Thoughts tagged ‘graphic design’


Juvenilia Press: Book Cover and Interior Design

The Juvenilia Press is a small academic publisher originally founded at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, but now based at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. The Juvenilia Press publishes early works by a variety of writers such as Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens, Philip Larkin and Margaret Atwood. Its scholarly editions of early writings by children and adolescents (up to the approximate age of twenty) provide a window on the writer’s development and engaging glimpses of the young genius at work.

The Juvenilia Press was our first client back in 1995, and we have been their primary book designer ever since, designing covers and interiors for over 50 volumes over the past 20 some years.

Included below are a selection of covers from a selection of volumes (we’ll endeavour to add individual book reviews at some point!).


DoddCor Wordmark and Business Cards

Long time client Lindsay Dodd came to Black Riders in need of business cards for his technology investment firm. Having recently sold his previous company, Savvia, Lindsay now needed to establish a visual identity for DoddCor as he pursued new ventures.

We felt the new DoddCor identity should evoke elements of past identities, including a non-standard size and rounded corners on his business card, but also a cleaner look in keeping with the new direction of the company within the information technology industry. New fonts and colours were chosen to clearly distinguish this company from previous ventures so that there would be no confusion as to which card was the most current.

The resulting wordmark and business card design delivers a simple yet distinctive identity ideal for networking.

Colophon: The wordmark uses Gill Sans for the main element, with Helvetica Neue for the tagline and balance of the card content. The cards were digitally printed on 18 pt uncoated stock. Our thanks to Rayacom Edmonton Central for the excellent job printing and die-cutting the cards.

 


PCL Safety Orientation Stickers

Black Riders had the opportunity to work on some fun little projects for PCL, developing helmet safety stickers. For every project, a sticker is developed that is applied to an employee or contractor’s hard helmet upon completion of a site safety orientation. Two of the projects were mixed use academic buildings located at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: the National Institute of NanoTechnology building (NINT) and the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science, and another a mixed commercial/residential development in downtown Calgary, Alberta, Canada called Keynote. Not only do the stickers provide a quick visual confirmation that someone is cleared to be on site, they become a point of pride for workers to show which projects they’ve been involved with.


Ellen & Raylene Wine Label

So this item is just a fun one from the personal archives, a custom label created when we decided to try our hand at making homemade wine with friends. Found the bottle while unpacking some boxes, and it’s now back on our shelves. The wine wasn’t great, but the label has aged well!