I just took some time to update my portfolio. Below are some highlights that I am super excited to share.
1) A fun double-gate folded promo piece for Audio Cine Films, in both French and English:
2) A series of infographic prototypes for Glyphic Visual Information Inc.:
3) A variety of new print, web and promo pieces for GetOut! Canada:
Please check out my portfolio website, christopherrouleau.com, for all the newest work.
I was honoured when the University of Calgary Department of Drama asked me to create a piece of commemorative art for my the retirement of my former professor and mentor, Gavin Semple. From 1977-2013, he worked on 51 productions (!) at the two theatres on campus: The University Theatre, and the Reeve Theatre. The completed piece shown above is hybrid of the two theatre ground plans, overlaid with the names and years of all the plays he helped design. The 30" x 22.5" artwork was printed in black and white on an oversize plotter to simulate the look of a blueprint. The black ink on heavy white archival paper gives the quality of black velvet, which is evocative of backstage theatre drapes.
Congratulations Gavin on the 36 years you've given to the theatre community at the University of Calgary. And a personal thank you for contributing to the artist I am today.
Back in November 2012, there was a call for submissions for Font Aid VI: Aster Affects. In response to Hurricance Sandy, the SOTA (Society of Typographic Aficionados) organized this project to unite the typographic and design communities to raise funds for Red Cross. The project brief was to design a typeface consisting entirely of asterisks and other star-inspired symbols. From the brief:
An asterisk can denote something that requires attention — and an event of this magnitude and impact certainly deserves some attention. The asterisk can also provide *emphasis* to important information amidst fields of plain text. The root of the word comes from the Greek astēr or “star” - signifying hope and light. In computer terms, it’s a wildcard character … and hurricanes are certainly wild and unpredictable.I took to my sketchbook and started brainstorming. Above is some of my draft work (using my Alphabet 100 template), and below is my submission, which was accepted:
Included in my submission was this short rationale:
Wind, the flow of air, is one of the few forces of nature that we can only see by the objects that it touches. Wind can also deliver both joy and destruction. This asterisk glyph was inspired by two seemingly divergent objects that make this elusive, unpredictable force tangible: a hurricane and a pinwheel.Please support the Red Cross and purchase your copy of Font Aid VI: Aster Affects here.
The overall black shape represents the counter-clockwise motion of a hurricane, one of our planet's most unforgiving natural disasters. The spiralling segments are also evocative of a folded paper pinwheel, a memento of childhood that captures the otherwise innocence carried in wind. The hurricane/pinwheel motif draws the eye round and round, while simultaneously holding the 6-point asterisk shape in its negative space (like the eye of a storm).
Like the wind itself, the asterisk can only be seen by the objects that surround it. The glyph is designed to oscillate between black and white, between positive and negative. It is a reminder of nature's complexity: light cannot exist without shadow, good cannot exist with bad, and joy cannot exist without destruction.
Here is a recent project which combined two things I am passionate about: infographics and personal well-being. This fact sheet was complied by Chris Roberts, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, who offers natural treatments for anxiety. The infographic is designed to educate patients about the importance of relaxation, and offer tips on relaxation techniques.
Please don't hesitate to contact Dr. Roberts to receive your own copy, or if you have any questions about anxiety, stress management or naturopathic remedies.
Last year, I participated in the Sporting Life 10K Run, a fundraiser which helps raise money for Camp Oochigeas, a camp for children with cancer. Last year, through the generosity of family and friends (old and new), I was able to raise $420. I am still amazed, and immensely grateful.
Well, it's that time of year again. I have been training since January, I have a new pair of running shoes, and I will ready to run again on Sunday, May 12. If you can spare a few dollars (even $5), please donate what you can at my fundraising page:
As further encouragement, for every online donation over $30, I will create and mail a hand-lettered thank you card to you. Here are some examples of what you can expect:
Thank you in advance for your support and encouragement.