Africa As A Dream That Travels Through My Heart is the first of a collection of three books by Montréal poet Jason Blackbird Selman. The book uses music (Soul, Reggae, Spoken Word, Hip Hop, Jazz) as a trigger for writing and explores themes of diaspora, the current climate of civil rights, love, and the realities of being a new husband and father.
Poster and schedule design for Montréal Monochrome IV: Study Hall, an event which aims to address the mis- and underrepresentation of marginalized groups in Montréal's contemporary art milieu. The design uses shades of grey and a deconstructred typographic layout to address notions of visibility and invisibility.
Business card designs for the artist-run centre Articule, including the development of an updated typographic and colour palette.
Campaign visuals and pamphlet design for Delivering Community Power, an initiative to transform Canada's postal system into a hub for a greener and more equitable economy.
Visual identity update for Cinema Politica's 2015-16 season of political documentary screenings. A cohesive, yet flexible, graphic system was introduced across multiple touch points, strengthening the organization's voice and recognition, with an eye towards further evolution.
Graphic design and text layout of Cindy Milstein's collection of essays Taking Sides: Revolutionary Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism. The design subtly reinforces the challenging content through stark title pages, sharp typographic contrast and an emphasis on the margins.
Frontispiece/cover woodcut illustration by Chris Robertson.
Purchase Taking Sides from AK Press.
Zola X LOKI radical sticker set featuring collaborative designs and a collection of insurrectionary emojis.
Visual Identity design and one-page website for Fashioncan.com, a company that supports independent and emerging fashion designers.
World (War) Music International Incorporated Inc. is a revolutionary new music label featuring the “next-level talents of extremely well integrated visible minorities”. The label launched in October 2015 by collaborating with/supporting the VIVA! Art Action performance festival, mobilizing a guerilla marketing campaign and premiering a five minute tour trailer music video/short film.
Produced collectively as part of Artivistic #postlife.
Visual identity and communications materials for the 5th edition of VIVA! Art Action. The festival brings together nine Montreal artist-run centres within a collaborative platform to showcase risk-taking artistic practices including performance, public intervention, relational projects, body art, happenings and furtive action.
Al Jazeera’s Life on Hold is an expansive and immersive web documentary about the struggle of Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Through a series of intimate character portraits showcasing first-person stories and impressions of their day to day lived experience, the website highlights the human story behind the deafening numbers of the Syrian refugee crisis.
The website also features interactive artwork created by Syrian artist Tammam Azzam, exploring the concept of memory and identity. In turn, Tammam’s artwork acts as a canvas for the public to leave messages for the individual refugees.
In collaboration with KNG FU.
Visual identity update and website design for the activist film collective Épopée.
Design and illustrations for a legal research report on unjust Rental Board delays produced by Project Genesis. The report reveals the inherent bias of the Board in favour of landlords, and against tenants.
The use of coloured stock allowed us to add visual interest and clarify the content while keeping printing costs low.
One of the key strategic components of the Unite Against Austerity campaign is to encourage diverse communities and groups to create connections and build solidarity between struggles. This was reflected in the design through the creation of modular design elements and a simple and clear visual language.
For May Day 2015 in Toronto, artist–activist Ryan Hayes reached out to us, and we provided visual and typographic assets for the organising comittee to use in their mobilisation materials. Mary and Jesse from Justseeds organised a screenprinting workshop as part of Mayworks, collectively producing hundreds of placards, posters, and bandanas.
Photos by Ryan Hayes, Mayworks, Shaghayegh Tajvidi and Edward Hon-Sing Wong.
Art direction and graphic design for Smart Change's Unite Against Austerity campaign. The initiative aims to connect and amplify the struggles of diverse groups affected by the Canadian government's austerity agenda.
Click here to see images of the designs in use for May Day mobilization in Toronto.
A series of risograph prints and a large-format plotter print composed from images of vernacular signage from the Junction neighbourhood of Toronto. Created for and exhibited as part of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival 2015, as a commentary on gentrification and urban change.
Conceived and designed in collaboration with Studio Jaywall. Awarded a So(cial) Good Design Award, 2015.
Documentation of the Artivistic collective’s transition into #postlife. As part of this process the collective killed its website, dissolved its non-profit organization and closed it’s bank account, and began inventing new ways to support each other in becoming awesome and dangerous together.
#postlife #postcynicism #postoptimism #poc #magic #friedchicken
A conceptual T-shirt design and editorial obliquely addressing the contemporary conditions of precarity and anxiety in relation to capitalism. The shirts are paired with a copy of the We are all very anxious zine and distributed together in limited editions, linking the two in order to experiment with fashion as a carrier for critique.
A zine edition of the Institiute for Precarious Consciousness’ important and timely text We are all very anxious, discussing the affective dimensions of capitalism, popular movements in relation/resistance to these, and strategies for the contemporary situation. Paired with The Precari-Tee project as an experiment with fashion as a carrier of critique.
Festival graphics and street posters to announce concerts and events organised by the Howl Arts Collective.
A variety of poster designs for documentary films, events and exhibitions, artistic and political statements.
Status Now posters illustrated by Zola. Apartheid Wall poster designed by Jason Kuhrt, art direction by LOKI. Coeur-Rage designed in collaboration with Sarah Boris.
Limited edition bespoke DVD packaging and booklet design for the documentary film Come Worry With Us, featuring Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra.
Programme design for The HTMLLES 2014, a bi-annual feminist festival of media arts and digital culture. This year's festival was entitled Zero Future. The editorial approach and image treatments underscore the dissonant thematic of the festival.
In contemporary Australia the words ‘country’, ‘decolonisation’, ‘family’ and ‘law’ are loaded with meanings that differ greatly from person to person across this nation’s Aboriginal and migrant communities.
As part of Memefest 2014, we developed a collaborative project that explored this diversity while also challenging people's (and our own) understanding of the terms through a four-part publication and street poster series.
Portrait photography by Samantha Edwards. Project facilitated in collaboration with Alana Hunt.
As part of Memefest 2014, these posters and badges were created to provide the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy and their allies with strong visual iconography to assert the aboriginal presence within Brisbane's urban landscape specifically, as well as other Australian cities by extension.
Designed in collaboration with Ella Byworth, with the inspiration/guidance of BASE's Jade Maree.
Memefest 2014—Radical Intimacies: Dialogue in our Time took place in Melbourne and brought together international artists, activists, academics and local community members for a 3 day extradisciplinary symposium and workshop. The workshop focused on critically addressing issues facing aboriginal groups, the struggle for aboriginal rights from a decolonial context and challenging the forced removals of children from the community.
Visual Identity and poster/brochure design for Cinema Politica's Divine Interventions screening series, showcasing documentaries that explore the interesection of spirituality and social justice.
Proposed redesign for the Nouveau Projet website to better reflect the visual design and editorial direction of the print edition.
Album packaging design and visual identity for the Barr Brothers Sleeping Operator. In collaboration with artist Brigitte Henry.
Intimate Distance is a limited edition newsprint zine that presents a selection of photographs by Montréal-based photographer Vo Thien Viet. Thien’s photography played a crucial role on the front lines during the student protests in Québec in 2012. This collection proposes a transition, a more subtle, personal and holistic documentation of moments that make up a politically engaged life.
Documented before a meal of twice cooked pork. Available for purchase from the shop.
This graphic was originally conceived as a solidarity statement with the people of Ferguson and their right to resist police oppression, to challenge the dominant media narrative and its reasoning of the riots. With further development, the series acts as a generalised critique of the liberal mindset, and as positive, flowering even, encouragement for those who critically oppose it.
It was also adapted as a supporting graphic for Memefest 2014, the theme of which, Radical Intimacies: Dialogue in Our Times, matched well with the intentions of the design.
An online memorial to the Gazans killed during Israel's operation "Protective Edge", July–August 2014. The dead have names...
With music by Stefan Christoff and Rebecca Foon. Co-created with Tarek Sherif.
Poster series designed to visualise opposition to the proposed Québec Charter of Values. The posters were distributed through a network of feminist artist-run centres, wheatpasted in the street and used in public demonstrations.
Visual identity development and brand positioning for the studio. The simplicity of the logo belies more complex meanings by altering the traditional (Western) reading direction and locking up bled-off the canvas. The bottom left positioning itself is a subtle political statement.
The presence of the tagline as a central part of the visual identity reaffirms the studio’s expertise and its purpose.
A selection of logos and wordmarks.
Issue thirteen of Four Minutes to Midnight, a collaborative, experimental, literary arts zine. The issue emerges out of the experience of the Québec Student Strike, but is not specifically “about” it, acting more as a reflection on 10 years of community organising, designing and publishing, making music, and strolling through gentrifying neighbourhoods in opposition to neoliberal capitalism.
Screening Truth to Power celebrates 10 years of Cinema Politica, collecting essays, interviews and top documentary lists by filmmakers, academics and activists that have supported the network over the years.
Available for purchase from Cinema Politica.
E-commerce website design for Squish Candies, a Montréal-based artisanal candy store.
Absurdist SS13 sale campaign for SSENSE. GIF design collaboration with Claudia Mate.
Animated fashion editorial to announce the arrival of the Stella McCartney brand at SSENSE. Creative Direction by Pete Hellyer. Photography by Brent Goldsmith.
Online fashion editorials for SSENSE. Creative direction by Pete Hellyer, photography by Brent Goldsmith.
Art direction, UX and design of the SSENSE e-commerce and editorial website, focusing on a minimalist, responsive layout.
Evolution of the SSENSE brand, based on the redefinition of its core values and brand expressions. Included the refinement of the logotype, visual identity applications across all platforms, typography, editorial and e-com photography, and advertising standards.
Website concept and design for Lait au chocolat, transitioning it from a campaign-based platform to a content platform focusing on Olympic athlete-ambassadors, training and nutrition.
Title card design for the documentray film Come Worry WIth Us. The film explores the challenges of working as independent musicians and raising a family.
One-sheet CD packaging for a compilation of live recordings by Nick Schofield of Howl concert performances.
A collection of screen captures selected and edited from found Super-8 home movies.
CD packaging for Jazz musician Brahja Waldman's double album; Cosmic Brahjas and Closer to the Tones.
Catalogue design for Skol centre des arts actuels collecting materials produced during The Unkown Artist exhibition cycle, including an illustrated essay by curator and author Bernard Schütze, and a transcription of artist Sophie Castonguay’s interventions.
Various design materials for Skol, centre des arts actuels.
Cinema Politica Selections presents a catalogue of CP’s Canadian films, artist and project profiles, photos of locals, etc. recapping the last year of the organisation’s activity.
Two poems and a brick.
Gold Letterpress dyptich featuring the lyrics of WU-TANG's classic track. Originally designed as part of Artivistic's Promiscuous Infrastructures exhibition as a rumination on art and labour.
Guest edited issue 36-1 of Fuse Magazine with the Artivistic collective, reflecting on the Quebec student strikle, education and social struggle. A key graphic element was a series of typographic illustrations illustrating slogans used during the strike.
Documentation of the Promiscuous Infrastructures vernissage at Skol. Photos by Sylvia Lo, Thien V. and Ianna Book.
Artivistic's Promiscuous Infrastructures (Phase II) exhibition at Skol. The exhibition materialised and exploded our creative research on infrastructures into the space, creating a temporary print studio, reading room/lending library, a slightly ominous meeting space and convivial dining room.
Given the political context of the exhibition/research, PI2 extended into the streets, and also brought "the street" into the gallery space, becoming a creative locus for organising during the student strike.
Poster series (and sticker) in support of the Grève générale illimitée during the Québec student strike of 2012.
Photos from the crowd during the massive 22 mars, 2012 demonstration against tuition hikes.
Artist Book/Portfolio for Emilie Grenier's interdisciplinary practice Comme des Machines.
Issue twelve of Four Minutes to Midnight, a collaborative, experimental, literary arts zine. This issue celebrates the 10th anniversary of Expozine, Montreal's annual small press, comic and zine fair. It features an expansive collage of work that has been exhibited at Expozine over the years, alongside interviews with the organisers and an complete list of all the exhibitors who have participated over the years.
Issue eleven of Four Minutes to Midnight, a collaborative, experimental, literary arts zine. The double issue features Happy Hour, a suite of 60 poems by the late American outsider poet FA Nettelbeck, illustrated by artist Sophie Jodoin, and Fugue XI, a slim booklet featuring a collaborative, typographic, poem.
Issue ten of Four Minutes to Midnight, a collaborative, experimental, literary arts zine. The issue is loosely themed around the notion of radical beauty, and features work from over 30 artists and authors.
International Solidarity Poster Project for Palestine. A silkscreen poster series (produced in collaboration with Just Seeds), events, exhibitions and talks in support of the BDS movement and the Palestinian struggle for liberation. Various artists.
Photo series exploring the abandoned parking structure at Parc and Van Horne.
Experimental print series designed in collaboration with photographer Aram Tanis. Elements of the designs were remixed into a video on the theme of "Love & Conflict" as part of Memefest 2011 at the Oddstream festival in Nijmegen.
Video-driven website for musician Patrick Watson to coincide with the launch of his album Adventures in Your Own Backyard.
CD packaging for Kaie Kellough's sound poetry/collage album Vox:Versus.
Event identity and brochure design for Artivistic's Turn*On edition, a 3-day gathering engaging the proxemics of sexuality, technology, and politics.
Typeface designed as a commentary on the trend (at the time of the design) of counterless, geometric sans-serifs.
Graphic identity, design templates and website for the Cinema Politica Network, the largest volunteer-run, community and campus-based documentary-screening network in the world..
Redrawing of the logo and web design for CKUT 90.3, Montreal's premiere community radio station, based out of McGill University. CKUT provides alternative music, news, and spoken word programming, since 1987.
Website design for independent record label Secret City Records.
Brand identity and website design for Bloom Digital Platforms, a boutique advertising technologies company.
Online brand system and website designs for the Germain Group's suite of luxury hotels
CD packaging for Arometis compilation, a collaboration between 17 Montréal-based musicians and composers.
A hybrid typeface mash-up between Neue Helvetica and Wilhelm Klingspor Gotisch. A commentary on fascism and invisibility.
Include in Fraktur Mon Amour, by Judith Schalansky.
Typo/Graphic "manifesto" canvas print created as part of Four Minutes to Midnight, remixing generated texts with illustrations derived from Nadia Myre's Scar Project.
Performance (by John W Stuart) developed for Obx Labs, using captured speech and responsive typography to visualize the spoken word.
Drone is an experimental typeface where each character is created out of fragments of old poems. Created with John W. Stuart.