For 2015, I have the honour and challenge of designing all of the promotional materials for PechaKucha Night Winnipeg. One of my favourite events in Winnipeg (and not just because I help to organize it), PechaKucha Night Winnipeg is now in it’s sixth year. Over the year’s we’ve been able to celebrate a wealth of Winnipeg talent, guaranteeing our audience an eclectic source of creative energy and inspiration. So my goal was to visually represent that in the promo pieces.
This past weekend, along with my husband Rob, I had the chance to attend a portion of The Carl Dair Typography Workshops in Winnipeg, hosted by GDC Manitoba. World-renowned typographer Rod McDonald, and Patrick Griffin of Canada Type were on hand to facilitate the workshop and share some of their extensive typographic knowledge. The weekend (October 17-19, 2014) consisted of a free lecture on Friday night, and then a full two-day workshop on Saturday and Sunday which was part lecture and part expert critique.
I was one of 1200 people sharing a lovely prairie-inspired meal last evening on the Esplanade Riel. GDC Manitoba sponsored two of the 150 tables that made up the full length of Winnipeg’s Table for 1200. What a perfectly lovely way to spend a summer evening… visiting with other members of GDC Manitoba and having a few hours to soak in the best of Winnipeg.
Yesterday I bid a fond goodbye to the WordPress theme that I was using until now. I still loved its clean design, but it wasn’t responsive and I was looking for some new features. However I did want to give a shout out to Organic Themes. From my perspective, their Portfolio Theme was built well and whenever I had an issue, they were helpful in resolving it. Thank you!
In December 2012, while in the midst of my 365two project, I thumbnailed a product idea in my sketchbook. It was somewhat inspired by Dan A’Vard’s SPICES affirmations (see Week 7 of my 365two project), but evolved from there. Essentially I wanted to offer a series of personalized prints where individuals or families could list the traits that define them, their new baby, a good friend, etc. I saw it as a chance for people to take some time to reflect through ‘I am…’, ‘We are…’ or ‘You are…’ statements.