Archives For January 2010

Honored to announce that I be will sitting on a panel discussing Industry Trends at RGD Ontario’s HeadStart Conference , Saturday, February 27, 2010.

HeadStart is a Career Development Conference for students, recent grads and professionals held by RGD Ontario.

Panelists include Bernard Hellen R.G.D., President + Creative Director of Traffic Marketing + Design; Scott Morrison R.G.D. of The Bauhub; Arlene Gould R.G.D, Adjunct Professor in Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability at York University; and myself.

For more information on the conference, visit HeadStart 2010

Day 3 of #daily365

gerarddolan —  January 3, 2010 — Leave a comment

“While there’s life, there’s hope.”

Marcus Tullius Cicero
January 3, 106 BC – December 7, 43 BC

For today’s sketch, I took a quote from the birthday boy and juxtaposed it on top of some of the headlines from todays Globe and Mail Online home page.

Day 2 of #daily365

gerarddolan —  January 2, 2010 — Leave a comment

“Can anybody remember when the times were not?”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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There are two similar daily design challenges taking place for designers in 2010.

One is from Jad Limcaco from Smashing Magazine and the second is from Len Kendall & Daniel Honigman of the newly created site

The challenge to designers is to create a design or image everyday for 2010. Both request that you post your artwork to your blog and tweet using a hashtag for ease in following. Jad’s request is for you to use #daily365 while Len & Daniel request that approved authors use #the3six5 (Read Authors Guidelines). The later also request that the designer add a statement along with their work.

My Statement:
“Above is a quick sketch/layout loosely following some guidelines I recall from my 3rd yr typography class with Alex Alter at O.C.A.  [now called O.C.A.D. ]. The rules were that the design must be in a square, using a single typeface, no rules/bars or images and in black & white. Many found these rules/guidelines limiting, but for a few of us, it was a fun challenge.”

Game on!

Assetize LogoPosted: Dec 30, 2009
Company: Assetize
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada

Professional athletes, including ones from the NBA and NFL, are looking to connect with sponsors. Want to help?

Assetize is looking for a Business Development Lead to pursue relationships with large and small brands. These brands would act as sponsors for tier 1 athletes and their social accounts.

Here’s why it’s a job you’ll love:

– Assetize is in the hottest space around – it’s the intersection of a multi-billion dollar industry (advertising) and the next billion dollar company (Twitter). You could be the one defining how this space evolves
– Wicked new offices at the corner of Yonge St. & King St. in downtown Toronto
– Surrounded by brilliant minds, and we don’t mean us. The office is shared with a VC, a YCombinator-type incubator program, numerous other startups, and a mobile consulting company that’s constantly wow’ing the world with their apps. The place oozes brainpower, while still being fun-loving
– Base salary, and performance bonuses

Here’s what you’ve got to be, to make the cut:
– Relentless. We need to get things done, and the only thing that matters is results. You’ve got to be ok with hearing ‘no’ from a brand 9 times, and still call a 10th time so they say ‘yes’ to you out of exhaustion
– Energetic beyond belief. People should be sick of being around you first thing in the morning, but miss you when you’re not around
Flexible. We’re a startup, so chances are you’ll be doing more than just what’s on this post
– Willing to play the high risk / high reward game that startups live everyday
– You should be ready to interview and start immediately.

Apply by emailing me your resume and a 2 paragraph blurb about why you’d be great for the job. Here’s a tip: the blurb carries as much weight as the resume, so make it count. Resumes state facts about your past jobs. We want to know why you’d be awesome for this job. Email address: saif at

Know someone who’d be great for the gig? Pass it along and win $100 if we hire them. Or we’ll regift something that we didn’t like from Christmas. Kidding mom, I loved that sweater! <sigh>


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