Tag Archives: graphic design

You Better Work: July Jobs

Gosh, it’s been like a bazillion years since we did a YBW post. And yeah, it’s not July yet, but it might as well be. Here’s a few openings in Vancouver that you might be interested in.

Looking for a job?

Looking for a job?

  • Design Production Manager – Vancouver Aquarium (Link)
  • Head of Social Media – Aritzia (Link)
  • Social Media Specialist – Delta Hotels (Link)
  • Email Marketing Manager – Hootsuite (Link)
  • Sr. UX Designer – Microsoft (Link)
  • Marketing Director – Lighthouse Labs (Link)
  • Digital Sales Training Manager – Glacier Media Inc. (Link)
  • Digital Project Manager – FCV Interactive (Link)
  • Digital Marketing Project Manager – Hootsuite (Link)
  • Communications Manager – Park Board (Link)
  • Communications Manager – BC Salmon Farmers Association (Link)
  • Communications Leader – Indochino (Link)
  • Graphic Designer – Indochino (Link)
  • Graphic Designer – BCIT (Link)
  • Digital Content Coordinator – BCAA (Link)
  • Creative Designer – Tourism Richmond (Link)
  • Marketing Specialist – Douglas College (Link)
  • Marketing Communications Manager – Greater Vancouver Home Builder’s Association (GVHBA) (Link)
  • Senior Producer – Capcom Game Studio (Link)
  • Senior Web Developer – Canadian Men’s Health Foundation (Link)
  • Digital Communications Specialist – Canadian Men’s Health Foundation (Link)

And finally… if you’re a Software Developer who knows Ruby/Rails/Java (Link), come apply to work with me at STAT Search Analytics. We’re also looking for some savvy SaaS Sales people too, even though it’s not currently on the job board. Send your resumes to info (at) getSTAT (dot) com.

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Swedish Sweeties


SNASK is a Swedish design agency specializing in branding and film. They recently created a brilliant campaign to talk to Swedes about saving energy and water. Here is one of the videos from that campaign – it’s funny, whimsical, and looks very Wes Anderson (think The Royal Tenenbaums, Life Aquatic, and Moonrise Kingdom).

Here’s a link to the campaign site.

AND while researching their work, I also came across a spot they did to promote Creative Mornings, a breakfast lecture series for creative people like you and I! If you’ve never been, you should look it up and see if there’s one in your city. I’ve been to a couple here in Vancouver and have never been disappointed.

Plus how can you hate on a guy who showers in a tomato costume?

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You Should Probably Make an Appearance


7th Annual Summer Association’s BBQ

Creatives – let’s get together and celebrate summer!
Lots of fun to be had in the park – free food, sunshine, dogs, family, bocce, and more!

Thursday, August 15th, 2013 from 6pm – 9:pm

Trout Lake Park Picnic Area Pavilion
Located in the SE corner of John Hendry Park, view map here

Free Admission
Burgers & Hotdogs Provided


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History of Typography

This is a great animated short by Ben Barrett-Forrest explaining the history of typography. It uses 291 paper letters, 2,454 photographs and took 140 hours to make.

It is your duty to forward this video to anyone you know using Comic Sans.

Piss off designer

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Real Beauty? More Like Real Misguided.

Ogilvy Toronto has released a new video on the Dove ‘Real Beauty‘ campaign, showing how the company went after the people (see: evil villains) who manipulate the photos to create unrealistic expectations of beauty. The art directors, graphic designers and photo retouchers.

Oh those pesky art directors, graphic designers and photo retouchers! So sneaky! Because after all, it’s they who have final say on what goes to print, right? Certainly it’s not the client or the brand managers who are responsible for altering the public’s perception of beauty in order to sell more product.

This Dove ‘Real Beauty’ campaign has always irked me. It’s a crock of hypocritical shit.


Dove is owned by Unilever: the same company that owns Axe Body Spray (Lynx in the UK). Here’s a lovely poster promoting Axe where you can see these poor girls seem to have had their asses and at least three inches of their thighs digitally removed.


If you’re going to declare war on art directors and graphic designers for manipulating photos, you should stop and give your head a shake. Then go talk to your fellow brand managers and the suits that sign off the creative on behalf of Unilever. What a stupid campaign.

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Killer Jellyfish of Graphic Design Favors

Killer jellyfish of graphic designVia

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Vancouver Advertising Event: NABS Cannes Reel


One of my favorite industry events is happening January 31, 2013 at the Scotiabank Theater, downtown Vancouver. The Cannes Lions Screening, presented by NABS. This event is always guaranteed to be a good time.

Gather together with a bunch of industry folk, and see how many cocktails you can drink before going into the theater to watch some of the world’s best adverting.

Doors open at 5pm.

Screening starts at 6:30pm.

Although pizza and popcorn are being served, I recommend you grab something before coming as the food can go rather quickly at this event. Also, bring some cash for 50/50 tickets, as all proceeds go to NABS.

Get your tickets here!

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Clients From Hell

There are occasions where even the strongest are tested. Where our patience is pushed to the edge. Where we contemplate changing careers or banging our heads against the desk until we do enough damage to classify for long-term disability.

If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone.

Enter Clients From Hell. I can’t tell you how many times this site has brought me back to reality. It’s made me realize that I am not the only one on the front lines of client management challenges. Now CFH have produced a short video to share their message. This completes me.


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Waste Not, Want Not

The Red Cross teamed up with JWT Mexico and animation studio Punga to create a spot which would raise awareness about organ donation. The commercial was aimed at Mexico’s younger population.

The animation is great, but it wasn’t the right choice for this topic. We know for a fact that youth don’t think about their mortality, and consequently what they would do with their organs if they did pass. By presenting the concept of organ donation in an abstract, animated fashion, the Red Cross is further increasing the disconnect by watering down the seriousness and reality of the message.

Furthermore, this spot was missing a strong call-to-action. Perhaps a drive-to-web to learn more and sign up to be a donor.

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