Most people haven’t heard of WordPress, but that’s fine, you’re forgiven. It’s what it enables you to do that makes it powerful for business. Much in the same way that you don’t think about the factories that make the components of your house (ok, you might), WordPress is the system that allows you to run your website and much, much more. And those that have heard of it, from a few years ago, know it’s a blogging system of excellence but now, it’s much, much, more. It has become a robust content management system for very serious websites while retaining its ease of use to the casual user. If you don’t have a content management system for you business website, here are some good reasons to think WordPress:
This site is for an upscale, unique, lodge on Lake of the Woods, Ontario. They required a booking request engine, a specials feature, a clean site to reflect the high-end nature product, and a bold slide show.
A site that promotes a travel agency that deals exclusively with business travel. They need a site that they could manage and edit easily. They advertise heavily with Google Adwords and wanted to be able to tweak text as the ad campaigns success became clearer as it went on.
After several meetings concerning the look they were needing this theme was selected for it’s clean look and simplicity to alter. Furthermore, WordPress was the perfect CMS solution for the company as it gave them the keys to make changes as they needed without incurring further development expenses.
Anthony Hary of ANA Comics had a great idea, collect the best artists he knew, ask them for their best work, and sell the collected works to raise money for breast cancer research. This was my submission to his pinup collection comic book. It’s a little thing. People might scoff at it or call it ridiculous, but he, and many artists stepped up and used their talents to help out. And if we all did more little things like this the world would be a better place. Thanks for pushing my boundaries, Anthony. You can still buy a copy here.
A day of fine weather produced some nice photos of this almost antique luxury liner for the client. The projects challenges were in finding locations large enough to park a bus and the lighting challenges of the interior.
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A weekly webcomic about Death learning to live a life. This is the site that started me on the WordPress path and has continued to be my testing ground. Though simple in appearance, this site is packed with features and functionality such as multiple users, archives, custom css, search, advertising, social media linking, multiple feeds, multiple backups, security protocols and more.
This was a logo update and redesign to bring it in line with other corporate designs owned by the same company.
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Independent craft brewers logo and packaging design from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Logo design, brand definitions, stationary package, along with logo standards were the first phase of this project. Phase two will consist of a website and online presence. Packaging design to follow as well as graphics and signage for a retail presence for all of their upcoming brews.
I’m not even going to say I follow John’s thoughts on these books, it hurts my head when I try, but every story is worth reading. I did the interior design, layout, and produced the print ready artwork for these two books in InDesign. Laying out long books, fast, is a sign that you’re getting deep into InDesign. I’m pleased to say that I built this second one even faster than the first. At any rate, if you have something to do that’s worth doing, put it off for a bit, and pick up these books for a read.
I did some concept drawings for an online first person shooter awhile back, nothing too crazy, just weapons drawings for the rule book. Still, they turned out really nice so here they are. PS the game never got out of development and you’ve never heard of it because it didn’t even get named. Now that’s a sad story.
One day I had to draw this castle. I’ve visited it three times in my life and still want to go back, but until then, here’s my visual memory of the castle on the hill in Toronto. The best part of Toronto, IMHO.
This painting was done for my daughter illustrating one of Aesop’s Fables wherein the character of the book takes every wordly possession, converts it to a large lump of gold, then promptly forgets that they buried it beside this massive well. I think I’d remember which well, but maybe wells were more common in Aesop’s day that you would find one on every street corner.
I’ve done a painting for each of my kids. This was for my son. We postulated what kind of world would the cheese be the last thing standing? Well a cheesey hell world of course. Acrylic on canvas.
I think this was a sketch of a waitress at a restaurant in Osbourne Village from a very long time ago. I still like this one. Pencil on paper.
Three pieces of chess done in watercolour. Originally I painted these with the intention of making them into posters for chess tournaments that I was going to in Vancouver back in 1999. I moved back to Winnipeg before they were made so they have sat around, unused, and not looked at for a very long time. See them all by selecting “more”.
This was done on denim, one of a series of three primates, that was featured at a local art gallery. I went through a phase years back, where I drew and inked solely on denim, with well used, light coloured, jeans being the best choice for this type of canvas drawing. When I became known as the “denim guy” I stopped drawing on denim, it was an experiment in an alternative medium that I didn’t want to be solely known for in art circles.
One of my most interesting clients, or at least, the most obscure distant one. Ede makes hawk hoods out of leather. Or eagle hoods, or falcon hoods, it really depends on the raptor you own as he’ll custom make a beautiful hood for your bird. His hoods are a “mixture” of Arab and Dutch design. And for the owner, custom fit leather gauntlets. Then send your purchase to you from Hungary where he lives. Granted it’s a tiny, niche market, but at least he has a cool logo to promote his work.
The design of this logo present the unique challenge of polar opposites in services. As heating systems maintenance and installs plays a big role in their business, so does cooling systems. The logo had to reflect both, without reverting to the typical arrows in blue and red that many heating and cooling companies employ. The “sunflake” captures this spirit while the lowercase text indicates a friendly company and the bold font choice is indicative of industrial professionalism.
I have to admit, this was one of the longest names in a logo I’ve tackled. But the mark was designed to illustrate motion, science, sport and people in motion. As well as vaguely resembling the letters of the name. The colours were choosen to go with the decor designed by Interior Designers working on this high end physio therapy clinic.