February 21, 2018

A Sneak Peek of the March Issue


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 top international image makers in a special awards section sponsored by Fujifilm and Henry's, our print and paper partner Mi5 Print & Digital, and our association partners CAPICGDC and RGD.

February 15, 2018

COFO Launches Design Challenge and New Brand Identity


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 design collective that has set its sights on shaking things up in the furniture design industry.


The start-up has launched a Design Challenge to solicit design proposals from up-and-coming designers. Then they’ll work with the successful applicants to bring the creations to life, covering the costs of production, and help the designers sell the pieces to the public as part of a COFO collection—the first of which will be available later this year.

February 14, 2018

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



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 team wanted to offer something different than the usual V-Day fare to get users to reflect on their past. The interactive poem unfolds as users click and hold a meteor-like "heart" to fill it with light as they remember past loves. 

February 12, 2018

McDonald's Canada Earns Some Street Cred



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 sandwich to bacon and takes a cue from hyped-up fashion collabs like Alexander Wang x Adidas and Fenty x Puma.


“The Big Mac and bacon are two of the most talked about foods on the planet. They’re bonafide culinary celebrities,” says Peter Ignazi, global chief creative officer of Cossette. “So when the two get together, it’s the ultimate collaboration. We wanted to position the Big Mac x Bacon to rival the likes of Adidas and Kanye.”

February 5, 2018

2018 Photography & Illustration Awards Winners Announced


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 credits published on premium paper in the Spring 2018 issue of Applied Arts. They'll also appear in our tablet edition, and in our online Winners' Gallery and Awards Archive. 


Many thanks go to our panel of top senior-level judges (you can read more about them here—it was the same panel for Photography and Illustration), our award sponsors, Fujifilm and Henry's, our print and paper partner Mi5 Print & Digital, and our association partners CAPICGDC and RGD for their help in producing our upcoming Photography & Illustration Awards section.


Find the list after the jump. Emails are rolling out now, so watch for yours! Winners: we are on a tight production deadline, and deadline for hi-res material is this Friday, February 9 at 5 PM.

January 31, 2018

Mount Seymour's Unofficial New Identity



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 trails here are like no other. As unique as they are to mountain biking, so too are their names: Cardiac Bypass, Severed D, Boogieman and Dirty Diapers, to name a few. 
After becoming familiar with the trails, I thought of a way I could combine my love of maps and geography, cycling and graphic design into one project. The poster would serve as homage to some of the original “North Shore” trails as well as a great design challenge for myself. 

January 25, 2018

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



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 treatment of Sakahàn International Indigenous Art Exhibition (above). 


Check out the rest of the results here.

January 24, 2018

FCB/SIX Visualizes Equality with Destination Pride



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+ people.


web-based data visualization forms the centre of the campaign, and allows users to enter the name of any city in any country in the world to find out its overall score based on those measurements. The campaign is geared to LGBTQ+ travellers looking for extra information on a destination's friendliness as they make their travel plans—and is also an eye-opening look for everyone at where the world stands on this set of human rights (for example, even in countries where same-sex marriage is legal, like Canada, the scores are not as high as you might think).


Read more about the project and our Q&A with FCB/SIX executive creative director Ian Mackenzie, in our Features section.

January 24, 2018

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




“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 city’s Vanier Park, engaged Carter Hales Design Lab to lead them through the design process ahead of the upcoming 29th season.

January 17, 2018

Blending In with Joseph Ford



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 background set-ups. (The series won in our Photography Awards last year.) Street artist Monsieur Chat even created custom graffiti for his portrait. 


See some of the shots below, and find Ford on Twitter @joseph_ford and Instagram @josephfordphotography.


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