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Interview: Alyssa Yuhas from welikewelove

Dec 10, 2013

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Winnipeg was hit with a major cold snap last week, and nothing warms us up more than Canada’s talented design scene. So last Friday, we spent the morning sipping coffee and chatting with Alyssa Yuhas over the phone about her design work and creative endeavors.

 

We first discovered Alyssa’s work through i like nice things, the personal blog she created shortly out of college. The discovery was purely accidental. We can’t even remember how it happened, but we were so inspired by the blog’s European feel and Alyssa’s zest for the good things in life – design, travel, music and fashion – that kept checking back to see more of her work. Our designer loyalty was secured when we learned she was Canadian! A definite bonus. Alyssa was working at a boutique design studio in Calgary at the time, and on the side, designing and publishing her own magazine welikewelove. Like her blog, the magazine has this Euro design feel that’s quirky and beautiful and completely amazing. Her blog and magazine were both very successful, landing her a speaking engagement at the Alt Summit blog conference in 2012. She returned home from the conference with a big announcement: she was strutting out on her own and going freelance full-time. This wasn’t surprising to us readers, who knew Alyssa was far too talented not to carve out her own niche in the design world.

 

While her blog and magazine are enjoying a little hiatus (she is a business owner and new mom, afterall), Alyssa’s graphic design business is going strong. Now based out of Toronto, where she currently lives with her husband and little son, Sasha, Alyssa works with clients from all over the world on identity/branding projects, custom blog and website designs, magazine work and more.

 

We were thrilled to learn more about Alyssa’s background, her business and her new life in Toronto.

 

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Image source: Portrait of Alyssa Yuhas by Brookelyn Fitts.

 

EQ3  How did you narrow in on what you’re doing? Tell us about your design background and how you ended up in graphic design?

 

ALYSSA YUHAS  I was pretty academic in high school. I took some art classes, but then I had a really uninspiring art teacher in Grade 10 or 11. So I stopped doing art, which was horrible. It was still there, but I just ended up focusing on math. This is a really long story, but I ended up getting recruited to play basketball. Totally crazy. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, so I went to college to play basketball. I ended up taking every math course I could at this one college, thinking I would probably move into doing mathematics or actuarial science, or something that was very statistical based and not creative at all. But then I ended up taking an art class as an elective, and I loved it. It was so amazing and my art teacher at the time, my professor, he kept bugging me to quit all of my other things – quit basketball and focus on art and design.

 

The coolest part about it was this college that I went to had an amazing visual communications program – which is graphic design – and so I ended up feeling, “yeah okay I can go two ways.” I could go the math route and I could kind of see what my life would look like. I’d be working at a desk and punching numbers. But, then I guess I just felt really called to the creative world, even though I think I was not sure what that would look like. I don’t know, just being academic in high school, you’re sometimes pushed to be (something), like you’re going to be an engineer or all these different things. Being creative, I just never thought of that as career, or could visualize that as a career, but then it kind of all made sense when I saw, “okay I could be a designer though”, doing marketing and big ad campaigns. So it started to make sense in my head a bit more.

 

 

EQ3  Fast-forwarding to where you’re at now, do you find that having the math component (the fact that you are both creative and mathematical…or left and right brained) helps you in your career as a designer, especially in the branding and marketing world?

 

AY  Yeah, actually, the coolest part that I realized once I went into design is that math, yeah it’s all about numbers, but really at the root of it it’s all about problem solving. And, that’s what design is too.

 

Good design is all about seeing a problem and figuring out how to make it work. Whether it’s product design where you’re seeing an issue and you create a product to solve the consumer’s need, or a company has a message that they need to get out to the masses and you need to craft the right approach…to get what they’re trying to communicate out, it’s really crazy how close they are, in a sense. And, I definitely think that background of just being able to look at things and problem solve really well has helped in my design career, for sure.

 

 

EQ3  Did you consider any other career paths?

 

AY  I was taking all of those (mathematics) courses. I think I was planning to eventually become an architect. My grandfather was an architect, so I think that had always been in my brain. So I was just taking the steps to do that. I was really good in math in high school, so an engineer was also a thought that had been presented to me.

 

 

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EQ3  So moving over to your blog and your own work, can you give us a bit of an overview of how that fell into place. What prompted you to start a blog, and then a magazine, and then freelance. How did that progress? 

 

AY  I started my blog (ilikenicethingsblog.com) almost right out of college. It was really just a place for me to post inspiration, and I was finding things online or just in my world. I loved to share things with my friends, so I loved to tell them about a really good movie or a great hair product, or anything really – anything sort of inspiring. I was just kind of creating an outlet for that, and I thought other people might be interested in seeing the different things that I was finding. So that’s how it sort of came to be and how it has evolved.

 

I’ve kind of taken a hiatus from that now, but my husband and I have been starting to talk more about jumping back in again and we’ve had a little bit of interest from people for us to get back, starting it again. But we want to look at it in a different way and do something that feels authentic to us, and with our new family and different things like that. And, I really want to get him more involved in it. So that’s a little teaser…

 

 

EQ3  Nice! Oh, we’re looking forward to it. Your husband, is he a photographer…is that correct?

 

AY  Yeah!

 

 

EQ3  You would be a really dynamic duo blogging side by side. So where does the magazine fit into all of this? How did you get into actually launching the magazine? And, then, you’ve taken a step back. Is that something you’ll be picking up again too when you come up with this new direction?

 

AY  I sort of took a risk…I’ve always loved magazines. Ever since I started in design, that was sort of my thought – that I would eventually work for a magazine. And, then I was working for a boutique design studio and I just decided one day, “okay I want to work for one, but why don’t I just create one myself.” So I just decided to jump in and try, and I didn’t have anything to lose. I put out the first one, and then one of my really great friends, Liz Field, is a writer and she fell in love with the idea and we decided to partner up. So she has been working with me ever since. It’s now both our baby.

 

It’s evolved. We’ve done over 10 issues and it’s been really, really well received. We’re just at a point now where we really feel we’re at a crossroads and we need to figure out a new direction and even hone in on what welikewelove is really about and what people really love about it, and sort of develop more of a niche market for it. We’re just kind of trying to figure that out so we can make it more sustainable for the future, because as of right now it’s just Liz and I, really, and it’s just a labour of love. So if we’re going to move forward, we really need to figure out how to make it profitable and make it that people still love it, and that it’s not losing its voice – that it’s still a really great place for people to come be inspired, to get to share what they’re doing, and to tell people a little bit about their world.

 

 

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EQ3  You’re sort of deciding where you’re going to go with that, but can you tell us about what it has been? What are the core ideas of welikewelove?

 

AY  The magazine came out of my blog. My blog was all about sharing, and so welikewelove came out of that. So the magazine at its core is about sharing the things that we like and love, whether it’s what you’re doing, you’re creative passion…those types of things. So I think it will always be about sharing, and really about having a voice for creatives. I think right now we’ve been so lucky to work with amazing people from all over the world, which has been really, really cool, but I think one thing Liz and I really have a heart for, and I think even just talking to you, it’s really cool, is how amazing the creatives are in Canada. Whether they’re living in Canada or they’re living abroad, it’s still such an amazing community and I think sometimes we feel we need to look elsewhere for inspiration and different things like that, but I think Liz and I really have a heart for our country. We have so many things we can look to right in our country that can be super inspiring, and maybe even link the community a little bit better together so we don’t feel we need to always go out. We can sort of learn from each other and celebrate the things that we’re doing. Whether we’re living in Canada or not isn’t really the issue. Yeah, I think that’s sort of where we’re going with it, but we’re still in the dreaming process right now and just trying to figure out what that exactly looks like.

 

 

EQ3  That sounds really exciting. We look forward to it! Of all of these cool things you’ve been doing the last 5 years or so, what have you found most gratifying? Why?

 

AY  I don’t know! I love collaborating, so working on the magazine with Liz has been amazing and then just pulling in all of the different contributors. It’s just really special when you get an amazing editorial sent to you or you’re working with a photographer to shoot something and you’re talking about concepting. That’s really cool. And, then down to even my own company, working with some clients, especially when it is fully a collaboration between both of us…I think that’s when I really come alive and I think my best design and creativity happens.

 

I also work on La Petite Magazine, which I’m really excited about and I have such a great relationship with the Founder and Editor-in-Chief. We have a really great working relationship too and we have so much fun. When you get that little sweet spot, yeah it’s really exciting, and I think the best work comes out of those relationships.

 

 

EQ3  Do you have any advice for designers or creative individuals who are looking to try new things, take risks, branch out, or do something maybe unexpected?

 

AY Yeah, and I mean, I feel like I’m talking to myself when I say this cause we’re kind of at a crossroads with welikewelove, and even my blog whether we jump back in or we close it forever. I think even when you think that you have a plan, or you’re trying to figure out a plan, you just need to jump in. I’m such a list person, and organized, so I like to have everything…this is step 1, 2, 3 and this is how it’s all going to look. But I think I’m learning that if you do that, you’ll keep doing that, and then you’ll never actually jump in and try it.

 

Even with my freelancing, like how I was freelancing and was working for a company. I decided I really wanted to start my own business, but it was months and months of me like “okay well this is the steps to do it,” but finally I just had to jump in, even if I didn’t have all of my ducks in a row. Because if I didn’t, I was just going to continue to make lists and continue to figure out steps.

 

I think that’s what I’d say…maybe have a bit of a plan, but eventually your plan isn’t going to go the way you planned, so just jump in and take risks. Some things are going to fail, but you’re going to learn from them. I’m totally speaking to myself right now, so that’s good.

 

 

EQ3  We can always use that reminder. We’re planners too! Has freelancing been what you thought it would be?

 

AY  It’s awesome. I love it. It’s hard work. Most people say when running your own business, 40 percent is design time, 60 percent is admin, managing clients, doing accounting and all of those different things. That’s maybe a bit of a shock when you jump into it, but I love it. Especially now with having Sasha, just the freedom and flexibility that it brings…I can hang out with him during the day and work at night. Or, if he’s having a good day, I can do a little bit of work during the day or when he’s on naps I can work a bit. So it’s really nice. I get to spend a lot of time with him, and still get to run my business, which really feeds me. I don’t think I could have just taken time off or stepped away even for a year. It really makes me come alive, so I’m thankful that I still can do it and be a mom, and still enjoy every moment with my son.

 

 

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EQ3  What inspires you? Where do you look for inspiration?

 

AY  Anywhere, everywhere. I love going for walks, so that’s a huge thing. Even just to get out and kind of explore our city. We just moved here a little over a year ago, to Toronto. The city has so many little pockets and amazing things to explore, and I love exploring, so that definitely brings inspiration. I read a lot of magazines. I love blogs and Pinterest, clearly, is pretty crazy. I’m really trying to step away from my computer more in the inspiration (process) because I’m almost feeling uninspired being at my computer.

 

I feel like even if I’m just walking along, just getting up, away from my desk, out of the house, kind of getting to think and bring so many more ideas…and, new and fresh ideas too.

 

 

EQ3  You may be trying to step away from your computer, but there’s still a lot that needs to be done through social media. What platform do you feel most at home on?

 

AY  I still love Twitter and I love Instagram. Those would probably be the two that I’m on the most. I’m less likely to just go on my blog reader anymore. If I’m reading blogs it’ll be because of something I’ve seen on Twitter or someone posts on Instagram. Those two are my main…my jams right now. Haha.

 

 

EQ3 What is on your inspiration board right now…whether that’s a physical one in your office or a Pinterest board online?

 

AY  I have been making a (Pinterest) board for my new wardrobe…living in Toronto, being a mom and just trying to figure that out. So I’m kind of doing that right now, which is maybe a little embarrassing. But I love it, and it’s actually a private board, so no one can see it at this point. I’m just getting really inspired. I know this sounds boring, but I’m just loving black and white right now, and really graphic prints, and the bold typography that’s found on t-shirts. I guess very nineties, but I’m really, really loving that. Strong lines…and yeah definitely it’s very European.

 

 

EQ3  Speaking of Europe, weren’t you travelling recently?

 

AY  Last year we were in Europe. And, then we just recently were in Nashville, which was amazing. I love it. I love travelling.

 

 

EQ3  Do you feel influenced by whatever environment you’re in? Do you find that affects your designs?

 

AY  Oh totally. When my husband and I travel, we really try to do things that are less touristy and more in the culture. Pretty much all of our trips now, we try to book Air BnB so we’re staying in someone’s home, so it feels more like we’re living in the city and not a tourist…that we’re a part of it. So I think that’s cool, just to feel like you’re a citizen of the city. That’s been really fun. And, when we go away we’ve been trying to connect with people who live there. Even when we went to Berlin, we met up with some photographers and they were able to show us around the city, and just even to talk to them about their lifestyle and different things. I’m just really fascinated with how people live all over the world. It’s very different. Where we moved from in Calgary is very different to how we live now in Toronto, to how people live in Europe or New York and I just think it’s very interesting.

 

I love especially booking Air BnB just to see how people decorate their homes and the different things people have in their homes. Just snoop around I guess. It’s fun.

 

 

EQ3  To wrap up, what are your 3 must-have tools for living and working…things you can’t live / work without?

 

AY  I need a notebook, and I found these pens that I really, really love. They’re actually from Superstore and they write amazing. I love sketching things or doodling in my notebook with these pens. Also, a really great chair for my desk. And, my iPhone because I can work anywhere. I can be going on a walk with Sasha and I can still check my emails.

 

Thanks for the chat Alyssa! Check out AlyssaYuhas.com to see more from this Canadian designer.

Interview: Carla Zacharias from EQ3

Nov 27, 2013

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We’re always amazed at the incredible amount of talent floating around our head office and retail stores. It’s a wonderful and inspiring thing to be surrounded by so many creative people. We wanted to give you a taste of what it’s like to be a part of our little family, and hopefully inspire you in the process, so we sat down with designer Carla Zacharias to learn all about her role here at EQ3!

 

Carla joined the product development team a little over 3 years ago, and has been bringing fresh, new designs to the EQ3 product line ever since. She’s a fantastic designer and has a great eye for detail. She’s also a go-to for the latest in design and colour trends, and has a deep understanding and appreciation for the craft of handmade rugs. This girl knows her stuff!

 

Read on to learn more about Carla’s work…

 

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Image source: portrait of Carla by Charles Venzon

 

EQ3  Tell us about your role here at EQ3. What does your job entail?

 

CARLA ZACHARIAS   My official title is Accessory Product Manager. My job is to develop, design and manage the creation of accessory specific products which include, but are not limited to lamps, tableware, rugs, and textiles. I oversee the entire process of a product from design brief to retail introduction. The process of any new launch of a product includes responding to a marketplace need, working with designers or designing, finalizing colours and materials of a product, finding a supplier, overseeing any manufacturing challenges, working with the graphic team on the packaging of a product, and finalizing product placement in the store with the visual team. Or to put it simply, my job is to develop product.

 

 

EQ3  What is your design background (educational / work)?

 

CZ  I went to school at the University of Manitoba in the Faculty of Architecture and graduated with a Bachelor of Environmental Design, specializing in Interior Design. Within that time, I also had an opportunity to be part of a furniture design studio.

 

 

EQ3  How did these experiences prepare you for your position?

 

CZ  The furniture studio prepared me for understanding materials and the importance of designing a product around the characteristics and the properties of each material. For example, wood is a living material and will shrink, grow, warp and change colour overtime, and understanding these properties is important for the design of a product, and can be celebrated within a design.

 

We also did a lot of space planning and floor planning, which have really helped me understand how people use space and furniture; and, that essentially affects everything that we do here at EQ3 in terms of product.

 

 

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EQ3  Let’s talk about designs you’ve done for EQ3. Can you highlight a few of them? Any favourites?

 

CZ  My first design that went into production was the Zach Rug. Some newer designs would include the Plaid and the Duplex bedding which just hit stores this fall, as well as the Chess Rug, Roscoe Rug and the Castra Rug. Coming in early next year are oiled oak stumpy wall hooks, and a collection of table linens. The Cheese Board, Cutting Board and Pizza Board were a collaboration with Creative Director Thom Fougere.

 

 

EQ3  What about the products you’ve brought in as a buyer. Any favourite finds there?

 

CZ  Definitely Urbio. The Tino Pendant. And, the Tiller Rug.

 

 

EQ3  We’re curious…what was your last EQ3 purchase?!

 

CZ  A Reverie Sofa and loveseat in Durango Rio (leather).

 

 

EQ3  You get to travel a lot for work. Where have you been? What experiences stand out most in your mind?

 

CZ  I have been to India, China, Taiwan, Germany, and Sweden. The place that stands out most is India, of course. I really got immersed in the handicraft side of production and the skills and crafts that are involved with that, especially the handmade rugs. Did you know it can take up to a year to make a hand knotted rug? Unreal! I also always really enjoy travelling to Europe…because of the coffee…and the food.

 

 

EQ3  What other perks come with the job?

 

CZ  Because we have to be aware of the marketplace, global trends and emerging design trends, a major perk in my job is that I’m “forced” to read blogs, magazines, and attend design shows. I think it’s awesome that that is part of my day-to-day tasks of working. Obviously, another perk is travel. I get to travel to places in the world that I would probably not have had a chance to otherwise see. I normally get to visit the locations unknown to tourists, getting a real feel for the culture. Also, how can you not enjoy working in an office environment with so many young, creative, talented people.

 

 

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EQ3  Your job requires you to stay on top of design trends. How do you manage this? Where do you look for inspiration?

 

CZ  Definitely at shows. I think the biggest show for inspiration would be Ambiente in Frankfurt. A lot of the well-known design brands showcase their new products and the show focuses on up and coming design trends and overall good design. It is always interesting to see how common materials are being transformed into design ideas – products you wouldn’t normally expect. Other inspiration comes from blogs, there’s always design weeks around cities, magazines, visiting design orientated retail stores while travelling…that type of thing. Sometimes just a weekend at the lake. I might see something that inspires me…the look of it, or the shape, and then that becomes something else.

 

 

EQ3  Do you have any reading recommendations – sites, blogs, magazines or other publications – that we should check out?

 

CZ  The EQ3 blog…haha! Also, My Scandinavian Home (myscandinavianhome.blogspot.com). I love European and Scandinavian influences.

 

 

EQ3  What are you currently working on? What’s next for EQ3′s accessory collection?

 

CZ  This spring we’re launching a collection that focuses on cottage living: textures, materials and natural, rustic references will be a key part of the collection.

 

I’m most looking forward to the Fall 2014 collection, but I’m not saying anything more about it!

 

 

EQ3 Guess our readers will have to wait and see! So, it’s clear that your job here at EQ3 keeps you busy. But, when you’re not working, where would we most likely find you?

 

CZ  In summer, at a lake, or on a patio. In winter, coffee shops or cooking/baking in my kitchen.

 

 

EQ3  What are your 3 must-have tools for living and working…things you can’t live / work without?

 

CZ  Pantone swatches, Illustrator & AutoCAD, and EQ3′s ice cream club.

 

Thanks Carla! We really need to find a way to join that club. It sounds amazing.

Video: Eames Demetrios Part 2

Oct 10, 2013

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As promised, we’re continuing our Eames Demetrios video mini-series.

 

We interviewed Eames during his visit to Winnipeg a few weeks back. Last week, he discussed the timelessness of the Eameses design ideologies. Today, he’s sharing personal memories of what life was like when you entered Charles and Ray’s world.

 

You can watch the second installment below.

Life with the Eameses: What was it like growing up as the grandson of Charles and Ray?

 

Video by EQ3.com

Interview: Janine Vangool from Uppercase

Oct 7, 2013

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UPPERCASE is a quarterly magazine publication that is based in Calgary and read by creative-minded folk around the world. Founded in 2009 by Janine Vangool, the magazine’s content is as beautiful as it is eclectic, covering all things creative and celebrating, in particular, vintage ephemera. Janine handles most aspects of the magazine herself, working as UPPERCASE’s publisher, editor and designer.

 

Intrigued by Janine’s work and her global influence on the art and design community, we were thrilled when she agreed to do an interview for the blog.

 

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EQ3  You seem to have your hand in a lot of creative fields! When did you know you wanted to work in a creative field? And, why did you choose to focus on graphic design in college?

 

JANINE VANGOOL  Pretty much as soon as I knew how to write, I was interested in putting words and pictures together. When I was a girl, I used to make little books and magazines out of scrap paper and force my family to sign them out of my “library”. In highschool, I was the yearbook editor and that’s when I realized that putting together books and publications could be an actual career for me.

 

 

EQ3  What did the earlier days of your career look like – pre-UPPERCASE?

 

JV  My first job following graduation was working for a design firm specializing in signage and wayfinding. I spent months setting up signage files for production (ie specifying the position and design of the washroom signs in the local sports arena). Needless to say, it wasn’t very inspiring. Working in that first job was excellent motivation to become my own boss. I developed my design style and roster of clients over the next few years, specializing in print design for arts and culture clients. I did everything from small ads to large publications and marketing materials, as well as publication design for books and art publications.

 

 

EQ3  Tell us about your start in the publishing industry. What inspired the creation of UPPERCASE? Where did the magazine’s concept – the creative and curious – come from?

 

JV  Following the closure of an independent magazine that I freelanced for, the “magazine” section of my brain was free to explore. I had fantasized about designing my own magazine and I was getting tired of working for clients on their ideas but not my own. It also coincided with the closure of some mainstream magazines (Domino, Martha Stewart’s Blueprint) and I recognized there was a void for a well-designed, visually inspiring publication. The content came from my own interests as a graphic designer, but the magazine is not specifically about graphic design… we say we’re “creative and curious” with an eclectic content range from design, typography, illustration and crafting to just about any topic that relates to creative fields.

 

 

EQ3  With the prominence of blogs and online magazines, content is being delivered instantly and constantly! How do you gather the unique and original content that UPPERCASE is known for when working with the production delay that comes with print media?

 

JV  It is difficult to compete with the immediacy of the web sometimes. Certainly a lot of the content that is in the magazine might have been inspired by something seen on an artist’s blog or portfolio site. What makes UPPERCASE special is how the articles are curated and those serendipitous moments when seemingly diverse topics in fact have common threads. I also have a great roster of contributors who bring their areas of interest and expertise into the mix.

 

 

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EQ3  UPPERCASE is in its 4th year now. What are some common threads between every issue that you’ve produced? And, how has the magazine evolved over the years?

 

JV  Our tagline is “for the creative and curious”—this is a broad statement but our content is inspired by design, illustration and craft. We like to find creative tangents for our themes, engage our readership to participate in calls for content and imagery, and we often collaborate directly with our readers on articles.

 

The subjects are very eclectic, but at its core the magazine has an appreciation of the creative process, the handmade and the personal. Each issue has a number of themes that we use as a basis for editorial exploration.

 

 

EQ3  If you had to choose a favourite issue from the archives, what would it be and why?

 

JV  That’s a difficult question—it would be like trying to choose a favourite child! I’m fond of issue #13, in which we explore how weather can inspire creativity. The cover features gloss foil raindrops falling from clouds; in certain lighting it looks like wet droplets of rain.

 

 

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EQ3 UPPERCASE recently moved into a new workspace. Tell us about the new studio’s interior design. What words would you use to describe it? Where did you look for inspiration when pulling it together?

 

JV  Our new office is on the second level of a 100-year-old heritage building called The Devenish. When I first saw the space, it was in terrible shape—the ceiling was literally falling down. However, I saw past that to its great bones: lovely large windows, brick walls, high ceilings… My landlord has been excellent at letting me choose the flooring and wall colours and the transformation has been great. Now it is bright and so spacious! At 1000 square feet, the office actually has more square footage than my house, so it is so nice to have extra room. Erin Bacon, Jocelyn Kabatoff and I have our own work areas and there is plenty of room to grow into.

 

The new office is much more classic and sophisticated than my previous space, and that was intentional. I’ve grown and matured, as the company has, and so the interior reflects that.

 

 

EQ3  One of the major themes in the latest issue of Uppercase (#19) is the aesthetics of work, including vintage offices. In what ways did your move into the new studio impact the issue’s theme and content?

 

JV  The aesthetics of work is definitely a theme that emerged from having to pack up my old office of eight years. It led to an investigation of other methods of working and arranging workspaces. The issue has articles about coworking, a history of the cubicle and an ode to vintage office supplies.

 

 

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Cover of UPPRECASE Magazine issue #19: art by Lydia Shirreff

 

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EQ3  What’s at the top of your reading list right now (besides UPPERCASE, of course!)? Print and digital publications are both fair game, here.

 

JV  I enjoy reading independent magazines from around the world. Right now, I’m reading Extra Curricular, a magazine from New Zealand. It explores what creative people do in their spare time.

 

 

EQ3  You’ve already accomplished so much in your career. What has been the biggest highlight, for you personally, so far?

 

JV  That’s hard to answer. I don’t measure my career in moments; moments are fleeting. I find tremendous satisfaction at looking at the physical output of my creative and entrepreneurial endeavors. The stacks of magazines, the bookshelf full of my books… that is lasting and satisfying.

 

 

EQ3  What’s next…for you and for UPPERCASE?

 

JV  I’m looking forward to settling in to the new space. We’ve been here just about a month, but the past few weeks I’ve been immersed in getting the fall issue off to print, so now I can finish arranging a few more areas and then we’ll have an office-warming gathering. My team—Erin Bacon and Jocelyn Kabatoff—and I look forward to nurturing and growing UPPERCASE from this new home.

 

 

EQ3  Finally, as the magazine’s publisher, editor and designer, you have to wear a lot of different hats! What are your 3 must-have tools for living and working – things you can’t work/live without?

 

JV  Yes, juggling ideas, projects and tasks is my daily existence. Other than my laptop and iphone, I can’t work without Evernote. Evernote is a service that allows you to keep and sort notes, images and files and sync them across all your devices. It is where I store all of the magazine content ideas, suggestions and keep my goals and tasks organized. I’ve been using it since developing the second issue, and now it is so integral to my process I can’t imagine working without it!

 

Thanks Janine! We’re thrilled to get our hands on a copy of the latest issue. Visit uppercasemagazine.com for more information on this magazine or to purchase a subscription.

Video: Eames Demetrios Part 1

Oct 3, 2013

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We had the honour of interviewing Eames Demetrios last month at the EQ3 Winnipeg store, just before he delivered his keynote speech – Eames Design Thinking: 36 Years On – for the Winnipeg Design Festival. As the grandson of designers Charles and Ray Eames and the Director of the Eames Office, we were thrilled to sit down with him and receive his personal insight into Charles and Ray’s work, his relationship with his grandparents, and his new book release, An Eames Primer: Updated Edition.

 

Charles, EQ3′s Marketing Photographer, was there with his video camera, documenting the entire conversation. We’ve broken the video footage down for you into a 3-part mini-series, with each video showcasing Eames’ answer to a different question.

 

You can watch the first installment below.

Eames Design Thinking: How do the ideologies of the Eameses still reign true today?

 

Video by EQ3.com

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