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24
Oct

Covers covers covers

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Sometimes a straight forward, text only cover becomes more complicated than anyone might expect. In the end the chosen cover wasn’t necessarily the one I would have wanted, given all the directions the design process did take. However, I’m pretty happy with the outcome of the grouped process. I think the accumulated covers all together would have made a fantastic cover!

01
Jun

The Power of Sunshine

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Cover I designed arrived in the mail, thought I might get a shot in the sun on my red chairs. But Olive was having none of it.

Move Olive. Olive, move. Olive. Olive.

Do you see her turn her head away from me?

18
May

Awards

The Alcuin Book Design Awards were announced, below are some of my books that were recognized. Toronto Cooks also won the ‘complete book photography’ category in the Applied Arts Photo Annual—congratulations to photographer Ryan Szulc!

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12
Apr

Progression

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Sometimes it’s fun to see all the iterations of a cover from start to finish. Sometimes it’s not. And sometimes there is no progression to show at all. This falls into the first category. There’s something enjoyable about seeing them all together like this.

05
Apr

View from a Plane Window.

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February 15, 2015—March 9, 2015

 

05
Apr

Montreal Cooks

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I was in Montreal at the beginning of March directing the photo shoot for the upcoming cookbook. You can see some of the behind the scenes from the week here. My biggest regret of the trip was not having a chance to explore any of the city! I look forward to finding a way to return—off duty. I had a really great time with the creative team and the city left me feeling that maybe I was destined to live there.

 

28
Feb

Winnipeg Cooks!

Here’s a post I did for Figure 1 on my recent trip to Winnipeg for the photoshoot for an upcoming book:

Winnipeg Cooks: Behind the Scenes

28
Feb

All Beer Tastes the Same

While I was away in Winnipeg for work I found myself flipping through a little culinary guide to the city and happened upon this ad:

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Which looks a lot like this book cover I designed a few years ago:

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So much so that I don’t think you can deny where their ‘inspiration’ came from. On the one hand it’s flattering (I happened to be with a fellow book designer when I came upon the ad, and we joked that you know you’ve finally ‘made it’ when you find copies of your work out there) and initially I was going to write a light-hearted post about how awesome this was. But on the other hand, it’s not really cool—if you’re going to do this, you have to change it up a bit more! At then end of the day, it’s just an ephemeral ad, and I still think it’s cool that I came across it. I mean, what were the odds of that?!!

19
Dec

It’s a Hemlock Christmas

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It’s my favourite time of year to be a print designer! Behold the Hemlock Printers holiday gift. My enthusiasm for this seasonal tradition cannot be contained. Enjoy. (I can’t wait to wrap something!!)

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14
Dec

Bunny Esmond

I’m working on an upcoming project, unrelated to Esmond here, which concerns a visual artist for whom the postal system played a part in her work; concepts of sharing information and resources and exploring means of communication. Something which we take for granted in this age of pinterest/facebook/instagram, social media everything, but which I often find voyeuristic and/or removed of personal connection and generally lacking in authenticity. It’s an interesting and inspiring project, for sure, and it made me appreciate all the more this lovely gift that arrived unexpectedly in my physical, tangible mail box.
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Earlier in the year a friend gave me her small childhood pink blanket which was a blanket sample for Bunny Esmond. When preparing to move and downsize homes, she came upon a small book from the same series and she thought I might enjoy having the set. I adore this sort of thing, and these will certainly hold a special place in my collections, not only for what they are but because of who they are from. There’s something extra special about an unexpected treasure that shows up in the mail. Thank you, Leah, for thinking of me.

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