There are few ideas more serious than environmental sustainability. That's why it was such a treat when art director Brian Donahue from bedesign inc. choose Mark Hoffmann with his whimsical style and at times down right silly approach to illustrate this concept for Macalester Today.Read More
Hipsters: known for ransacking vintage stores, perfecting their beards and gentrifying neighborhoods with their artisanal food stores. It seemed likely they should revitalize some old school hobbies while they are at it. Like bird watching.
This month's Reader's Digest article, "Birders Unite!" written by Julia Zarankin, dives into the phenomena of the bird watching millennials. Needing to combine the tattooed with the wilderness, art director Annelise Dekker picked the perfect artist in Dave Murray.
Caution: These are not your grandfather's illustrations:
Uniquely stylized, award-winning illustration. We invite your to check out more of Dave Murray's illustration.
In response to the shrinking demand for snail mail, Canada Post has begun to phase in an expansion of it's Community Mailboxes (CMB's) vs door-to-door delivery. The process of developing the CMB's was carefully executed with a strategy that involved lots of consumer input through focus testing at various stages in the development. Canada Post was looking for the perfect CMB to take it's customers into the 21st Century. One of the key criteria for the new CMB's was to develop an art wrap that would hopefully work as an anti-graffiti barrier. This is where the call for Gary Alphonso's illustration talents came in.
Working with the team at Ove Brand | Design, headed up by creative director Peter Baker, Gary Alphonso was given an open creative brief as they embarked on an exploration of various abstract directions. The art evolved into a beautiful ethereal design that incorporated the maple leaf (a ubiquitous Canadian symbol), floating as if being carried by a gentle wind. The process was a real contest but in the end, we are proud to report that Gary Alphonso's floating leaf design was among the most popular in focus testing.
Gary Alphonso's illustration applied as a wrap to the mailboxes.
Here are some pics of the mailboxes in communities across the country.
The vision for 88 Scott : "These are the dreamers, the planners, the creators. ... In the earliest planning stages of 88 Scott, fifteen of the country's leading architects, planners and developers were invited to collaborate in a unique process. Their mandate was to create a bold vision for an exceptional, new landmark condominium building..."
In keeping with this creative approach, art by nine local i2i artists was reproduced in large format and presented on hoarding panels (divided by inspirational quotations). The idea was for the developer to support local talent while beautifying the site during the construction phase of development. The images were chosen to represent the many facets of life in the immediate community: green space, culture, recreation, shopping, entertainment etc.
Over the coming weeks we'll bring you pics of the other panels, but we start today with Thom Sevalrud's. It's fantastic to see the art at this size! If you have a chance, pop down and check out the larger-than-life art at 88 Scott in the heart of downtown Toronto. To see more of Thom's art go here.
Working with Allison Seymour, art director for the American Homebrewer's Association Tim Zeltner created this cover at for the March/April issue of Zymurgy Magazine, featuring the concept of home brewing with locally sourced ingredients. Tim's trademark rural landscape painting with the surrealistic addition of a pint of home brewed beer, create a dreamy utopia for any beer lover.
John and his friend Stephanie Power were recently featured in the lovely Covet Garden decor magazine. Their spaces are perfectly aligned with Covet's interest in environments that have not been styled by interior decorators. Both John and Stephanie's artistic esthetic is reflected to a 'tea' in their uniquely delightful homes. John says, "The best part of the house is that for the first time, my apartment feels like a collage--my art and way of living have become one." Look at John's portfolio here and see if you can find some of his "curious curios" living in his art. Photos courtesy of Covet Garden, photographer Ashley Capp.
John in his delicious kitchen!
A little while back marketing agency trevor peter communications contacted us about a walking map for Timberland, an official sponsor of TIFF (The Toronto International Film Festival). When Jillian Ditner was chosen, we were pretty excited about this great opportunity! Creative Director, Alexandra MacDonald and Jillian, along with Josh McKellar, Marketing Manager for Timberland, began the collaborative process of creating the first ever eco friendly tool for navigating TIFF. The initial direction was for Jillian to create her own artistic interpretation of Toronto, the TIFF ‘playground’ and the area venues downtown that host the Festival. One of the key objectives for this user-friendly map was to inspire TIFF-goers to ‘get outside’, walk the festival, and connect with the community. The finished map below is available as a downloadable pdf at the Timberland online Community here. Enjoy the Festival!
Here is a glimpse into Jillian's process.
Thom's conceptual style was called upon by Brian Donahue, of Be Design, to illustrate the article Beyond the Auto for the Summer Issue of Macalester Today. The article has Macalester College experts weigh in on the future of travel, predicting that bikes, buses and your own two feet, are the transit options that will reign supreme in the cities of tomorrow. Thom's somewhat futuristic approach to the art brings this discussion to life beautifully.
Two of our illustrators - Monika Melnychuk and Margaret Lee, contributed to The Green Issue of Owl Magazine. Monika illustrated the cover emulating chalk writing on a green-board with her fun hand lettered type. Margaret approaches a more technical article called How Solar Power Works with a kid-friendly illustration that's used more like a diagram.
This year's Earth Day Canada Poster art was created by Tim Zeltner, with art direction from Brad Pearson and Keith Treffry. The theme of this year's program is environmental action at the grassroots level through the four seasons, from coast to coast. A big challenge to illustrate in one poster! I think it's sure to become another sought after "classic" Zeltner landscape.
Tracy Walker's Earth day poster, created in collaboration with Brad Pearson and Keith Treffry of Earth Day Canada, has won in the poster category of the Applied Arts 2011 Photography &Illustration Awards. All winning work will be showcased in the May/June 2011 issue of the magazine, the Winners Gallery on the Applied Arts Website and at the annual Winners Exhibit, to be held on Wednesday, October 26 and Thursday, October 27, 2011 at Artscape Wychwood Barns in Toronto.
In addition to the effort i2i has made over the years to work with Warren's Waterless Printing, one of Ontario's Environmental Leaders, to reduce and re-use paper and to implement environmental methods where possible, we are now proud that the i2i office is bullfrogpowered™ - find out more about green electricity, visit the Bullfrog Power website. We'd like to share a couple of environmentally themed images from some i2i artists.
Tracy Walker Greg Stevenson Monika Melnychuk
Margaret Lee John Webster Gary Alphonso
Thom Sevlarud Philippe Béha Harvey Chan
Betsy Everitt phil Eili-Kiaja Kuusniemi
Rémy Simard Alanna Cavanagh Ian Phillips
Tracy Walker "unplugs" in warm weather and retreats to her backyard studio for some painting, sketching and contemplation. The studio was built with reclaimed materials from Habitat for Humanity, the local junkyard and neighbours (and still looks more design magazine worthy than my house). With our world becoming so "plugged in" (the "electronic cottage" Alvin Toffler predicted in his book Third Wave), it's important to find the balance and return to the tactile and physical world from time to time. Luckily, the virtual workplace seems to be allowing more of us to find that work/life balance. With the lush, serene surroundings of Tracy's studio and garden, we can understand from where Tracy gets her inspiration.
The metal sculpture is from made from "reclaimed" materials as well - from an African Artist Co-op
Tracy's unplugged studio.
Here's just a sampling of some of Gary's new work, check out his portfolio to see more,
"Alaska to Russia Bridge" was created for READ issue 16 - stories about the Future.
"Energy Stocks" - was done for SmartMoney as well as the image below, "Money Excavator" - both projects were art directed by Carly Tushingham.