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2014 Holiday Shipping Notice

Don't forget to place your holiday orders early!

Gridbooks uses Canada Post for all orders and the following are the suggested shipping deadlines. 

If you're not sure what to get for family and friends, why not get a Gridbooks gift card instead?

Any orders that are shipped past these dates are not guaranteed to arrive by Christmas. 

International - December 1st (Africa November 24)

United States - December 8th

Canada - December 11th

Tools of Your Trade - #14 James Bull

1. Name and profession
James Bull, Design Team Lead

2. Where do you work?
Mobify Research & Development in Vancouver, BC

3. What inspired you to start?
Snowboarding. I'll never forget realizing that people DESIGN the snowboard gear I shred with. Picking colours and fabric for outerwear, designing the graphics on my snowboard, and working on the annual catalogues. I thought to myself, "that's a job? People get paid for that? That sounds f'in awesome!"

4. What's inspiring these days?
The industry pushing the boundaries of multi-screen design. What we're seeing from the big boys is crazy exciting and shows how the unification of design language across devices and platforms can improve your online experiences.

5. 10 words about what's in the photo?
Gettin' the job done, havin' fun, and soakin' in sun.

6. What did you sketch in your Gridbook this week?
Ideas from my biweekly one-on-ones with my designers – they're always coming up with the best concepts and ideas. They're constantly brainstorming new mobile design patterns, internal toolkits, open-source modules, and process adjustments. Smart peeps.

Want to share your own Tools of Your Trade? Let us know by e-mailing info@gridbooks.com or tweeting @gridbooks

Tools of Your Trade - #13 Eric Seymour

1. Name and profession
Eric Seymour, Art Director

2. Where do you work?
Sajak & Farki, in Calgary, AB. 

3. What inspired you to start?
My dad worked at IBM for like 30 years, and I remember him bringing home computer boxes and seeing that old Paul Rand IBM logo with the Eye, and the Bee, and the M. I loved it. I remember thinking, 'computers are so boring, but their logo is so weird!' Then 20 years later, I was going to college to be a geologist or something, and somebody put up their hand at the end of my presentation on Buttes (not butts) and said, "Your presentation looked reaaalllllyy good." That's when I started to think maybe I was doing the wrong thing.

4. What's inspiring these days?
I get really excited to make things when people around me are doing cool things. I like to surround myself with people who are better than me, cause then I push myself harder to be on their level. The internet is really cool too.

5. 10 words about what's in the photo?
Work
Fire
Knives
Smells
Coffee
Work
Babes
Music
Drawings

6. What did you sketch in your Web Book this week?
The sketches shown in my tools photo is actually sketches of the new Gridbooks, in an old Gridbook, when we designed them a year or so ago. The last thing I drew in my Gridbook was a quick mock-up of a site wireframe for our Intern, with a highlighter cause I couldn't find another pen. 

Check out Eric's 'Coming Soon' page at http://ericseymour.com/ then check back in a while to see if he's got an actual website up. In the meantime, check Eric's Instagram at http://instagram.com/ericdseymour

Want to share your own Tools of Your Trade? Let us know by e-mailing info@gridbooks.com or tweeting @gridbooks

Tools of Your Trade - #12 Dael Wasylenka
  

1. Name and profession
Dael Wasylenka / Partner, Design Director

2. Where do you work?
Sajak & Farki

3. What inspired you to start?
It is exciting to be in a creative field that allows me to be productive as a multidisciplinary — bringing together graphic, interactive, video and audio in an experience.

4. What's inspiring these days?
http://thisisnthappiness.com/ & http://www.fastcocreate.com/

5. 10 words about what's in the photo.
Striving to have a minimalist lifestyle: Simplify. Essentialist. Quality. Style. 

6. What did you sketch in your Gridbook this week?
Rough layouts of how an architect website's content can flow.

Want to share your own Tools of Your Trade? Let us know by e-mailing info@gridbooks.com or tweeting @gridbooks

Tools of Your Trade - #11 Jenelle Ball

1. Name and profession
Jenelle Ball / Student

2. Where do you work?
School by day, Milk Tiger by night.

3. What inspired you to start?
In my youth I had a well known habit to rearrange the furniture in my grandmas basement. I think thats where it all started. Now its moving content around. I need things to be well organized and functional. I like rulers, knives, scissors, all types of drawing instruments, and I am especially fond of paper.

4. What's inspiring these days?
Science, nature and the human condition.

5. 10 words about what's in the picture.
I use things from this drawer to create my designs.

6. What did you sketch in your Web Book this week?
Layouts for Good Life Community Bicycle Shop.

Check out Jenelle's work at http://jenelleball.ca/ and follow her on Twitter at @xxvs_

Want to share your own Tools of Your Trade? Let us know by e-mailing info@gridbooks.com or tweeting @gridbooks

Tools of Your Trade - #10 Tana Green

  

1. Name and profession
Tana Green, Architecture and Interaction Design

2. Where do you work?
Tangible Places. Experience Design: on site & online. I founded this company in New York, and am currently working in the River North neighborhood of Chicago. 

3. What inspired you to start?

I was inspired by the renovation of my family’s home when I was about four years old. The world that I thought I knew as comforting and complete was expanded into something large and magical, all by the use of some architectural drawings by thoughtful people, the use of lumber, paint, some other basic materials, and a kind-hearted carpenter and his crew. Fast-forward a few decades later, after being involved with some large and significant museum exhibitions, I decided I really wanted to start my own practice. No matter how modest the project, I would be able to work directly with clients in my community, and perhaps further afield, to simply create delightful places utilizing dedicated communication and creative uses of comfortable materials. 


4. What’s inspiring these days?

I am inspired by many things, in scales great and small. Recurring themes of inspiration range from hydrological infrastructure and geologic formations to biological systems and structures. 

If I were to adapt a song based on the “These are a few of my favorite things” from The Sound of Music, it might include some of these details: 

Surface tension
Current

Volcanism
Erosion
Lichen
Patina
Vernal sunrises over the Great Lakes

Animals who use interactive technology
Extremophile bacteria
The circulation systems of vegetablesAvian fossils
Bower birds

The smell of recently trimmed reclaimed timber beams and hardwood flooring.

Prehistoric ceramics
craft wine and whiskey labels

European and North American lumber and grist mills
conservatories
concert halls that are inherently well-designed for acoustics
amateur roadside museums
Calligraphy

Comparative linguistics
everything about the year 1997

Library Catalogs
Late 19th and early 20th Century art, architecture and design (1891-1926)specifically: Fin de Siecle, international style of early modernism, the American prairie craft movement, and the Situationist movement in Paris of the 1960s.
And almost any Italian, French, and British graphic design, cinema, and music from 1919 to 1929, and 1961 to 1968

shipping containers
3D printed pre-cast concrete structural modules 


5. 10 words about what's in the photo. 
memory
imagination
scale
mobility
place-making
privacy
collaboration
precision
materiality
delight

6. Tell us about your sketches in your Mobile Book

I am in the process of designing a mobile guide for roadside museums and other cultural attractions in North America. The desire to preserve local memories and artifacts and showcase the narratives of a place should be celebrated. With the Roadside Museums app, travellers can diverge from the beaten path for a moment to reflect on the stories that exist between their origin and their destination. I am especially interested in designing a mobile experience that allows smaller attractions — which might not have lavish advertising budgets — to reach larger audiences. I hope to drive more visitors to the quirky and obscure micro-museums that are works of passion for small communities by creating a mobile app. Road-tripping North Americans can leverage the best GPS data available to allow users to prepare for their visit, learn about the stories off the well-worn and congested paths, and ensure key takeaways from their visit. I intend to help these museums grow into thriving local cultural institutions. 

Want to share your own Tools of Your Trade? Let us know by e-mailing info@gridbooks.com or tweeting @gridbooks

Tools of Your Trade - #09 Glen Hayes
 
1. Name and profession
Glen Hayes / Graphic Designer 
 
2. Where do you work?
SDS Creative
 
3. What inspired you to start?
I have always had a knack for creating things and love solving problems.
 
4. What's inspiring these days?
There are so many great designers out there, seeing their work gets my creative juices going. Plus, a drive to always create better and more engaging work.
 
5. 10 words about what's in the photo.  
Coffee is my design fuel, without it I would die. 
 
6. What did you sketch in your Web Book this week? 
Website sketches and some logo designs. 
 
Check out Glen's work at www.glenhayes.ca
 
Want to share your own Tools of Your Trade? Let us know by e-mailing info@gridbooks.com or tweeting @gridbooks.  

  

Tools of Your Trade - #08 Alaine Mackenzie

 

1. Name and profession
Alaine Mackenzie / Content Strategist

2. Where do you work?
Yellow Pencil

3. What inspired you to start?
I didn't really know content strategy existed when I started doing it. I started doing it and then found out there was a name for it.

4. What's inspiring these days?
The amazing people I work with, and clients trying to make the world a better place. That, and my apparently insatiable need to do things.

5. 10 words about what's in the photo.
I went to New York and got blisters and ideas.

6. What did you sketch in your Web Book this week?
I took this book along with me to the 99u conference in New York, because ideas are so much better written down than typed out.

Want to share your own Tools of Your Trade? Let us know by e-mailing info@gridbooks.com or tweeting @gridbooks

Tools of Your Trade - #07 Kevin Rosmanitz

1. Name and profession
Kevin Rosmanitz / Copywriter

2. Where do you work?
Sajak & Farki

3. What inspired you to start?
I loved the Nike ads of the 90s and was huge into comics and movies. I grew up with a vivid imagination and a knack for describing what I saw in my head.

4. What's inspiring these days?
So much stuff! I think inspiration comes from everywhere. Just need to keep your eyes up to notice it and let it in when you see it.

5. 10 words about what's in the photo. 
I like bikes, so that’s always a thing with me.

6. What did you sketch in your Web Book this week?
Lots of notes, a few little flowcharts, some doodles, unstructured riff raff really.

Want to share your own Tools of Your Trade? Let us know by e-mailing info@gridbooks.com or tweeting @gridbooks

Tools of Your Trade - #06 Jessica Seymour

1. Name and profession
Jessica Seymour / Filmmaker

2. Where do you work?
Focus Pull Productions

3. What inspired you to start?
My dad always took me out on photo taking adventures. Growing up with those experiences made me realized the comfort I find in being able to create the world as I imagine it through a lens. 

4. What's inspiring these days?
Being in a new city and collaborating with new creative minds from a variety of disciplines. Instillation art. Simone Weil. Films shot on Film. Travel. Trains. Colour. Silence. Slow Motion. Strangers. Storytellers.

5. 10 words about what's in the photo.  
Capture
Organize
Compose
Modern
Vintage
Communicate
Memory
Preservation
Create
Discover

6. What did you sketch in your Web Book this week?
Shot lists, location information and a stock usage catalogue.

Check out Jessica's work at http://focuspullproductions.tumblr.com/ or on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/FocusPullProd

Want to share your own Tools of Your Trade? Let us know by e-mailing info@gridbooks.com or tweeting @gridbooks

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