Muskoka: Tea & Games combines fun activities and puzzles with the joy of drinking a great cup of tea.
Located in Central Ontario, Muskoka is known for being a beautiful vacation spot to unwind. There’s nothing better than enjoying a cup of tea by the lake and taking a few moments to relax and enjoy the scenery.
In today’s fast paced world it can be difficult to find time to put work aside and enjoy ourselves. While Muskoka: Tea & Gamesmay not be able to take you to the locale, it does transport you to a place of relaxation that’s reminiscent of its namesake. Each tea packet unfolds to reveal a colouring page, origami instructions, various games and (of course) a tea bag! The set includes pencils, pencil crayons, and origami paper to complete the activities with: everything you’ll need is right at your fingertips.
An assortment of popular tea types are included, and bold colours make it easy to differentiate the flavours. The supporting container is broken off into different compartments to help organize all the contents, and once the tea is finished the container can easily be reused to organize stationary items or be recycled. It’s perfect for anyone who loves tea, games, and needs some time to relax!
A closer look at the steps to unfold the tea packets. In the centre lies the tea bag. The packet opens to a piece of paper with games, colouring pages, and origami instructions printed on either side.
All illustrations for the colouring pages were taken from Johanna Basford’s “Enchanted Forest: an Inky Quest & Colouring Book.”
This box is left fairly minimal. Once opened, the punch of colours come from the tea packets themselves. Drawers on either side of the box contain the pencil crayons and origami paper.
A Magazine Reviewing Alternative Comics
Capeless (named because it reviews comics that don't belong in the "superhero" category) is a magazine for mature comic book readers that prefer alternative storylines. Published monthly, it will review various comics and graphic novels, feature interviews with industry leaders, and preview upcoming series. Capeless is a reaction to the current tendency in comic review magazines to have a large focus on the "costumed hero," leaving little room for alternative comic fans. The art direction of the magazine will be reflective of the comic book style. Scroll down to see the contents of the magazine and a case for my design.
The cover for the first issue depicts the well-known painting by Alex Ross, with Superman stripped of his costume. It is a visual cue that the magazine does not deal with costumed superheroes.
Letter to the Editor
The magazine opens to a letter from the editor, which features a recommended comic in each issue. It sets the tone for the magazine: bold, youthful, and exciting.
Meet Brian K. Vaughan, the Comic Book Visionary behind "Y: the Last Man"
The first article contains an interview with Brian K. Vaughan, known for his portrayal of strong female leads in his comics. In this approach, the X letterforms (alluding to the X chromosomes) overwhelm the page. High contrast between black and white adds to this tremendous force, and pure cyan, magenta, and yellow pay tribute to the basic printing colours. The final page ends with a lone Y, signalling the solitary male character in the titled comic “Y: the Last Man.”
After a Quarter of a Century, an Author Looks Back at his Holocaust Tale
Art Spiegelman’s Maus is a memoir of his father’s time during the Holocaust. The article is mostly in grayscale to reflect the bleak years his father endured, with splashes of red to symbolize the tragic loss of life. The cover depicts the shadow of a large cat (which Spiegelman used to represent Germans) lurking behind two mice. It is an imposing and powerful threat that, while not always visible, was always felt.
Kirkman Teams Up with Azaceta to Produce his Next Hit: Outcast
A strong grid of various images alludes to the panels in a comic book. The images feature both scenes from the comic itself (Robert Kirkman’s Outcast) and other images that reflect on themes in the story. The use of multiple images is meant to make it difficult for the user to focus, taking their eyes all across the page, adding to a feeling of anxiety (which is escalated by the content of the photos).
Jasper Dark Sky Festival
A Celebration of the Night Sky
The Jasper Dark Sky Festival began in 2010 as an event that celebrates the night sky and the Dark Sky Preserve (designated areas where almost no artificial light can be seen at night). It allows its participants the opportunity to view the sky absent of any light pollution. The target demographic can range from families with children to single adults. The purpose of the festival is to educate the audience on space and the importance of the Dark Sky Preserve initiative. It’s meant to instil wonder and offer a unique experience in stargazing. It informs, inspires, and engages its audience.
The style for the campaign was meant to be a representation of the experience, specially, the sense of awe. Jasper, located along the Rockies in Alberta contains breathtaking scenery, and it was important to feature some of the landscape. The illustrative style was kept fairly minimal, reducing “visual pollution” just as the Dark Sky Preserve reduces light pollution. The typography on the northern lights mimics its gentle curves and movement.
The style could easily be carried throughout memorabilia to create an entire system.
The program booklet reinforces the style, tying together different aspects of the festival. It includes a schedule of the events and their descriptions, bios on the special guests, and some other basic info. One of the big challenges was working in two languages (French and English) and ensuring there was enough differentiation to easily navigate. Cool colours were used throughout the booklet to reflect the northern lights and clean, fresh air of Jasper Park.
The Importance of Vaccinations for New and Expecting Parents
Immunization is one of the most cost-effective and efficient means of promoting public health, but in the past several decades it has become a delicate subject. New parents continue to question the safety and effectiveness of vaccines today, wanting what’s best for their child.
One of the biggest problems in the debate of vaccinations is that it can often get hostile, and the media often resorts to mocking dissenters. The result is an atmosphere of confusion and accusation from both parts. There is a growing need for healthy conversation that is not accusatory, but rather, is informative and friendly.
This campaign provides important information about vaccinations to new and expecting parents. We want to make sure parents feel comfortable with their decision to vaccinate, and not feel “harassed” into doing it.
Blues and reds were used throughout the design to signal the destructiveness of diseases (red) and the security of healthcare (blue). For the most part, red tones were only used when talking about diseases, and blues were only used when talking about vaccines. Because vaccinations can often bring to mind sharp and pointed needles, a typeface with rounded edges was selected to de-emphasize this and create a sense of protection.
The pamphlet opens up to tell a story. The first spread reinforces that there are still cases of diseases sometimes thought to be “extinct,” and that vaccinations are still important to prevent their spread. Going forward the pamphlet tries to demystify vaccines, explaining how they’re made and how they work. Finally, a schedule is made available to parents. This poster could easily be hung up in doctor’s offices for parents to see too.
Take Care of Your Butts
Looking at Cigarette Litter Found During a Coastal Clean-Up
For this project I looked at the cigarette butts found along the coasts of several countries as reported in the Ocean Conservancy's "International Report Clean-Up." I calculated them as a percentage of the total garbage, and compared it to the percentage of the population that smoked (as reported by the World Bank Group). From there I calculated how much of the population was represented by men or women, and began working with those variables to create a visualization of the information. Colour inspiration is taken from cigarettes (brown, white, and typically a blue bar). I used a circular graph because it supported the image of global data, and grouped the countries by continent.
A Smart Device for Botanists
Plant•r, a team project with Tina Dou and Katharine Green, was a response to the laborsome note-taking process that many field botanists currently endure. They juggle multiple devices to record data, and manually write down their findings in journals. Plant•r is a smart device meant to make field work a breeze. Once planted in the ground, the device will automatically log information about the area’s temperature, humidity, soil conductivity, and pH levels, among others. When in range, the app will automatically sync with the device, making all the logs visible. The user will also be able to add qualitative notes and pictures in the app.
The logo for the device is designed from an asterisk. Often used in footnotes, the asterisk refers to the note taking nature of the device, but it also looks similar to a flower, referring to the botanist field. The colour scheme is clean and inviting.
Date and Location Features
The user can navigate the data based on the date it was recorded or by the location the data was taken from (where the device was planted).
One of the difficulties in spending time in the field is trying to discern what type of plant you're looking at. The app allows the user to take a picture of the plant and will display a list of possible species. This aids in identifying vegetation in the area.
When selecting an individual log, the data points are displayed. The user is able to see the progress over time, as data points are automatically graphed. This makes it easy to pinpoint any anomalies in the area. Recognizing that field workers may need to record qualitative data too, the user can add notes or pictures to whichever log or site page they choose.