Out 'n' about — 11.30.16

Design New York Berkeley Church, Toronto
Guest Speaker, Paula Scher

Design New York
November 30, 2016
Berkeley Church, Toronto

To complete the series of Design Barcelona and Design London, Design New York featuring Paula Scher did not disappoint. Situated in an old church converted into a nightclub, the event showcased carefully selected work from six New York based studios, chosen by Paula Scher.

As one of the founders of Pentagram, Paula Scher took us on a journey through her current design and typographic projects, to her personal map paintings and her past work including the iconic Public Theater posters and printed materials. From the Type Directors Club typographic experiments, Parons New School modular identities, to the redesign of Canada’s Hart & Stroke foundation, the presentation was unbelievably inspiring by such a humbling yet iconic designer.

Some of her most memorable messages revolved around the fact that we now have all the new tools to work with (including print, motion, interactive) and we can now get back to just designing. And when developing an identity, it needs to take time to resonate once it is released. Identities shouldn’t be judged at first glance (in response to online critiques). Often the identity process evolves the client, understanding the audience and community. This plays an enormous roll with the outcome of the final product.

The exhibit was just as exhilarating and featured projects from participating studios and designer such as Chip Kidd, Office of Paul Sahre, Sagmeister & Walsh, Doyle Partners, karlssonwilker and Pentagram. The caliber of work was impressive.

Out 'n' about — 11.05.16

DesignThinkers 2016 Sony Centre, Toronto
Speakers: Jake Barton, Eddie Opara, Matt Willey,
Lotta Nieminen, Anton Repponen and Irene Pereyra,
and David Carson.

DesignThinkers Conference, 2016
November 3 and 4
Sony Centre, Toronto

DesignThinkers, Canada’s only conference for visual communicators, is a two-day event held annually in Toronto by the Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario (RGD). This year it was set in the St Lawrence Market neighbourhood. DesignThinkers 2016 delves into industry trends with visionaries from a range of communications-related disciplines including design, user experience, advertising, branding, consumer engagement, film, social media and entrepreneurship.

We had the pleasure of attending the second day of the conference, which opened with ‘The Future of Virtual is Physical’ by Jake Barton—an in-depth view behind the process of creating ground breaking interactive virtual experiences. The conference also featured ‘Design in Retrograde’ a short presentation that revolved around the harsh criticism of the new Quinnipiac University brand identity created by Eddie Opara. The day also included inspirational talks by: Rob Duncan from Mucho, entitled ‘The 10 things you’re not supposed to talk about at a design lecture’; Matt Willey’s ‘From Tiny Start-ups to Historic Institutions’; ‘Wearing Multiple Hats’ by Lotta Nieminen; and ‘Self Indulgent Design’ by David Carson.

The highlight presentation for us was Anton and Irene, a Brooklyn based design duo who outlined their emotional, hands on trials and tribulations of starting a design studio. It was a heart felt, funny and brilliant adventure—not to mention great work.

Out 'n' about — 10.16.15

Design London Arta Gallery, Distillery District, Toronto
Guest Speaker, Tony Brook
Photography: Nadia Molinari
Design London Arta Gallery, Distillery District, Toronto
Tony Brook, Presentation
Photography: Nadia Molinari
Design London Arta Gallery, Distillery District, Toronto

Design London
October 15, 2015
Arta Gallery, Distillery District, Toronto

The ADCC put on another great event entitled Design London. The event showcased work from eight of London’s top design studios and reached its high point with guest speaker Tony Brook (Creative Director of Spin).

Toronto was graced by Brook’s straight up, down to earth talk revolving around his upbringing, the London design scene, his design studio, publishing company Unit Editions and his new book Spin 360˚. Not only did he have the audience engaged when he mentioned that he had let go a high profiled client and downsized his studio to focus purely on design centered work, but also had us participate in critiquing one of his identity projects which was pretty cool. And best of all, Tony Brook took loads of questions and really seemed to enjoy himself as he engaged in lengthy discussions with many participants.

The exhibit was just as inspiring and featured a plethora of posters and books from participating studios such as Pentagram, North, Studio Fernando Gutiérrez, David Pearson, A Practice for Everyday Life, Morag Myerscough, Bibliothèque, and Spin. The calibre of work was impressive.

We had the pleasure of meeting Tony Brook, who is truly one of the nicest, down to earth, people you will ever meet, with out a doubt.

Out 'n' about — 10.17.14

Design Barcelona House-Mason, Toronto

Design Barcelona
October 16, 2014
House-Mason, Toronto

Design Barcelona was a very special event held by the ADCC in Toronto. The Creative Director at Mucho, Pablo Juncadella, talked about the design community in Barcelona and how many of the designers/studios are close knit and connected. The event also showcased an exhibition of work that featured participating studios from Barcelona including: Alex Trochut, Atlas, Folch Studio, Hey Studio, Lo Siento Studio, Mario Eskenazi, and Mucho.

Brilliant event! The work coming out of Barcelona is amazing.

Barcelona is a wonderful city, a place were creativity is celebrated. It was good to see a design community so connected with culture and one another. Hopefully we can take note from Barcelona to strengthen our design community here in Toronto.

Out 'n' about — 09.27.14

Brand New Conference, 2014 Harris Theater at Millennium Park, Chicago, USA

Brand New Conference, 2014
September 25 and 26
Harris Theater at Millennium Park, Chicago, USA

The Brand New Conference was a two-day event on corporate and brand identity featuring some of today’s most active and influential practitioners from around the world.

It was typotherapy’s first time attending the Brand New Conference. And the fifth annual event by UnderConsideration did not disappoint. The conference opened with heavy weight designer, Lance Wyman, (known for such work as the logo of the Mexico 1968 Summer Olympic Games) who left us all speechless and inspired. The conference also featured design icons such as Mario Eskenazi and design thinkers like Adrian Shaughnessy.

The highlights included Mario Eskenazi, Lance Wyman (Lance Wyman Ltd.), Jim Bull (Moving Brands), Adrian Shaughnessy (Intro, Unit Editions), Sebastian Padilla (Anagrama), and the energetic Mark Kingsley (Malcontent).

We also had the pleasure of meeting the ever so humble Lance Wyman, the incredible Mario Esikenazi, as well as Adrian Shaughnessy and Mark Kingsley.

Overall a fabulous event set in the wondrous city of Chicago.

Out 'n' about — 09.28.13

2013 AGI Open The Barbican, London, UK

2013 AGI Open
September 26 and 27
The Barbican, London, UK

typotherapy had the pleasure of attending the 2013 AGI Open in London, hands down graphic design’s most high-profiled annual international conference.

This conference dubbed “the world cup of graphic design” featured over 40 of the world’s leading graphic designers, illustrators and creative thinkers—all members of the protégés Alliance Graphique International (AGI).

The conference bestowed engaging dialogue, motivational stories and captivating discussions from self-initiated projects to obsession and inspiration; all in sync with impressive mind-boggling designs projected throughout the auditorium.

Our highlights were, Ian Anderson (Designers Republic), Tony Brook (Spin, Unit Editions), Adrian Shaughnessy (Intro, Unit Editions), Peter Saville, Stefan Sagmeister (Sagmeister & Walsh), Paula Scher (Pentagram), Nick Bell (Nick Bell Design), Jonathon Jeffrey (bibliothèque), Margaret Calvert, and the brief appearance from Vaughan Oliver (V23).

The entire event was brilliant, and not to mention it was incredible to be in the same room with our design idols.

Without a doubt, this was the best graphic design conference we’ve ever been to, immersed in one of the finest cities in the world.