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A new website for Grandparents of the Forest

March 17, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 11.12.21 AMThis was a very special project for me because I was able to commission some entirely delightful artwork by the incomparable Natalie Wargin in order to bring these charming bears to (virtual) life. Meet Elia and Nicolas, the fine bears in question, and the nature-teaching and nature-sharing alter-egos of Deb Vail and Harry LeBlanc, the grandparents of the forest, themselves.

Grandparents of the Forest logoIf there are children in your life and you’d like to help them fall (more) in love with Nature, please do visit Grandparents of the Forest. They offer the most exquisite flower essences that they prepare themselves from the flowers on their own land (and their Pink Elephant Creative-designed labels are pretty). They also offer mentorship programs for parents, and nature boxes to send as gifts to children. (Our three year old gets SO EXCITED to receive mail from Deb and Harry, her extra set of grandparents who send her milkweed seeds and found feathers and other beautiful things that delight her senses and imagination.)

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 11.22.49 AMIn addition to the website design, the Pink Elephant Creative team designed the logo and a template for their learning resources. The first one they’ve released is free and I highly, highly recommend it; it’s called Growing an Edible Flower, Herb and Vegetable Garden With Your Child. I’ve already ordered our seeds so that our family can do this too. They include sample garden plots for larger yards and sample container gardens for those of us (like us!) who only have a little bit of space and will need to use pots. The plants they’ve chosen are good for less-than-patient little gardeners and the steps are all very simple for a first-time garden-grower like me.

You can sign up to receive their children’s garden guidebook here.

A cheerful new website for Humbervale Montessori

April 27, 2012

Humbervale Montessori website design

There was oodles of joy in creating this child-friendly but unchildish website for Humbervale Montessori in Etobicoke, Ontario (just outside Toronto).

School founder Andrea asked us to find a fresh way to use the school colours of yellow and blue, and she wanted lots of white – but with warmth – reflective of the Montessori approach.

We used clean typefaces and added subtle, organic touches in the hand-drawn illustrations, balancing a sense of studiousness with curious play.

Humbervale Montessori is heartfully dedicated to the development of young students socially, physically, emotionally and intellectually. Hearing Andrea’s passion made me wish every parent in Etobicoke knew about the work she was doing. It’s a very special place.

A new logo for encaustic artist Tanya Kirouac

February 15, 2011

We love Tanya’s encaustic artwork and jumped at the chance to give her a logo. It had to be clean and elegant, stylized but still organic, feminine.

We took inspiration from her Undulations series and are really happy with where it led.

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Against the Grain, the logo

January 3, 2010

Against the Grain is a new arts company in Toronto. Founder and director Joel asked Pink Elephant for some logo help. We wanted to give them a mark that spoke to their unconventionality, their sense of humour and their style. We wanted it to feel human – not perfect, but real. We like this.

You can see how Joel brought it to life in the website he made for Against the Grain. (You can also see what they’re doing next, if you’re the kind of person who likes opera and beer.)


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