We’re grateful to have worked on a number of fun projects for some thoroughly-delightful clients over the past few years; to commemorate this, we put together a portfolio reel to highlight our latest work in branding, illustration, and motion and environmental design.
We’re happy to share illustration and design work we created for Concrete Theatre! Curio developed a season brochure with support illustrations, interpreting each performance running in the 2019/2020 season. This type of work can be so fun in the sense that we work closely with an arts organization to read each play and figure out how to visually interpret it through contemporary illustration.
We created a playful visual identity refresh for Christy Dean Photography. We’ve worked with Christy for many years. She’s responsible for the curio portraits and the photos of our studio peppered around our website.
We’ve been working with the Alberta Dental Association & College for over a year now on social media campaigns! Everything we have developed thus far has a bold, distinct, and illustrative flavour. Visit our portfolio case study for more samples of this work.
In December of 2017, Curio took the last few days of the work year and painted an office mural. If you look closely at all of the elements, it incorporates many aspects of what both Curio and Kobot love in life (Food, skateboarding, art supplies, cycling, more food, dogs, toys, and more food). Pizza is one of the biggest items (most likely because Amanda did the sketch, but also because pizza is amazing…). If you haven’t stopped by our space to see it, come say hi! We’re right on Whyte in a beautiful heritage building called Tipton Block.
The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees,Alberta’s largest union with more than 95,000 members, is celebrating 100 years of standing together in solidarity for workers’ rights. In 1919, the Civil Service Association of Alberta, AUPE’s predecessor, was founded, representing provincial government workers. The union we know as as AUPE was born in 1976, and since then the union has grown to become the province’s largest and most diverse, with members working in government, health care, education, and boards, agencies and local governments.
The Harvest Celebration Gala is an annual fundraiser hosted by the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation. The event raises funds for the hospital to put toward research, and building a better future for its patients. For the events eighth year, we chose gentle lines and watercolour flowers to visually express the spirit of the celebration. Building upon this creative platform, we developed marketing materials for the event, including invitations, a program guide, and wayfinding signage.
Primary Care Network consists of a team of health care practitioners who work alongside a family doctor to help patients improve their overall health. This program includes over 97 member clinics, with 300 family physicians and 160 PCN staff, striving to improve the health of their patients. The PCN teams are composed of nurses, nurse practitioners, healthy aging nurses and social workers, behavioural health consultants, registered dietitians, respiratory therapists, exercise specialists and administrative staff.
Arts Habitat is a non-profit entity whose mandate is to provide affordable, habitable studio spaces for artists. Arts Hab has made great strides in their mission over the last ten years, and they approached Curio to design a printed report that would summarize the last decade of their work. Much like a tree, Arts Hab has, put down roots in the creative community. We referenced this organic growth, and strength, by implementing branches, leaves, and foliage, which are present in the infographics. The results, ‘Cultivating Growth: Ten Years of Arts Habitat’ is a thoughtful and informative print piece, which eloquently illustrates the accomplishments of the organization.
The Edmonton Historical Board supports a wide breadth of historical architectural preservation, and although we generally prefer our logomarks to communicate an idea with one item, it was a challenge to use just one building to represent this given a wide variety in architectural styles to preserve. As such, a number of types of buildings have been interpreted for this mark: A Craftsman-style home, a Gothic Revival-style church, and an Edwardian-style commercial building, which combine to show this range quite nicely.
Virtually everybody involved in design (clients and creatives) will have an idea of what they expect the final result to look like, and this vision will be coloured by each person’s experiences, preferences, and opinions. This is why, before Curio develops any design, we write a brief to keep everyone in check throughout the project. Framing feedback with the creative brief in mind makes it less about whether you like pink or yellow and more about what the design is going to do for your organization.
For our 14th (!) collaboration with Northern Light Theatre on materials for their 42nd season, the client came to us with a great idea: expanding on the season’s theme of “The Virgin, The Whore, and Something In Between”, they suggested that we incorporate an illustrated style into this theme which touches on religion in direct and indirect ways by playing on the style of Russian Orthodox iconography. The approach is somewhat controversial, but so are the pieces that NLT routinely elects to produce.