#InTheVillage on False Creek Part 64: Ten local designers give us their takes on the Village


The Village on False Creek Welcome to In The Village on False Creek, a unique project inspired by Live@YVR and 365 Days of Dining. I’ve moved my family into this community with my mission being to showcase the myriad of things that make it awesome by bringing you a weekly scoop!

My family and I have been living in the Village for a little more than eleven months now and as I hit the final stretch on this year-long series I’m writing, we’re switching gears a bit and bringing in some friends to share their interpretations of the awesomeness of this neighbourhood.

We’ve commissioned ten local illustrators and graphic designers to produce designs inspired by the Village on False Creek, and in the next few days we’ll be sharing those with you and allowing you to vote for your favourite. The top three voted designs will then be put in front of a jury which includes myself, Bob Rennie, and one yet-to-be-named judge. We’ll choose one design from those that’ll be printed onto t-shirts which we’ll be giving away.

Meet the crew!

They are [click each person’s name to see some of their work]…

1. Jane Koo
Jane is an illustrator who has been releasing some amazing designs lately, like those sweet Farmer’s Market posters you’ve been seeing over the past couple of years.

2. Colin Moore
Colin is currently working as one of the lead graphic designers at Lululemon. I’ve worked with him on a few projects I’ve curated over the years, the first being An Awesome Showcase that we did during the Olympics back in 2010.

3. Leah Gregg and Kim Ridgewell
Leah is a community builder/photographer/creative/neighbour of mine in the Village who works at Rethink with another friend, illustrator Kim Ridgewell, who will be teaming up on a design.

4. Todd Falkowsky
Todd founded the Canadian Design Resource years ago – “the first digital platform to discuss and nurture Canadian design” – he heads up an agency, and recently moved back to Toronto from Vancouver. He was the person who started the Penny Smash Vancouver project that we co-produced.

5. Melanie Kimmett
Melanie is a super adaptive illustrator and designer who worked on Vancouver 2010. Lately the work she’s been producing has a stark Canadiana look to it, which I love. Hands down just awesome.

6. Tyler Quarles and a bunch of little kids
Tyler has worked with a lot of great brands over the years, including Herschel, ION and Capita. He also does graphic design for the V.I.A. print magazine! His design will be a collaboration where he’s going to take drawings that kids who live/hang out it in the Village make and adapt them into a design. He’s going to donate the fee we’re paying him for working on the project (all of the artists are getting paid, of course) to the Developmental Disabilities Association which runs the preschool at Creekside Community Centre.

7. Danika McDowell
Danika is a lover of all-things-handmade, with a crafty flair, who I first met when our office was above Blim in Chinatown. She’s an illustrator and designer with a rich history in printing, especially on fabric.

8. Calen Knauf
Calen is a streetwear designer turned industrial designer and has done a lot of work for Stussy and similar brands. He most recently released a thoughtful lamp design crafted from airplane wood which comes in an 11″x17″ envelope and is assembled by the user.

9. Helen Eady
Helen works at St Bernadine agency in Chinatown and has produced projects like the Vancouver rum running piece we once featured. She was a longtime illustrator for Vancouver Review magazine and as skilled of an illustrator and typographer as you could aspire to be.

Next week we’ll be unveiling their designs and opening up the voting. Serious awesomeness is on the horizon, folks.

Learn more at TheVillageOnFalseCreek.com and stay tuned each week as I expose the unique qualities of our new community.