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Happy 2017 from Curio!

Happy New Year to our clients, friends and collaborators!  This is a nice time of year to appreciate you and each other. We love our studio culture here and we hope that translated through our #24daysofCurio advent calendar. The project was featured a day at a time on our @whatiscurio instagram page, featuring all sorts of visuals and…

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Friday Curiospirations – Vol. 1

The team at Curio likes to share inspiring links throughout the week with each other. We want to share some of the favourites with you! Our favourite books, tools, videos, illustrators, etc. from November 2016.   Amanda In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney Quit Social Media, Your Career May Depend on It Documentary on botanical…

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We All Believe in You

We All Believe in You is a community of mental health survivors & supporters coming together to destigmatize mental illness. This project puts a face to what is typically a faceless struggle as many live in the shame and anonymity of their disease. It is this group’s goal to use art, honesty, education, and community to…

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design

Jazz Fest 2016

We were very excited to contribute to The Edmonton International Jazz Festival creative again this year. They had an exciting lineup, as always. Soil & Pimp Sessions, Joe Lovano, Gregory Porter, and so many more were featured on stage, and in the pieces we created for the festival.  Expanding upon last year’s design, we utilised a new…

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Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute

The Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute is a branch of the University of Alberta specializing in innovation in the fields of machine learning and artificial intelligence. They focus on developing algorithms and technologies that enhance the competitiveness of Alberta and Alberta-based businesses. Curio worked with Amii to create a new identity to go with their new name. Taking…

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ASEBP Brand Refresh

Curio has worked with the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan for eight years, developing print, web and branding. We have a full case study of our working relationship in the portfolio section. Last spring, we took on the challenge of updating the organization’s brand with an expanded colour palette, photography style, type treatments and new…

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2016 Streetfest

Last year’s campaign for the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival — More Fun Than Dogs Dressed Like People — was a riot … A fuzzy, fluffy, adorable riot. We had a photoshoot with real dogs dressed as people!  This year we wanted to showcase the festival by presenting a more illustrative approach to the entertainment offered live on the…

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Prairie Pigeon Patisserie

Recently we had the opportunity to design the brand for Prairie Pigeon, an Edmonton-area pastry-maker trained in France. We designed branding materials for Prairie Pigeon that take visual cues from vintage hand-painted Parisian signage, while combining it with a colour palette that’s a little more “prairies”. A support pattern of pigeons and wheat (and fleur-de-lis…

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Curio Fall Lookbook

Curio has launched an Autumn 2016 look book! We’ve started developing mini portfolios which we plan to share seasonally, showcasing recent work. Given that so often we work in print, it seemed natural to use an online tool (issu) to showcase the work in a flippable format, giving the feel of a real booklet. More…

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Glenrose Stories of Hope

In the spring, we had the pleasure of designing and and illustrating the annual report for the Glenrose Hospital Foundation. It features beautiful and heartbreaking patient stories about their rehabilitation. Reading the stories and poems, we interpreted them with a blend of traditional pencil and digital techniques. It is such a pleasure to work on projects that…

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identity

Punchcard

Punchcard is a web, mobile and sharepoint solutions company based out of Edmonton, Alberta. They work closely with organizations to improve their effectiveness by streamlining access to data through portals, creating web & mobile applications, and consulting services. Punchcard’s target audience is any company, small or large, that values smart access to knowledge and information through technology. …

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Crawford Block

A few months back we wrapped up branding for Crawford Block, a new apartment building going up in Old Strathcona. Crawford Block was originally constructed in 1912 and was, for many years, the home of Strathcona Furniture. It has since been declared a historic building and is being transformed into a mixed-use development, with 40 micro-apartments…

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