Channel

Our Channel is where you can learn more about life at H&W – see what inspires us and encourages us to share our thoughts. It usually concerns the world of design, but not always. Channels work best when there’s a back and forth, so please feel free to jump in. 

Sep 23/

Say hi to Creative Currency!!! @findcurrency Enterprise Canada one of Canada’s foremost strategic communications firms, gave us a challenge: help them to launch a new digital agency. The company will specialize in a full range of communications, digital branding, and campaign creation and would help support Enterprise’s public relations services as well as taking on its own portfolio of clients. The agency is called Creative Currency. We worked closely with the CC team through a brand discovery phase to understand their strengths and differences to help them stand out in such a saturated market. The visual identity takes cues from Canada’s advertising history with mid-century-style radial icons, while looking forward with a clean, direct typography foundation and a bright, 
#logodesign #logo #branding #branding101 #visualidentity #graphicdesign #design #designlife #toronto #typography #torontodesign #torontoagency #agencylife #strategic #strategy #type #digitalagency #creativity #collaboration #wordmark #greatclients

Sep 22/

NEW TEAM MEMBER!!! We are excited to add Sian to our team. Sian joined us in the spring as an intern from @humbergraphicdesign and we were impressed by her design sensibility, engagement and professionalism right from the jump. Hiring during COVID has been ‘interesting’ to say the least but we are thrilled that Sian is part of Hambly & Woolley. So far Dom is the only person who met Sian in person at the @glendoncampus shoot above with photographer @jalanimorgan.  
#torontodesign #typography #covid_19 #wfh #covid #besafe #socialdistancing #graphicdesign #designlife #team #quarantine #teamfamily #design #favourite #greatteam #isolation #designinspiration #typographic #newteammember #designer
#photoshoot #greatclients

Aug 25/

Arriving back from summer to a full mailbox!!! @westendphoenix's @davebidini published this mad cute New Wave Summer Playlist mini book. The book is based Dave's personal reflections on his love of the musical genre and the joy it has brought him and friends within the Canadian music scene. All supported by killer illustrations by @salini.banana.
#westendphoenix #newspaper #localnews #torontowest #westend #newspaperdesign #torontonews #newwave #newwavemusic #philcollins #englishbeat #psychedelicfurs #graphicdesign #illustration #torontoillustrator #weloveprint #printisnotdead #designlife

Aug 12/

We are very appreciative of RTOERO’s commitment to celebrate and work with Canadian talent. And illustrator @mrtomfroese is exactly that. Tom’s robust characters, and playful and sophisticated colour palette were a perfect match for this theme and cover. Besides the beautiful work, we love working with Tom because he forces process. He is nice and pleasant and firm in asking who is doing what and being clear about expectations. He helps clearly draw the lines and lanes that we as a creative team work within. We really needed to make sure we had our details sorted out and who would be reviewing and approving, before we agreed to move ahead with the job together. This sort of clarity in process helps so much in the easily subjective world of assigning illustration. Tom has been championing proper process and responsibilities within this type of relationship for a long time, and we’re so glad he does. Good creative doesn’t happen by accident. But if you set up a process that trusts everyone’s abilities, there is a greater chance of producing good work together.
#rtoero #retiredteachers #retired #teachers #tomfroese #magazinedesign #magazine #graphicdesign #typography #illustration #typedesign #greatclients #clients #editorialdesign #photography #designlife #greatclients #canada #canadian

Aug 5/

What does it mean to be Canadian? For their Summer Issue of Renaissance Magazine, our client @rtoero, asked the big and long standing question to their highly engaged members. Turns out the answer is as complicated as the question. Aside from all of the heavy news in recent months, there is also a thread of good in Canadians and the people who call North home. Canada is partially defined by the landscapes: victorious mountains, green spaces and cities and towns bustling with life. But it is also defined by the people who live in those cites, towns and countrysides. We want to be in community (even pre-pandemic). Connected to each other and thinking of the wider ‘we’. We generally want to help each other and find the common good. The connective strand between the people around us. This backdrop set the tone and our mindset as we began to build this issue.
#rtoero #retiredteachers #retired #teachers #magazinedesign #magazine #graphicdesign #typography #illustration #typedesign #greatclients #clients #editorialdesign #photography #designlife #greatclients #canada #canadian

Jul 29/

Roger Martin, then of @martinprosperity @uoft was invited to speak at a ‘disruptor’ conference on Nantucket, where the world’s big thinkers gather to share ideas for positive change. “On Balance.” MPI’s book handout for conference attendees, had many arresting juxtapositions, illustrating how integrative thinking can lead to more optimal, efficient and fair solutions. The yellow and black book is both bold and tactile – with features like mirror mylar pages, die-cuts, fold-outs, and evocative illustrations and photographs that challenge conventional thinking.
#tbt #martinprosperity #celebration #universitylife #uoft #toronto #economicgrowth #university #bookdesign #magazinedesign #magazine #graphicdesign #typography #illustration #typedesign #typography #designlife #prosperityinstitute #greatclients #clients #editorialdesign #photography #gradients

Jul 22/

Advocating on behalf of the best interests and needs of the English public school system, the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association @opsba_official is a crucial voice for public education in the province. In a challenging period of pandemic learning, their work is more vital than ever. Earlier in the year, H&W created new reports for OPSBA, and were again tasked with developing the 2020/2021 Annual Report. At a time when we aren’t able to produce new photography, we leveraged the bold design, colour and shapes from our recent work to create a striking report.#annualreport #publicationdesign #annualreportdesign #graphicdesign #design #editorialdesign #annualreportdesign #typography #typographic #greatclients #torontodesign #utam #designlife #studiolife #weloveprint #printed

Jul 19/

Reading from the weekend!!! @johnson_banks_design has always had a place in our heart. Michael Johnson's Branding in 5 and a 1/2 steps was a big reference for us. So Now Try Something Weirder from @laurencekingpub is right up our alley. Kind of a Johnson Banks "beach read' packed with short anecdotes this was a fantastically fun and inspirational time.
#michaeljohnson #johnsonbanks #nowtrysomethingweirder #laurencekingpub #graphicdesigner #illustration #photography #branding #branding101 #design #typography #typographic #designlife #studiolife #illustration #type #artwork #newdesign #philosophy #beautifulbook

Jul 16/

Happy Friendship Friday!!! So one of our favourite designers and type nerds is @tackytypegurl. TTG has always made us smile with here compositions and we were thrilled when she jumped in on doing a piece for our 31st celebration. TTG says: I was inspired by Angel Numbers which are basically the name for when you see repeated number sequences in your daily life. Each set of numbers corresponds to a special meaning that you are supposed to take with you as a sign of what is ahead.  I searched up the number 31 and thought that the meaning behind the number 31 really reflected this new chapter for Hambly & Woolley! Angel number 31 is a message from your angels full of hope and optimism for the future. You have the power to attract anything that you want into your life and the creative ability to manifest anything that comes into your mind.Thank you Tacky Type Girl.
#friendshipfriday #friends #designcommunity #designers #design #graphicdesign #illustration #torontodesign #designlife #studiolife #typography #typographic #photography #canadadesign #torontodesign #community #branding #designer #digitalart #graphicdesigndaily #graphicdesigncommunity #branding101 #graphicdesignersclub #happybirthday #happyanniversary #behindthescenes #stopmoation #animation

Jul 15/

“Building something from scratch is always a risky business,” writes Jamison Steeve in the foreword to the Martin Prosperity Institute's retrospective, Shared Prosperity. @martinprosperity @uoft This was true when the think tank was founded – and now indeed for us, as the firm tasked with creating a 'keepsake' to honour the full gamut of their work.
It was a daunting and monumental task. The deadline for completion was barely six months. Nothing existed. There wasn't a manuscript, let alone a creative brief. How could we wrap our arms around 10 years+ of intellectual output? How could we honour public intellectuals like Roger Martin and Richard Florida, let alone all the Fellows?
The Martin Prosperity Institute (MPI) was founded as a public-policy oriented think tank concerned with the underlying forces that drive economic prosperity. Heady stuff. Important stuff. H&W worked side-by-side with the MPI team, using a rapid prototyping model to ideate organizing principles for content, chronology, visual expression and thematic elements. We thought about the underlying mission for the Institute and developed a unifying idea, not only for their massive cache of work, but also how to visually encapsulate it all.
#tbt #martinprosperity #celebration #universitylife #uoft #toronto #economicgrowth #university #bookdesign #magazinedesign #magazine #graphicdesign #typography #illustration #typedesign #typography #designlife #prosperityinstitute #greatclients #clients #editorialdesign #photography #gradients

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