Posts Tagged ‘creatives’

Creative Tools – Creative Live

Friday, May 7th, 2010

This is the coolest thing since… well, EVER! Seattle’s Craig Swanson, and his superstar partner-in-crime creative director and photographer Chase Jarvis, launched the most amazing training platform in the world last month: CreativeLIVE – a live creative education internet channel bringing you and I top notch training at no cost.

Think about that for a second. Access to instructors and courseware that normally costs hundreds to thousands of dollars can now be enjoyed from the comfort of your own computer without spending a dime! Crazy I tell you!

So, for example – next week: May 11th there’s “Photoshop to HTML” by Erik Fadiman and May 12th is “Fundamentals of Digital Photography” by John Greengo. Later in May is “Android Java Apps” and “Watercolors 101″. Programming AND fine art? Yep. Where else can you get premium training that’s live, interactive, and can be experienced in your PJs!

And HEY! GUESS WHAT?! CREATIVEMIX’s very own David duChemin is leading a course in late June called Vision-driven Photography. If you’re the curious and/or untrusting type and you want to know what ‘the catch’ is… the not-free part is if you didn’t catch it live and you want to view the course after the fact, that part is pay to play. No problem.

The sign-up process is super simple and they are very respectful of your information; they use your email address to send you reminder emails with important class links on the day of the class. During the class you use GoToWebinar and you can ask questions in real-time! The classes are presented in the QuickTime format.

Here’s Chase’s launch video:

Posted by: Corwin Hiebert

Creative Project – OnGray

Friday, May 7th, 2010

“OnGray was a project that developed simply from the desire to do something random and creative with friends.” – Dave Delnea

Creative collaboration is a huge part of Delnea’s work. As a photographer and creative director he’s one of those true creatives, a real artist that loves playing and working hard at his craft. I’ve known Dave for about a year now and I can honestly say he’s brilliant, a real creative visionary. What stands out to me is that he doesn’t create in isolation – he’s always looking around to find collaborators.

The original concept behind OnGray was that Dave would get a few friends together and shoot a few pictures in front of a gray backdrop. It turns out a little vision goes a long way. As the idea developed it started to take on a bit of a vintage feel and soon involved stills, motion and a cast/crew of about 14 people. Dave’s posted the images in his Project Portfolio and there’s a fun behind the scenes video below too. I was involved at a production level – I’m the dork int he blue stripped sweater.

What I love about being around Dave is that he craves creative experiences in community. He’s passionate about getting to hang out with fun and brilliant creative people, being inspired by people with skill sets completely different from his own, and to be part of creating something that’s beyond what he ever could have come up with himself. If that doesn’t deserve a CREATIVEMIX shout-out I don’t know what does. You might remember Dave from last year’s CREATIVEMIX – he hosted the Photographer’s Den in the Exhibition. If you weren’t there then you have no idea what I’m talking about – but don’t feel bad. Nudge-nudge, wink-wink, know what I mean, eh? eh?.

Posted by: Corwin Hiebert

Creative People – Bob Kronbauer

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

It’s no secret – is totally awesome. Last year when we were spreading the word about the first CREATIVEMIX they took up the flag and waived it wildly in support of the conference. For that – we are forever grateful. The man behind it all is Bob Kronbauer and this post is to simply say THANK YOU TO BOB! Over the past few months VIA has become a staple in the Vancouver arts and culture scene, and my browser homepage, and for what it’s worth I just wanted to send a shout-out to our friend Bob and his amazing team of contributors and to remind people that they operate as a non-profit so… donate generously as you’re able (let’s micro-payment them to death)! Want to get to know Bob a bit better – visit the archives.

Posted by: Corwin Hiebert

IDEA 2010 Grad Show

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Here’s a SHOUT OUT to our friends at Capilano University’s IDEA program: you’ve got to check out this year’s grad show! Seriously – these folks are crazy talented.

We were honoured to have the IDEA crew at CREATIVEMIX this past Fall and getting to meet a bunch of them was an absolute thrill. They love what they do! They’re so freakin’ passionate about design, art, and creativity that I can’t help but want to be around them (maybe it will rub off). When it comes to creative marketing I thought their “Win Free Ideas” contest – see video below – was awesome! What a killer way to get industry experience and promote the program.

IDEA is a career-based three-year diploma program offering instruction in both communication design and applied illustration. This dual curriculum sets IDEA apart from other post-secondary design programs and gives graduates a lifelong edge in the job market. In this demanding, full-time cohort program, students are given a strong theoretical foundation and learn how to develop and apply concepts, manage complex projects and meet current industry expectations, both creatively and technologically.

The grad show is a chance for graduates to exhibit what hard work and sleepless nights can produce! We support sleepless creatives! The Capilano University IDEA Program Grad Show 2010 is happening next Monday; I hope to see you there.

Posted by: Corwin Hiebert


Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

connect-09-logoTechies take note! BC Innovation Council’s premier event for technology start-ups and innovators is coming up quick! CONNECT’09 is happening October 19, 2009 at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre. The scoop is: keynote by Leonard Brody (internationally recognized Canadian technology entrepreneur, venture capitalist, best-selling author and business visionary), fresh and cool networking environment, and panels on funding, leveraging partnerships, value accelerators, and product design. There’s also a technology expo and, of course, awards for the top dogs. Tickets are just $50 (dinner included). Learn more at

Live+Work at the ARC

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

arc_logoI just swung by The ARC Cafe to get my afternoon coffee (a triple long-shot espresso made to perfection) and had a great chat with the owner: Joe. I brought him some coffee sleeves, of course,  and I learned a bit more about the cool creative community they have at The ARC.

The building has 80 artist live+work studios at the corner of Powell and Commercial and attracts all kinds of artsy-fartsy types: sculptors, painters, musicians, actors, potters, performers, etc. The units are spacious with great views and the building has the types of things working artists need: a freight elevator, wide halls and doors, sound proof walls, and of course one can not be without, a kiln, wood shop, metal shop, dark room, dance room, and a 24-hr LOUD music practice room. The real cool thing about The ARC is the community. Residents collaborate on projects, join forces to host events, and support each other in the creative life. Sounds like a GREAT place to live.

I also stumbled across Lourdes Lara’s blog, an Honduran-Canadian ARC resident who is an painter, sculptor and multimedia artist. Very cool work.

Posted by: Corwin Hiebert

Creatives at Large – Chase Jarvis

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

CREATIVEMIX is a Vancouver-focused conference. That’s right. It’s not for everyone. It’s not that we’re trying to be exclusive (well, we are, but we have good reasons) it’s just that we’re focused on community, face-to-face relationships, and the collaboration that comes from living in proximity to other creative people. As a result, the majority of the content posted on this blog features local idea makers, news on creative events, and some fun bits about life as a creative person living in Vancouver. However, from time to time we’ll blog about people, places, and things from outside metro Vancouver – we’ll be categorizing these items as Creatives at Large.

To get this party started we need not look far, just south of the boarder in fact, to Seattle where photographer and director Chase Jarvis dwells. I’d like to say I know Chase but I don’t. I know Chase by extension; so extended in fact he doesn’t even know who I am. But, he’s a friend of a friend (our very own David duChemin) and from the moment David told his first “Chase story” I couldn’t help but add his blog to my RSS feed and make plans to keep tabs on this guy. There’s not much I need to say about him other than this: he gets it. He’s a “creativemixer” (new word, just made it up) and so I want to send a “shout out” to him, a fellow West Coast creative. Here – read Chase’s bio and you’ll get a sense of why this guy is uber-cool and easily fits into the Creatives at Large category:

I haven’t swashbuckled with pirates, nor have I swam the English Channel. I haven’t even been to Antarctica. But I have traveled to many far away places, created a lot of still and moving pictures for myself and others. And I’ve made it my life’s goal to be as creative as possible toward everything I endeavor. Outside of my morning cereal, that is.

I don’t always make my bed, but lazy I’m not. On a deserted island, I’d go insane without photography, film, music, my wife Kate and our family pets. Storytelling, creative innovation, and visual voodoo-no matter the medium-make my heart go thump thump; and sharing all this online with the world, plus as much of my professional experience as I can muster, makes my soul sing. I’m fond of crows, and love that they’ll fly toward anything shiny. I feel like a crow on most days. I can find humor in anything. I’m still working on that.

I’ve won a boatload of awards for my work, and I’m grateful for every single one of them, but I’ve always been unsure of whether I earned them or whether somebody I knew, or somebody who knew somebody I knew, rigged the jury. I was transparent long before it was hip to be so, and I believe deeply in teamwork, community, and collaboration. Let’s be friends. Better yet, let’s swim the English Channel.

You can follow Chase Jarvis on Twitter (@chasejarvis)and be sure to bookmark his blog. Oh, you should know he’s very much a web 2.0 guy. If you’re skeptical about the power of social media then you’re probably playing too safe – watch his promo video for his upcoming talk The Consequences of Creativity (Art Directors Club of Denver).

Posted by: Corwin Hiebert

Behind it All

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Well… the cat is out of the bag about CREATIVEMIX – Vancouver’s first annual ideation conference and the response has been great so far! 2,100+ visitors to the site and registration is gaining momentum. Phewph. Turns out we’re not totally crazy!

Now, before going any further, I just want to make sure you know who is behind the vision and direction of the conference, as well as the content posted on this blog. So, who are we? We are proud Vancouverites and local creatives who passionately seek the company of, and inspiration from, other creative types – people who, like us, are driven by their inspiration and “must” pursue their ideas and find a way to make their living doing what they love (or desire to). We believe that, as we grow in our creative efforts and delve deeper into our own artistic crafts, we must also expand horizontally to gain new relationships with, and understanding from, creative people of disciplines other than our own. This is our heart and the core reason for hosting CREATIVEMIX; we want to take our creativity to the next level and believe that we are not alone.

We are Corwin Hiebert and Eileen Rothe. By the time October 22nd comes around, we will have been married for 13 years. Though I’m pretty sure we can’t self-proclaim the status of “Power Couple,” we definitely live our lives in such a way that we plan for, and expect to, work together on nearly every project. We co-birthed and are co-producing CREATIVEMIX, and we are extremely excited to champion other local creatives and gather together like-minded Vancouverites this Fall. Here’s a little snapshot on each of us:

Corwin Hiebert

Corwin Hiebert

Specializing in strategic event design, marketing, and logistics management, Corwin has 14 years of experience in the event industry and has handled near every kind of event, from international road shows to local fundraisers. A one-time consultant to the largest software company in the world, Microsoft, he managed over 300 international training events in under four years. Some of his local events include the Western Canada’s largest yoga event, the “Camp Moomba Yogathon,” supporting Canadian children impacted by HIV/AIDS, the Hoop-Law Charity Basketball Tournament, and the upcoming 2009 GEOWEB conference. Corwin is also the manager for Wade Imre Morissette (kirtan performer/yoga instructor/author) and David duChemin (photographer/author).

Eileen Rothe

Eileen Rothe

Eileen is singer/songwriter with a piano-driven style and a soulful, edgy voice. She’s been graciously compared to the likes of Kate Bush and Tori Amos but has her own unique je ne sais quoi. Over the past couple of years, Eileen has been extremely fortunate to work with renowned vocal coach Judith Rabinovich (known for her work with Sarah McLachlan) and continues to pursue excellence in her music. Her debut EP “Dream Girl” (Hipposonic Records) has the magical touch of producer Jeff Dawson (John Wozniak, Holly McNarland, Daniel Powter) and mixer Mike Fraser (Aerosmith, AC/DC, Rush) and in the spring of 2008 she ventured out on her first Canadian tour that took her from Vancouver to Ottawa. Early this year Eileen travelled to New York, as she was invited to audition for a roadway musical – this has thrown her into a new and challenging direction in her career and she is very excited about it. She is also working on new material and is back in the studio this summer.

So there it is. Sorry for the self-promo . . . I just couldn’t come up with any other way to introduce ourselves. Maybe I should have had someone interview us – though that sounds even more presumptuous, don’t you think? Nonetheless, thanks for being a part of our CREATIVEMIX family and please be sure to subscribe to the RSS Feed, follow us on Twitter, and tell your friends about October 22nd.

Posted by: Corwin Hiebert

Droppin’ the Creative Bomb

Friday, May 29th, 2009

booooooom_logoNo, don’t run for cover. There’s no immediate threat – unless you don’t have a creative bone in your body, which we seriously doubt. Just be sure to keep an eye on the creative bomb of a blog called BOOOOOOOM.

Vancouver’s Jeff Hamada, designer and creative cheerleader, curates an amazing blog full of dangerously cool and creative people, images, ideas, projects, and stories. When speaking at Pecha Kucha Night Vancouver – Volume #6 he revealed his own art (mostly from his childhood – the Stegosaurus wearing jeans playing the saxophone was our favourite) and told some great stories about connecting and collaborating with creative people all over the world through his blog.

BOOOOOOOM is truly an inspiring site to click through but one shouldn’t stop there. Participating in the creative mayhem is highly encouraged and is a ton of fun, so don’t click and run – join in! Our recommendation is: haul out the RSS artillery and sign-up for duty. So, here’s a shout out to Jeff and his WMC (Weapon of Mass Creativity) BOOOOOOOM.

Creative People in Business

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

fastcompany_100creativesThe June issue of Fast Company Magazine features a very interesting list you’ll want to check out: 100 Most Creative People in Business.

Clearly such a list begs the question “according to whom?” since the subjectivity and bias of lists like these usually renders them predictable and useless. As well, magazines often use TOP lists as an excuse to get as many famous people on their pages as possible in order to generate sales. Both of these indiscretions are just not cool when it comes to creative people and so this list deserves a critical eye.

Believe it or not Fast Company got it right on this one (almost). The editors and staff did a pretty good job keeping the “who’s who” out and focused on people behind the people; which gets them props for sure. Though it’s not hard to lead-off with Apple, Chuck Salter’s snapshot of creative superhero (#1) Jonathan Ive, Senior Vice President of Industrial Design, is clearly a great start. Anyone who contributes so much to the success of a brand and its products and then calmly steps aside to let Steve Jobs bask in the glory belongs on such a list. Besides, Ive’s started in that role at the age of 29… all you can say is WOW.

A couple others stood out. Facebook’s Dave Morin, Senior Platform Manager, sits amoung good company (#16) with his evangelistic approach to the discussion of open-identity standards – which is cool. Morin is a creative guy who’s helping his and many other companies, and that makes him a solid addition to the roster for sure. And despite his fame and fortune, J.J. Abrams (#14) should get all the praise in the world for the way he warps time and puts the adventure back in action television and injects mystery into car chase movies.

There seems to be only a couple blips on the radar when it comes the list and they both get bad marks for two very different reasons. (#18) Susan Athey, Chief Economist at Microsoft, is being hailed for her adult-oriented questions about designs’ affect on the platform. No wow there. The few words written about her leave you wondering if they were looking harder than they should have in order to drop a Microsoft bigwig onto the list. Just because she’s asking good questions doesn’t quite make her a creative business person. That being said, Microsoft seems to be working hard on reinventing themselves so we’ll give her a little slack assuming we’ll hear more from her very soon. The amount of praise Fast Company heaps on Tyra Banks (#49) is a bit awkward. Sure she’s got herself quite the fashion media empire but her “hyperactive hand in creating” her world seems to justify adding her to the Top 100 Divas list. Again, maybe she deserves the credit; creativity does come in all kinds of crazy, Fast Company just didn’t provide much evidence on this one.

Now what about us? What if we made a list of our own? Who are the great thinkers and rising stars of business we’ve heard of or have worked at? Leave a comment below with your Top 5 Most Creative Business People and we’ll combine them to make our own CREATIVMIX Top 100 (or fewer, depending on the comments of course; besides nothing says social networking quite like a Top 17 list).

Registration is Open

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

creativemix-logo_90xIt’s been a long time in coming but it’s finally here: registration is now open for CREATIVEMIX (Vancouver’s Ideation Conference) taking place October 22, 2009 at the Roundhouse Community Arts Centre in Vancouver, BC. All you creative peeps who normally wait until the last minute will definitely miss out on this one if you don’t sign-up early so be sure to register quick (and save $20 before September 15). You can learn all you need to learn on the Register page.

Here’s the scoop on who this event is for, why it’s happening, and why it will be a one-of-a-kind conference:

CREATIVEMIX is a gathering of Vancouver’s emerging and professional creative minds. This one-day conference is dedicated to those who live and breathe ideation, creative expression, and believe the notion that inspiration is the most important asset. This conference is an interdisciplinary event, bringing together industry-leading idea makers who will share their experiences and explore a common thread of creativity.

This conference is for everyone who depends on their creative output – whether it’s a small or big part of their work. The goal is to help you take your creativity to the next level! We believe that the next level can be achieved through the collaboration and inspiration that comes from learning and working outside the box.

So often “creatives” gather to hone their technical craft; however, skills are simply not enough. It’s one thing to plan and deliver on a great idea but it’s the innovator who stands apart from the crowd. By leaving your skills at the door and focusing on expanding your creativity you’ll gain inspiration and a new mindset around this invaluable medium.

The program will consist of 12 speakers, from various industries, speaking to how they foster and manage creativity, fan new ideas into fruition, and promote the cross-pollination of creative concepts among different types of people and projects.

Got a question? Contact Corwin Hiebert at

WTF Redefined

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

wtfcoverCREATIVEMIX speaker, and Vancouver’s very own, David duChemin has released his first book and let’s just say that WTF is an appropriate response to its success. Yeah – the shortname ranks high on the provocative list but that’s not what’s getting everyone’s attention. Within the Frame: A Journey of Photographic Vision is a powerful book that has a lot to say about the how-to of photography which is only the beginning. David has delivered an epic book that goes deep into the why. He inspires the pro (and the not-s0-pro) to find and express their vision photographically, specifically where people, places, and culture are concerned. PeachPit released the book just a couple weeks ago and the response has tripped the WTF radar when it comes to sales. Though still in the infancy stage of landing on shelves online sales at are through the roof.

The popularity of David’s blog PixelatedImage and his fast-growing Twitter community has propelled staggering feedback and book sales.  Follow him for just a few days and you’ll see that he’s clearly an exceptional writer, skilled communicator, lover of the craft, and coach for all kinds of “creatives”.

WTF is striking a chord in amateur and professional photographers alike and is connecting with people in a way that is setting itself up as a must-read for anyone who has ever looked through the lens of a camera. So, the skinny is: it’s a damn good book and David’s casual, impassioned voice comes through whether he’s talking about shutter speed or having tea in Cairo. You’ll want to buy a couple books, one to keep and one to give as a gift. Seriously.

Pecha Kucha Night Vancouver

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

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Pecha Kucha Night, is a world-wide phenomenon and it happens right here in Vancouver. It’s an evening filled with inspiration, creativity, and artistic passion. Volume #6 is happening May 21, 2009 (7:00pm) at the Park Theatre (3440 Cambie Street) – it’s only $10 and it sells out so purchase your tickets online ASAP.

Never heard of Pecha Kucha before? Here’s how it works: each presenter is allowed 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds each – giving 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up. This keeps presentations concise, the interest level up, and gives more people the chance to show. It’s kinda like show and tell for creatives (but don’t worry, it’s not commercial).

Pecha Kucha (which is Japanese for the sound of conversation) has tapped into a demand for a forum in which creative work can be easily and informally shown, without having to rent a gallery or chat up a magazine editor. This is a† demand that seems to be global – as Pecha Kucha Night, without any pushing, has spread virally to over 100 cities across the world.

The presenters for Volume #6 are:

Michael Green > Architect > McFarlane Green Biggar Architecture & Design
Marian Bantjes > Graphic Designer > Marian Bantjes
Chris Bentzen > Freelance print designer, artist > This Is Plan B
Julia Kwan > Filmmaker > Fire Horse Productions
Toby Barratt> Designer/ Owner> Propellor Design
Jonathan Kassian > Economist > VED
Linus Lam & Denise Liu > Creator / Editor >
Erin Boniferro > Artist + Educator > Western Front Society, Collage Collage
Jesse Savath> Director/Photographer > SALAZAR
Julie Gendron > Designer > Desiring Productions
Bill Pechet > Principal > Pechet and Robb Art and Architecture Ltd.
Jeff Hamada > Designer/ Editor >

Learn more at: Pecha-Kucha Vancouver

Follow us on Twitter

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

twitter-256x2561Love it or hate it Twitter is the hot date that everyone wants to kiss at the prom. So, if you’re already at the dance then follow us: