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April 19, 2018

What to Do at Digifest 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 the earth’s population continues to rise, cities will confront issues in health, education, food, urban spaces, mobility and work. Digifest aims to address these problems by introducing innovative designs and ideas. This year’s festival features food sampling, keynote speakers and interactive VR experiences. Since the festival is so jam-packed, we’ve picked the top activity in each stream.


April 18, 2018

Community Awards Deadline is May 25

 

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 local audiences within their own town or province.

 

Interested to learn more? Our Community Awards FAQ can help you figure out if your work qualifies. 

 

We've lined up 10 top pros from all across Canada in all sizes of markets to judge this year's entries. The deadline is May 25 and you can enter here


April 18, 2018

Underline Studio Publicizes the Migrant Crisis with Newspaper Design

 

 

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 “Martyrs” and last year’s “Everyone, El Salvador” (which we covered here).

 

“We wanted it to be different enough, design-wise, so people would be interested,” says Fidel Peña, co-founder and creative director at Underline Studio. “So we purposely avoided heavy typography and made it more graphic.”


April 17, 2018

2018 Design Awards Winners Announced

 

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 work will be published in the Summer 2018 Design annual, available in mid- to late-June.

 

All of the winning entries will also appear online in our Winners Gallery and Awards Archive


April 11, 2018

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

 

 

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 discovered that the behind-the-scenes moments unfolding between her subjects and the friends they would bring on set as emotional support were of equal interest to her as the individuals themselves.

 

“There are so many different variations of friendship,” Dolan says. “And a female friendship is powerful—it’s something that could really outlive a romantic relationship.”

 

That concept, combined with a need to grow her business and promote her work, was all Dolan needed to bring the Girl Friends Project to life. She spends every second Sunday afternoon in her studio, shooting a diverse range of female friends that she’s come across through Instagram and her own online research.

 

Read more about Natalia Dolan's Girl Friends Project and see the images in our Features section. 


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