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Get the low down on your fav Toronto creatives, how they started out and if they’re hiring!
Equal Parts Studio
We had a lovely ol' chat with the tiny Toronto trio, Equal Parts Studio, about the pros of a healthy debate when collaborating, how we can all contribute to the advancement of design, and shock horror - guess what!? Nobody has ever looked at their grades. ;)
Ben Johnston is a multi-disciplinary artist & designer who, after doing the agency thing in Cape Town, hopped over to Toronto to try life as a full-time freelancer. We chat with Ben about his murals for charities, the opportunities you encounter when collaborating (e.g. 3D Printed magazine covers - WHAAA?), and spending less time on the internet!
Loop: Design for Social Good
We had a lovely ol' chat with Josh Layton and Ryan Felix, Co-Founders of Loop: Design for Social Good. They tell us about how working at Starbucks led them to launching the business; their love for Netflix's Abstract (who doesn't - amiright?) and the importance of practicing empathy and humility as part of their design process.
Pursuing his passion to it's fullest, fostering typographic education, Christopher Rouleau co-founded Ligatures YYZ with Leslie Harrod, sharing creative resources and creations through workshops. Doodling and watching his Gran writing inspired Chris to discover the world of typography.
Oh how we love Jenn Kitagawa's colorful, playful and fun illustrations! Believing that curiosity is important creative career she strives to constantly learn. Two solid bits of advice from Jenn—"Just fucking do it!" and "don't waste time on trying to find your style".
Who would have known that Nuno Silva, VP of Product at Stocksy United, was a raver. Growing up he was fascinated by the rave scene and the crazy flyers that promoted them - he put his hand up to volunteer to design a few and years later was still freelance designing flyers on the side. Here we talk about, raving (of course), changing the stigma of stock photography, and taking more photos!
We talk to Frontier's Design Director, Paul Kawai, about not sticking to 'the plan', how the general public is more engaged in design conversations than ever before, tracing skateboard logos, and Frontier's ongoing passion projects - Frontier Magazine & Frontier Ventures.
Dahlia Ishak gives us some great insight to the pro's and con's on internships and some great lessons learnt along the way! She goes on to tell us the importance of networking in a new city and what she would like to do with her next creative space!
Executive Director of Tennis - Marcello Gortana and the team tell us it's important having a good process and how they actually prefer to see sketchbooks as well as portfolios with finish work. How a intern is someone they can teach, but also someone they can learn a lot from. Also the Tennis team give us some interesting insight into where they believe digital tech is going next!
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Our top picks for recommended articles, blogs and companies in Toronto.
Taking a Break
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The Advertising & Desig…
Since 1948, The Advertising & Design Club of Canada has dedicated itself to one simple mission: inspiring creativity. As a non-profit organization, we strive to encourage the highest possible quality of work in Canadian advertising and design.
GDC is Canadaʼs national certification body for graphic and communication design and, since 1956, has established standards for design professionals, educators, and leaders.
On The Grid Toronto
On the Grid is a user-friendly guide curated by talented local designers who want to share exceptional places in their neighborhood with the rest of the world. On the Grid was created by Hyperakt, a design agency based in Brooklyn.
Through RGD, Canadian designers exchange ideas, educate and inspire, set professional standards and build a strong, supportive community dedicated to advocating for the value of design.
Creative Mornings / TO
CreativeMornings is a FREE monthly breakfast lecture series on creativity which originated in NYC and is now in over 120 cities around the world.
Frontier is a magazine, design studio, and ventures group. We believe that this combination of content, consulting, and entrepreneurship create a powerful engine for creative development.
The Cheeky, Anonymous F…
Name: Banana Grotesk Foundry: Monkey Type Release Date: October 2018 Back story: The font was originally based on an attempt to sketch Akzidenz…
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