Posts Categorized: illustration

What is “Illustrator-led design”?

“Illustrator-led Design” is not a real thing. It’s not in the dictionary and it’s not in the “inside-baseball” design lexicon. It’s something we made up. Admittedly, it’s not a super-intuitive term. But it’s the best way we can think to explain what makes Curio designers unique!  So let’s talk about what we’re talking about when…

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These Dogs are Parkin’!

People, Dogs, and Dog-People of Edmonton: Visit the SouthBARK dog park at 8122 106 Street NW (featuring public furniture illustrated by Curio)!

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An Animated Discussion

Should your organization invest in animated graphics? In digital marketing circles, video is having a moment—one that’s lasted years with no signs of slowing: A 2020 survey by Wyzowl states that 93% of marketers say video is an important part of their strategy Zenith Media estimates that in 2021, the average person will watch more…

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Curio Portfolio Reel

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.

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Concrete Theatre

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.

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Alberta Dental Association & College Social Media Campaign

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.

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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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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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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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