May 13th was a good night for Velocity. Besides having an excellent meal complete with wine and dessert, we also went home with three awards from the Advertising Association of Winnipeg’s annual Signature Awards: one for best website for the Winnipeg Art Gallery (www.wag.ca), one for best ‘radio- single’ for the Cupcake Corner’s “Cup-Blankery” spot, and a ‘People’s Choice’ award for, once again, the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s website.
This year’s Signature Awards mark Velocity’s fourth win in the website category, while a first for the People’s Choice. We were also happy to win our first radio award, which created by our prosaic writer Jarrett. (He insisted on “prosaic writer” even though he’s not sure what it means.)
The Signature Awards are Manitoba’s biggest advertising awards ceremony, with dozens of design, advertising, and branding agencies submitting their best work to a worldwide panel of judges. The theme this year was ‘Lookin’ Good,’ but the night was really about mustaches. (Though, our table also spoke fondly of the soup.)
Recently the new Oi packaging was featured on the worlds #1 package design website.
So I have been in New York for a week now and I think I have added at least 5 years to my knees and joints from the amount of walking I have done and probably 3 years closer to a coronary bi-pass from all the great food I have eaten. We set up a new apartment, a new studio, new furniture (Ikea you are great but I don’t want to go near you for a really long time), new friends, and a brand new attitude! (if you thought it was bad before, wait till you see me now)
Here are some pictures “oout and aboot” New York.
Hi everybody, despite the lack of bloggers in our Winnipeg office, we managed to scrape together a fantastic playlist for the (Canadian) long weekend…. Anthony is busy networking in NYC so I added two songs that I thought he might have picked. See if you can guess which ones!
BONUS: YO-YO MA(dness)
Meet the studio’s new favorite award-winning educational master yo-yoist: K-Strass! He’s dealing with some personal issues but he can still rock the Blue Angel. Visit his website here.
Design week in New York has more than enough to keep one busy, but an even that we just couldn’t miss was the AIGA/NY Fresh Dialogue 26: Type Forecast. It featured four typographers (three speakers and a moderator). Jessica Hische, Georg Seifert, Joshua Darden, & Matteo Bologna (moderator).
The speakers come from three different schools of typographic discipline. Jessica Hische specializes in illustrative type and hand lettering – coming from a more organic, freeform point of view. Joshua Darden and Georg Seifert are much more technical, but differ in style and background. Joshua Darden seems to have a strong interest and respect for the roots of typography and bringing that into current and future technologies, whereas Georg Seifert, who studied at Bauhaus-University Weimar, seems to be primarily focused in the future and creating fonts from his own world and surroundings.
The flavorful panel provided interesting discussions through sometimes contrasting views. What was really interesting was when the technical crossed over with the organic and found a common ground. For most of the discussion it seemed that the whole point was moot and actually an oxymoron as the future of type relies heavily on what technological advances make themselves available in the next few years, which is almost impossible to predict.
Brilliantly moderated by Mucca Design founder Matteo Bologna, the mood stayed light and the discussion never became long winded. Bologna also served as a prodding tool for more information whenever things would get too technical, which is when I found myself learning a thing or two about what will soon be available in the online realm of typography.
In the end it was mostly just a typography geek fest, but still proved to be quite valuable and insightful. Although they never said for certain what the forecast will be, it seems like clear sunny skies where possibilities can grow and go beyond anything we can expect.
Well since Chris is in NYC I have taken over the duty of arranging the playlist of power, so here it is with two notable selections from Chris Samms.
I can fly twice as high…