Posts Tagged ‘design’

Kelly Deck at IDSwest

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Take_It_Outside_005CREATIVEMIX speaker Kelly Deck is presenting this weekend at the Interior Design Show West (IDSwest) – Western Canada’s annual premiere residential design show.  Kelly will take the stage at 12:15pm on Sunday. IDSwest is a great event featuring 200 exhibitors showcasing quality products and services to an audience of industry professionals, architects, designers, consumers and media. Learn more at IDSwest.com

Events in Vancity

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Here’s a couple upcoming events you’ll want to check out:

innovationcamp-van

Vancouver Innovation Camp is an opportunity to learn and practice creativity and entrepreneurial skills through a series of activities inspired by the book What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 (by Tina Seelig). During this 16 hour workshop, students will participate in a variety of exercises. Each activity focuses on practicing key principles of being an entrepreneur – identifying opportunities, learning from failure, defining success, and innovating. By the end of the workshop students will possess the tools to look at problems from a fresh perspective and identify opportunities, and the confidence to produce and implement creative solutions.

It’s being held at the Kontent Creative Office: Suite 203, 55 Water St. Vancouver BC. The first workshop is October 13th so don’t wait – sign-up as quick as you can.

Learn more at www.InnovationCamp.org.

trendcity-van

Trend City, Vancouver
Join the League of Kickass Business People for a stylish, thought-provoking evening with Vancouver’s leading business trendspotters, tastemakers and opinion leaders. Conversation and networking is kick-started with a panel discussion on what’s hot and what’s next in design, branding, style and media.

The featured panelists are: Kirk Lapointe (Managing Editor of The Vancouver Sun, Adjunct Professor at University of British Columbia and author of the mediamanager.com), Ginger Grant, PhD (Digital storyteller and creative business consultant. Author of Re-Visioning the Way We Work and Branding: From The Inside Out), Eric Karjaluoto (Creative Director and Principal at smashLAB, Founder of MakeFive and design/brand/experience blogger at ideasonideas.com), and Paul Melo (Designer, photographer, style-spotter and founder of stylequotient.ca and meloCreative).

The panel discussion will be moderated by Angele Beausoleil (Associate VP Strategy and Client Service at Fjord Interactive, former CEO of ITP Entertainment, interactive media marketer, inventor and Renaissance woman).

It’s coming up quick – September 23rd – and will be held at Cossette on Homer Street. Learn more here.

Hot One Inch Action

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

hot action button 09-1Okay, let’s face it… buttons are cool. I remember collecting buttons when I was in elementary school and they were nowhere near as cool as they are today. Do you remember those really big ones? As a 10-year old I had these massive buttons from events like EXPO 86 and by my favourite pop stars like Corey Hart; I think I even had one of the A-Team… or was it Airwolf?

Buttons have evolved… big time, but thank goodness they’ve gotten smaller. And what’s really cool about living in this modern age of buttonness (fake word) is that anyone can make them! Artists and nerds, social activists and marketing wizards, anyone and everyone can make their own one-off button, a collectors series, or a gang-run of thousands. I had some made for the Camp Moomba Yogathon back in 2008 and they were so much fun to share and use as a conversation starter. Personally, I don’t wear them on my clothes but I like sticking them to a bag or on a cork board. I think a jean jacket is the ideal “canvas” for 1-inch buttons but I haven’t worn a jean jacket since 1988 (forgetting, of course, the denim relapse of 2003) so I’m not likely to start flashin’ the hot action at my next meeting any time soon.

Well, if you haven’t yet guessed where I was going with this… on October 22nd you’ll be able to make your own buttons at CREATIVEMIX! Chris Bentzen, from This is Plan B, will be bringing his button making magic to the Creative Exhibition so we can all get in on the action! How cool is that!

Special note: CREATIVEMIX is more than a conference, there will also be a Creative Exhibition which will be open to the public. Visit the Exhibition page to learn more about the hands-on stations like button making, painting, and photography. As well, if you want to show off your own creativity (or that of your company) please contact us right away as there’s limited space for exhibitors.

Posted by: Corwin Hiebert

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Check-out the buttons from 2008

Check-out the action from the 2008 event

Now, whether you’re an artist, a button-wearing junkie, or just a curious creative you’ll want to attend their big event coming up. Here’s the details:

  • Event title: Hot One Inch Action
  • Date: Saturday Nov 7, 2009
  • Time: Trading starts at 8:00pm
  • Location: W2 @ Flack Block Gallery (157 Hastings)

They’re bringing together 50 artists, 50 buttons, and some hot button trading action with Vancouver’s hottest art audience. Conceived by Jim Hoehnle and Chris Bentzen in 2004, Hot One Inch Action is the original, one-night only show of art, music and social interaction.

The original work of fifty different artists will be chosen to be presented on one inch buttons. These one inch buttons are displayed on the gallery wall and the audience is offered the opportunity to buy randomly selected buttons in bags of five. If the bag purchased does not have the desired button, you are invited to trade with the people around you. How bad do you want that button?

Chris and Jim are now accepting submissions. It’s free to submit artwork and chosen artists receive 20 free copies of their button. Only one submission per artist. Check out details on hotoneinchaction.com. Submission deadline is Friday October 30 at noon.

Look at Me I’m a Cartoon!

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

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Find your inner illustrator, build an animated representation of yourself, tell stories, or just have fun making random drawings; Do-it-Yourself comics is the name of the game at Pixton.com.

Creator Clive Goodinson, and his Vancouver-based Pixton Comics Inc., is a leading developer of innovative social media applications. They’ve launched a killer website that every social media user should check-out. The quick scoop is this: it’s free, the comics are viewable to non-users, they’re sharable, and the DIY web-app is absolutely the coolest thing ever! It’s a perfect tool for those of us who can’t draw worth a darn.

The feature that seems to get a lot of action is “remix”. Your friends can add onto your comic without screwing up your original build – how great is that! The idea of building comics in community is pretty cool.

What’s really got my attention as of late is their education campaign:

“Pixton for Schools, a private, virtual classroom that integrates their award-winning comic creation software in a fun web-based learning environment. Pixton for Schools lets teachers and students create, publish, and share their own comics – without having to draw. A powerful and intuitive comic editor makes it easy to design characters, insert props, and add speech bubbles – all within the comic pane. Characters can be articulated, their facial expressions changed, and attributes such as hair and clothing style selected, simply by clicking and dragging.” Read more at Pixton.com.

So, this is a CREATIVEMIX shout out to our friends at Pixton. Good one.

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.