Nicholas Gibbs was a young black father of three who was shot and killed by Montreal Police in August 2018. We contributed the poster and banner designs for a vigil to commemorate the one-year anniversary of his death, honouring his memory and drawing attention to all those unjustly taken away by state-sanctioned police violence.
Rest in Power Nicholas.
Photos by Ion Etxebarria.
The Nation Magazine is the only independent Indigenous news source serving the Cree of James Bay in Northern Quebec and Ontario. We designed a highly-useable website focusing on crisp typography and a minimal, modular layout to foreground the journalistic content.
Produced in collaboration with KNGFU.
Typographic design, layout and typesetting for Issue 31 of the Two Lines Journal, a multilingual literary journal. This issue’s special feature was themed around “hauntings”.
Cover design by Jeff Clark, Illustrations by Mazatl.
FYEAR (previously Fronds) is a collaborative performance work for multiple instruments and voices. It is an acoustic and electronic sound processer with large-scale projected typographic design. Borrowing from ecopoetics and text collage, the work expresses deep concern for the state of our planet and the precariousness of our future.
The piece was performed as part of the 2019 edition of the Suoni per il Popolo festival, opening for Saul Williams.
Logo and visual identity design for Rest 2 Resist, a QTIBIPOC focused meditation group for artists and activists.
How To Build a Mountain documents an experimental urban architecture project in Montreal initiated by the Goethe Institute, and conceived by the artist collective Constructlab. The project brought together architects, designers, artists, cultural mediators and community members to co-create, build, and animate the mountain structure.
Calendar designs for Articule's 2018-19 programming season.
Visual identity, posters, and print collateral for Protests and Pedagogy, a conference, event series and archival exhibition marking the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Sir George Williams Computer Centre Occupation.
Drawing from archival imagery we aimed to create a visual language that conveys the militant energy of the protests and occupation, acting as a contemporary intervention into the same institutional space where the events originally occurred (Concordia University).
4VU is a new online platform presenting innovations in performance. The first series features 360º videos by Kid Koala, Sarah Pagé and Richard Reed Parry, with customised prologues and epilogues complementing the performances.
Remix of some of LOKI’s favourite hits over the years, featuring music by Loosestrife.
Typographic design, layout and typesetting for Two Lines Issue 30, the Journal of the Center for the Art of Translation. The journal features translations of fiction and poetry into English, alongside the texts set in their original language. This issue also included a special essay section, The Future of Translation, commemorating their 25th anniversary.
Cover design by Jeff Clark.
Michael Nardone’s The Ritualites explores linguistic forms and genres as it documents sites across the American landscape. A series of subtle and not so subtle design gestures, from page proportions to type selection to the simultaneous contrast of the cover inks, highlight the tension and ambiguity of the poems.
As part of the new visual identity for the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University, we designed this informational brochure presenting their vision and details of their flagship Master’s program.
Comprehensive positioning and visual identity design for the Max Bell School of Public Policy. The school brings together academics and practitioners from diverse perspectives in order to approach public policy in a new and innovative way. We developed a set of robust guidelines and visual assets that allow the school to communicate its various initiatives in a multi-faceted yet cohesive way.
A selection of logos and wordmarks.
Concrete poems created in collaboration with Kaie Kellough for his new collection of poetry Magnetic Equator. The poems wrap and warp text drawn from his writing around the path of the Bow river (in Alberta) and the Essequibo river (in Guyana).
Bow was nominated for the Carte Blanche Poetry Award 2018.
Documents is the publishing imprint of the Centre for Expanded Poetics at Concordia University. We designed the book template and first two publications, Devin Wangert’s Dead Time, and M. NourbeSe Philip’s Looking for Livingstone.
The texts are printed in an edition of 250 on the Cente’s Risograph, and bound and distributed by Anteism.
A research report on systemic racial profiling by police in the St-Michel neighbourhood of Montreal. The report is the result of a three-year collaborative research-action project with local youth, whose voices are highlighted throughout the design. The report is designed as a tool for community organizing and also features illustrations from the #mtlsansprofilage social media campaign (by Maylee Keo).
The report is available for download here.
Relaunch of CUPW’s Delivering Community Power campaign for the ecological and community-oriented transformation of the postal service. Informational pamphlets synthesize the long term vision and campaign visuals provide an inspirational anchor for CUPW’s strike mobilization and actions.
Anti-racist / Anti-fascist fashion design and editorial by LOKI. All proceeds are donated to a solidarity fund supporting local, grassroots initiatives for racial and social justice.
Publication design and exhibition graphics for the third iteration of Sounding the City (Jen Reimer and Max Stein) in Guelph, Ontario. The book documents seven sound installations and features a foreword by Rachel Elliott and a map by Daniel Rotsztain.
Exhibition held at Boarding House Arts. Book published by PS Guelph.
Book design for Peter Norman’s collection of “terminal” poetry, where the poems take the last word of each line from the corresponding lines of another poem. The ghostly nature of these poems is subtly referenced in the cover and interior design.
Website design for the MAI | Montréal, arts interculturels, a multi-faceted arts organization comitted to the development, creation, presentation and promotion of intercultural arts and exchange, along lines of gender, race, class, ability, sexual orientation, religion, age, language or other such sectarian axes of identity.
Seasonal graphics by Atelier Mille Mille; website development by Sasha Endoh Code & Design.
Online platform and (auto)biographical archive for the Québecois filmmaker Denys Desjardins. The website features a video-saturated, experiential navigation showcasing his ideas and reflections on the medium of film and its history in Québec.
Visual identity, website design and communications materials for Cinema Politica’s Documentary Futurism: The Next 150 Project, a programme of 15 short films tackling the realities and imaginaries of tomorrow.
Trailer by Jason 0’Hara.
This booklet acts as a lexicon of the toponymy of Nitaskinan, the traditional territory of the Atikamekw Nehirowisiw. It was developed as an educational tool for the youth at Camp Minogami, in collaboration with the Conseil de la Nation Atikamekw and the Dialog network.
Illustrations and map by Laurence Desmarais.
Large format portrait posters series for the Immigrant Workers Center supporting members fighting for $15/hr and the campaign for Guinean refugees against deportation. Created in celebration of the IWC’s Artists’ Bloc’s 5th anniversary.
Original photos by Luigi Pastò.
Typographic title design for What is Democracy, a film by Astra Taylor investigating the philosophical concept of Democracy from ancient Athens to contemporary America.
Anti-fascist / anti-racist popular education pamphlet designed to inform on and counter the mounting presence and visibility of the far-right in Québec. Centre-spread illustration by Zola.
Logo and visual identity design for Illegallery, a new gallery for contemporary post-urban art started by Omen in Toronto. Their first exhibition featured the artist Elicser. Opening night photos by Nick Wons.
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.
Logo and typographic identity for Love In Future Times, an alt-rock/emo hip hop band out of Los Angeles.
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 gentrification of the neighbourhood.
Logo, visual identity and document design for Powered by Data, a non-profit organization that works to maximize the availability and impact of data for public good.
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.
A variety of poster designs for events and exhibitions, artistic statements, and political action.
Unceded Voices poster artwork by Aura + Chief Lady Bird. Fredy Villanueva + Status Now posters 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.
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.
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.
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.
Festival graphics and street posters to announce concerts and events organised by the Howl Arts Collective.
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.
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.
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.
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 Unite Against Austerity. The campaign 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 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.