Circle is pleased to play a role in the launch of Concordia’s largest fundraising campaign to date… unveiling a drive to raise $45 Million for a new world-class health and fitness centre in the north-east corner of Winnipeg. The campaign went public last Friday, at Concordia Foundation’s 30th Annual Gala Fundraising Dinner.
Circle was engaged to design an identity for the state-of-the-art facility, as well as to create marketing tools (literature, exhibit, etc.) and a website for the initiative. Learn more about this exciting project here.
Images (top down) – The Concordia Health & Fitness Centre identity designed by Circle. Conceptual renderings by LM Architectural Group of the exterior, lobby atria, and gym areas. The website design features a “responsive” interface designed to optimize user experience based on the specific viewing device being used.
It’s the final day of Movember! Congratulations to all the Mo Bros and Mo Sistas who’ve supported this year’s campaign. Total funds raised for this year’s Movember campaign exceed $102,711,000 — with Canada once again leading “donations by nation” with a whopping $32,611,833+ !!!
We’re very pleased to report that the 4-man, GDC Manitoba Movember team (comprised of Adrian J.K. Shum, Robert L. Peters, Evan Kuz, and Kirk Warren) raised over $2500! http://ca.movember.com/team/633289 — thanks again for all of your support!
Images (top to bottom): 3 out of 4 members of the GDC Manitoba Movember Team (from left to right – Evan Kuz, Kirk Warren, Adrian Shum); Carisa Romans (Sugarcrumb Confections) our Mo’Sista who showed her support by baking the team “tasteful” moustaches; the gents behind their edible ‘staches; and a composite of “past ‘staches” from Robert L. Peters (who happened to be in Europe on the final day when the other team members gathered for the end-of-Movember lunch).
We recently designed a “welcome” sign for the reception area of the West Central Women’s Resource Centre—a community-based initiative in the ethnically diverse West Central neighbourhood of Winnipeg. The sign incorporates 20 of the most common languages used by the centre’s constituents (Canada offers a remarkably multicultural milieu).
Earlier, Circle designed the West Central Women’s Resource Centre’s new graphic identity, stationery, interior and exterior signage, and various promotional materials.
Image: the multilingual “Welcome” we designed for WCWRC.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Circle’s Principal, Robert L. Peters, had the pleasure of serving as the special guest speaker for the 2012 Salazar Awards held at UBC Robson Square on the evening of Friday, 11 May 2012. The GDC/BC Salazar Student Awards, is the annual juried competition and awards-presentation event held to celebrate BC’c most talented and promising design students and their inspirational work. The GDC/BC Salazar Student Awards were established in 1985 to honour Enrique Salazar, a founding member of the Society, a BC National Representative, Partner in Salazar Graphics and a highly regarded member of the BC design community. Among many other achievements, Enrique Salazar remained committed to design education throughout his career and taught Graphic Design at Capilano College until his death in June 1985. Learn more about the Salazar Awards by visiting http://bc.gdc.net/salazar2012/
Rob’s keynote presentation was entitled Aim Higher…
Our globalized society is morphing rapidly from an information era into an age of ideas—at the same time, we flounder in the uncertainty of tumultuous political, social, economic, and ecological instability—even as our fragile planet accelerates towards the edge of survival.
Designers have greatly influenced the shaping of the over-consuming, hyper-stimulated, non-sustainable world we are in—suddenly we find ourselves thrust into a leading role as necessary change-drivers. This presentation will address a shift in design’s role and the power it holds, share diverse perspectives from around the globe, and offer a challenge to “think about our thinking.”
Yesterday, Circle’s founder Robert L. Peters gave a presentation at TEDxManitoba about Solace House, the super-insulated passive-solar home he designed and built in the woods of eastern Manitoba in 1980, and that he has been living in (without a furnace) ever since. On Wednesday morning he was interviewed by Terry MacLeod on CBC’s Information Radio program (listen here). Rob’s talk comes up at 02:51:53 in TEDxManitoba’s livestream morning session which you can access here.
Individual videos will be processed and put online within the next few weeks.
We’re very pleased to have had the opportunity over the last six months of working with an exciting new First Nations initiative—TIPI (TWCC Insurance Partners LP)—on the creation, naming, and design of branding and communications materials. TIPI fulfills the dream of a single, national pension and benefit plan for Aboriginal People and First Nations organizations, and holds the potential to bring together more than 490 separate plans currently scattered across Canada.
Combining pension assets into a single plan will dramatically lower fees charged to First Nations pension accounts. This in turn means that more money stays in the communities, reversing the “economic leakage” that is currently the norm. TIPI will also lead to the creation of numerous jobs for Aboriginal people; and TIPI raises the bar with ethics based on honesty, openness, social responsibility, and regard for the well-being of People (vs. the well-being of the “corporate bottom line”).
Part of Circle’s work on behalf of TIPI has been the design and development of a launch website, where you can learn more about this exciting initiative.
Shown above is a screen-shot of the new WordPress-powered TIPI website, along with some of the key messages that appear on the splash page.
The statistics are in… this year’s Movember event is an unprecedented success, raising a total of $113,931,103 for the cause. The lads at Circle are chuffed to have contributed to the effort through their sacrificial facial dedication—Canada was the world’s single largest contributor this year, with a whopping $39.8 million!
Thanks to those who contributed to the cause (during November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces… raising vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer). See full Movember stats here.
The handsome swashbuckler above is Circle’s Adrian Shum.
Excerpt from the Movember website…
During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in Canada and around the world. With their “Mo’s,” these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer.
On Movember 1st, guys register at Movember.com with a clean-shaven face. For the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts. Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their actions and words, they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.
At the end of the month, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas celebrate their gallantry and valor by either throwing their own Movember party or attending one of the infamous Gala Partés held around the world by Movember, for Movember.
Several members of the Circle team are participating in this year’s movement, and we’d be delighted if you chose to make a donation to the cause… donate to Rob’s efforts here, and Adrian’s efforts here. Cheers!
Robert L. Peters has just returned from the 2011 IDA World Design Congress in Taipei (IDA = the International Design Alliance, comprised of Icograda, Icsid, and IFI) and the 24th General Assembly of Icograda, the International Council of Communication Design.
The sold-out benchmark congress event drew together over 3000 delegates from around the globe, and was accompanied by a successful Design Expo (which enjoyed over 1 million visitors); scores of parallel exhibitions, conferences, and seminars further illuminated the city of Taipei’s position during this time as the centre of attention in the world of design.
The 2011 IDA Congress lived up to its billing as a unique gathering of thought leadership exploring the intersection between design and five key sectors of global relevance: economic development, the Internet, biotechnology, urbanism, and international migration. As such, it brought together designers with non-design stakeholders to promote the value of design and explore design-led approaches as an enabler of innovation. “The Congress theme—Design at the Edges—highlights the edges between design practice and other fields having a stake in design; the blurring of the boundaries between the design disciplines, as well as their unique attributes; and ‘cutting edge’ work and ideas—thinking that pushes the boundaries of all disciplines.”
Over the past two years, Peters has had the pleasure of acting as an adviser to the Taiwanese hosts/organizers, and he was also pleased to have the opportunity of presenting a keynote lecture in the ‘Economic Development’ stream. He’s learned a lot about Taiwan (this was his 7th trip there), in no small part through the process of researching and writing a feature article that appears in the current issue of Communication Arts magazine (November/December 2011 issue, download a 1.7MB PDF here).
A huge ‘thank-you’ goes out to the local hosts in Taipei; the Taiwan Design Centre, as well as to the visionary Taiwanese ministries whose mission for sustainable economic development has placed Design at the center of their strategic thinking for the future. Thanks also to the many Taiwanese designers who contributed their works and viewpoints to Peters’ CA article… 謝謝!
In preparation for the upcoming provincial elections in Manitoba (slated for 4 October) we’ve contributed design services to neighborhood community organizations in Winnipeg’s West End for three posters promoting the 2011 Provincial Election Forum—your vote counts!