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Mar 4 2014

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Flying High With Barnstormer Brewing in Barrie Ontario

Recently Effigy Design had a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor with a NEW local brewery and pizzeria. Barnstormer Brewing is a truly unique place to have a cold brew and some awesome food. It is located at 384 Yonge St. in Barrie, Ontario and definitely is Barries 1st and only brew pub.  What could possibly go better with unique craft beers than unique craft beer labels?. Projects like this don’t come along very often and in my eyes are a unicorn in graphic design industry. The aviation theme of the brewery and the beers lend themselves perfectly to Effigy’s style and have yielded some pretty amazing results. Below you will see a “draft” version of one of Barnstormer’s labels based on legendary pilot “Billy Bishop Brown” If you are in the area check them out or pop into their website and join the admirals club....   —   Read More

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Feb 12 2014

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2014 The Year of the Effigy

Many days have past since I have had a chance to update the blog on the Effigy Design website and the actual website itself. It’s not due to laziness or lack of will power…its because the last few years have been such a whirlwind of activity! September 1st 2014 will mark the 5 year anniversary of Effigy. It is amazing to look back at how much I have grow as a designer and how the business has grown as a recognizable brand in our beautiful city. Over the last 14 month we have had the opportunity to work   We have expanded our operations and purchased some new equipment so we are able to maintain our fast turn around and quality while keeping everything in-house. Our small team has grown to add another new member starting in March which will keep our perspective and design fresh and fast. Speed and...   —   Read More

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Feb 26 2013

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What Makes an Effigy Pt. 3

The Most Futuristic Electrified Devices of the 1920s and 30s  In early twentieth century America, the craze for new and futuristic devices was going at full tilt. Instead of lusting after the latest Nexus, you’d crave the latest electrified refrigerator or radio for your home. Here are a few of the items that enraptured people in the 1920s and 30s who were seeking high tech thrills. What’s most incredible about these devices is their beautiful design — these were items that were supposed to suggest a brave new futuristic world, and their designs reflect this aspiration. Black and Decker Portable Electric Drills Produced in various sizes. (via Vintage Ad Browser and Find An Auction) The Automatic Toastmaster, from 1926 “This amazing new invention makes perfect toast every time! Without turning! Without burning!” And here is the instruction manual! (via Toaster.org) Electric Razor   Full size   (via Modern Mechanics, February 1932) Polar Cub Hair Dryer, from...   —   Read More

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Sep 26 2012

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What Makes an Effigy Pt. 2 – Time Travel

Why Time Travel Stories Should Be Messy [Open Channel] by Charlie Jane Anders|September 25, 2012 This weekend belongs to time travel. We’re finally seeing the long-awaited release of Looper, the Terminator-inspired gangster movie. And Steven Moffat is writing what I’m guessing will be another timey-wimey episode of Doctor Who. So now’s a great moment to think about time travel, and what makes it especially cool. To a lot of people, time travel stories are cool when they’re clever — when all the pieces fit together at the end with a delightful “click.” To me, though, time travel stories are cool when they’re messy. Because life is messy, and stories in general are cooler when they’re rough around the edges. I’ve been thinking about how to say this for a long time now — I love time travel stories, but I don’t love the kind of time travel stories where everything falls into place...   —   Read More

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Sep 15 2012

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Effigy Inspirations an Ongoing Look at what shaped this Effigy

Recently I have been trying very hard to find time to make consistent blog posts on the Effigy website and even harder than finding time is finding the correct voice for the posts. Originally I started off writing like a business and letting people know about the services we can offer. Buttons, t-shirts, custom vinyl graphics , blah, blah blah. Thats all fine and dandy for the 1st little while, I can only regurgitate the same info so many times before I am having even less fun writing it than you are reading it. So I have decided to take a different approach for a little while I will be looking back at what makes Effigy Design what it is. Just like any form of art one of the most important things is having a unique style. When it come to photography, tattoo, painting…pretty much anything you want to have...   —   Read More

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Sep 7 2012

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Effigy Throws back to Mars Attacks

I was digging around a few of my favourite design websites and found this little ditty. Im sure some of you must remember collecting the Garbage Pail Kids stickers and biting into the stale powdered gum that lay within the wax papered packaging. Take a read and let me know you used to collect.   If you were ever once a kid chances are there was something you loved to collect. For me it was Archie comics, for my brother it was lead soldiers and baseball cards, for my BFF up the block it was miniature spoons (don’t ask) and for some kids who were of prime collecting age in 1962 it was the graphic Mars Attacks trading cards. Before Tim Burton directed his 1996 film version (inspired by, methinks, the series’ 1994 rerelease), Mars Attacks was a trading card series produced by Topps, a company better remembered, perhaps, for...   —   Read More

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Sep 3 2012

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Effigy Design turns 4

September 1st 2012 marks the 4yr anniversary of Effigy Design in Orillia. It was 4 years ago today that I officially went to work for myself. A few month previous I had quit my job at a local sign shop,made some great connections (including a space to rent) and I was starting to have a pile of clients on my “TO DO” list. (5) at the time Effigy Design consisted of nothing more than a 420 sq/ft industrial storage unit, located at 92 Barrie Rd. Complete with no windows, a leaky roof and and the occasional mouse or 7. My work station was a used folding table, a plastic lawn chair and my trusty black macbook (which I just retired today). I operated like this for about six months until I could afford a proper desk, my 1st iMac and some things to hang on the wall. My client list...   —   Read More

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Jun 3 2012

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Effigy’s Not Folking Around!

The Mariposa Folk Fest has been an Orillia tradition for over 50 years. Every year the festival brings amazing artist,vendors and people from all walks of life together for one great weekend every summer. This year Effigy Design had the pleasure of being asked to a part of this famous festival. This is the first year that the festival committee has approached a professional design company to help assist in brining a feeling of unity and cohesiveness to all the marketing and advertising aspects of the festival. Ranging from the main festival poster and trickling all the way down to the online advertising and the crew shirts, Effigy got to play a key role in bringing the committee’s vision to life. Having been born and raised in Orillia I have always attended the festival or have been connected to it in some aspect but being granted the honour to design...   —   Read More

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Apr 23 2012

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Effigy Teams up with Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

Recently I was contacted by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. A group of local high school students had been working on and developing a campaign  to raise awareness in high schools. The campaign focused on the dangers of chewing tobacco and how its use has increased in schools and the dangerous surrounding it. This campaign is currently running and billboards can be seen on the sides of Rainbow Lanes and right by the Orillia Bakery as well as poster being put up in local high schools. I had the opportunity to sit down and meet with the group of students who had done all the brainstorming and come up with all the ideas about what they wanted the campaign to look like. It had to be professional looking and appealing to the age range as well as clearly portraying the message. Thats where I came in. The students approached...   —   Read More

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Mar 25 2012

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1st Annual Worst Business Card In Orillia Competition

Effigy Design is proud to present the 1st Annual Worst Business Card In Orillia Competition. The competition is very simple, we are looking for the person or business with the ugliest, most non functioning, visually unappealing card in town. People or business can submit their cards via email adam@effigydesign.ca or at my office 525 West St. South from April 1st – 30th. One winner will be chosen by Effigy and they will have their card redesigned and printed FREE of charge. Here are some common signs to look for to see if you are guilty of having “The Worst Business Card” • printed at home on perforated business card sheets • the business name or service is not immediately recognizable • your using microsoft clip art or a low res picture as your logo • the font Copperplate or Bank Gothic are used anywhere   This is supposed to be...   —   Read More

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