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.
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…
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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.
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.
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.”
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.
Check out Emily’s portfolio at EmilyCooperPhotography.ca
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.
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.
We just completed a refresh of Cook Street Liquor’s logo. Earlier this year our favourite shop for beer and whiskey dropped ‘Village’ from its name so it was time for an update, but the owner also wanted to find a way to personalize the logo for different markets — branding that emphasized their great craft beer selection for music audiences at the Rifflandia festival, for instance, and something that trumpeted their specialty wines in glossy magazines.
One of the challenges was working with the existing wordmark — the client wanted to keep the same typeface and basic layout so that retail signage could be retained — but at the same time modernize a bit and make the logo stronger. We suggested creating a logo family with a strong central element that remains unchanged, set into two different badges like this: the client can pick the logo depending on their target audience.