The BC Chapter of the Graphic Designers of Canada interviewed me recently after I became a CGD™ certified member. I recently made it a priority to get more involved in this professional organization after being heavily involved in volunteering in my other passion, BMX biking.
For over 15 years I’ve been involved in groups like the Vancouver Skateboard Coalition and Vancouver Dirt Jumping Coalition to help get public skateparks and dirt jumps built in the Lower Mainland for all users. It’s time for me to give back to my profession. I started volunteering at GDC events, and have been getting involved with other design related organizations and events, such as the relatively new Creative Pulse group — check the link for their Facebook page and keep up to date with their events.
In the GDC profile I answered questions about why I wanted to become a certified graphic designer (CGD™) and the value of the certification, as well as how I first got interested in design and how living in BC has influenced me. The interview also highlights work from my portfolio, including the Tugboat Group website redesign, Jind Fruit Co. packaging line, Jamieson-Hilts Insurance Brokers rebrand, Windset Farms office interior and wayfinding signage and the Windset Farms packaging design. These are also a few of the projects that I submitted to the GDC for my CGD certification.
I also included a photo I shot early one morning while out camping by canoe. It was a beautiful still morning on the lake with herons squawking away in the distance. I shoot lots of photos when I’m out on adventures and this one hangs on my living room wall.
Here’s a little rundown of What I’ve Been Up to in the last few months… Since Instagram and Twitter have pretty much knocked my iPhone Photo Dump series out of commission, I want to bring back some form of a journal… Something I can look back at to see what I was doing and/or working on at that time. I shoot a ton of photos every month and barely any of them see the light of day, so I want to start sharing more of them out whether it be here, or maybe fire them over to my Tumblr page.
VANCOUVER AQUARIUM EXPANSION GRAND OPENING | Katie and I went to the Vancouver Aquarium’s expansion grand opening party the night before we left for California. The new entrance with the high-tech 360° wrap around video screens is pretty wild; all the new stuff looks great. We also took in the Planet Earth: Shallow Seas 4-D Experience, which is very well done. I won’t spoil how awesome the 4-D experience is, but I will say it’s better than the ‘Bugs Life’ one at Disneyland.
We made the trip down to Los Angeles in mid-June for my good friend’s wedding; Jonathan and Wendy were getting hitched and we weren’t going to miss it for the world. We planned a vacation around their wedding; staying in Venice Beach where it would be central to where we’d be going. From Venice, we’d head up the coast through Big Sur and then fly out of San Francisco. A relaxing vacation with lots of beach time, then driving up the coast was exactly what Katie and I needed.
In Venice we stayed just off the famous canals at an apartment we found on Airbnb (here’s the place we actually stayed at). It’s a great place, and we’d definitely stay there again. We spent the week lounging on the beach, meeting up with friends, and hitting a few amazing restaurants while we were there.
In my last post; our honeymoon in Nicaragua, I mentioned that I wanted to put together a post just about the colours of Nicaragua. Everywhere that we went in Nica, no matter how nice or how poor the neighbourhood, the buildings were beautifully painted bright colours, often with crazy colour combinations. I was kidding that when it comes time to paint the house, the husband goes out and grabs his choice for a colour, then the wife goes out and gets her choice without ever speaking to one another. Then they bust out the brushes and go for it. It really does look like that’s what happens here for about 30% of the houses. Bright green and pink? Bright orange and red? Teal and yellow? Maybe mint and yellow? Hey, why not — it won’t look any crazier than the building next door…
A two week trip to Nicaragua over Christmas and New Years is exactly what we were looking for for our honeymoon. Katie knew someone from Whistler who now lives in San Juan del Sur, having built her own house as well as a rental place that’s listed on AirBNB, so we figured why not; when else would we ever do this trip? We got married in August 2013 — you can see more about that here at this blog post.
We stayed at Casa Santosha, part of a yoga/surf community in the hills a couple kilometres up the road from San Juan del Sur. It’s run by Heidi, a fantastic host, sharing her home with us, cooking us a few delicious meals, taking us out to a couple different beaches with surfing lessons, and setting us up with lots of activities and tours of the area. Armed with a little less Spanish than we should have had, we did pretty good at learning on the fly, or having our rough translations down in our pocket book. The people of Nicaragua were very friendly with our broken Spanish, and we were always able to figure out what we needed to do. Continue reading “Honeymoon in Nicaragua” »
Katie and I got married last weekend just outside of Saint John, New Brunswick at Katie’s family cottage, called ‘Minote’ (pronounced min-o-ta; which means ‘happy thought’). Minote has been in Katie’s family for several generations, and has been around since 1905 where it served as a party spot for a couple of bachelor brothers. If you want to learn more about Minote, you can see some some more of it’s history here. It’s Katie’s favourite place in the world, and we just knew we had to have the wedding here. We convinced her dad that it would be worth all the work to host such a large gathering… And it all worked out perfectly.
It was an absolutely perfect, hot August day with barely a cloud in the sky. We had exactly the wedding we wanted, and it’s exactly where we wanted it. I proposed to Katie on the bridge you see in the background of the first photo — since it’s her favourite place in the world, that was a pretty easy choice as to where I was going to ask her. I had to wait until we were in New Brunswick to ask… I popped the question a few days after we were back east for her brother’s wedding back in 2010. Continue reading “Katie and I got married!” »
Ken Paul came out to the Woodyard one night and had his camera out, so we shot a few photos. The above is one that turned out pretty awesome and I’m super stoked on. This is one of my favourite lines to hit at the Woodyard, transferring from the small quarter behind me onto the 8 foot quarter — a killer speed line that sets you up to boost over the big box jump to the 9 foot quarterpipe.
In the spirit of friendly competition among design studios in Vancouver, our crew at Tugboat Group challenged Mark Busse’s team at Industrial Brand to a paintball challenge. Last Saturday we met at Tsawwassen Paintball to meet our fate. In order to get the teams to decent sizes, both teams had to call in for some backup. On the Tugboat side, we pulled in a few ex-staffers and suppliers, and Industrial Brand pulled in some friends and their team of web programmers.
I’d say we were fairly matched, both having some females on each team to keep the testosterone in check. The fall weather was perfect for playing in; we weren’t sweating our pants off in our layers of protective gear, and the paintballs weren’t too cold (equals hurts more) so playing the whole day was a great distraction from whatever else we would have been doing that Saturday. We took beer breaks in the middle and end of day to get to know each other from the other teams.
I think in the end, we called the competition a ‘draw’, neither one of us standing a true victor. New frenemies were made, and we have a new found respect for those on the other team that we go into battle head-to-head in the real world for design projects on a regular basis.