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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
 
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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

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Tools of Your Trade - #05 Aaron Thompson

1. Name and profession
Aaron Thompson / Senior Experience Architect

2. Where do you work?
Critical Mass

3. What inspired you to start?
I first got into design because of gig posters and album art. I liked how these visuals turned music from an auditory experience to a multi-sensory one. I slowly moved away from visual design and into user experience design due to my hyper logical brain meats. And my inability to draw. And my crippling fear of colour.

4. What's inspiring these days?
I am inspired by outer space, order and purpose, simplicity and dad jokes.

5. 10 words about what's in the photo.
Forehand Smash
Bourbon
Mind Palace
Orange
Red
Green
Yellow 
Black
Asthma
Classic

6. What did you sketch in your Web Book this week?
Sketching comes hard to me. I am a late bloomer to acknowledging its tremendous benefits in any sort of problem solving or creative endeavour. My sketches are wildly crude. Luckily however, since any piece of a UI can be drawn by knowing how to draw a triangle, a circle and a square, it doesn't matter too much.

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 - #04 Kait Kucy

1. Name and profession
Kait Kucy, Freelance Writer

2. Where do you work?
I work from home and coffee shops. 

3. What inspired you to start?
I've always been drawn to writing and one day, long after I finished my art degree, I realized it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. The internet and social media have created so many opportunities and friends for me that I never thought possible. Sometimes I have to pinch myself.

4. What's inspiring these days?
At the moment, I am absolutely inspired by everything monochromatic, craft cocktails and summer road trips. I've been shooting a lot and writing a lot - both are keeping me moving in new directions. I seem to think only in filmic sequences at the moment which works perfect because I am off to write a screenplay at the end of the month. 

5. 10 words about what's in the photo. 
Fun
Juvenile
Inspiration
Network
Colour
Write
Read
Play
Shoot
Talk

6. What did you sketch in your Mobile Book this week?
I've been coming up with some banner ideas for my secret Tumblr blog and for an upcoming event I am planning.

Check out Kait's work at http://kaitkucy.com/ and follow her on Twitter at @kaitkucy and Instagram at http://instagram.com/kaitkucy

 

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Tools of Your Trade - #03 Bram & Marta Timmer

1. Name and profession
Bram Timmer / Creative Director 

2. Where do you work? 
Wild Forest Inc. 

3. What inspired you to start? 
I grew up in a small town, bordering a fairy tale amusement park called De Efteling, so I was immersed in visually rich storytelling from an early age. What inspires me the most is the ability to go through life and explore it without the conformity of traditional expectations and restrictions. Being plugged into the Internet via a dial-up modem and being an early adaptor of Flash certainly helped pull me into a world of “what if”. 

4. What's inspiring these days? 
Reading about counterculture movements such as the Beat Generation; traveling as much as you can to get exposed to new people and thought; grounding yourself again out in nature. 

5. 10 words about what's in the photo.
Capture
Travel
Multinational
Express
Health
Multimedia
Tools
Narrative
Organize
Beginnings 

6. What did you sketch in your Mobile book this week?
App concepts and iOS game application revisions. 

 

1. Name and profession. 
Marta Timmer / Visual Artist and Designer

2. Where do you work? 
I work at Wild Forest Inc. I also teach at the U of L’s Calgary Campus

3. What inspired you to start?
I first started drawing when I was about 8 or 9. Everything was fun and new and an opportunity to play and develop my imagination. As I entered my teens I turned inward and became reclusive but I lived a rich internal life, which spawned a whole new interest in art and visual culture. I learned that the artist is an observer, often on the outside and looking in, digesting the world and spitting it out, to provoke a thought, to change the world...

The artist’s journey is ultimately about two things: learning how to see, and learning how to show what you see... 

4. What's inspiring these days?
outings in nature
crayons and pixels
photography
the interconnectedness of life
instinct
light
reading
Romanticism, Postmodernism
the subjectivity of perception
the constant chase for that feeling of "flow"
Marina Abramovic
Zdzislaw Beksinski 

5. 10 words about what's in the photo. 
Travel
See
Make
Archive
Eat
Read
Write
Speak
Play
Love

6. What did you sketch in your Web Book this week?
A layout for a new portfolio website. 

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 - #02 Jos van Benthem

1. Name and profession
Jos van Benthem / Designer

2.Where do you work?
I'm currently a student at SAIT Polytechnic (the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology)


3. What inspired you to start?
I've loved design for as long as I can remember, and once I started, I never looked back. Other designers have always been an inspiration to me and have been part of the reason why I started a creative education and profession - not only their work, but also their lifestyle and way of thinking. 

4. What's inspiring these days?
I'm just getting started and so I'm still learning a lot. What's inspiring to me moving forward is the breadth of what's out there. Knowing that there is so much to choose from. I know I'll never be bored.

5. 10 words about what's in the photo.  
Industrial
Parra
Netherlands
Essentials
Dry Lips
Groomed
Casio
Modern
Farmfresh
Portfolio sketch

6.What did you sketch in your Web Book this week?
I sketched some website layouts, app designs and some resume mock ups.

Check out Jos' work at www.josvanbenthem.com

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 - #01 Shiori Saito

Note: This is part of an ongoing series exploring the techniques and rationales of digital artists. To be a part of this series, contact us below. 

1. Name and profession
Shiori Saito / Production Designer

2. Where do you work?
Sajak & Farki

3. What inspired you to start?
The art-making process of other artists and designers reminds me to push my boundaries and continue to create.

I'm influenced by the artwork of Janet Cardiff, Hayao Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli), Eric Carle, Toshio Iwai, Ars ElectronicaNFB Interactive Film series and Video Games. 

4. What's inspiring these days?
The ability to immerse myself into familiar simplicity and comfort allows me to explore and reveal unexpected ideas/connections in everyday life. I love observing my surroundings and that fills my mind with fresh thoughts and fun discoveries. Cats have also been a big source of comfort and inspiration in my home. They gently invite me to pursue my creative process.

5. 10 words about what's in the photo.
Playful
Introspective
Meow
Crafts
Connecting dots
Interdisciplinary
Quick-draw
Nerd
Nature
Organized

6. What did you sketch in your Web Book this week? 
I sketched quick wireframes, a few email layouts, my long to-do lists and a cat face that says "track time".

Check out Shiori's work at shiorisaito.com and follow her on Twitter at @ssai2 

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AdRodeo Student Tour - 2014

This week, we welcomed a group of students from the University of Calgary, Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD), and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). During this AdRodeo Student Tour, we challenged the students to use the Gridbooks and design a digital campaign in less than 2 hours.

The results? Fascinating.

Student were split into two groups and given a budget, creative brief and target market breakdowns. They were challenged to come up with a creative campaign that used any digital medium at their disposal. The catch? Be on budget, on time and create a compelling pitch to consumers.

We had such a great time with the students that we decided to make this little montage of our day. Enjoy!

S&F / AdRodeo / Student Sessions 2014 from Sajak & Farki on Vimeo.