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9 minutes | Sep 24, 2022
Gill Sans: An Incomplete History of Type
From the middle ages to the Middle East, from Futura to Freight, join us on a journey across the type universe and go where no designer has gone before… welcome to An Incomplete History of Type (Part 2!).This episode is guest hosted by Johanna Gibson. Name: Gill Sans Release Date: 1928 Designer: Eric Gill Classification: Humanist Sans-Serif Owned By: Monotype Claim to Fame: Typeface for London North and Eastern Railway
9 minutes | Sep 9, 2022
Bodoni: An Incomplete History of Type
From the middle ages to the Middle East, from Futura to Freight, join us on a journey across the type universe and go where no designer has gone before… welcome to An Incomplete History of Type (Part 2!). This episode is guest hosted by Shelby Cooper and Zohal Rashid. Name: Bodoni Release Date: 1798 Designers: Giambattista Bodoni Classification: Modern Serif Script Owned By: Linotype Claim to Fame: One of the older typefaces still in use as a font today.
11 minutes | Sep 6, 2022
Didot: An Incomplete History of Type
From the middle ages to the Middle East, from Futura to Freight, join us on a journey across the type universe and go where no designer has gone before… welcome to An Incomplete History of Type (Part 2!). This episode is guest hosted by Nate Evangelista.Name: Didot Release Date: Between 1784 and 1811 Designer: Firmin Didot Classification: Modern Serif Owned By: Various type foundries, most notably Hoefler & Co. and Linotype Claim to Fame: The beginning of the Neoclassical typeface movement and recognized fashion icon as Vogue Magazine’s logo
54 minutes | Jun 30, 2022
I Didn't Do The Thing Today with Madeleine Dore
In this perspective-shifting episode, Madeleine Dore (author of I Didn’t Do The Thing Today: Letting Go of Productivity Guilt) chats about all sorts of important ideas, especially as summer’s restful embrace invites us to slow down and play. Madeleine discusses why ‘perfection’ is a flawed concept (and what’s better than striving for perfection), the importance of taking productivity down off its pedestal, the bright side of not completing your to do list, the importance of being curious to question where our productivity guilt comes from, as well as broadening the measure of a day to celebrate the variances there within (as well as the variances within ourselves). Madeleine provides insight on the daunting nature of ‘space’ that rest affords us, practical tips for living presently in our days, the ways Madeleine chooses to measure her days beyond ‘being productive’, why the very ‘quantifiable’ measure of productivity is actually an imperfect metric too and what the term ‘precrastination’ means. It’s a BIG one! After the conversation, Diana shares her plans for rest this summer and why she’s both nervous and excited about taking some time off.
44 minutes | Jun 24, 2022
Mags 2022: Printing Magazines with Steph Beveridge of Hemlock Printers
Listen in on TMU’s Magazine Production & Publishing class in Spring 2022… In this final episode in a 3-part series about magazines, meet Steph Beveridge, Account Manager at Hemlock Printers in Vancouver, BC, Canada. In this conversation, Steph explains the types of magazines Hemlock prints and the ways in which small, niche publications are growing their audiences. Steph shares a breakdown of typical printing processes for magazines, trends in magazine printing (including size, paper and finish), as well as actionable tips for designing with print in mind. She shares the big challenge for the printing industry right now, unique advertising opportunities for publishers, as well as the economics of niche magazine publications. Finally, Steph describes the reasons she got into this field and her biggest takeaways from having studied at TMU.
51 minutes | Jun 23, 2022
Mags 2022: Designing Magazines with Lonelle Selbo of LIFE AU LAIT
Listen in on TMU’s Magazine Production & Publishing class in Spring 2022… In this second episode in a 3-part series about magazines, meet Lonelle Selbo, publisher and designer of LIFE AU LAIT Magazine, a digital publication serving Prince Edward County (PEC), Ontario, Canada. In this conversation, Lonelle explains her magazine’s origin story, why digital is the right format for her publication and the way she’s adapted to help local businesses promote themselves during the pandemic. Lonelle defines maximalism and how she embraces it in the design of LIFE AU LAIT Magazine. She also explains how she uses rules in her creative process, specifically focusing on the criteria of intentionality and usefulness. Lonelle shares where she thinks the future of magazine content is headed and shares future plans for her magazine. Also, Diana shares her big idea for the future of the magazine industry… a collaboration is very possible and you’re hearing it here first! Finally, insights about the power of listening emerge and remerge throughout the conversation.
45 minutes | Jun 22, 2022
Mags 2022: Publishing Magazines with Greg Davis of Melanistic Magazine
Listen in on TMU’s Magazine Production & Publishing class in Spring 2022… In this conversation, we welcome Greg Davis, Publisher of Melanistic Magazine based in Edmonton, Alberta. He shares his story as “a Jamaican who found himself in Toronto who got lost in Tokyo”. He describes how communicating a consistent and authentic voice that speaks to the nature of the magazine is what’s most important (versus trying to please everyone). Greg explains what a publisher of a magazine is responsible for, describes typical and creative revenue models for both small and large publications, as well as why he believes the magazine industry is stronger now than it was before the pandemic.
28 minutes | Jun 21, 2022
Big Emotions in Creative Living with Lisa Anchin, Picture Book Author & Artist
In this final conversation in the mini series about big emotions in creative living, you will hear from children’s book author and illustrator, Lisa Anchin with her recently released work, The Paper Bird. Lisa sheds light on how book making is a hugely collaborative process and the way she works with her publishing team. She speaks to the role that self-doubt plays in her creative process and her approach to break out of the cycle of self-doubt (hint: make more stuff!). Lisa ends this episode by reading The Paper Bird and purely by coincidence, actual birds arrived as she began reciting her story and offered their sing-song gifts to the recording. Magical!
56 minutes | Jun 20, 2022
Big Emotions in Creative Living with Jamie Roberts of Rock That Creative Job
In this episode about big emotions in creative living, you’ll meet Jamie Roberts of Rock That Creative Job and learn how she helps support creative people in various stages of their journeys. We take a deep dive into imposter syndrome and Jamie shares an assessment she’s created to help individuals align themselves in the right environments that will enable them to thrive. We discuss the magic of low-stakes opportunities, practicing and getting comfortable with failure in the process. She speaks about moving yourself forward — iterating and innovating — and the only way to make that happen is through doing. Jamie provides sound advice for selling oneself in an authentic way even if you loathe self-promotion (hint: know your audience!). Finally, Jamie offers some excellent advice to recent graduates about how to differentiate themselves in a competitive hiring landscape, including doubling down on your personal story so that you’re a memorable candidate for the job.
38 minutes | Jun 17, 2022
Big Emotions in Creative Living with Nicola Hamilton and LeeAndra Cianci of The Scaries
In this first episode in a mini series all about big emotions in creative living, you’ll hear what The Scaries is all about, how it evolved and the form it takes today. You’ll hear the voices behind The Scaries: Nicola Hamilton and LeeAndra Cianci. We talk about the emotional realities of creative living (including regular feelings of self doubt) and how the duo overcame burnout through their creative practice. We dive into imposter syndrome, fear and why giving our big feelings a voice is a huge step towards making them work for us and not against us! Finally, Diana announces the big super secret project she’s been working on.
52 minutes | Jun 16, 2022
Font Futures: Indigenous Syllabic Type Revitalization with Kevin King
Welcome to the future… FONT FUTURES! In this episode, we meet Toronto-based type designer, Kevin King, who is working to revitalize and preserve North American Indigenous languages in digital spaces. You’ll hear Kevin’s career origin story, the challenges that exist in digital spaces for minority language support, current barriers to access and the process involved in helping to remove these barriers. You’ll learn the process involved in taking on a project of this magnitude, including a research methodology that helped Kevin reach out to Indigenous communities and work with language keepers directly. Finally, Kevin provides excellent advice for up-and-coming type designers.
68 minutes | Jun 15, 2022
Font Futures: Variable Font Technology with Charles Nix of Monotype
Welcome to the future… FONT FUTURES! Today’s guest is the legendary Charles Nix, Creative Type Director at Monotype. In the following talk, you’ll hear the who, what, why, when, where and how of variable type technology, including some incredible examples of variable type that already exist in the world. You’ll hear about the technology behind variable type, as well as the creative solutions possible for both the digital and physical world when designers are able to play with type as a medium. Variable font technology allows creatives to move beyond the binary to space that’s fluid and dimensional, exploring a spectrum of type. This episode could be called ‘Variable Type 101’ and it’s jam-packed with insight!
25 minutes | Jun 14, 2022
Font Futures: Emerging Typeface Designers Nate Evangelista & Sarah Zahavi
Welcome to the future… FONT FUTURES! In this first of three episodes in the series, you’ll meet emerging typeface designers Nate Evangelista and Sarah Zahavi. You’ll learn about their original typeface designs (Aqua and Negative Space), as well as their process, sources of inspiration and their favourite glyphs. Nate’s original typeface is derived from feeling, while Sarah’s is derived from thinking. Nate’s is organic and natural, while Sarah’s was born on city streets. These two typefaces, their processes and their designers are incredibly different, but each is also incredibly successful in their interpretations of the creative brief.
32 minutes | Jun 3, 2022
The Little Friends of Printmaking!
Welcome The Little Friends of Printmaking, JW and Melissa Buchanan! This silkscreening duo of printmakers, illustrators and designers from Pasadena, California produce work for clients like Disney, FX, Nike and Cartoon Network. In this conversation, the pair discuss The Little Friends of Printmaking’s origin story, the way printmaking bridges the gap between technical and creative pursuits, how the medium of print offers a wonderful constraint, the how-to of silk screening, as well as The Little Friends’ creative process. The duo shares the surprising physicality of the silk screen process, interesting techniques they like to explore (marbling, matte vs. gloss, etc.) and tips for getting started. Finally, Melissa and JW share what they’re working on now and what we can expect in the future. Let’s tap into our inner printing nerds!
19 minutes | Jun 1, 2022
Listening x Creativity: Dr. Christine Wozniak, Chiropractor
Welcome to an 11-part series exploring the intersection of listening and creativity. Why is listening so important? How can we become better listeners? How can listening make us more creative? In this final conversation, chiropractor and acupuncturist Dr. Christine Wozniak explains the intimate relationship between stretching our bodies and improving our ability to listen through a process of attunement. She explains ‘attunement’, how to achieve it through the act of stretching and how it can positively impact our ability to listen. Like our interconnected bodies themselves, this episode helps us understand the links that exist between mind, body and creativity.
38 minutes | May 21, 2022
Listening x Creativity: Douglas Davis, Creative Strategist
Welcome to an 11-part series exploring the intersection of listening and creativity. Why is listening so important? How can we become better listeners? How can listening make us more creative? In this conversation, creative strategist Douglas Davis, generously shares the way listening is critical to the dynamic of understanding communication gaps that can exist between various stakeholders in the creative process and how listening allows creatives to be more strategic, including the importance of listening for the questions behind the questions. He also shares how learning to control our emotions is necessary within the context of the creative process through listening to our own bodies, as well as his take on imposter syndrome, drawing parallels between today’s creative climate and that of the turn of the new millennium (in the early days of web design). Finally, Douglas reminds us that listening is required to allow creative people everywhere to remain on brand, on strategy and on message.
33 minutes | May 21, 2022
Listening x Creativity: Jenna Beaton, Lawyer
Welcome to an 11-part series exploring the intersection of listening and creativity. Why is listening so important? How can we become better listeners? How can listening make us more creative? In this conversation, family law litigator Jenna Beaton describes the patience and restraint often needed while listening as a lawyer, as well as the directive component to listening (controlling the conversation parameters) often required in law. We explore the importance of asking the right questions, separating emotionality from the content in high stakes listening and the importance of asking ‘why’ to question the status quo.
40 minutes | May 17, 2022
Listening x Creativity: Jenna Kingston, Dog Trainer
Welcome to an 11-part series exploring the intersection of listening and creativity. Why is listening so important? How can we become better listeners? How can listening make us more creative? In this conversation, dog trainer Jenna Kingston shares how dogs listen to one another and to the humans in their lives. Jenna explains the power that intuitive energy plays in canine listening, as well as how dogs in a pack communicate with one another. Dogs teach us that calm energy is required in a chaotic environment because you can only control yourself and not the world around you. Lastly, Jenna shares her thoughts on being willing to remain quiet and listen so that we can learn from every situation.
52 minutes | May 16, 2022
Listening x Creativity: Drew Marshall, 3 Month Vow of Silence
Welcome to an 11-part series exploring the intersection of listening and creativity. Why is listening so important? How can we become better listeners? How can listening make us more creative? In this conversation, former talk show host and fellow curious human, Drew Marshall, shares his experiences during a three month vow of silence while walking the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St James); a nearly 1000 km walk in northwestern Spain. Drew shares what led him to walk 1000 km in silence (what he calls ‘accidental intentionality’), his insights about the importance of asking questions as a precursor to listening and why his vow of silence gave everyone permission to dive below surface level in conversations. Drew shares a powerful story about what happens when we make assumptions, including how listening can open our hearts and minds to receiving new people and new experiences. Finally, Drew explains the way in which life slowed down when he went silent, how silence affected his creativity and his approach to ‘chasing the why’.
37 minutes | May 10, 2022
Listening x Creativity: Dr. Jennifer Hunter, Clinical Psychologist
Welcome to an 11-part series exploring the intersection of listening and creativity. Why is listening so important? How can we become better listeners? How can listening make us more creative? In this conversation, Clinical Psychologist Dr. Jennifer Hunter gets into the nitty-gritty about different types of listening exchanges, as well as how to tap into our emotional states as a way to listen on another level. She and Diana explore the imbalance they feel in how communication is taught (speaking vs. listening) in classrooms of all levels, as determined by metrics like participation grades. Dr. Jennifer Hunter also identifies listening’s transformational power, listening’s role as a precursor to creative thinking, the role self-esteem plays in listening and she positions the act of listening as a gift we can offer others.
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