Alpha Kilo Sheds Light on Mental Health

May 18, 2018

 Still from commercial    In the world of healthcare, there are many differences between physical and mental illnesses. Not only with diagnosis and treatment, but also with the attitude surrounding them. Mental illness is often stigmatized and ...

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john st. Brands No Frills into a Millennial Dream

john st. Brands No Frills into a Millennial Dream

May 11, 2018

  How do you take something like shopping for inexpensive groceries and make it hip? You create a unique hashtag, tease the advert on social media and throw in a streetwear clothing line. These are the tactics that advertising agency john st. use ...

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Here Be Monsters Creates a Snappy New Campaign

Here Be Monsters Creates a Snappy New Campaign

May 10, 2018

 Still from video   Here Be Monsters, Vancouver’s newest creative agency, just released its first campaign for client SnapQuote.   In an age where information can be found at your fingertips within seconds, companies need to be ahead of th ...

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lg2 Celebrates the Creative Process with DeSerres

lg2 Celebrates the Creative Process with DeSerres

May 9, 2018

How do you redesign a 110-year-old company that’s been rebranded several times over and get something new and fresh? DeSerres, one of Canada’s leading art supplies stores, tapped lg2 to take on the task. And the creative agency had a lot of grou ...

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Advertising the Bad News

Advertising the Bad News

May 8, 2018

The Centre for the Study of Political Graphics stages a show of posters designed solely by women   Barbara Kruger, 1989   Focused on the collection, preservation and study of political posters, The Center for the Study of Political Graphics i ...

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Eighty-Eight's New Brand Positioning for Cannabis Company Lift & Co.

Eighty-Eight's New Brand Positioning for Cannabis Company Lift & Co.

May 7, 2018

  Ahead of the legalization of cannabis in Canada this summer, Toronto creative agency Eighty-Eight just completed a brand repositioning for its first cannabis client, Lift & Co.   Lift & Co. is an online cannabis review resource that ...

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The White Room Creates a Luxe Look for Julie Charbonneau Design

The White Room Creates a Luxe Look for Julie Charbonneau Design

May 7, 2018

Custom Folder   When Julie Charbonneau Design (JCD), a luxury residential interior design firm based in Toronto, decided they needed a new promotional kit to draw in prospective clients, they looked to The White Room to execute the project. Acco ...

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nabs Art Auction 2018

nabs Art Auction 2018

May 3, 2018

Auction piece by Jack Neary    The National Advertising Benevolent Society (nabs) has officially kicked off its month-long awareness and fundraising event called nabs month. Nabs month concludes with an art auction on May 30. “During the mont ...

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Getting Frank with a Canadian ad legend

Getting Frank with a Canadian ad legend

May 2, 2018

He’s well into his 70s, but with a new biography and more business to be won, Frank Palmer shows no sign of slowing down   We’re already 55 minutes into a discussion about his new biography, Let’s Get Frank, a rambling conversation that has ...

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Q&A: Anthony Ricciardi

Q&A: Anthony Ricciardi

May 2, 2018

   A piece from Anthony Ricciardi's Enjoy the Moment exhibition   The Toronto-based artist stages a new mixed-media exhibition exploring celebrity   Toronto-based artist Anthony Ricciardi hasn’t been in the art world for very long, but t ...

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DDB Canada Addresses Human Trafficking

DDB Canada Addresses Human Trafficking

May 1, 2018

© DDB Canada Toronto    Last week Toronto Crime Stoppers and design firm DDB Canada Toronto launched a campaign to shine a light on human trafficking in areas where it is most prevalent—airports. The campaign aims to educate the public on s ...

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3 Top Exhibitions to See at Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival 2018

3 Top Exhibitions to See at Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival 2018

April 30, 2018

Photo © Nichole Sobecki   The annual Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is back in Toronto through the end of May.   This event is the largest of its kind it the world, and features more than 200 exhibitions and happenings throughout th ...

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Casey House Premieres June's Documentary

Casey House Premieres June's Documentary

April 25, 2018

  When Bensimon Byrne started working with Casey House, a standalone hospital for people living with HIV/AIDS, the team made a startling discovery. While HIV cannot be transmitted through food preparation or food sharing, in a survey of Canadians ...

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A New Design Era For Firmex

A New Design Era For Firmex

April 25, 2018

Firmex's old (left) and new identities   Toronto-based Firmex, a virtual data room provider, has undergone a major brand makeover. Under creative director Philipp Boltz, the Firmex design has been reinvented to showcase the company’s success a ...

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Two for One: Winners of the Annual Double Vision Competition

Two for One: Winners of the Annual Double Vision Competition

April 25, 2018

  Image by Giovaninna Colalillo   The annual Double Vision competition, hosted by The Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators (CAPIC), has released its winners. The national competition, which was exhibited earlier this month at the ...

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What to Do at Digifest 2018

What to Do at Digifest 2018

April 19, 2018

  Digifest, the three-day creative technology festival, is back at Corus Quay this April 26-28. For this year’s festival, the theme “Hello Tomorrow: Our Creative Cities” will address the many problems that future cities will face.   As t ...

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Community Awards Deadline is May 25

Community Awards Deadline is May 25

April 18, 2018

Justin Kowalczuk Design, "Tegler Youth Centre Mural."    The call for entry for the second annual Applied Arts Community Awards is in full swing! The contest is open to freelancers and studios operating in Canada who are producing work for loca ...

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Underline Studio Publicizes the Migrant Crisis with Newspaper Design

Underline Studio Publicizes the Migrant Crisis with Newspaper Design

April 18, 2018

  Underline Studio is back with its third newspaper campaign in three years highlighting human rights issues in Central America.   “Lines Breaking” focuses on the Central America migrant crisis and is the latest instalment to join 2015’s ...

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2018 Design Awards Winners Announced

2018 Design Awards Winners Announced

April 17, 2018

An entry by Sid Lee from last year's Design Awards competition   We have the winners' list for the 2018 Design Awards!   A big thanks goes out to our panel of judges, who collectively reviewed all of the entries and made their selects. The wo ...

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Q&A: Natalia Dolan on Turning Passion Projects into Business Growth

Q&A: Natalia Dolan on Turning Passion Projects into Business Growth

April 11, 2018

  As with many passion projects, it was something in Natalia Dolan’s day job as an editorial and commercial portrait photographer that led to a great idea. While photographing women for clients such as Ryerson University and Google Canada, she ...

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Get Inspired While You Prep for the Student Awards - Deadline May 25!

Get Inspired While You Prep for the Student Awards - Deadline May 25!

April 11, 2018

 "All My Relations," Ashlee McCurdy, Savannah College of Art and Design. Design - Series, 2017 As the school year comes to a close, there is one last thing students in creative advertising, graphic design, interactive media, photography and illustr ...

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New Work from Les Evades

New Work from Les Evades

April 11, 2018

  Montreal agency Les Évadés shares a new set of posters for client Cinema du Parc (see more of their work for the client on the cover of our Spring 2018 issue!).    The theatre started a new program called Matins au Parc for Kids, which sc ...

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Q&A: Natalia Dolan

Q&A: Natalia Dolan

April 11, 2018

The photographer tells us how her Girl Friends project combines a personal interest with a sound business opportunity   As with many passion projects, it was something in Natalia Dolan’s day job as an editorial and commercial portrait photograph ...

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Evolution: Life in the Land of the Dead

Evolution: Life in the Land of the Dead

April 4, 2018

Behind the scenes of Coco with animator Brendan Beesley   Seneca College’s School of Creative Arts and Animation is clearly doing something very right: Six alumni recently celebrated their visual effects and animation work on the Academy Award-w ...

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It Takes All Types

It Takes All Types

April 4, 2018

In praise of the erudite typographer     For whatever it’s worth, I’ve taken the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale—better known as the standard IQ test—twice in my life, at a 20-year interval. Both times, the score was the same and was ...

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Blueprint: Toronto

Blueprint: Toronto

March 27, 2018

The city of the future will one day rise—and Sidewalk Labs aims to be chief architect with its tech-heavy design vision for a “smart” neighbourhood in Canada’s biggest city   Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabe ...

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2018 Grad Show Calendar

2018 Grad Show Calendar

March 26, 2018

Design work by Capilano University's IDEA School of Design graduate Mitch Hopkins Congratulations to the class of 2018! The end is almost in sight—but before graduation comes the grad shows! Students in creative arts programs across Canada are exh ...

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Build a Better Homepage

Build a Better Homepage

March 23, 2018

The humble homepage: give it a single goal to see success   smashLAB's homepage for SNAP   When you redesign your website, the homepage seems like a blank canvas. It’s your company’s “Hello, World!” and you can put anything on it.   ...

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Recent Work from our Photography & Illustration Awards Judges

Recent Work from our Photography & Illustration Awards Judges

March 21, 2018

Tom Murphy, creative director at Target, shares one of his agency's recent projects—a photo of the Viking Huts at L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site for Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism   The Spring 2018 issue is now on newsstands, ...

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Connecting the Dots with The White Room

Connecting the Dots with The White Room

March 20, 2018

  Toronto’s The White Room recently unveiled a brand revamp for Connect, an interior design and facility management firm that primarily deals with corporate clients.   Neil Rodman, creative director at The White Room, says that after 20 year ...

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Arrive Alive Brings Back Wrecked Car Coasters for St. Patrick's Day

Arrive Alive Brings Back Wrecked Car Coasters for St. Patrick's Day

March 16, 2018

  Ontario sober-driving charity Arrive Alive is bringing its Applied Arts Award–winning “Wrecked Car Coasters” back for a second year in order to educate drivers on the dangers of impaired driving on one of the year’s biggest party weeken ...

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The Life and Work of W.A. Dwiggins on Mar. 20

The Life and Work of W.A. Dwiggins on Mar. 20

March 15, 2018

  Design history buffs—if Dwiggins delights you, Bruce Kennett is giving a free talk on the prolific artist and designer at The Arts & Letters Club in Toronto on Tuesday, March 20.    Kennett, a designer himself, recently published a b ...

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The 2018 Photography & Illustration Awards Winners' Galleries are Live!

The 2018 Photography & Illustration Awards Winners' Galleries are Live!

March 12, 2018

"Summer SPF Campaign for Sephora," Gabrielle Sykes. Fashion & Beauty Photography - Series   The 2018 Photography & Illustration Awards winners are published in the new Spring 2018 issue! To see the winners online, head to our Winners Ga ...

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The Spring 2018 Issue is Published!

The Spring 2018 Issue is Published!

March 12, 2018

  The first issue of the year is making its way to newsstands and mailboxes this week! Trying to find us? Check our list of stockists or download the digital edition.    This is our highly anticipated Photography & Illustration annual, fe ...

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Collective Agreement

Collective Agreement

March 11, 2018

Creative collectives are cooking up a culture shift, allowing independent artists to join forces. Whether it’s highlighting diverse voices, supporting passion projects or amplifying social issues, this new model of working shows there is power in n ...

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2018 Design Awards Deadline Extended to Mar. 16

2018 Design Awards Deadline Extended to Mar. 16

March 9, 2018

"Semiconductor Industry Association 2007 Annual Rep," Methodologie. Annual Report - Single, 2007 Design Awards   Happy Friday! We've extended the deadline for the 2018 Design Awards until Friday, March 16. Entering is easy and only takes a few ...

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Designing with Data

Designing with Data

March 9, 2018

Blending narrative, numbers and new technology, data visualization turns information science into an art form    Financial companies, NGOs and media organizations have used rudimentary data visualization tools for decades, publishing maps, bar gr ...

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Plastic Mobile Reimagines Google's Image Search for International Women's Day

Plastic Mobile Reimagines Google's Image Search for International Women's Day

March 8, 2018

Photo © Filip Mroz, Plastic Mobile   It’s well documented that the technology industry is one of the holdouts when it comes to better gender representation in the workforce. A 2017 ISACA study indicates women hold only one in four technology jo ...

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BBDO Shows Greatness is Rare for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games

BBDO Shows Greatness is Rare for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games

March 6, 2018

  When the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games kick off on Thursday, March 8, BBDO Toronto and the Canadian Paralympic Committee plan to make them most-watched yet.   Led by the insights that 50 per cent of Canadians plan to engage with the ...

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Happiness is a Warm Gun

Happiness is a Warm Gun

March 5, 2018

How the U.S. gun industry uses tired tropes to brand itself       There is an old frontier saying in America: “God created men. But Colt made them equal.” And if that sounds like a tagline, that’s because with the possible exception of ...

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Q&A with Stefan G. Bucher

Q&A with Stefan G. Bucher

February 28, 2018

  Designer parents looking to teach their kids about letterforms and type would do well to pick up the recently released LetterHeads book by LA-based designer and illustrator Stefan G. Bucher. Bucher, who runs his own studio, 344 Design, creat ...

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Q&A: Stefan G. Bucher

Q&A: Stefan G. Bucher

February 28, 2018

The designer sculpts 3D letterforms in his new book   Designer parents looking to teach their kids about letterforms and type would do well to pick up the recently released LetterHeads book by LA-based designer and illustrator Stefan G. Bucher. Bu ...

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A Sneak Peek of the March Issue

A Sneak Peek of the March Issue

February 21, 2018

Photo © Luis Mora   The first of this year's four issues is just around the corner, and we want to give you a sneak peek of what's inside!    The Photography & Illustration Awards annual features more than 100 pages of winning work from ...

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Q&A: Anna Peftieva, Moon Man Magazine

Q&A: Anna Peftieva, Moon Man Magazine

February 20, 2018

A new publication out of London, UK celebrates the intersection of art, design and culture   Feast your eyes on this new production-heavy project out of London, UK’s Moon Man Studios. The creative agency launched its own culture publication, Moo ...

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COFO Launches Design Challenge and New Brand Identity

COFO Launches Design Challenge and New Brand Identity

February 15, 2018

Designer Trish Roque, selected for the first collaboration, along with COFO partner Randy Simmen   We’re big believers at Applied Arts that Canadian design can easily compete on an international level. So too is COFO, the country’s newest de ...

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Happy V-Day! 3 Projects That Will Have You Loving Creativity

Happy V-Day! 3 Projects That Will Have You Loving Creativity

February 14, 2018

  Happy Valentine's Day! Here are a few Cupid-inspired creative projects that landed on our desk this week.   "Love Lost" (pictured, above) is a sweet digital piece from Jam3. Adrian Belina, partner and executive creative director, says the t ...

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Future by Design

Future by Design

February 13, 2018

Democratic, intangible & human-centred: industry experts discuss shifting perspectives for the role of design in 2018     On January 30, Debbie Millman (Design Matters), Carissa Carter (Stanford d.school) and James Lovejoy (Google Experime ...

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McDonald's Canada Earns Some Street Cred

McDonald's Canada Earns Some Street Cred

February 12, 2018

  McDonald’s Canada is riffing on millennial culture with its latest “Big Mac x Bacon” campaign to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Big Mac.   The “limited-edition collaboration” developed by Cossette introduces the iconic sandw ...

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In Praise of Older Women

In Praise of Older Women

February 6, 2018

Armed with a solid niche strategy and well-crafted design, small companies like Ralston Williams can flourish in the marketplace   Photo by Chris Chapman   There is something very satisfying when great design meets a great brand. Especially w ...

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2018 Photography & Illustration Awards Winners Announced

2018 Photography & Illustration Awards Winners Announced

February 5, 2018

A winner from last year. Wonderlust, "Teen Mental Health - Pathway Through Care," Motion - Single, 2017 Illustration Awards   The winners' list of the 2018 Photography & Illustration Awards is here!   Winners will have their work and cred ...

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Mount Seymour's Unofficial New Identity

Mount Seymour's Unofficial New Identity

January 31, 2018

  Designer Ken Paul, CGD shares a recent personal project with us:   A poster to celebrate the mountain bike trails of Mount Seymour. Located in the District of North Vancouver, BC and the Mount Seymour Provincial Park, the mountain bike tra ...

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Beyond the Brief

Beyond the Brief

January 30, 2018

Giving a client what they need should be as much a priority as giving them what they want   When I was in school more than a decade ago (where does the time go?), I had an epiphany. I'd been given a poster assignment and a “client” brief, so I ...

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Applied Arts Helps to Select RGD's Top Case Studies of 2017

Applied Arts Helps to Select RGD's Top Case Studies of 2017

January 25, 2018

  We recently participated on an RGD jury to determine the best design case studies of 2017 for the association's annual round-up. Our Judges' Pick went to the in-house design team at the National Gallery of Canada for their innovative treatm ...

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FCB/SIX Visualizes Equality with Destination Pride

FCB/SIX Visualizes Equality with Destination Pride

January 24, 2018

  PFLAG Canada, with the help of digital brand experience agency FCB/SIX, is giving the pride flag an extra level of meaning with its new "Destination Pride" campaign, which assigns each bar of the flag to a metric measuring freedoms for LGBTQ ...

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Carter Hales Design Lab's Poetic New Identity for Bard on the Beach

Carter Hales Design Lab's Poetic New Identity for Bard on the Beach

January 24, 2018

    “To thine own self be true”—Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival really took their namesake’s words to heart with their recent rebrand.   The company, which stages summertime Shakespeare plays under tents in the cit ...

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Q&A: FCB/SIX Visualizes Equality with Destination Pride

Q&A: FCB/SIX Visualizes Equality with Destination Pride

January 24, 2018

The brand experience agency creates a real-time pride flag visualization of global LGBTQ+ rights    PFLAG Canada, with the help of digital brand experience agency FCB/SIX, is giving the pride flag an extra level of meaning with its new "Destinati ...

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Blending In with Joseph Ford

Blending In with Joseph Ford

January 17, 2018

  Photographer Joseph Ford's quirky ongoing "Knitted Camouflage" series brings the art of camouflage to urban environments.   Ford worked with his friend Nina Dodd, who knitted custom sweaters for models that would perfectly match the backgrou ...

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Creative Agency Wunder on Meat-ing Expectations

Creative Agency Wunder on Meat-ing Expectations

January 17, 2018

  A simple way to boost a brand is to show the effectiveness of its product in action. Or, you can go viral, of course.   Nova Scotia Webcams recently managed to do both. The company maintains more than 75 cameras around the province, most of ...

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Ten Picks from the Photography & Illustration Archive - Deadline Jan 12!

Ten Picks from the Photography & Illustration Archive - Deadline Jan 12!

January 10, 2018

"Mexico - Palliative Care," Ed Kashi. Photojournalism Photography - Single, 2015   This Friday, January 12 is the extended deadline for entry into the 2018 Photography & Illustration Awards! We always get a little nostalgic ahead of deadline ...

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Branding Abuse

Branding Abuse

January 8, 2018

The powerful branding behind movements like #TimesUp benefit the "plural sector"     Watching Elisabeth Moss accept the Golden Globe last night for her lead role in The Handmaid’s Tale, you sensed the feeling of a grassroots movement catchin ...

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Next Gen Dinner Series Deadline is January 15

Next Gen Dinner Series Deadline is January 15

January 3, 2018

Next Gen Dinner Series 2017   Designer Maddie Brown knows firsthand the importance of networking in the creative industry. When she landed her UX gig at Nurun in June 2017, immediately after earning her postgraduate certificate in web design fro ...

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Q&A: Bringing Your Whole Self

Q&A: Bringing Your Whole Self

January 2, 2018

An interview with designer and maker Laci Jordan    This is the third in a series of Q&As in which art director Joel Derksen chats with international designers about their craft. Also be sure to read his interview with Barbara Franz, senior d ...

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Design Project Marks 100 Years Since the Halifax Explosion

Design Project Marks 100 Years Since the Halifax Explosion

December 6, 2017

Ekistics Planning & Design and Form:Media come together to tell a tragic story through landscape and design   OVERVIEW For the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, the Halifax Regional Municipality commissioned Ekistics Planning & ...

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Create What Matters

Create What Matters

September 11, 2017

Forget demography and embrace ethnography   If you work in strategy in advertising today, chances are, like mine, your family has a hard time explaining what you do for a living. That got me thinking, why is it so hard? Part of it is that the ...

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DesignThinkers is a Feast for the Eyes

DesignThinkers is a Feast for the Eyes

August 22, 2017

  When the RGD’s DesignThinkers conference headed west for the first time earlier this year, Vancouver stalwart Rethink made sure the event was the most eye-catching one in town.   The agency worked with the RGD on an event theme and visual ...

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2017 Student Awards Winners Announced

2017 Student Awards Winners Announced

July 6, 2017

From last year's competition: Thibault Magni, UQAM. "Fanzine: Summer," Student Awards 2016   We're excited to present the list of 2017 Student Awards winners below.    A big thanks goes out to our judges! They evaluated each entry independen ...

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2017 Advertising Awards Winners Announced

2017 Advertising Awards Winners Announced

June 7, 2017

The in-person jury for the 2017 Advertising Awards hangs out at Centennial College at a well-known spot used in the TV series Degrassi High.   We are pleased to reveal the list of 2017 Advertising Award winners!   This year, due to th ...

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Chain Reaction

Chain Reaction

May 8, 2017

During a small-scale branding exercise for Earls, two Vancouver design firms helped the restaurant realize it needed something much bigger—a company-wide rebrand   Objectives Ever since Earls launched 35 years ago as “Earls Tin Pa ...

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Tourism Nova Scotia Sees it Both Ways

Tourism Nova Scotia Sees it Both Ways

April 21, 2017

Tourism Nova Scotia launches the second phase of its "If You Only Knew" campaign   If you think Nova Scotia is all fishing and lighthouses, think again.   A recently launched marketing effort by Tourism Nova Scotia in conjunction w ...

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NOCTURNALTOURIST: Q&A With Cosmo Campbell

NOCTURNALTOURIST: Q&A With Cosmo Campbell

April 17, 2017

DDB Canada's EVP, CCO shares his personal photography project #nocturnaltourist   By day, Cosmo Campbell heads up the creative department at DDB Canada. By night, he applies what he's learned in his 30 years in graphic design to the ...

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2017 Design Awards Winners Announced

2017 Design Awards Winners Announced

April 12, 2017

2017 Design Awards in-person jury   Drumroll, please! It's time to reveal the winners' list for the 2017 Design Awards.    This year, due to the volume of entries, we had an online jury and an in-person jury (above). Online ...

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A Beer Rebrand on National Beer Day

A Beer Rebrand on National Beer Day

April 7, 2017

  Before you crack a cold one today for National Beer Day, check out this brand-new rebranding project for Stanley Park Brewing by Vancouver creative agency Will.   The beer company’s packaging has always paid homage to its names ...

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The March Issue is Published!

The March Issue is Published!

March 1, 2017

  The long winter wait is over—our first issue of 2017 is making its way to mailboxes soon!    Our March/April issue has been published, and it's the first-ever Community Awards annual, celebrating work from Canada's re ...

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2017 Photography & Illustration Awards Winners Announced

2017 Photography & Illustration Awards Winners Announced

February 17, 2017

A winner from last year. Ethan Pines, "At Home With Ra." Advertising Photography - Series, 2016 Photography Awards   We're pleased to reveal the list of 2017 Photography & Illustration Awards winners!   Winners will have their wor ...

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2017 Community Awards Winners Announced

2017 Community Awards Winners Announced

January 25, 2017

  The first Applied Arts Awards program of the year is complete and we are eager to share the results for the first-ever Community Awards!    We launched this new program on the eve of Canada's sesquicentennial, and to celebr ...

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New Work from Baillat

New Work from Baillat

December 2, 2016

Dig deeper into two recent projects by Montreal design studio Baillat   Digital Arts Biennal/Elektra Festival   Elektra, Montreal’s annual digital arts festival, has a long-standing commitment to poppy visuals for its event collateral, and th ...

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The November/December Issue is Available Now!

The November/December Issue is Available Now!

November 1, 2016

Calling all students! The popular Student Awards annual has been published and is on its way to subscribers and newsstands. This edition features nearly 100 pages of winning work by student artists in Canada and beyond, plus valuable insight on how ...

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The September/October Issue is Published!

The September/October Issue is Published!

August 31, 2016

  Good news—the September/October issue has been published and is on its way to newsstands and mailboxes this week!   The magazine is chock full of content about the advertising and interactive disciplines, in honour of the Adverti ...

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2016 Student Award Winners Announced

2016 Student Award Winners Announced

July 7, 2016

From last year's competition: Meaghan Chapin, George Brown College, Advertising - Single, 2015   We're pleased to present the list of 2016 Student Awards winners below.    Thanks to our team of judges who got through all the entr ...

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Celluloid Dreams

Celluloid Dreams

June 8, 2016

Shayne Laverdière’s narrative, cinematic style and A-list clients catapult him into the spotlight   Shayne Laverdière says he still pinches himself every day, amazed at how his photography career has taken off.   &ld ...

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2016 Interactive Awards Winners Announced

2016 Interactive Awards Winners Announced

June 2, 2016

Magic Mirror by Leo Burnett Toronto won an Interactive Award in 2015 in the category of Augmented Reality.   We're pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Interactive Awards!   Our panel of senior-level creative pros spent the las ...

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Getting Real with Images

Getting Real with Images

May 31, 2016

How to shoot the new "authentic"   Let’s face it, the word “authenticity” has lost all meaning. More accurately it's become offensive, instilling laughter from audiences by the sheer mention of the word with the mockery ...

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If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Redesign It

If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Redesign It

May 17, 2016

Sometimes, the only thing that needs fixing is the brief   In the pre-Internet days of advertising, there was a lament voiced whenever a client asked for a new campaign to replace one that was only a few months old: The client got tired of the ...

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McMillan's New Look

McMillan's New Look

May 16, 2016

  We’re not the only ones who had a milestone birthday this year and decided to change our look!   Ottawa agency McMillan recently marked 20 years in the business and debuted a brand overhaul to celebrate.   The new look i ...

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Applied Arts Marks 30 Years with the Golden AACE Awards

Applied Arts Marks 30 Years with the Golden AACE Awards

April 27, 2016

Anita Kunz, Golden AACE Image recipient.   Last night, Applied Arts magazine honoured three creative industry legends with the Golden AACE Awards at its 30th anniversary celebration, a private event held in Toronto.   The Golden AACE Awards re ...

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2016 Design Awards Winners Announced

2016 Design Awards Winners Announced

April 27, 2016

The judges of the 2016 Design Awards   We're pleased to reveal the winners' list for the 2016 Design Awards.    Our panel of judges (above), reviewed hundreds of entries and made their selects over two weeks in April, which ended ...

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Makers of Things Aren't Always Makers of Sense

Makers of Things Aren't Always Makers of Sense

April 20, 2016

Just because they can doesn’t mean they should   I’ve just learned that LinkedIn has 749 members who describe themselves with the title Maker of Things. A review of these members suggests that the only things some of these folks ma ...

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30 years, 30 Typography winners

30 years, 30 Typography winners

April 5, 2016

Since our post on 30 famous faces was a fan favourite, we decided to round up 30 of our favourite typography winners!   Get ready to scroll through some eye-catching images in honour of our 30th anniversary.   If that’s not enough and you’d ...

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Another Bad Week for Women in Advertising

Another Bad Week for Women in Advertising

March 22, 2016

Our industry could have learned a lot from the Neil French debacle. It chose not to   As recently as 1970, female musicians made up less than 5 per cent of the top five orchestras in the United States. By 1980, that figure had crept up to the ...

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Our 30th Anniversary Issue is Published!

Our 30th Anniversary Issue is Published!

March 1, 2016

  Well, it's finally here! Our 30th anniversary edition is packed with more editorial than ever before. Join us down memory lane as we revisit work from our awards archive and discuss 30 ways the creative industry landscape has changed since ...

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2016 Photography & Illustration Awards Winners Announced

2016 Photography & Illustration Awards Winners Announced

February 19, 2016

Nuit Magique, Leda & St-Jacques, from our 2015 program   The results of our first awards program of the year are in!    Our panel of judges spent weeks combing through thousands of entries. We just tallied their scores and ar ...

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Applied Arts Announces Creative Collaborators for 2016

Applied Arts Announces Creative Collaborators for 2016

December 7, 2015

Edmond Ng and Emily Tu, Tung   On the eve of our 30th anniversary year, Applied Arts is pleased to announce the appointment of Toronto-based creative studio Tung as its new creative collaborator. Emily Tu and Edmond Ng, the award-winning duo behin ...

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Meet the Maker

Meet the Maker

December 4, 2015

For the newly minted Maker Pizza, that means crafting the best-tasting delivery pizza — and looking good while doing it, too. Pizza joints are abundant in Toronto, so if you’re going to open a new one, you’d better have something that sets you ...

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Liking Isn't Buying

Liking Isn't Buying

November 16, 2015

Technology is a powerful force in marketing. Just look how it's blinded us to reality   It's been a busy few weeks for people who question the wisdom of putting technology in charge of marketing. First, the great Dave Trott took on the ambitious t ...

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DesignThinkers on the State of Canadian Design

DesignThinkers on the State of Canadian Design

November 12, 2015

We're at the RGD's DesignThinkers Conference in Toronto today and tomorrow, November 13.    Back in May, Claire Dawson, a designer and partner at Underline Studio in Toronto, wrote an article for Applied Arts titled "Reclaiming Canadian Design." ...

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The November/December Issue is Published!

The November/December Issue is Published!

November 2, 2015

The November/December 2015 issue is published! We're thrilled to reveal the cover of the Student Awards annual, wonderfully illustrated by Michael Zavacky, the art director at McMillan. The Ottawa-based branding agency was our guest art director for ...

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The 21st Century Belongs to PR

The 21st Century Belongs to PR

August 17, 2015

PR firms aren't just eating advertising's lunch. They're already looking forward to dinner Just last week, it was announced that Andrew Simon was leaving his role as chief creative officer at Cundari to join Edelman Canada as its executive creative ...

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Becoming KD

Becoming KD

August 7, 2015

Behind the rebrand of Canada's favourite mac 'n' cheese   When I was a kid and my dad went out of town on business, I looked forward to Kraft Dinner night, when my mom would throw on a pot of the mac ‘n’ cheese and add chopped wieners. What wa ...

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Writers Needed

Writers Needed

July 21, 2015

Advertising has never been more in need of good writing. Why aren't more of us doing it?   Another edition of Cannes has come and gone and, whatever its faults, it does continue to serve as a bellwether of advertising and its priorities. Consider, ...

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Stamp of Approval

Stamp of Approval

July 17, 2015

A decade-old postage project gets a new life  Sometimes getting client approval is a monumental process, one that can take weeks, months, even a year or two. When it finally happens, it’s a huge relief. So how does it feel after 12 years?  LA ...

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2015 Student Awards Winners Announced

2015 Student Awards Winners Announced

July 15, 2015

Yoshino Aoki, a student at Concordia University, won a 2014 Student Award for her animation Drumroll, please! The results of the 2015 Student Awards are in! Our team of judges have finished sifting through the submitted work and it was no easy tas ...

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A Cup in the Life of an Ad Exec

A Cup in the Life of an Ad Exec

July 14, 2015

The next time you're filling your coffee cup during a long day at the office, you'll wish you had one of these cheeky mugs designed by Zulu Alpha Kilo. The Toronto-based agency recently kitted out its in-house cafe with the drinkware, each detailin ...

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The July/August Issue is Published!

The July/August Issue is Published!

June 30, 2015

They'reeeeeeee baaaaaack!   We've returned to our guest art director program this year, and we're delighted to introduce Jacknife as our first of 2015. The Toronto-based design studio took it upon themselves to come up with our theme for the issue ...

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Photographs, Remixed

Photographs, Remixed

June 25, 2015

Two artists are better than one! Toronto photographer Koby and New York illustrator Gary Fernández brought their talents together for "Bojana," a photo illustration project that celebrates spring.    Koby stumbled across Fernández's work onlin ...

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How S8 Turned Cannes into a Creative Playground

How S8 Turned Cannes into a Creative Playground

June 24, 2015

Gary Thomas with S8's gala video. Photo courtesy S8 When Toronto creative collective S8 was tasked with producing the filmic montages for the opening and closing galas of the Cannes Lions festival this year, it was a boon not only for the creative t ...

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Drawing Canadian Identity

Drawing Canadian Identity

June 17, 2015

Photo courtesy Aquil Virani Montreal artist Aquil Virani creates a collaborative art piece on what it means to be Canadian using hundreds of crowdsourced sketches On Canada Day, July 1, Montreal artist and designer Aquil Virani will unveil his larg ...

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On the Genius of Wrongheadedness

On the Genius of Wrongheadedness

June 15, 2015

Counterintuitive thinking has built and rescued countless brands. How come we don't do more of it?   Probably the single most famous story in advertising lore concerns the late-1970s pitch for British Rail by the now-defunct London agency Allen Br ...

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2015 Advertising Awards Winners Revealed

2015 Advertising Awards Winners Revealed

June 8, 2015

john st. won an Advertising Award in 2014 for "No Way," in the Young Blood Television - Single category One of our most heated competitions of the year has wrapped up! The scores have been tallied after an intensive judging process that involved onl ...

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The Problem With the $50 Logo

The Problem With the $50 Logo

June 8, 2015

The Internet and its proliferation of cheap brand executions may have changed the business of graphic design, but ultimately, you get what you pay for   My face went pale with fear and I didn’t know what to say. I was staring at Tailorbrands.com ...

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2015 Interactive Awards Winners Announced

2015 Interactive Awards Winners Announced

June 4, 2015

Cineplex Digital Solutions won an Interactive Award in 2014 for "Performance Court Video Wall," in the Experimental/Artistic category   Today is the day! We're happy to announce the winners of the 2015 Interactive Awards!  Our team of judges ha ...

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So Fresh, So Clean

So Fresh, So Clean

May 4, 2015

Valentine's Day campaign for 7-Eleven Whether in a linen factory or on the Palais, ad agency 123w scrubs the traditional agency model in favour of a tidy new approach In little over a year, One Twenty Three West (123w) went from operating out of an ...

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2015 Design Awards Winners Announced

2015 Design Awards Winners Announced

April 20, 2015

The results are in for the 2015 Design Awards and we hope you get the rush of seeing your name included in the list of winners!  Our panel of ten esteemed judges (see above, and access the full list here) spent days poring over the digital entries ...

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This Book Is Not a Toy. Except It Kinda Is...

This Book Is Not a Toy. Except It Kinda Is...

April 8, 2015

Just like the eponymous exhibition before it, the new editorial retrospective of This is Not a Toy is a feat of mammoth proportions. The 448-page book, created by Toronto’s Blok Design in a follow-up to its exhibit design of This is Not a Toy at T ...

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Creative Directions: RGD's Top 10

Creative Directions: RGD's Top 10

March 18, 2015

Emerging professionals learn how to benefit from criticism, stand out to employers and build strong portfolios at RGD’s annual Creative Directions Career Conference   THIS SECTION SPONSORED BY        On March 6 and ...

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Putting the House in Order: The Curling Canada Rebrand

Putting the House in Order: The Curling Canada Rebrand

March 3, 2015

Inside Hulse & Durrell's new identity for the national sport assocation Curling Canada   If there were an Olympics for brand identities, this one for Curling Canada would definitely be on the podium.   Vancouver-based branding firm ...

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2015 Photography & Illustration Awards Winners Announced

2015 Photography & Illustration Awards Winners Announced

February 18, 2015

  They're here, they're here! The final results of the 2015 Applied Arts Photography & Illustration Awards are in and we're delighted to present the winners, listed below.   If you're still reading this and haven't scrolled down ye ...

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Art and Beer. Are We in Heaven?

Art and Beer. Are We in Heaven?

February 9, 2015

Left: Jackie Besteman, Toronto. Right: James Livitski, Toronto   Art and beer — we couldn’t think of a better pairing. And neither could Collective Arts Brewing, it would seem.   The Ontario-based craft brewer, which ...

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Drawing the Creative Process

Drawing the Creative Process

February 4, 2015

In the Montreal market where competition between restaurants is high, one stalwart establishment known among foodies for its gastronomic delights needed a way to communicate its creativity to new patrons.   Ad and branding agency Carl took o ...

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Winners of the 3rd Annual AACE and Young AACE Awards Announced

Winners of the 3rd Annual AACE and Young AACE Awards Announced

January 27, 2015

Advertising Young AACE winners (and our Feb/March issue cover models) Shauna Roe (centre left) and Rachel Kennedy (centre right), along with Stuart Payne (left) and Brian Sheppard (right) of Saatchi & Saatchi   Well, the night finally ar ...

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Shooting Blanks

Shooting Blanks

January 20, 2015

Taking its eye off the brand made Target’s failure in Canada inevitable   It’s been less than a week since Target announced that it’s quitting Canada and taking a $7 billion loss in what CNBC’s Jim Cramer called “ ...

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McMillan's Festive Threads

McMillan's Festive Threads

December 9, 2014

  Call them the anti- ugly Christmas sweaters.   Ottawa ad agency McMillan has revealed its 2014 set of holiday cards, which feature four characters each wearing a smartly designed Canadiana sweater.   The “Festive Threads ...

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If Users Aren't Happy, Nobody's Happy

If Users Aren't Happy, Nobody's Happy

November 19, 2014

People online want usability more than anything else. Why can’t they count on getting it?   In light of all we know about best practices in digital, it’s surprising that we still need to talk about what those best practices are. In ...

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Jackpine Creates Sweet Site for SuzyQ

Jackpine Creates Sweet Site for SuzyQ

November 17, 2014

Ottawa-based design and strategy studio Jackpine Digital recently rolled out a new website for SuzyQ Doughnuts after completing a new identity for the brand late last year.   Susan Hamer opened SuzyQ Doughnuts in Ottawa’s trendy Hintonburg neigh ...

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Epic BC Ad Wants You to Find the Wild Within

Epic BC Ad Wants You to Find the Wild Within

November 7, 2014

  If you’ve been to British Columbia, watching the heart-tugging video “The Wild Within” will make you want to board the first flight back out West. And if you haven’t been there, it’ll leave you planning your next vacation. That’s ju ...

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The New Heretics

The New Heretics

November 3, 2014

Apathetic. Self-indulgent. Insubordinate. Pick your stereotype — millennials have been called them all. Some young creative entrepreneurs are silencing naysayers with successful shops and a heady approach to business that may be different, but not ...

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A GUIDE TO THE 2014 Creative Schools Expo

A GUIDE TO THE 2014 Creative Schools Expo

October 29, 2014

The annual Creative Schools Expo returns for its fifth showing   November 17-18, 2014 (9:00 am to 3:00 pm)  Artscape Daniels Spectrum 585 Dundas Street East Toronto, ON Admission: Free   This two-day event is Canada's only expo designed t ...

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Mixing Things Up with Grand Marnier

Mixing Things Up with Grand Marnier

October 24, 2014

JWT Canada recently created a youthful new online film to knock Grand Marnier off its dusty, out-of-reach shelf in your parents’ liquor cabinet and into the hands of millennial males.   “It’s a really fun project when you take an old brand t ...

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On the Mainstreaming of Scam

On the Mainstreaming of Scam

October 20, 2014

The old rules no longer apply, which would explain why advertising is ignoring them If you’re an ambitious advertising person, there’s a good chance you owe a vote of thanks to the late Grace Hopper.  Grace Hopper was a pioneering computer s ...

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What Does Your Future Self Look Like?

What Does Your Future Self Look Like?

October 1, 2014

  Ever wonder what you might look like 20 years from now?   The guessing is over with the cool new #FutureSelf campaign created by a trifecta of creative powerhouses: telecom company Orange, its lead ad agency Publicis Conseil, and Toronto-bas ...

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Beehive Design Launches Novella Magazine

Beehive Design Launches Novella Magazine

September 24, 2014

Photo by Jessie Lau   Beehive Design can add another line to its already-stacked resume with the publication of Toronto’s newest style and culture magazine, Novella.   A brainchild of the team at Beehive, the fledgling publication recently ho ...

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Q&A with Design Firm Art & Mechanical

Q&A with Design Firm Art & Mechanical

September 5, 2014

The newly minted Art & Mechanical breaks into Toronto's design scene with a tough-as-nails promo video and a seriously cool approach to business   Watch out, Toronto — there’s a new design agency in town. Ad industry vets David Adams and A ...

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Of Brand Cowards and Missed Opportunities

Of Brand Cowards and Missed Opportunities

September 2, 2014

When the City of Toronto and Publicis recently pulled their effective anti-littering ads, they allowed brand owners to take control of the conversation     Last week we noticed that the City of Toronto, in response to the negative reactions o ...

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Arctic Edge

Arctic Edge

September 2, 2014

Nunavut illustrator, motion designer and woodworker Jonathan Wright tells stories of life (way) north of 60   “It’s easy to feel isolated,” Iqaluit illustrator Jonathan Wright tells me over a somewhat crackly phone line. As t ...

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2014 GDC National Scholarship Winners

2014 GDC National Scholarship Winners

August 25, 2014

Who won this year's awards? We discuss project design with the winners and honourable mentions   Young talent is something we actively promote at Applied Arts, which is why every year we partner with the Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) to fund a ...

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Identity Crisis

Identity Crisis

July 30, 2014

Has the web created irresponsible logo design?   To say the Internet has profoundly impacted the modern graphic design industry is an understatement. No other force has so radically changed what we do and how we do it — except perhaps t ...

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Killer Bee Design by Hired Guns

Killer Bee Design by Hired Guns

July 23, 2014

Hired Guns Creative has done it again.   The award-winning, Nanaimo-based branding and design studio, which creates packaging for wineries, breweries and distilleries, shared with us their latest work for Wayward Distillation House.   The brand ...

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On Advertising's Self Esteem Issues

On Advertising's Self Esteem Issues

July 21, 2014

If we don’t attach real value to our ideas, why should our clients?   Last week, I got an interesting flyer from Bed Bath & Beyond.     The flyer is devoted to helping university students outfit their dorm rooms for th ...

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2014 Student Awards Winners Announced

2014 Student Awards Winners Announced

July 7, 2014

Matteo Capaldi's winning image from our 2013 Student Awards   Our dedicated Student Awards judges had their work cut out for them this year! In 2014, we saw a big jump in the number of entries and entrants than in previous years.   Students fro ...

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Man on Fire

Man on Fire

July 4, 2014

Benjamin Von Wong (n.): Content creator, visual engineer, photo manipulator, media strategist, documentarian, fire breather, scuba diver. See also: self-taught wunderkind   Last winter, Benjamin Von Wong was at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. Li ...

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