It’s time for this year’s Genderfest! Genderfest is an East Van celebration of queer pride, that brings together a bunch of great events that celebrate gender diversity. It’s a festival I really believe in and I was so pleased to be asked back this year to do the promotional graphics!
We put together a poster listing all the events, with a luscious west coast background, which I got to use my wacom tablet to draw some ferns for. I also had a blast creating an alternate interpretation of the Genderfest unicorn logo into a simplified banner image, and update the website background to match. Expanding the web graphics side of things from last year, the Facebook banner I created lists all the events and describes the festival, in case folks want a quick cheat-sheet of what’s going on. The really cool part of this year’s promotions is a folding business card with all of the event listings. The idea is that instead of having a bulky flyer that people toss away or tape to their fridge at home, this is something they can carry around in their wallet and open it up when they’re out on the town.
The final Genderfest event is Unicorn Born – an epic East Van dance party (19+) happening this Sunday at the Maritime Labour Centre (1880 Triumph St). Check out the Genderfest website for Unicorn Born accessibility information. I’ll see you there with my dancing shoes on!
The posters and flyers for Cor Flammae are home from the printer and I couldn’t be more pleased. There’s nothing like holding the real things in your hands, and it’s amazing to realize that it’s almost showtime! It was a real treat working with the fabulous image of the choir shot by the talented team at belle ancell photography. Now to distribute these puppies all over Vancouver!
I just did a poster and flyer for the Ayden Gallery’s upcoming exhibition, Neither/Nor. It was a total pleasure working with the gorgeous images of these wonderful artists:
CHRIS ANDERSON / AMANDA ARCURI / MARIANE BOURCHEIX-LAPORTE / EMILY COOPER / BRITTA FLUEVOG / KATY HUCKSON / ROKSAN KOHEN / TONI LATOUR / MARYAM SAFA / LISA SIMPSON/ DEREK VON ESSEN / KATJA ZUBROWKA
The opening reception is July 4th, 7-11pm, and will feature performances and live music. If you’re looking for something to do this coming Friday, wander down to the Ayden Gallery (2nd Floor, International Village – 88 West Pender Street) and check out this great show!
I had some illustration fun lately transforming the Internet’s famed Keyboard Cat, into the serious and adorable Dandycat, complete with powdered wig and cravat! You just know Dandycat is playing that keyboard on the harpsichord setting. I created the image in Illustrator, using my wacom tablet.
I love a good infographic – they’re the perfect example of what design is really about: using form to enhance function. As a visual learner, I also really appreciate seeing how a thing works. They’re tricky business, because it’s not just about making information pleasing to the eye, but organizing it – deciding which information should be highlighted so it can be presented in a succinct way that provides insight for the viewer.
I made this infographic for Cor Flammae’s fundraising campaign. The arts are notoriously under-funded, but we wanted to show the specifics of how under-funded professional choral music is, by highlighting what goes in to producing a show. It is meant to be useful to other choirs as well, and it was an interesting process of research and collaboration, whittling down the information into something that does justice to an experience shared by many groups and then deciding how best to present it in an easily-readable form that fit in a browser window or on a small poster.
I’m doing the print design for a very exciting new project that’s in the works. Cor Flammae is Vancouver’s budding classical music chorus of queer singers performing queer content. The goal is to shed light on the often obscured histories of LGBT musicians, bringing their music to life in context with their stories, and linking them to the living tradition of contemporary queer composers.
So. How do you say that in a logo? The logo uses the repeat sign from music notation as the symbolic element – Cor Flammae looks at the past while moving forward. I chose to use a mixture of serif and sans-serif fonts to give both a historical and contemporary feel to the image. Since the choir aims to present historical works as immediately relevant, I wanted to create a cohesive mixture of visual elements that aligns with this vision.
From a technical perspective, it’s important to create a logo to work vertically and horizontally, small and large, and in dark and light, so I’ve created versions that keep the visual consistency, but can work in multiple scenarios. It’s been used all over Facebook and Twitter, YouTube, posters, flyers and even a hand stamp, translating easily from medium to medium. I’m pretty happy with the outcome.
My latest piece for the North Shore Chorus promoted their end-of-season concert featuring selections from that quintessentially epic composition, Carmina Burana. Carmina is a delightful anachronism, being a 20th century composition set to a collection of poems from the 11th to 13th centuries. For me, it is less about re-creating something authentic from the past, than seeking to present its truth by using the immediacy of contemporary terms. That being said, there is also a tradition of images associated with it, and I decided to go with the ever popular wheel of fortune, an adaptation from the original 1936 score – and the original Codex Burana manuscript in turn. I decided to play around with some texture as well, to enhance the aged feel, as well as a rich red to play off the visceral sensuality (plus, there’s a play on words with “carmina” [songs] and “carmine” [red] somewhere in there).
The mosaic treble clef from this recruitment poster for the North Shore Chorus was one of my favourite projects. My challenge was to create an image that somehow represented a choir – music notation was a basic starting point, but the idea of different elements coming together harmoniously was what I really wanted to get at. Illustrating the concept with colour made the poster fun and eye-catching, as well as sunny and inviting! Achieved!
The David R. Carlin Collection recently had a show at the Gallery of BC Ceramics on Granville Island, highlighting the vintage works of little-known BC ceramics artists. When I was contacted to do the invitation design it was a huge honor and a fun chance to work on a new project.
I’ve done a lot of flyers where the important thing is to organize as much information as possible into a small space in a way that will communicate the pertinent details best. The invitation for this show was a post-card, something I’ve been itching to do, and it gave me the opportunity to work with space. It needed to be clean and elegant – professional yet inviting – and reflect the slightly cheeky sincerity of the show. This gave me a chance to play with the clean aesthetics that I aspire to, and promoting artistic ventures has always been very near and dear to my heart, so, all in all, it was a very satisfying piece to do.
I recently had the great pleasure of designing the print campaign for Genderfest. This involved a poster, several ads for the Pride Guide, as well as a flyer.
As it was a multi-day event with lots of information I really needed to use the flyer’s real-estate to it’s fullest. Instead of just advertising the festival as a whole, I wanted to have the relevant “who”, “what”, “when”, and “where” fully available for all of the festivities – essentially for the flyer to be something people would pick up and keep like an event guide. Genderfest already had a website, and the layered colour scheme was their background image – it was the perfect visual element I could lend to structuring information. Rotating the image created some visual interest for the poster, which needed a different kind of structure to keep the test bold and visible from a distance.
Working with the Genderfest team was a joy and I’m so excited for next year! Check out the awesome work they do at www.genderfest.ca