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Montreals iconic sights illustrated

Posted by rod - 20.01.2015

Montreal illustration for Skylife Magazine

Talented illustrator Kubra Aslan was commissioned by Turkish Airlines inflight magazine Skylife to illustrate some of Montreals iconic sights. The Canadian city houses some iconic buildings such as the Montreal Biosphere, the 1967 Olympic Stadium and the Habitat 67 project designed by architect Moshe Safdie.

If you like Kubra’s illustrations check out her illustrations of Turkey for Skylife

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Bonsecours Market

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Olympic Stadium, 1967

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Habitat 67, by architect Moshe Safdie

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Mount Royal

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La Ronde , Amusement Park

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Air Inuit – Redesign of the brand identity

Posted by rod - 21.02.2014

Air Inuit is a regional airline that provides an essential passenger, charter, cargo and emergency air transport services throughout northern Quebec and destinations across Canada. The airline began operations in 1978 and is wholly owned by the Inuit people. The redesign of the brand identity of Air Inuit was created by Montreal based FEED in collaboration with brand consultant Marc-André Chaput. Check out the old logo here.

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The aim was to develop the new positioning of the carrier and review all components of its brand identity in the context of a larger project to modernise the company. One of the first things people will see is the orange and black bilingual logo which is set in Inuktitut and Roman letters. The logo is quite straightforward but standout because of the orange script.

The new identity of Air Inuit brand is a contemporary interpretation of the rich Inuit cultural heritage and bold new vision. Feed studio’s own illustrator Stéphane Poirier, created the pattern of geese, to reflect the Inuit’s love and respect of nature and the abundant wildlife.

In addition, FEED worked hand in hand with French typeface designer Jean-Baptiste Levée to create the exclusive typeface called Air Inuit Sans. The corporate font is one of a few typefaces in the world that is able to rite the Inuktitut language.

Via Brand New

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Legendary Haida artist Charles Edenshaw

Posted by rod - 28.10.2013

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This book is the first comprehensive monograph of the work of legendary Haida artist Charles Edenshaw, overviewing a unique collection of his work, and his legacy. 

Charles Edenshaw was from Haida Gwaii, British Colombia, Canada, and happens to be one of the most iconic figures in Northwest Coast art. He was known for his traditional Haida woodcarvings, argillite carvings, jewellery and paintings, with an innovative and elegant personal style. The book offers a rare opportunity to see and read about his legacy. In addition, the objects featured inside tell us much about Haida culture and history. Even now his work continues to be a great inspiration to those who visit the many museums around the world that hold his artwork in their collections. It is also a great inspiration to the new generation artists and designers, some of whom we have featured on CreativeRoots – Siggi Odds, Steve Smith and the Vancouver Airport. Read more about the book here.

If you fancy buying this book you can order it directly at Black Dog Publishing @ offers@blackdogonline.com and get a 10 % discount, or you can buy the book directly here via the CreativeRoots Bookshelf. Don’t forget that you can win this book

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Haida inspired art

Posted by rod - 10.09.2013

Already as a child Orlando based graphic designer and Illustrator Joshua M. Smith enjoyed the Pacific Northwest Canadian Haida art, because it was simple yet creepy but told a story. Recently Red Bull approached Joshua to create the artwork for Steve Smiths helmet and the request was Haida inspired art.

“There is a oddness with a me being a designer / illustrator from Florida doing something that has historical value and represents a culture. Hopefully I did this project justice since I have and will always respect the Haida.”

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Limited Edition Moosehead Canada day packaging

Posted by rod - 01.07.2013

Happy Canada day! Canada’s oldest independent brewery, Moosehead Brewery launched a limited Edition Moosehead Canada day packaging. The tall can is not only filed with lager but also with iconic canadian illustrated icons which wrap around the packaging. From its unique flag to  historical buildings Moosehead celebrates it all.

Does anyone know who design the can?

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Canadian inspired packaging design for Aquagold

Posted by rod - 03.01.2013

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Quebec design agency Beauchemin designed this packaging for Canadian natural spring water Aquagold. The design is inspired by the native americans and their culture and believes. The main label features a native american who appears to perform a rainmaking ritual. He wears a traditional feather costume and holds a speared in one hand and what I think is a Maraca hand drum in the other. For marketing purposes the agency also designed an additional packaging that wraps around the bottle which gives the bottle a teepee or poncho look. Traditional native american design elements were placed around the bottom half enhancing the authenticity of the product. If you like this design you may want to check out the North American teapee packaging design.

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Canadian Passport design

Posted by rod - 05.11.2012

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In July, 2013 the new Canadian Passport will be available and with it comes a whole load of design changes. Foreign Affairs Minster John Baird presented the new epassport and its new features.

“I suspect we’re going to continue to take measures, as we’ve done with currency, to constantly try to stay ahead of the curve,” Baird said.

The 16 new features will add to the aesthetic appeal of the document. Watermarks on the new passport pages will feature iconic photos and artwork, including depictions of explorer Samuel de Champlain, the builders of the national railway and the North. The passports will also feature quotes from prime ministers Sir John A. Macdonald and Wilfrid Laurier.

It has been more than 10 years since the last redesign, Baird said, calling the passport a ticket to new cultures and new experiences.”

Via canadiandesignresource

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Know Canada

Posted by rod - 02.08.2012

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What do you know about Canada? Maple syrup, beavers and hockey are some of the most known stereotypes of Canada. But what about the things that most people don’t associate with the country but are a big part of it?

Bruce Mau Design together with Studio 360 and Kurt Andersen took on the challenge to rethink how Canada appears in the World. The team came up with a brand campaign called “Know Canada”, which utilizes the canadian flag and its two red stripes. The flag is placed onto various Canadian imagery, creating a new identity free of its traditional clichés.

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North American teapee packaging design

Posted by rod - 13.03.2012

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Not only is the packaging an eye catcher but the name is just awesome. The clever wordplay from teepee to teapee is an instant seller.

Native American’s used to brew a cup of tea way before the first French and British settlers reached the shores of North America. Canadian student Sophie Pépin went back to the roots of the native american nomadic lifestyle and created a tea packaging that not only is directly inspired by teepees but also celebrates the skills of their legendary medical knowledge.

Each flavor has its own native american pattern which travels all the way around the packaging, serving as an opening mechanism. Once opened these beautifully designed teepee packagings reveal tea bags which are formed in a similar teepee style shape.

I like the fact I can grab the teepee poles and lift the tea bag into the cup making it a great North American tea experience from start to finish. Another fact that I like is that Sophie is bringing back a civilization almost disappeared. via packaginguqam

 

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Haida style penguin posters

Posted by rod - 19.10.2011

Haida style penguin posters

These Haida style penguin posters were produced by artist Rob Jones and can be bought here The Haida people are indigenous people from British Columbia, Canada and Alaska. If you like these posters you may be interested in these two posts here and here.

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24 hours in Montreal Canada

Posted by rod - 27.09.2011

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24 hours in Montreal, Canada is part of a series designed by Fernando Volken Togni for the Oryx Magazine, Qatar Airways. If you like this illustration check out India, South Africa, Egypt, Zurich, London, Paris Moscow, Ho chi Minh City, Shanghai, Barcelona, Casablanca, Beirut, New York and Phuket

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Live the language – Vancouver

Posted by rod - 12.09.2011

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You may still remember the first EF “Live the language” commercials from Beijing, Barcelona, London and Paris, now the language school has launched its Sydneyand Vancouver ad. The ads are based on its previous concept of using kinetic typography to mesmerize people to study a language. If you decide to study or travel around Canada I suggest you check out FlipKey who offer a great selection of Canada Vacation rentals.

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Molson Canadian Reinventing Canada’s Beer

Posted by rod - 26.08.2011

 

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After several years in decline Molson Canadian decided it was time to shake things up and got in touch with Spring Design Partners to reinvent Canada‘s beer. The challenge was to express the brand’s connection to the land.

“We believe… This land makes us who we are and the beer all that it is”

Spring Design Partners explored connections between the brand and the land, which gave them a key insight that defined a visual strategy:

• We defined ‘nature’ and ‘land’ as active, emotional, and non-literal concepts.
• We identified their implicit qualities: in color, typography, graphics, and proportion.
• We acknowledged the importance of the Brand’s equities to communicate these connections.

The brand identity received a full on facelift from the iconic leaf to the typography. The leaf icon was redesigned to become more in tune with nature, and the name lost its italic posture. All the elements were centered and the logo became more balanced. ‘The leaf rises from the subtle curve of the horizon—reflecting the brand’s fundamental roots in The Land.’

What’s your opinion on the new brand identity?

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500 Years, Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism

Posted by rod - 18.07.2011

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Last year I’ve posted a Newfoundland and Labrador tourism commercial on CreativeRoots called Ancient Land, which is so far my favorite of the three ads. Earlier this year the region produced two more adverts “500 years” which focuses on the capital St. Johns and “Half Hour”, which focuses on the entire province.

Newfoundland and Labrador is the easternmost province of Canada. Situated in the country’s Atlantic region, it incorporates the island of Newfoundland and mainland Labrador (located northwest of the island) with a combined area of 405,212 square kilometers.

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Canada unveils new banknotes

Posted by rod - 27.06.2011

Canada Unveils New $100 Note Design

The Bank of Canada unveiled its new banknotes last week which are made from polymer and have a whole bunch of new security features built in. The $100 bill will start circulating in Canada this November. The rest of the notes will be released over the next two years. You should watch the video to see all the design features on the note.

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The Canadian Olympic Team Brand

Posted by rod - 13.06.2011

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The Canadian Olympic Team began competing in the modern Olympic Games in the early 1900’s. Over a century of stories, themes, and iconography, influenced this comprehensive rebrand which included brand strategy, brand architecture, marks, typography, colour, graphics, photography style, writing style, brand guidelines and launch video.

The brand strategy was repositioned to focus on the team rather than the committee, and our goal was to deliver a classic sports brand with fresh appeal. In everything we did, we attempted to balance classic versus current aesthetics and themes. In communications, we looked to balance imagery and stories of today’s Olympic heroes with legends from decades past.

From creative brief to research, sketches to final art, writing to production, strategy to guidelines, our small design team delivered on every aspect — Ben Hulse, Greg Durrell, Adam Bognar, and Andrew Simpson. The rebrand video was developed in collaboration with videographer/editor Benjamin Taft, audio production and post-production by Toby Hulse, additional b-roll and editing by Cory Ransom, and was produced and directed by Ben Hulse.

Visit brand.olympic.ca for more information.

 

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Northwest coast Readymech

Posted by rod - 01.06.2011

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Siggi Odds created his version of the northwest coast indians native art style. Siggi drew the two sides with different expressions one side surprised and the other crying.

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40 years of MEC

Posted by rod - 08.04.2011

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Canadian adventure and outdoor store MEC is celebrating its 40th anniversary with its LAST yes LAST printed catalogue. The cover was illustrated by Luke Ramsey and the inside was created by Ray Fenwick and Platform design. via oneplusone

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