I designed the program as a modular document (above) that could be separated into its thematic components (below) and shared on social media, like posters on a construction hoarding.
I have been providing design services to the Guelph Film Festival since its reboot in 2003. Last year, we started a promotional series of colouring postcards to playfully showcase festival themes. They were inspired by Footprint in Mouth, an environmental cartoon I drew regularly for Alternatives Journal from 2009–17.
The theme for the 2020 festival was social justice. I drew a protest by cats at Guelph City Hall. All lettering was drawn by hand (or by tracing over typography), for a consistent, DIY look, reflecting the community-driven nature of both the Guelph Film Festival and the documentary films it presents. We decided to use a similar look for this year’s poster and other promotional materials.
I thought the Heffernan Street Bridge, a concrete recreation of a historical iron pedestrian bridge in downtown Guelph, would make a great visual metaphor for the festival, which bridges local and global issues and aims to help people gain more empathy and cross ideological divides. It’s a bridge for people-powered transportation.
I enjoy looking at the ever-changing grafitti on the bridge, and imagined how it would look if it were devoted to promoting the festival. I drew a film strip on the bridge to make the inference clear.
The festival has moved online this year — we can conveniently stream 18 films at any time over nine days. While convenience doesn't replace the experience of sitting in a dark room with others and sharing a common experience, the hand-drawn graphics suggest that these documentaries can give us some of the human connection that we all crave in pandemic times.
Overview of Projects
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Guelph MuseumsCommunications and Exhibit Design
Guelph DancePromotional Design
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