Montréal Monochrome is an annual event organized by Articule which aims to address the mis- and under-representation of marginalized groups in Montréal's contemporary art milieu. MMVI: Sanctuary City? explores the different meanings and socio-political ramifications that the concept of “Sanctuary City” includes or suggests.
The stark design reflects the emptiness of the government’s declaration in 2017 that Montreal is a Sanctuary CIty, while pointing to the potential for marginalized communities to develop their own survival strategies, self-protection, and self-care.
Calendar designs for Articule's 2017-18 programming season.
Pamphlet series informing immigrants and refugees in Québec of their rights and access to social services. Individual pamphlets were created for all the varying statuses, aiming to clarify often complex and inaccessible legal information. Produced for Services Juridiques Communautaires de Pointe-Saint-Charles et Petite-Bourgogne.
A detailed guide was created for community workers and the pamphlets were also translated into Créole, Arabic, Chinese, and Spanish. The guide and pamphlets are available for download here.
Swarm of Selenium, a "queer experimental sci-fi musical short film" explores topics of trauma & community care in a post-apocalyptic world. The film-making process was collective and strove to be non-hierarchical, by a queer cast and crew. Posters printed by the Sidetracks screenprinting collective.
Visual Identity design for Cinema Politica, a media arts, non-profit, documentary screening network. The identity is applied across print, digital and screen-based media to promote and communicate their programming and related initiatives.
Logo and visual Identity design, including guidelines and document templates for Loup, a human-centered design consultancy that helps organizations listen to and learn from the people they serve.
OMG MTL is a web documentary produced by RIDM's Youth Program exploring 42 questions asked (and answered) by students at the specialized Eurêka school. Facilitated by the team, students produced all the audio-visual content for the website.
Produced in collaboration with KNGFU and RIDM.
Design and layout for Lesley Belleau's collection of poetry Indianland. The text blocks adapt to each poem's line length, and are aligned to sit at the bottom of the page, subtly referencing the landscape that is so central to Belleau's poems.
Visual Identity and collateral design for Tiger Toes, a strategic consultancy firm founded by Geneviève Grenier.
Design and layout for the fourth issue of Art & Wonder. A special issue conceived and edited by the Artivistic Collective entitled The Enthusiasm Workshop or How to Open a Durian, reflecting on PoC friendship, self-representation and labour.
Commemorative book design documenting la Classe des Sages, an academic exchange project between Elders and researchers organised by Réseau Dialog in the Anicinape Community of Pikogan.
Visual design for Shawn Jobin's second full-length release Éléphant, a dark électro-rap album that addresses issues of mental illness and stigma.
The World Design Summit launched its ambitious inaugural edition in 2017, featuring an international summit of design organisations, congress presentations, exhibitions, and more. We were responsible for the UX, UI and visual design of the website, creating an adaptive and modular toolkit for the WDS team to work with.
Research report and accompanying summary pamphlet on the working conditions of migrant farm workers in Saint-Rémi, Québec, conducted by legal sciences researchers at UQAM.
The extensive quantitative research describes a neo-feudal system of labour, where minimum-wage workers are tied to their employer without access to the rights of citizens.
Brique par brique is a social enterprise and community housing project in the Park Extension neighbourhood of Montreal. They issue community investment bonds that will work to finance the building of dynamic and affordable homes, while stalling the gentrication of the neighbourhood.
Brochure design for Articule, presenting an overview of the artist-run centre's activities. The brochure reaffirms and communicates its mandate of social engagement, and acts as a tool for fundraising and outreach.
#MTLsansprofilage is a social media campaign that was designed as part of a research-action project on the interactions of racialized youth with the police in a neighbourhood of Montreal. The campaign features vignettes (illustrated by Maylee Keo) depicting their experiences and providing tips on how to deal with police profiling, alongside related content and news.
Produced in collaboration with KNG FU.
Poster design in collaboration with Stefan Christoff for Justseeds' Celebrate People's History Poster Series, commemorating the mass protests against the FTAA in Québec City in 2001.
Available for purchase here.
Courage is a coalition of the independent left in Canada, aiming to become a democratic space for education, organizing and collective action. We designed the logo and visual identity kit for local organizers to use in their communications and campaigns.
Visual Essay created as a way to frame LOKI's practice, and to challenge conventional discourses of graphic design. Through citation, ideas, and images, it describes the ways in which graphic design both reinforces and challenges oppressive power structures.
Graphics, posters, placards, and stickers designed in response to mounting far-right, racist, and islamophobic attacks in Québec and elsewhere.
Programme design for Montréal Monochrome V: Atterissage d'urgence/Emergency Landing, an annual event which aims to address the mis- and underrepresentation of marginalized groups in Montréal's contemporary art milieu.
Calendar designs for Articule's 2016-17 programming season, introducing a bold new visual language for the centre.
Album design for Alex Ookpik's memorial album Megafauna. Alex passed away in 2016, and this is the first album from her musical legacy, with proceeds going toward the Alexandra Olsen Memorial Award at Concordia University, for a female electroacoustic music composer.
Sounding the City is an online exhibition by sound artists Jen Reimer & Max Stein dedicated to capturing urban environments and re-imagining their soundscapes through site-specific installations and acoustic interventions.
LOKI designed the visual identity, website and collateral material for the launch event including invitation cards, a newsprint zine, and postcards guiding visitors to the live installations. The identity proudly features a pre-release of FeedType's More Gothic typeface.
Design and typesetting of Accordéon, an experimental novel by Kaie Kellough, published by ARP Books. The text features intrusive annotation by the 'Ministry of Culture' that interject upon, and at times overwhelm, the page.
Campaign and protest visuals for the Non-Status Women’s Collective denouncing the invisibility, exclusion, and extreme precarity faced by non-status people in Canada. These images are from the Dec. 3, 2016 rally in Montreal, Quebec.
Created in collaboration with Zola, Lolo Sirois, and members of the Collective. More information here.
Visual identity and website design for les éditions du remue-ménage, celebrating their 40 years of French-language feminist publishing. The site showcases their extensive catalogue through a highly functional interface with rich content and categorisation for each title.
Development by Sasha Endoh Code & Design.
Album artwork for Jason Sharp's A Boat Upon Its Blood, an experimental electro-acoustic composition based on the breath and heart rate.
Typographic campaign visuals for Cinema Politica's Nations & Migrations Program and #comfortabletruths discussions, highlighting issues of nationhood and migration from both a historical and contemporary perspective.
Featuring citations from Harsha Walia, Yassin 'Narcy' Alsalman, Lali Mohamed, Rana Salah, and Jesse Wente.
Intérro ? is a collaborative audio-visual performance piece created by Kaie Kellough, Tanya Evanson, Jason Sharp and Kevin Lo. The piece deals with border interrogations and sonic representations of state violence. The projected typo-graphics are drawn from collected texts relating people's experiences of borders, and are "played" live during the performance.
Treater is a mobile application that allows people to discover local restaurants and send personalised gift cards to their friends.
Public interview archive of an ethnographic study of Parc Émilie-Gamelin initiated by Amplifier Montréal. The website collects a multiplicity of voices from the park and presents them in raw audio and text transcription.
Visit the site here. Produced in collaboration with KNG FU.
Design of the International Institute of Sustainable Development's 2016 annual report (available here). The report highlights the broad scope of IISD's research, work and partnerships across the globe.
In collaboration with Studio Jaywall.
WIOT Magazine is an online magazine for contemporary Indigenous voices that complements the television series Working It Out Together on APTN. The platform features wide-ranging content created by Indigenous writers, artists, activists, filmmakers, scholars, and knowledge keepers, from nations and communities across Turtle Island.
LOKI and KNGFU are creative partners in this project, having developed the visual identity and website design, and providing strategic communications support.
The second issue of Represent addresses exhaustion and the political economy of happiness, in the ways POC are expected to act and react to white supremacy and privilege in the everyday. The zine's design plays with the tensions between humour, absurdity, anger and frustration.
Visual Identity and one-page website design for Samantha Dion, an exclusive muse and professional companion based in Toronto.
A selection of logos and wordmarks.
A variety of poster designs for events and exhibitions, artistic statements, and political action.
Unceded Voices poster artwork by Aura + Chief Lady Bird. Status Now poster illustrated by Zola. Apartheid Wall poster designed by Jason Kuhrt, art direction by LOKI. Coeur-Rage poster designed in collaboration with Sarah Boris. Imaging Apartheid poster illustrated by Hoda Adra.
Festival graphics and street posters to announce concerts and events organised by the Howl Arts Collective.
Digital brand campaign concepts and visuals developed for Apollo Music Store, a curated music licensing service.
Cover design for jia qing wilson-yang's Small Beauty, published by Metonymy Press. The novel follows Mei, a Chinese-Canadian trans woman, who in coping with the death of her cousin abandons her life in the city to live in his now empty house in a small town.
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.
Published by Howl! Arts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.