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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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Working with Curio: Project Timelines

Different clients have different projects, and different projects have different timelines. To a great extent, our success depends on being as respectful as possible of our clients’ time, and that means being as precise as possible with regards to scheduling. Early in the planning process, we will work with you to establish a realistic timeline…

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Working with Curio: Asset Requirements

Great design is the result of a million little things done right. Vector logo files. 300 dpi photography. Content that is approved and finalized. All of this may or may not be in your wheelhouse, and regardless, we’re happy to explain in further detail (or to work with your writers, designers, and photographers directly). If…

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Working with Curio: A Healthy Relationship

Whether we’re just getting to know you or we’ve gotten along famously for years, Curio wants to be a good friend to our client. To know what makes you unique and special. To be honest and dutiful. And to visually show the world how amazing you are. Of course, we realize it takes time to…

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Working with Curio

Over the years, we have worked on countless design projects. The Working with Curio booklet shares the tips we have learned along the way that help a project to be both successful and enjoyable for everyone involved. Whether you are new to collaborating with a design team or this is a familiar process, we’re so…

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