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Exhibitry: Telling a landscape’s story

As Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations unfold this year, it has been important not to overlook pre-Confederation history and Aboriginal people’s heritage. In an effort to help strengthen ties between the federal government and Saskatchewan’s Métis Nation, Form:Media recently ‘dressed’ Lot 47 with an environmental graphic design (EGD) project.

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Illumination: Recreating Sai Woo’s neon rooster

TDH Experiential Fabricators recently designed, built and artificially weathered a vintage-style neon sign for Sai Woo, a restored restaurant in Vancouver’s Chinatown. A faithful recreation of the site’s iconic original sign, which depicted a rooster with flapping wings, the project was achieved based only on a few seconds of grainy film footage shot nearly 60 years ago of a Chinatown parade passing by the building.

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POP Displays: Case study on Saks Fifth Avenue

Saks Fifth Avenue, an international luxury department store chain owned by the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC), recently filled the windows and interiors of its 41 full-line locations in Canada and the U.S. with floral themes, showcasing colourful graphics that were digitally printed onto both sides of display boards and then custom-cut to create standees and bases.

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Canada Post retrofits digital signage for greater security

Toronto-based software developer L Squared was named Canada Post’s national digital signage vendor earlier this year and has since deployed individual displays and video walls at more than 400 retail locations across the country, including several new concept stores.

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Face of Canada installed at ROM

Robert Young, the artist behind the ‘Young World Faces’ series of inkjet-printed textiles that debuted during Toronto’s 2015 Pan American (Pan Am) Games, recently produced a special commemorative edition for the Royal Ontario Museum’s (ROM’s) Canada 150 celebrations.

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Exhibits: A whale of a tale at the ROM

In May 2014, the carcass of a blue whale—the largest animal known to have ever existed in the history of the world—was recovered from a beach in Trout River, N.L. The story made headlines around the globe, as it is exceedingly rare to find a full specimen of the endangered species. Also, when one is found, it is no easy matter to clean up.

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Digital Signage: Building Canada’s largest contoured LED sign

In June, Canadian advertising firm Astral Out-of-Home, a division of Bell Media, announced the debut of a gigantic digital screen near Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square (already a hub for signage of all kinds, having been designated by the municipal government as one of the city’s special sign districts).

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Textile Graphics: Creating flags for Canada 150

The recent celebrations of Canada’s 150th anniversary involved all types of new, short-term signs and graphics across the country, but perhaps most iconic in nature was the boost in business for the select few manufacturers approved by the federal government to create official Canada 150 flags.

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