This & That

YTS 2011 Press Conference

Chris Chan and Kevin Mak, Definium Design

Some photos of Chris speaking at this year’s TD Youth Talent Showdown press conference.  Fortunately, the event was scheduled earlier in the day before the rain! Chris had a lot fun doing it! You can read more about what he said here. (Some photos of this year’s sponsors and their reps below)

TD Bank Group

SHAW Cable Systems G.P.

MCL Motor Cars

Chinatown Festival 2010

Once again, working closely with the Vancouver Chinatown Business Improvement Association (VBCIA), we have officially started the design process for this year’s annual Vancouver Chinatown Festival. 2010 will mark the 11th birthday of this community event and it will be our 5th consecutive year in collaborating with the Chinatown Festival Committee.

The Chinatown Festival is a two day weekend of food, festivities and free entertainment with over 40,000 attendees. Included is a day and night market with youth targeted events such as Street Fest and the Youth Talent Showdown.

This year’s design collateral will be taking on a very different approach and while we can’t give away too much, the visual language we’re currently developing will coincide with a much larger branding effort.

Each year, over 150 volunteers and delegates will receive a themed T-shirt. In supporting the VCBIA and its efforts, selected shirts are often available for sale. In the past, the T-shirts have been signature to display the previous year’s design but unfortunately this year’s would-be design will only remain a concept.

Having said that, we are very excited for August 2010 as that is when this year’s Festival design will be revealed!

View Last Years Design here.

Stay Tuned.

Definium Design Vancouver

Herb Lubalin, one of the greats.

l'oeuvre de Herb Lubalin | 1 | reproduction interdite | usage st
l'oeuvre de Herb Lubalin | 1 | reproduction interdite | usage st
l'oeuvre de Herb Lubalin | 1 | reproduction interdite | usage st

When I look at some of Herb Lubalin’s work and pull up his fonts on my font list, a certain chord is struck. Herb Lubalin’s work, I would say, is summed up in the name of his most credited typeface, Avant Garde. He was ahead of his time creating trend-setting and iconic images through his typographic creations. The “wiftly” gestures of his alternates, the sex-appeal of placement between type form and image, and the modern taste and wide, yet familiar adaptability of Avant Garde.
Herb Lubalin my hat goes off to you.

“Herbert F. (Herb) Lubalin (1918 – May 24, 1981) was a prominent American graphic designer. He collaborated with Ralph Ginzburg on three of Ginzburg’s magazines: Eros, Fact, and Avant Garde, and was responsible for the creative visual beauty of these publications. He designed a typeface, ITC Avant Garde, for the last of these; this distinctive font could be described as a post-modern interpretation of art deco, and its influence can be seen in logos created in the 1990s and 2000s.”