Daniel is an Art Director and Graphic Designer with over a decade of experience in advertising and marketing in the Greater Toronto Area.
When designers design, they sometimes become so immersed in their work that they forget to step back and make sure they’re on the right path. Often, a second pair of eyes are what’s needed to help designers stay on brief and create amazing designs; that creative direction usually comes from a Creative Director. But what do you do when they’re out to lunch or a meeting and you can’t find one?Continue Reading..
As the saying goes, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”; which is the case with Detroit-born artist Noah Deledda. Most people don’t give a second thought to their used aluminium cans after tossing them into the recycling bin. Noah, however, has found a wonderfully creative way to turn them into beautiful sculptures.Continue Reading..
Taco Bell is testing its latest food mashup in the US: a quesadilla stuffed with, not cheese, but a Kit Kat. Released last month, the fast food restaurant announced that it’s experimenting with Chocodillas in Wisconsin.Continue Reading..
On Monday, August 21, 2017, millions of people across the northern hemisphere tried to catch a glimpse of the solar eclipse. In fact, according to Netflix, they lost 10 percent of their usual viewership during theContinue Reading...
Were you the one who used Spotify to play “Sorry” 42 times last Valentine’s day? If you had unlimited access to people’s listening habits, the results would be more intriguing than you could imagine.Continue Reading..
Is your cat trying to tell yo something? According to Arden Moore, author of The Cat Behavior Answer Book, cats are capable of making at least 30 sounds. Cats are also have at least 19 variations on the simple meow. In an attempt to bridge the gap between cat owners and their felines, Temptations Lab has made a cat collar prototype that turns kitty’s meows into human speech.Continue Reading..
Having to say goodbye to a loved one is a difficult process. How one person decides to have their remains handled may seem strange to some; in the end, it is a personal thing. However, if you’re considering cremation, turning ashes into stained glass orbs is an artful way of keeping your loved ones memory alive.Continue Reading..
Do you remember when you were a kid, and everyday in December leading to Christmas you’d open up your Advent calendar to get a treat? Now that you’re all grown up you can relive that joy and anticipation – with Advent calendars for adults!Continue Reading..
Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy food, friends, and family. As millions of Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving, I couldn’t help but wonder the differences between the Canadian and American holidays?
I know that in the United States, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November; here in Canada it’s celebrated on the second Monday in October. In both countries it’s a time to get together with family. Did you know that even though turkey is the most common meal on Canadian Thanksgiving, it isn’t mandatory grub? Plenty of families have ham, dim sum, chicken or whatever they feel like. And while Americans and Canadians both celebrate Thanksgiving, there are several other differences between the their traditions and practices.
I’m not saying our holiday is better— just that Americans should know as much about Canadian Thanksgiving as we know about theirs. To help understand Canadian and American celebrations, check out this infographic from Canadian Pharmacy Online.
These neighbouring countries both celebrate this uniquely North American holiday, but each have their own twist on the celebration.
For Canadians, the first Thanksgiving feast was in celebration of Martin Frobisher’s safe passage to Newfoundland in 1578 on his quest to find the Northwest Passage. The celebration is also called Jour de l’Action de grace in Canada’s other official language, French.
Americans, on the other hand, escaping persecution from England, Pilgrims and Puritans sought religious freedom in colonial America. The Pilgrims’ landing at Plymouth Rock and the harvest meal with the Wampanoags became the traditional Thanksgiving story.
First Nations’ crop feasts include sharing a harvest meal and ceremonial dancing.
Squanto of the Wampanoags taught the Europeans to fish and farm.
Traditional meals include roast turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, sweet corn and fall vegetables, but there are some regional differences.
Served on either Sunday or Monday in Canada, you can get stuffing with breadcrumbs and rice, wheat-based rolls, sweet potatoes pureed, and pumpkin pie with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves.
In America it’s stuffing with cornbread and oysters or rice, cornbread rolls or muffins, sweet potatoes baked with marshmallows on top, and pumpkin pie with custard.
10% of Canadians take advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday US deals.
55% of Americans shop Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals spending over $12.3 billion in 2013.
Thanksgiving Day Classic: 2 Canadian Football League games. 2013 viewership: 1,686,000.
Thanksgiving National Football League Game: 3 games. 2013 viewership: 60 million.
Urban Canadians spend time in the countryside having woodland walks and hikes, taking family pictures in nature, or apple picking.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was watched on TV by over 50 million people in 2013; about 3.5 watched it live. All balloon handlers are Macy’s employees.
Cranberries were used by Native Americans as medicine and were known to prevent scurvy.
Magazine editor Sarah Josepha Hale campaigned to Abraham Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday. She also wrote the the popular nursery rhyme Mary Had a Little Lamb.
Only male turkeys called Toms gobble. Female turkeys called hens crackle.
Every year, a turkey presented to the US President gets pardoned. The turkeys then retire to George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon.
You can avoid indigestion by relaxing and eating slowly. Take time to rest after a meal before any physical exercise. Antacids are effective in relieving discomfort.
Eat smaller amounts of food: Risks for heart attack and gallbladder attack are increased after a big meal.
Designate a sober driver to make sure you arrive home safely.
Do you know the difference between responsive design and adaptive design? There’s some argument over whether responsive or adaptive designs are better. Regardless, responsive design is the solution most chosen for multi-screen problems. That means designers need to become familiar with the concepts and basic principles for responsive design.Continue Reading..