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Vectorvault Tours the Niagara College Campus

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada –

Teaming up to change the way we interact with vectors and the talented people who create them

Niagara college Research & Innovation

A Change of pace

Today was no ordinary day. Today was special for a couple of reasons. The first, I got to crawl out of my little office hurricane and hit the road. Something that I have been wanting to do for a long time. So, I traded downtown grid lock for the open road of Southern Ontario. What a day for a road trip. Vineyards as far as the eye could see and beautiful lake Ontario spilling in under bridges and through canals. A stunning drive. I’m talking about Niagara, Ontario. The home of some excellent, award-winning wine and (as I learned today) a hidden wealth of talent, craftsmanship and good taste. I felt as though I had discovered something. This is a beautiful part of Ontario that I am glad I had a chance to experience.

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Trading in “Virtual Reality” for a little “Reality”

The second reason for me coming to this place was to meet a team. Not over the phone, or Skype or in a volley of emails. But Old school. In person. You know, the way the pioneers used to do it.
I excepted an invitation to see things for myself. I got a chance to shake a few hands today with Krystle, Dave and Collin from the Niagara College Research & Innovation Department. And I’m glad I did. A great group.
Their team has accepted a challenge to solve a particular puzzle for Vectorvault. And together, we placed the pieces on the chess board. Today was special. Today was important…
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ADVERTISING AND ART COLLIDE – BRANDED™

Toronto, Ontario

 

Adam Jarvis is a creative director. He has enjoyed a successful 14 year career building brands for some of the world’s most noticeable names. Adam is also a classically trained painter and illustrator. These two sides of his creative life have been in constant conflict for many years. The strategic side of his brain and the free spirited artistic side finally collided in the form of an art show entitled BRANDED™. The show consisted of 12 female vector portraits created entirely out of logos. See how many you can find.

“My business life has been focused on building brands – designingadvertisements that sell things.

My artistic life has primarily been about the female form – painting portraits of women as powerful and magical characters.

Shortly after the birth of my daughter Olivia this year, I stumbled upon a place in which the two collide.

My new collection BRANDED™ is a series of 12 portraits. 4 of which are multi-layerd between 5 sheets of glass. Each digitally created piece is comprised from a pool of thousands of logos collected across my career as a graphic designer.

The subjects are also brands themselves. Transformed into goddesses of capitalism.

As consumers, are we defined by the brands we buy?Collectively are we the sum of our purchases?

The answer is the question – BRANDED™

Dedicated to my wife Natalie, my daughter Olivia,

and the memory of Gerald Caracciolo (June 22, 1957 – May 25, 2006)”

– From the BRANDED™ gallery program by Adam Jarvis

In addition, Adam also composed small poems to accompany each of his pieces to give you a sense of personality for each. The idea was that if a customer would identify with a piece on a personal level, they would take her home. His instincts were correct. All of these prints sold out.

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MY LIFE IS A DEMO – Adam Jarvis

Toronto, Canada

This is a sold out limited edition poster (10″ x 30″) created by Canadian Illustrator Adam Jarvis . The proceeds from the sale of this poster (entitled: “My life is a demo“) was donated to a local community group.

“I was messing around with Adobe Illustrator and started to rhyme off some of the artists from my computer’s playlist. Before I knew it I was obsessed with stringing them along in a chaotic jumble. It made me think of the days when all of my music was on tape. Anyone old enough to remember can sympathize with the painstaking task of unwinding a tape with a pencil to save their treasured mix.

I will always regret throwing away boxes of old tapes. Say what you will about the digital age. My music never sounded better than it did on tape.”

– Adam Jarvis

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NANO-HAZZARD SYMBOL – Design Competition

Ottawa, Canada –

Biotechnology, nuclear power, toxic chemicals, electromagnetic radiation — each of these technological hazards has a universally recognized warning symbol associatedwith it. So why not nanotechnology — the world’s most powerful (and potentially dangerous) technology?

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Take a look at a catalogue of entries here.

Why Do We Need a Nano-Hazard Symbol?
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Nick La – BUTTERFLY

Toronto, Ontario

Nick La is a young and talented creative who has a wide range of interests. Here is an example of his vector illustration style. This piece is entitled “Butterfly“. As you can see he has a flare for color and shape.

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Here is a bio in the artist’s own words:

Hello everyone, my name is Nick La and I am based in Toronto. As you can see, I’m a graphic/web designer. Most of the skills and knowlege I have are self-taught, but I did attendHumber College for a two year Advertising and Graphic Design program. There, I learned about Photoshop, Illustrator, QuarkXpress, typography, advertising, and color theory.

BACKGROUND

After graduating from Humber College, I realized advertising isn’t something I want to do as a career. So, I jumped to web design since I have the Photoshop and Illustrator skills. I registered ndesignportfolio.com and launched my first website, hoping to get some freelance work. However, it didn’t work out well. So, I decided to advance my Flash skills and spent most of my free time reading tutorials and books on Flash and Actionscript. Then I relaunched N.Design V3, a full Flash based website. It impressed a lot of people with the stunning illustration and animation. My work started getting recognition and featuring in many design portals & magazines.

PRESENT

Currently, I’m working as a full time designer. On my free time, I write tutorials for Web Designermagazine, maintain this site, and keep learning about web design. My main focus now is to design beautiful and usable CSS website because I understand how important it is for my website to be accessible.”

To learn more about Nick and his work, please take a moment to visit him here.

New Years Eve – EVENT POSTER

Toronto, Canada –

There is no doubt that 2007 was an interesting year.
Disc12 Productions, Divine Interventions, United Soul and Tight Entertainment brought in the year with an incredible event that rocked Toronto to it’s foundation.This is the poster that launched that event. It was created using Vectorvault

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