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Christy Dean Photography

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.

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Mural Illustration for Curio Studio & Kobot

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.

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Illustrated Web Comic for the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees

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.

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Print Design for the 8th Annual Harvest Celebration

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.

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Illustrated posters for Primary Care Network

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.

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Publication design for Arts Habitat Edmonton

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.

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A new logo for the Edmonton Historical Board

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.

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Working with Curio: Open Minds and Open Communication

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.

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Illustration for the Northern Light Theatre 2017-18 Season

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.

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Tools of the Trade

Digital printing techniques have become increasingly sophisticated, but the process still owes much to the handiwork that defines the craft. Tools of the Trade celebrates the tangible nature of the printed format, utilizing techniques that are both contemporary and traditional. A custom Black wrapper – printed in white ink, and sealed with a custom sticker –…

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Working with Curio: A Clear Approval Process

A good client is naturally very invested in the design process. When many people become invested, however, the process can become drawn-out, and the result can easily devolve to a diluted imitation of the original vision. To keep this from happening to you, we suggest establishing a clear approval process (i.e. having the ultimate decision-maker…

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