Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House, 2014

On a recent trip Australia, I had the opportunity to tour one of the most amazing buildings I’d ever seen – the Sydney Opera House. The shape for the towers reminded me of sails on a boat. For me, this was an inspiration for adventure and a reminder to keep living, exploring and learning. While walking through the hallways and various rooms, films and stories of the past presented the building’s incredible challenges and history.

During the drafting and design stage, engineering problems arose concerning budget and time constraints for construction. The architect spent months wrapping his head around possible solutions, but nothing came until the eleventh hour — Deconstructing sections from a sphere would perfectly shape the different towers of building. Discovering the challenges and solutions behind this extraordinary site was amazing. It reaffirmed the fact that simplicity is key to all great things.

In 2007, Sydney Opera House was formally recognized as one of the most outstanding places on Earth with its inclusion on theUNESCO World Heritage List.

Map of the Internet

The first large scale map of the Internet is getting huge response and praise over it’s precision and ingenuity.

Map of the Internet
Zoom into image on Deviant Art

Artists, Martin Vargic and Jay Jason Simons say “it’s a first of its kind on such a scale, this map aims for succesful compendation of The Internet to scale suitable for standartized online navigation. This project is still underway, new versions of this map will be available in ulterior months.”

“Due to the immense size of the Net, only a miniscule portion of it was chosen to represent it on the map. Otherwise, this map would be unreadable and probably undrawable in entire lifespan of average human being.
This poster includes one full map of the internet, 4 minimaps showcasing NSA surveillance, most used social networks, most used internet browser, and worldwide internet penetration, list of Alexa Top 500 websites, quick timeline of the Internet History, top software companies and much more! P.S. if you are asking, misspelling of “bussiness ocean” is actually intended. One of the many inside jokes on the map.”

Brian Tolle Public Art Fabrication Process

Over the past couple of days, I’ve had the opportunity to film and speak with artist, Brian Tolle on the concept and development of his latest public art piece in Calgary. It’s an incredible piece or work with a great concept.

Brian Tolle Public Art Fabrication Process

Fabricators at F&D Scene Changes work to shape the mold for the concrete sculpture.

Check out our video to learn more about the project.

Minkha Sweaters Holiday Infographic

Minkha Sweaters is a group of Bolivian Women Knitters who have been working with Canadian Volunteers organizing and selling these beautiful handknit products since the early 90’s. Through the support of Ellis Bartkiewicz, Design Cause has be able to work with Minkha to help develop and build their brand. Check out our Minkha tshirt  designed from a photo Ellis took while visiting Boliva.

Minkha Sweaters Holiday Infographic

Minkha Sweaters Holiday Infographic

Market Collective Holiday Sale

Thanks to the organizers and everyone who came out to support us at this years Holiday Market Collective. It was great being a vendor and getting to meet so many cool and creative people. I learned a lot over the three day event and now working on new ideas to ad to the mix including the addition of new products and designs.

Display Table at Market Collective

Our table display at the 2013 Market Collective Holiday Sale.

Canon EOS C100

After a lot of research and deliberation on whether or not to buy into 4K video technology (what some people are calling the future of video), I made my decision on what to buy based on the following criteria:

  1. Better pixels vs more pixels.
  2. Cost of camera and additional equipment
  3. Overall intent of use.

After a few late nights researching Twitter, YouTube and Google for everything I could find on the subject, I finally came to the conclusion that 4K video (4000 pixels wide) wasn’t worth the cost at this point (2013), especially when television networks only embraced HD technology a year ago. Sure, the movie industry needs it for the big screen, but I’m not shooting for the big screen. I’m shooting for the YouTube audience who watches video on the computer, tablets, phones, and hopefully soon, Apple’s long anticipated television set.

In the end, the camera I ended up buying is Canon’s EOS C100 with the Sony Nex FS100 coming a close second.

Canon EOS C100

Here’s why I chose the Canon EOS 100:

  • Amazing image quality using the CMOS image censor.
  • Ergonomics of the camera.
  • Interchangeable lenses
  • XLR audio
  • Amazing low light capabilities
  • Price

Unfortunately, the canon, doesn’t shoot at 1080/60p, fortunately we can work around this using software like Twixtor.


Market Collective Holiday Sale

Come down and visit Design Cause and all the other great vendors from December 6th – 8th at this years Market Collective Holiday Sale. We will have an awesome selection of custom tshirts and designs to choose from. It will be a great time to shop for gifts this holiday season.

2013 Market Collective Holiday Poster

2013 Market Collective Holiday Poster

Willow Park Wine Auction

Dressed up as a Blue Man Group for this years Willow Park Wines & Spirits Fundraiser. There were lots of amazing costumes for the Vegas theme and over $200,000 was raised to help rebuilt pedestrian bridges after the flood. Check out More Photos from the event.

2013 Willow Park Wine Auction

2013 Willow Park Wine Auction. Photo Credit: MIKEWELLSPHOTO

2013 Willow Park Wine Auction Fundraiser

Photoshop enhancements to the costume. The eyes look a little freaky, but that’s actually how they are supposed to look.

Travelling Light Calgary Public Art Sculpture

Travelling Light is a bold and innovative artwork, intended to capture the dynamics of Calgary on the move and create a lasting impression for all who experience it.

Video includes the installation, scenic shots and Interviews with:
– Axel Lieber, Artist
– Robin Murphy, Project Coordinator
– Malcolm Logan, General Manager of Transportation
– Google Map to location