Empress Hotel wrapped up

Posted on: December 2nd, 2015

The Empress Hotel is in the process of being wrapped in a 46,000 square foot image we created for the Victoria landmark. The image is a composite of high resolution photos by Sama Jim Canzian and 3D renders by Kevin House. The wrap consists of 46 panels of mesh (each 100 feet high) which wrap around the front and sides of Sir Francis Rattenbury’s original 1908 building. Here are a few photos of the installation in progress. Restoration work is being done to the exterior between now and spring 2016. More photos and a case study of the creation of the gigantic image to follow.

Empress Hotel banner installation

Empress Hotel banner installation (from Government St on Victoria’s Inner Harbour)

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Fronts of Modernity book review

Posted on: October 3rd, 2016

Fronts of Modernity covers

Fronts of Modernity covers

Fronts of Modernity: The Twentieth-Century Collections at the University of Victoria Libraries, by UVic associate professor J. Matthew Huculak, has been reviewed in the Victoria Times Colonist by Robert Amos. Read more…

Logo Design Questionnaire

Posted on: November 12th, 2015

rayola logo design questionnaire


Let’s learn about your business


A logo can make your business memorable and unique. In order for me to design an awesome logo for you, I first need to learn as much as possible about your business, target audience, vision and anything else that might be related. Your likes and dislikes can help us move quickly in the right direction.

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Girlhood Poster Project

Posted on: October 14th, 2014



Earlier this year we were invited by Emrys Miller to participate in the Graphic Designers of Canada Girlhood Project. My daughter — currently a grade 8 student — created a lovely drawing celebrating the power of imagination, and her poster was presented at the Girlhood launch event on 2 October 2014, along with posters created by seven other Victoria BC designers. The project was Emry’s response to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s Girls exhibition. Plans are for the posters to be printed by Hemlock Printers and distributed to schools and recreation centres around Victoria.

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Pay Your Age at Dance Victoria

Posted on: October 2nd, 2014

Pay Your Age at Dance Victoria

Dance Victoria’s Pay Your Age Program is designed to make dance performance tickets accessible for 12-29 year old patrons.

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Seghers Collection book wins Alcuin Award

Posted on: April 18th, 2014


The Seghers Collection: Old Books for a New World has been awarded Third Prize in the Prose non-fiction illustrated category in the 2014 Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada.

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The Seghers Collection book

Posted on: June 5th, 2013

The Seghers Collection, cover detail

We completed the first in a planned series of titles for University of Victoria Libraries Special Collections. The Seghers Collection: Old Books for a New World is an exploration of the books that belonged to Charles John Seghers (1839–1886), the second Roman Catholic bishop of Victoria. Seghers was a bibliophile who always carried books with him when he travelled, and he acquired a remarkable collection of ancient books in nine European languages. As Seghers told a friend, “a bishop without books is a soldier without arms.”

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Fringe illustration honoured

Posted on: May 23rd, 2013

Victoria Fringe Festival 2012 photo illustration in Applied Arts Magazine

Congratulations to Emily Cooper, whose charming photo illustration for the 2012 Victoria Fringe Festival poster was recognized in the latest Applied Arts annual awards issue. The Vancouver artist and photographer has created award-winning work for the Shaw Festival, Theatre Calgary and Pacific Opera Victoria.

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Renovating Web sites

Posted on: April 15th, 2013

If your Web site was built more than three years ago, it’s probably time to renovate. Web technologies are constantly changing and sites need to be adapted to different environments that didn’t exist just a few years back. Many older sites don’t play very well with smartphones and tablets (or even laptops). If you haven’t yet, you owe it to yourself to view your existing site on a tablet such as the iPad: you may be surprised to find important elements are not functioning, are displaying badly — even missing outright — due to software and/or hardware incompatibilities. If your site has Flash on it, no one on an iPhone or iPad can use that part of your site.

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Rayola launches new site

Posted on: March 12th, 2013

Rayola Creative has launched its new Web site. The last time we updated our site was somewhere around 2001. The first iPod was about a year in the future, Wikipedia had just launched, and Russian space station Mir fell into the Pacific Ocean. Yeah, that does seem like a long, long time to go without updating our site. All we can say is, we’ve done a heck of a lot of work in the last 12 years, and we’re pretty excited to have the new Rayola portfolio online so we can show you what we’ve been up to.

Over the next while we’ll be adding lots more work, particularly examples of environmental pieces (i.e. tradeshow booths and displays, banners, signage) which have been harder to create nice web images for. In the meantime, there are loads of magazines, books and Web sites to browse. Many of the books and magazines link straight to their publisher’s site where you can buy a copy or read an issue; the Web sites we’ve made are for folks we really admire so please click through and view their sites.

In 2011, after 22 years in business, we changed our name from Rayola Graphic Design to Rayola Creative. We started as print designers in the 1980s (we’re talking the pre-Internet, pre-computer era — seriously old skool) and have since grown into a full-service agency which handles design, communication and strategy for print, web and digital, including media buys and ad sales. We also created a division a few years ago, Mutasis Media, for our client-focussed web hosting services, a micro-press book imprint, and a small record label.

No promises about frequent postings here: we don’t have much to say about design — the work we do for our clients speaks for itself.

And in case you’re ever nostalgic for the old Rayola Flash site, we’ve archived it for here your viewing pleasure.

Clint Hutzulak