Blog dialogue

Design. Technology. Privacy. Beauty. Read musings on subjects over which Origin obsesses.

  • There is weariness – ennui – when we stray from our authentic purpose in life. Authenticity is a beautiful word that is under threat of co-optation and over use – like “abundance” and “opportunity” and “challenge”. Business speak can strangle language. But I digress… The......

  • I generally work on an uber light silver sliver: I love the MacBook Air’s near ethereality. I feel that I can say this without excessive Apple prejudice or designer vanity, having worked most of my independent professional life on a souped up Dell Inspiron. The......

  • It’s tough not to be impacted by seasonality when choosing brand colours. Currently I’m drawn to dark, cozy tones evocative of fire, good heavy wine, blanket, couch, book. And then in the next breath I’m enraptured with cool icy palettes – frosted blues and aquas......

  • Toronto design client Dr. Emily Casey is building her practice in the competitive Toronto market....

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  • Solving the problem…Here I was, set on having a full colour envelope, ignoring the obvious (see Enveloping). This is often the case when a layout isn’t quite right – I or we (the client and I) have been holding on to some element that is inhibiting......

  • Designing an envelope for Origin at 6 in the morning on a Saturday… It’s struck me how much I love my work – and how much I’ve always loved stationery. I remember hording bits of paper, Hello Kitty stamps, fresh pencil crayons, sparkles, collections of......

  • On the bottom of all Origin invoices is a quote from Kahlil Gibran “Work is love made visible”. Why? It’s a public reminder that when we do what we love, we are free from the onerous. All monied work has aspects of drudgery but when......

  • Give me a well-written article or literate software documentation over a video tutorial any day. Video is powerful, yes. But when it comes to conveying the inner workings of a programmer’s mind, it seems to me an excuse for poor articulation. Showing a series of......

  • As I shred my wall of inspiration – magazine photos, quotes, hand-painted calendar – images I’ve loved, colours schemed, quotes chewed upon… I think of many things and of nothing. Being a woman, I tend to think of too many things pretty much all the......

  • What does Surface mean to you? To the world at the moment? A medium. A platform. Or Exteriority. Superficiality. Complacency in the face of the mounds of electronic waste we first worlders all continue to produce. Surface is Microsoft’s volley, expected and in hand with Windows......

  • Quality Bakery to the Invermere Bakery – Why the name change, after 30 years? In 2013, Peter decided it was time to reassess the bakery’s “packaging” inside and out. What truly defines The Bakery – its people, products and space?  Through discussions with Sabina Rogers,......

  • Sometimes – most times – I am incapacitated by the thought even of writing. How does one pull down one strain of thought from the chaos of observations and narrative that is constantly going on in one’s head? Or is that just my head? Meditate, you......