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Typographic genius?

Morris Posted by Morris

I did a logotype for the toilet paper roll.

Typographic genuis? Or just a crap idea? 

What others had to say:

100% genius.

Posted by: Audrey | September 29, 2015

Morris - you're always on point.

Posted by: Andrea | October 7, 2015


Fusion Posted by Fusion #ChairYourIdea

When we first heard about #ChairYourIdea on Twitter, we knew we had to take part. This great initiative was put on by 5468796 Architecture, and was a crowdfunded competition that aimed to generate 1000+ urban design ideas, with $30,000 given to realize the winning idea.

To participate, we had to submit our idea in 140 characters or less, and contribute one white chair for public use. The chairs were placed in public locations around the city to encourage urban design discussion, and get people thinking about how we can make our city even better. We even saw a few on our way to work every morning! (They were outside of Bronuts after all…)

So, at 4pm on a Friday, we came up with these initial ideas:

- Transform alleys in the Exchange to have art installations
- Put a notable statue at Portage and Main (similar to the bean in Chicago)
- Create a Winnie the Pooh statue
- Public skating at the MTS Centre on Sundays
- Build an "Icon Garden" on the Legislative grounds with figures of Manitoba legends that people can interact and take photos with (ie. Neil Young, Clara Hughes, Fred Penner, etc.)
- Make specific spots around the city "creative photo opportunities" to boost tourism
- Designate a dog play area, or put doggy bags at street corners
- Develop a modern and consistent typeface to use for way-finding
- “Adopt a tree” people can design or decorate the tree with ribbons, lights, hoarding, etc.
- Free public instruments in parks

Our submission:

"Design a modern display typeface system to be used for unique, dynamic, cohesive public branding and way-finding around the city.”

The winning idea:

“Hold a contest for kids to design art and poetry on environment theme - print winners on buses. Good messages to encourage youth ridership.” - Haeyoung Kwon

Congrats to everyone involved! It’s truly a great feeling to see so much creativity and innovation in our city. We can’t wait to see the winning idea come to fruition.

Check out our full album to see more photos from the #ChairYourIdea block party.

Cheers, Winnipeg!

The Evolution of Icon Design

Kathryn Posted by Kathryn

 During my recent research endeavors, I came across a rather interesting site – www.historyoficons.com. I found it to be interesting, not only in its design and functionality, but also for the content. It takes you on a walk through design history, and examines icons from the ‘80s through to today. I couldn’t stop scrolling, and was fascinated by the subtle visual progression throughout the years. Plus, there were some user interfaces that I hadn’t come across before.

Being of the GenX generation, it was also a trip down memory lane. I still remember salivating over the sleek, realistic looking icons when OSX came out! I’m sure you could appreciate my excitement after seeing what came before 2001. This was also when the big trend in skeuomorphism took over Apple’s interface and in the process, influenced others in the design field.

What I found most interesting (and very typical of “design trends”) is the evolution of the trend from its very beginnings, through various modifications, to the end. Like every fad, they tend to come full circle right back to the original idea.

Granted, our icons today are much more sleek and refined due to changes in taste and technology, but you can see that the initial idea/concept is there. Case in point: less is more.

Sometimes it’s a good idea to reflect on where you’ve been in order to figure out where you’re going. That works for design, as well as in life!

Le Burger Week Round Up

Haley Posted by Haley

As burger week comes to a close and we wipe away our salty tears, let's take time to reflect on how much Winnipeg loves burgers.

Throughout the past week 40 restaurants in Winnipeg took part in Le Burger Week. With creations ranging from a classic cheeseburger to “The Burgadilla” there was a flavour to fit everyone’s taste. Perhaps that's why so many Winnipeggers participated. Between the other participating cities (Montreal, Toronto, Port-Au-Prince and Quebec City), Winnipeg’s top five burgers earned the most votes. Whoop, whoop!

Dubbed top burger was “The John Stamos” from Nuburger which brought in 9855 points, winning both the Winnipeg and national title. Taking a close second was the “The King and Bronutyne” a collaboration between King and Bannatyne and Bronuts-- which boasted a house made patty between two goat cheese glazed donuts. Rounding out the top five in Winnipeg were the, “The Hustler” from Marion Street Eatery, “The Magical Poutine Burger” from The Grove, and “The Fat Louis” from Mon Ami Louis.

Above: "The John Stamos"

Above: "The King + Bronutyne"

Above: "The Hustler"

Above: "The Magical Poutine Burger"

Above: "The Fat Louis"


For more results from Le Burger Week click here.