Category Archives: Design Cause

Drawing Challenge at Inglewood Bird Sanctuary

A walk through the sanctuary has yielded five drawings by Ellis. Please enjoy the video of our little hike through Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and click here to view the drawings.

Barb Scott Park – Chinook Arc

Despite some rain, the opening of the Barb Scott Park turned was a huge success. Hundreds showed up over the noon hour ceremony to listen to presenters including Mayor Naheed Nenshi. Later in the evening, celebrations continued featuring live jazz music, games, food and the interactive colours of the public art installation, ‘Chinook Arc’. Artists Blessing Handcock and Joe O’Connell were on hand to introduce and explain it. I was there with Design Cause to video and document the whole thing. Please check back by late June to see it.

Barb Scott Park – Chinook Ach

Official opening of the Barb Scott Park and the Chinook Arc public art installation.

Ribbon cutting at Barb Scott Park

Ribbon cutting at Barb Scott Park with Rob Taylor, Naheed Nenshi, Joe O’Connell, Blessing Hancock and Evan Woolley

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.

Trip of a Lifetime

We’re officially back from a trip of a lifetime where we successfully built two Habitat houses, got married on the top of Victoria Falls and went on the most amazing Honeymoon imaginable. Thank you to everyone that supported us along the way.

Africa Collage
A few photos taken from Zambia, Victoria Falls, Botswana, South Africa and Dubai.


Top 10 tips for making lists

Years ago, I picked up Richard Branson’s Biography and quickly became fascinated with the process of creating things, keys to success and the importance of taking action. I am now following Branson’s Twitter posts and recently came across his “Top 10 tips for making lists“. Check it out. There’s also a great website called Asana founded by Dustin Moskovitz (cofounder of Facebook) that I used everyday which I’d highly recommend for creating lists.

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  1. Write down every single idea you have, no matter how big or small
  2. Always carry a notebook
  3. Find a list method that works for you. Doodles, bullet-points, charts – what suits you best?
  4. Make a list of small, manageable tasks to complete every day
  5. Mark off every completed task – you’ll find making each tick very satisfying
  6. Make your goals measurable so you know if your plans are working
  7. Set far off, outlandish goals. What do you want to have achieved by 2020? How about 2050?
  8. Include personal goals in your lists, not just business
  9. Share your goals with others. You can help motivate each other further
  10. Celebrate your successes – then make new lists of new goal

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Custom Slideshow Presentations

New custom logo design to help brand and promote “Custom Slideshow Presentation.” This area of focus specializes all of life’s defining moments, such as Celebrations of Life, Weddings, Graduations and more. Visit the Graphic Design page or reach us through the Contact page.

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