graphic design

graphic design, local business, art

Hand Lettering

I've always had pretty neat handwriting (people I went to school with used to joke around and ask, "What font is that?") and I've always enjoyed creating stylized hand lettering. Up until recently I've just done it for personal projects like card making and gifts for friends, but after doing some hand lettering work on my friend Marion's menu board, another local business got in touch asking for my services.

At first, the guys at Trippy Taco wanted me to create a template for their specials board that the employees could then write the daily specials on. After a few weeks, the bossman decided he loved the design of the board so much, he'd rather have me create some removable panels that could be swapped out on a daily basis instead of relying on his employees' artistic talents. 

Below are some photos of the specials board in the restaurant and the individual panels that I created for them. I must say I really enjoyed this project! I've been focusing on photography so hard lately that I've really neglected my graphic design and typography skills, so it was good to get back into it and have a fun project from a really great local business.

graphic design, local business, photography

Doing Good

One of my most memorable projects of 2012 was definintely my first book cover design and layout. Every so often I get the opportunity to try something entirely new, and it's always a whirlwind of emotions... mostly excitement, some confusion and frustration, and in the end a sense of pride.

Nadine Riopel The Author has also been my client as a Public Speaker and as a Bride. I first met her when I was hired to take some headshots in 2011, then was asked to photograph her wedding and help design the cover for her first book, The Savvy Do Gooder: Giving That Makes a Difference.

Nadine studied international development and business administration in university, has spent a lot of her free time volunteering for a multitude of causes, and spent several years working professionally for a charitable organization. Her "misadventures" (as she puts it) in the charity world led her to conclude that the best way to truly do good was to help the masses maximize the effect of their giving for their intended result.

So Nadine wrote a book. She hired me to do the interior layout as well as concept and execution of the cover design. We threw around a lot of ideas, but ultimately Nadine wanted to stress the fact that "giving" doesn't always mean money; it can also mean giving of love, knowledge, skills, time, adivice... the list goes on. I had an idea for the cover design to create a heart shape out of smaller objects symbolizing these other ways of giving, then photograph the collage. Nadine really liked the idea.


The rest of the cover design was centered around some of Nadine's preferences: her favourite typeface, her favourite colour, a clean simple approach with lots of whitespace. 

After working back and forth for most of the summer, The Savvy Do Gooder went to print on September 2nd, 2012. The e-Book process was complicated, but once that was all sorted Nadine decided to have her official book launch on December 2nd at Audrey's Books on Jasper Ave. Audrey's is very supportive of local writers, which is a blessing for a first-time author like Nadine.


I went to the launch to support Nadine and take some photos. She spoke about the contents of her book, about how making a difference is often more complicated than donating your time or money. The part I most enjoyed was about finding the organization that is the right fit for the good you want to do in the world.

Look at her smile. She has truly found her calling.

I'm really proud to be a part of this project. If you're interested in learning more about giving smart while supporting a local author (and designer!) check out The Savvy Do Gooder Bookstore.

graphic design, local business

Re・Set Massage Therapy

My friend Monika is a pretty incredible woman. In addition to being the driving force behind Cash Mob Edmonton and a community champion for her fundraising efforts with events around the city like Monster's Ball and the Mod Bod Art & Film Show, she is also a small business owner, anatomy nerd and health advocate. It's no surprise that the business she has chosen to build is a mobile massage therapy and flexibility training venture.

Monika and I frequently trade design or photography work for massage therapy, as was the case for the Monster's Ball poster, and this logo for her new company. I am proud to have created a logo for her that was exactly what she was looking for with the few suggestions she gave me.

There is no one I could reccommend more for an invigorating and re-aligning deep tissue massage than Monika. Before each session she takes the time to assess posture, foot position, shoulder position and much more to tailor a custom massage to cure what ails you. This isn't just a back-rub, Monika has the ability to re-align parts of your body that you didn't know were misaligned. She was also an integral part of the healing process after I broke my leg in August of 2010.

Get in touch with her, support a local business and see just how great you can feel!
Send Monika an email at to connect.

art, graphic design, non profit

Monsters Ball


I really intended to write this blog post sooner, but my week has been crazy! Everyone's finally back from summer brain fog and my Realtor clients have been keeping me busy shooting houses before the snow flies. But I digress...

Tomorrow night I will be taking part in a wonderful fundraiser event for Laura's Literacy Campaign. The 2nd annual Monster's Ball Halloween Costume Fashion Show & Auction kicks off at 9:00 at the The Artery on Jasper Ave, and features local music, local art, DJs, dancing, drinks, and of course the fashion show! All proceeds from the fashion show go to Laura's Literacy Campaign, and costumes will be auctioned off live during the show. If you don't have a Halloween costume yet, I suggest you check out this event! Not only will I be "modeling" in the fashion show, but I will also have a set of 6 of my elusive paintings up for sale. (The poster at the top of this post was designed by me also...)

I don't paint a lot. I took a few acrylics classes during my time at the U of A and I really enjoy it, but I find I need to be in a particular mood to really get into it. A lot of my creative energy is expended on photography projects too, so I tend to produce only 1 to 2 paintings a year. Below you can sample a few of my paintings that will be up for sale at the Monster's Ball.

From left, top to bottom:
1939 Cadillac Grill (2006) | Acrylic on Board, 24" x 24"
1957 Imperial (2008) | Acrylic on Board, 24" x 24"
Contracts, Consultants & Cost Engineers II (2004) | Acrylic on Masonite, 8" x 48"
Contracts, Consultants & Cost Engineers I (2004) | Acrylic on Masonite, 8.25" x 40"
The Swimmers (2006) | Acrylic on Masonite, 15" x 21.5"
Jasmine (2011) | Acrylic on Canvas, 16" x 20"