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after watching sunday night’s televised trainwreck, also known as part 2 of the debate, my first reaction as a concerned canadian neighbour up north, was to cry (until i laughed) for america.

now that the shock has somewhat subsided, i thought, why not look around at some of the good things to have come from this debate, and election in general; most being design-related.


this jessica walsh and timothy goodman project: build kindness, not walls.

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this video of the debate to the tune of ‘i’ve had the time of my life’ shows that the internet is truly a magical place.


the fact that #sniffles was trending; a very sad sign of what could possibly be in store for america.


this breakout star of the night: ken bone.

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this fast company article that tries to solve which pantone colour donald trump’s face is.


this sagmeister & walsh project: pins won’t save the world

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the now iconic identity developed by michael beirut that has taken on a life of its own at the hands of hillary’s design team, despite harsh criticism from the design community at the start.

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lastly, that moment where trump referred to himself as a gentleman during the debate. comedy gold; we all know that’s not true.

summer is here and that means vacation is coming and that means games- all of which means a hugely long, run on sentence and improper grammar!

this tuesday evening i spent doodling some old fashion dominoes with a pop of fresh colours!

play away kiddos

xo.  

in 2014 i was hired pro-bono, by the interchurch refugee group to create an identity for them, in celebration of their 20th year as a not-for-profit organization. the brief was simple- an image so easy to understand, it didn’t require words.

the concept of the logo came from the idea that there is always a safe place within the church- somewhere people can call home. the flat illustration style is on trend with current design, inspired by the 2D digital world. the orangey/yellow colour was used to mimic sunshine and show the refugee group as a happy, warm and hopeful place.

once the identity was done, it was rolled out into collateral like stationery and posters. afterwards, i made some special occasion & holiday cards that can be purchased in any amount as a donation, in lieu of a gift.

love, laura

interchurch refugee group logo branding by laura weatherston
celebrate card by interchurch refugee group by laura weatherston
in loving memory card for interchurch refugee group by laura weatherston
christmas card for interchurch refugee group by laura weatherston
interchurch refugee group inside of cards
interchurch refugee group poster by laura weatherston
interchurch refugee group poster by laura weatherston
interchurch refugee group letterhead by laura weatherston

turns out i missed the memo on spring cleaning for 2015, so a summer tidy it is; and that includes technology. looking back, i found some of my iphone photos from my cousin kaitlin’s wedding last september, so here they are.

this was a really fun project for me, because i loved kaitlin’s vision right off the bat- her colour palette, vibe, and her desire for some illustration and hand-lettering had me sold.

we thought through every detail for the designs. i made three placecard templates so kaitlin could input the names at her end. we had an icon for each of the dinner options: a chicken, if that was your order, a cow for beef, and one with a carrot for the vegetarians.

my design got to touch some really cool pieces:
– custom-designed stamps for the invitations printed through canada post
– my lettering & illustrations were used on the railway city brewing co. iron spike copper ale we drank at the reception
– customizing the wine labels for the quai du vin wine that was served

about some of the other pieces:
– kaitlin ordered all the paper and envelopes online from envelopments (positive experience!)
– the envelope liner is cut up wrapping paper she bought at homesense

check out some of my pics below.
choo choo!

love, laura

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Canada Southern Railway Station
finding your table.
place setting.
floral arrangement
kaitlin+jason cocktail menu by laura weatherston
Railway City Beer
Quai du Vin wine
Quai du Vin wine

 

hello spring!

with mother’s day coming up this weekend, it was the perfect time for trove to send out their 2015 spring lookbook. take a peek at some of the spring goodies they have in store and check out any one of their three locations here in toronto.

to mix it up this season, i’ve added some of my handlettering into the design.

happy spring and happy mothers day to all the mamas out there!

xo.
laura.

 

last friday i wrapped up the design for the 2014 trove gift guide. it’s 5 pages of gift ideas for her: jewellery, canadian-designed, eco-friendly gear, and even stocking stuffers.

this year for the cover i wanted to try an illustration of their flagship store in bloor west village. using flat, cheery colours, along with the trove green, the storefront makes for a fresh and fun cover for this year’s gift guide.

if you’re in toronto, stop by one of trove’s 3 locations for unexpected fashion finds, or visit them online to order some goodies.

this year, say hello to your neighbours and #shoplocal !

Trove 2014 Gift Guide

only 15 sleeps until christmas!

a few weeks ago i was at my local salvation army thrift store and picked up 3 over-the-rail planters for my balcony. i saw the original ikea tag on one of them, but for only 99 cents a piece, they were coming home with me. once i got them cleaned up, i showed them to their new balcony hangout. i picked up 3 pots of mums from the loblaws garden centre to complete my little reading nook.

once they were all set up, i obviously had to instagram them! this is the photo i took:

instagram: @laura_weatherston

after the post was up, it was liked by the apartment guide blog who asked if they could use my photo for an upcoming post. i of course said yes, and a couple of weeks later i was up on their blog for their post what’s trending: inspiring apartment patio & balcony gardens. go read the full post and check out their other posts on all things apartment.

happy balcony planting!

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