Sony Music Timeline

by Tanya on December 3, 2012

Alex Fowkes is the London based designer behind the Sony Music Timeline. The mural covers almost 150 square meters of wall space in Sony’s Derry Street headquarters. The typographic installation which uses only CNC cut vinyl as the sole medium, celebrates 125 years of musical history. It features nearly 1000 of Sony Music’s signed artists from 1887 to the present day.

Emma Pike, VP Industry Relations, who commissioned the piece said, “The brief was to bring the inspiration of our music into the heart of our building and make our office space live and breathe our incredible musical legacy. Alex’s beautiful graphics and illustrations do exactly that.”

Sony Music Timeline from Rob Antill on Vimeo.

Sony Music Timeline – Timelapse from Rob Antill on Vimeo.

Jessica Snow

by Jill on October 17, 2012

Jessica Snow is an abstract artist who lives and works in San Francisco, California. Below is an excerpt from Snow’s website that I believe best describes her work, in a very eloquent way:

“Each of my paintings expresses a new possibility, an opening into a new direction where meaning is continually at play and in flux. The most interesting pieces are those in which something has been left unresolved; its reason for being has not been entirely spelled out for the viewer or even for the artist. In the painting’s openness it becomes a reflection of the self; the meaning of the painting unfolds in its unspoken dialogue with the viewer.”Color Stacks, Plural, 2012

Amplitude III, 2012

25 Rectangles, 2012

Bloom V, 2012

252 (+1) Dots, 2011

A Reflection of Morning, 2011 

You can find a selection of Snow’s lovely work on 20×200.

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Wee Society

by Jill on October 1, 2012

Wee Society is a new brand of children’s products started by the folks behind the design studio, Office. Their offerings include the Wee Alphas, a playful and witty interactive book and learning app for children to learn about letters, and a lovely series of art prints featuring the Wee Alphas characters. The art prints include a limited edition 13 colour screen print and a personalized print that you can customize with your child’s name and a statement.

“We’re moms, dads, designers and writers. And we wanted to create stories and characters for our kids,” says Jill Robertson, Wee Society co-founder and mom of twin toddlers. “Wee Society products are about happy design that grown-ups appreciate, but they’re unquestionably for kids.”All images via

The Impossible Project

by Tanya on September 27, 2012

In 2008 the legendary photography company Polaroid, announced that it would no longer produce its instant film products. In the age where digital cameras were affordable and accessible to everyone, Polaroid technology was seemingly becoming a thing of the past. However, the medium was still a favorite of many artists, photographers and enthusiasts, enough so that a small group of people refused to let it slip into extinction. Thus The Impossible Project was born. Founded by Forian Kaps and André Bosman, in collaboration with 10 former Polaroid employees, The Impossible Project acquired the production machinery from the company and in 2010 began producing new instant film products. The original Polaroid colour dyes were not available and it was not possible to reproduce them, which meant the impossible team literally started from scratch to reinvent the photographic system. Today The Impossible Project is producing several types of instant film for Polaroid SX70, 600, 1200, Image & Spectra cameras. Their website is also a wealth of knowledge on Polaroid cameras, photography and techniques. Below is a selection of images taken with their various films.

Justin Molina on PX 70 Color Protection

Marion Birringer on PX 70 Color Protection
Anne Bowerman on PX 70 COOL

Thomas Hofmann on PX 70 COOL

Michael Fischer on PX 100 COOL

Thomas Hofmann on PX 100 COOL
Patrick Tobin on PX 600 COOL

Patrick Tobin on PX 600 COOL

Ben Innocen on PX 680 Color Protection

Luke Serwach on PX 680 Color Protection

Penny Felts-Nannini on PX 680 Color Protection

Simon Dallaserra on PX 680 Color Protection
John Carleton on PX 680 COOL

All Images ©Impossible

TIFF People’s Choice Awards

by Jill on September 24, 2012

This year’s Toronto International Film Festival People’s Choice Awards were created by the BlackBerry Design Team, which included a design student attending OCAD University as part of the Research In Motion co-op program. The design concept for the award began with an iconic shape that was machined from a solid block of aluminum and uses a familiar appearance of an award but contains a special surprise. By looking into the viewfinder on the top of the award, the recipient discovers it is a lightbox with a window that shares the same proportions as a theatre screen and displays a still from the winner’s film. The miniature theatre celebrates the concept of film projection, participation and life as film. The awards come in polished aluminum, black and red finishes differentiating the three awards between People’s Choice, People’s Choice Midnight Madness and People’s Choice Documentary.


by Tanya on September 21, 2012

Elegantissima is a monograph showcasing the work of Louise Fili. Specializing in typography, book cover design, restaurant and food packaging design, Louise Fili has led a prominent and inspiring career in graphic design. After working as an art director for Pantheon Books she opened her own studio, Louis Fili Ltd where she has designed identities for many New York eateries such as Picholine, Artisanal, The Mermaid Inn, and the Harrison, and has created packaging for Sarabeth’s, Tate’s, and Bella Cucina. This is the first monograph of her nearly 40-year career and is a great resource for anyone who enjoys ornate design and lettering.

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Help Ink

by Jill on September 19, 2012

Help Ink is a collaborative project using the sale of premium and exclusive art to help charities around the world in a unique way. Each week an exclusive piece of art, designed to inspire others to do good in the world, will be released and made available for purchase. The money from each sold piece goes toward a charity specific to that piece. What makes Help Ink an exciting project is that it is not solely focussed on  helping one organization in need, but many. Below is a selection of the Help Ink works created by some incredibly talented and caring artists.Give A Damn by Justin Mezzell – benefitting Love 146.To Love by Jacqui Oakley – benefitting Smile TrainBe A Light by Sam Kallis – benefitting ASPCA.Wild Wonderings by Tim Boelaars – benefitting Plant With Purpose.Pass It On by Benjamin Garner – benefitting The Foundation For Tomorrow.Help One Another by Lydia Nichols, benefitting Heifer.

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Air Canada’s 75th Anniversary Videos

by Tanya on September 16, 2012

Karim Zariffa is the Montreal based artist behind the beautifully crafted 75th Anniversary videos for Air Canada. Commissioned by SpaFax, Zariffa was asked to create two promotion videos, one showcasing the flight attendants uniforms throughout the decades and the other showcasing the planes. The client brief was wide open, which can be overwhelming for some but Zariffa’s results are a charming and delightful retrospective of Canadian aviation history. To see more of Karim Zariffa’s work, check out his website here.

Air Canada 75th – planes from Karim Zariffa on Vimeo.

Air Canada 75th – costumes from Karim Zariffa on Vimeo.

Air canada 75th – making of from Karim Zariffa on Vimeo.

Taishi Nobukuni

by Brian Paschke on July 4, 2012

This month I had the pleasure to speak briefly with the Japanese fashion designer Taishi Nobukuni about his involvement in designing the brilliant staff uniforms for the Chichu Art Museum (地中美術館) located on Naoshima Island.

BP: How did the collaboration with Naoshima Fukutake Art Museum Foundation come about and had you visited the Tadao Ando building before designing the uniforms?
TN: My friend, the stylist, ATUSHI OKUBO introduced me to them. I visited after the uniforms were designed.

BP: In the Chichu handbook, you speak of attire that surpasses trends and could remain relevant for a 1000 years. This is a concept in design I find fascinating. With your uniforms there is a strong feeling of both the future and the present simultaneously in a very natural way. Can you elaborate on this?
TN: Rather than just the concept of time I also thought about gender. I designed the uniforms to be both genderless and timeless.

BP: When I first saw the uniforms during my visit to the gallery, I immediately thought of Dr. No and the world of James Bond. Are you influenced by pop culture?
TN: Yeah, I strongly felt this about the location. It is rare to be on an island owned (almost) by one person – Mr.Fukutake – whose hobby is flying over the island and ocean on tiny air plane. I think the next 007 film should be made on Naoshima using a Toyota Prius kitted with gadgets and the actress should be someone like Rinko Kikuchi.

BP: She was fantastic in Babel. When you propose an all white uniform, you seem to be dressing the staff in the same manner a space would traditionally be designed for a gallery. That is to say light, calm and neutral. Can you tell us more about your choice of colour and materials for this project?
TN: Yes, the ‘whiteness’ of the marble floor in the Monet room inspired me as well. That is what this museum is about.

BP: You also spoke of the uniform design having a sense of ‘nowhere’. In other words, not tied to a specific time or location. I like this idea, but at the same time I think it’s also the perfect garment for this location. I cannot imagine anything but this solution … as if it was inevitable!  Do you still feel this way?
TN: I still feel the same way. Art should also apply to this idea … border-less and nation-less.

BP: What current projects are you working on?
TN: I am deeply involved with bespoke tailoring and enjoy cutting fabric for each client. I might open another wine salon somewhere else in Japan. I am designing not just the space, but also the whole experience like choosing the salt, the menu and the wine selection.

Taishi Nobukuni was born in Kumamoto and raised in Fukuoka, Taishi has also lived and worked in Los Angeles, London and Paris where he was a designer for John Galliano. He started the brand Taishi Nobukuni in 1997 and became the creative director of TAKEO KIKUCHI in’03. Taishi has also opened a bespoke tailoring salon, The Craftivism, in Ginza Japan.

Brian Paschke is currently a Senior Industrial Designer for BlackBerry. A graduate of the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Brian began as a studio assistant for Artist Douglas Coupland before moving to the Kyocera Industrial Design team in Southern California to focus on consumer electronics.

Images courtesy of the Naoshima Fukutake Art Museum Foundation
Chichu Art Museum


Jacqui Oakley

by Jill on June 29, 2012

Jacqui Oakley is an Illustrator based in Hamilton, Ontario. She is also an instructor of the illustration program at OCADU in Toronto. Specializing in hand-lettering and portraiture, Oakley creates her stunning works with ink, acrylic and oil based paints. A selection of her diverse client list includes Rolling Stone, Nylon Guys magazine, Harvard Business Review, PEN Canada and Canadian Wildlife Magazine.Lion Album Artwork for Two Crown King
Earth Day Canvases for AOL
Christian Dior 2009 couture dressSenator Bernie Sanders, “Despair Is Not An Option”Twittering Birds Spreading Media

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