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Omar – Art show – Toronto

This is not a love song

I’m a busy fella. So when a close friend of mine called and asked me to do some illustration work for a concert, I politely passed. That is until he mentioned that the concert in question was: OMAR.

It’s been 10 years since his last performance in Canada. And as of one of my all-time favourite artists, I could not pass up the opportunity to reconnect.

8 years ago, I sent him some artwork from Canada to the UK. He responded with a signed CD that read:

From one artist to another – Omar.

It has been perched on my magazine shelf in my office ever since. A reminder that whatever I do to make ends meet, at my core, I’m still an artist. Read more:


Book Trailer – Unventional: Ideas Too Good To Patent

by Tom Giesler

Years ago when Vectorvault was just getting started, we discovered Tom’s work. As an accomplished patent illustrator, he had already achieved a great deal of respect. Technical drawing is a specialized form of illustration that draws upon several disciplines. And Tom is very good at it.
Trust me. I’ve tried my hand at it. It can be challenging.

Big Fans

His new book looks amazing.

But it was Tom’s whimsical images that captured our attention. His artwork has shown that technical work can have personality and in the case of his new book: create smiles.

Buy it today

This book makes a perfect addition to any virtual bookshelf and a great gift too.
It’s available on Amazon and through the Apple iBooks Store
Facebook Fan Page.

Vectorvault is 10


A decade of vector art

This year, Vectorvault celebrates 10 years of searching the world for the most inspiring and creative vector art. What an education. What a ride.

Now, this is not what I would call a “success story“. At least not in the traditional sense. In many ways this is a cautionary tale marinated in stunning digital art. Some of the best I could find.

So, who am I?

Just some guy.
You could look through my portfolio if you wanted or glance at my resume, but that won’t really tell you who I am. At times, I question it myself. To really know what makes me tick, you’ve gotta know what circumstances got me here.
I’m an artist disguised as a designer.
It’s a secret.


All I can tell you is that I’m a nice person who just wanted to leave something behind. That’s what Vectorvault is to me. Proof of my existence and my love for the exciting world of vector art.

This is a graphic design love letter. One filled with triumph and tragedy.


Once upon a time,


Vectorvault is 10 – Chapter 2



The planets were finally lining up

I was drunk on self-confidence. Furiously pouring my soul into my notebooks. Writing stories about my life. Love letters to my wife and daughter. And laser-focused on leaving my mark on the world of graphic design.
*If you are interested in seeing some sketches from my notebooks, you can look at them here.

I knew just what to call it.


Vectorvault is 10 – Chapter 3



Vectorvault moved to the WordPress platform

Back in 2007, I was aware of blogs, but unaware of how to build or manage one. Luckily for me, I met someone who changed the game by teaching me. He helped me to understand a few things about how blogs worked and how Google identified content.
A great deal of him is in Vectorvault’s DNA.
He introduced me to WordPress and I’ve never looked back.
First I designed a few conceptual layouts:


Established “a look”


Vectorvault is 10 – Chapter 4



If I was going to acquire venture capital, I would need to “step it up”

That started with the Vectorvault Store.
With the help of a trusted friend, we redesigned the store and it’s product pages. In addition to new vector tools, I also introduced a line of customizable vector art prints sized to fit IKEA frames perfectly.

Eventually, I resurrected some art from my past. Anything to expand the brand’s reach.

Search. Find. Buy. Go.

We kept it simple. Fast.

Presenting Vectorvault as a financial investment

I’m an artist. Always have been. I wish that I had a better head for business but I’m afraid that I’m just not fully wired that way. I can’t help it. That’s why I was so appreciative when Joseph Lan of Venturcon agreed to help me define this brand’s potential. Together, we shaped an idea into an attack plan.

I wanted to build the first search engine of its kind

Not easy to do or cheap. I had to convince others that I was worth taking a risk on.

I educated myself about the stock image market


Vectorvault is 10 – Chapter 5



I was hired to brand a documentary

And it went very well. I was paid in full with gratitude. I was even asked to speak about the design during TIFF weekend in front of a room filled with Reggae Royalty. You can read my speech here. I felt appreciated and grateful. I met new friends and earned respect as an artist and person.


Then I was hired to design a Museum Instalment for Black History Month

What an honour. I was teamed up with a scholar of African History, Tyson Brown (Author of Abba Keddus) to design a series of displays and a 40 page book. We immediately hit it off. And the experience of creating this museum exhibit with the production team was pleasurable. This was going to provide me with a small amount of cash to advance Vectorvault closer to it’s objectives. Or so I thought.
I was caught up in a love letter for the people of Rastafari. I put nothing but love into the work. It required the highest level of my skills. My concentration was on the work. Not the money.
The person who hired me saw an opportunity to expand this project beyond a documentary. And she asked me to help her achieve it. And I did. Why?:

I was emotionally involved in the work

I wanted to elevate the subject matter of the religion to the level that it required. I poured myself into it with passion and respect.

I had found guidance and mentorship


Vectorvault is 10 – Chapter 6



Government Assistance

In spite of my efforts, I had been unsuccessful in finding funding for Vectorvault‘s Ultimate Search Engine (UVSE). So I turned to a government funded program that matched me with Niagara College to challenge their research department to build the Ultimate Vector Search Engine (UVSE).

Although, it was not a school that I had previously associated with tech development, I was thrilled at the notion of finally getting help. So I hit the road and headed for wine country.

Clear direction

I put together a crystal-clear briefing with all of the ingredients. Everything was labeled and easy to find. I presented this project to a young team who were all very excited and confident about building this unique search engine. I trusted a friend, far smarted than me to oversee it’s production and installation.

I was also asked to present Vectorvault to the marketing department and eventually as a project for second year marketing students. That made me feel really great. I’ve always wanted to pass my knowledge on. This turned out to be a very satisfying experience.

I assumed that the technical end of it would go just as well.


How to build a niche search engine with no money