July 18, 2018

Rethink Surprises Torontonians with Ottawa-Themed Ice Cream




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 this misconception with its marketing initiative “Not Vanilla.”

July 12, 2018

New Work by Featuring



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.

July 11, 2018

Ethos Keeps Piknic Electronik Fresh and Fruity for 2018




Two years after first creating the identity for Piknic Electronik Montreal, Ethos is back with a new visual look for the festival.

July 10, 2018

The Hive's New Campaign for OPG



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.

June 29, 2018

2018 Community Awards Winners Announced


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 Awards will have their work and credits published on premium paper in the Fall 2018 issue of Applied Arts. They'll also appear in our tablet edition, and in our online Winners' Gallery, where their work will live on in perpetuity in our searchable archive. 

June 29, 2018

2018 Student Awards Winners Announced


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 creative merit, technical excellence and suitability for end use, and were collectively impressed with this year's entrants. "I can't believe this is student work!" judge Tanya Duffy said.

June 29, 2018

Jesus Murphy! A Case Study of Canadianisms with WAX


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 what do these Canadianisms mean to those who aren’t Canadian? This idea inspired Calgary-based creative agency WAX’s new “Eh” issue for Wayward Arts, a publication produced by Flash Reproductions that features a different designer and theme every issue.

June 26, 2018

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



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-founder Andrew P. Quinn to collaborate on a film as a way to document her findings. What emerged was Pressing On: The Letterpress Film, a documentary exploring how letterpress is surviving during the digital age. “I wanted to make sure that other people got to learn what I was being taught,” says Beckloff. Initially released last year, the documentary is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Take a look at the trailer below.


June 25, 2018

Les Usherwood Collection & Font Memorabilia Available



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 available. He has original working proofs of Usherwood work as well as collectible type-specking tools and memorabilia from Cooper & Beatty and Base Line.

June 22, 2018

The 2018 Design Awards Winners Gallery is Live!


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 the best in the creative industry. We still have one call for entry open for 2018—enter your pieces in the Advertising Awards by August 24.



Are you a designer, ad exec, copywriter, illustrator, interactive designer, or photographer with a flair for the written word? We're always looking for guest columnists and contributors on the Applied Arts website! Email editorial[at] to introduce yourself.