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Book design for Al Etmanski’s IMPACT

Impact Book Design

Impact Book Design

 

Mika Design was asked to design the cover and inside page template for Al Etmanski’s new book: Impact – Six Patterns to Spread Your Social Innovation.

Impact beautifully distills the insights and deep wisdom of one of the world’s great social innovators. Etmanski’s book is far more than a practical guide: it’s an invitation to re-imagine possibilities for our lives and for the world we create.”

– David Bornstein, author “How To Change The World”

Working with Al, we came up with a circular pattern that symbolizes the organic nature of social innovation networks. The white circles represent the 6 patterns and the non-hierarchical way in which they integrate into community activities. We are excited to see the printed copies in the next few weeks.

Al will be “unlaunching” his book on April 27 at SFU Woodwards in Vancouver at a free event with an amazing set of speakers.

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Saltspring Coffee Canopy Bird Art Fundraiser

Salt Spring Coffee has partnered with non-profit organisation Canopy to support their efforts to protect ancient and endangered forests. The fundraiser, named after their Canopy Bird coffee blend, “got its name from the close, interdependent relationship between canopy forests, migratory birds and coffee farming.”

“We’ve handpicked some of our favourite artists and creative changemakers to help tell the story of Canopy. With brushes, paints, colour and a little imagination – they’ve taken a customized Canopy Paint-by-Number canvas and created a special collection of work.”

For my art piece, after many explorations with different media, I designed a type treatment that could be layered on top of the three birds to create an abstract  “canopy birds” statement. I decided to screen print the layers to give it a unique quality that a digital print could not. The screen printing was done at the wonderful local screen printing studio Blim.

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The art piece in progress at the screen printing studio. Two screens were needed to create the birds and the overlaying type.

Canopy Bird Art In Progress

Canopy Bird Art In Progress

The above photo shows the first trial of layering the two prints together. The white ink wasn’t sticky enough and we had to use a different ink for the final version.

All the art pieces are being photographed and will be posted soon to canopybird.com. The art auction will be held sometime in September.

Learn more about taking the 21 day action challenge to help protect ancient and endangered forests at canopybird.com.

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Pauline: Branding a New Opera

Mika Creative is excited to be working with the City Opera Vancouver on creating a visual identity for Pauline, a new opera written by acclaimed Canadian writer Margaret Atwood and music by Tobin Stokes.

City Opera Vancouver announces Pauline, a chamber opera based on the life and final days of Canadian writer, poet, and actress Pauline Johnson. The music for Pauline has been written by Tobin Stokes, and the libretto by Margaret Atwood.

“Pauline Johnson (1861-1913) traveled across Canada, the United States and Great Britain giving readings of her own work when such independence was rare and remarkable. She was the child of a Mohawk chief and a Quaker Englishwoman, and torn by loyalty and ambition. Pauline lived her last years in Vancouver and died a terrible death of breast cancer, treated by crude surgery and morphine.” (read more about Pauline)

After researching Pauline’s story and working closely with the City Opera Vancouver board of directors, we landed on a simple yet bold identity in the shape of a feather quill, symbolizing both Pauline’s Mohawk background and her life as a celebrated poet and writer. The duality and contrast of the red and black celebrate her mixed heritage and her vibrant life juxtaposed with her difficult death, which are featured in the opera.

Pauline Opera Programme

Pauline Opera Programme

The world premiere of Pauline will be given at the York Theatre in Vancouver, 8pm, Friday 23 May 2014. Later performances will take place on 25, 27, 29 and 31 May. Tickets went on sale 17 February 2014 in person, by phone, or online through The Cultch only.

Pauline Production Photo

Pauline Production Photo

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Graphex 2013 Awards Finalist

Mika Creative is thrilled to be a finalist in the Graphex 2013 Awards. Our branding work for Green Table Network from 2009 is a finalist in the Non-profit Branding category.

“Since 1977, excellence in graphic and communication design has been celebrated at Graphex. This biennial competition showcases the best of cultural, social and business communications in all mediums.”

Green Table Network Stationary

Green Table Network Stationary

The Green Table Network is a non-profit initiative that works with the restaurant industry to “recognize and showcase food service operators who have committed to improving their environmental performance while continuing to serve the best quality, tastiest food imaginable.” In branding the organization, our goal was to educate and motivate restaurants and food services businesses to become environmental stewards, by creating a cohesive branding package, including logo, stationary, leaflet design and portable exhibition materials to be used at events.

Green Table Network Event Signage

Green Table Network Event Signage

The award winners will be announced at the Graphex Awards Cocktail Reception that will take place during the Pica 2014 Conference in Edmonton, Alberta on May 9

More information on the awards: graphexawards.ca

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