Hello there,


I know, I know, I’m being cliché and starting the New Year with the “new resolution” of creating a newsletter. This is unchartered territory for me, so please bear with me as I figure it out. 

Since the dreaded C, I shall not even utter the name of said virus, I haven’t seen as many of you as I would have, pre- dumpster fire 2020. Because of this, I want to keep in touch through this newsletter. (And if you get way too much email, you know what to do. I won’t take it personally.)

 

My intention is to share the abundance of what design is – beyond just graphic design and branding, which are my specialities. Today, I’m sharing pretty things that inspire me: a podcast brand identity, book design and the best recipe I’ve never made. I hope this brightens your day and acts as a tonic for [insert latest scandal or tragedy here]. I would love to hear your thoughts about what I share with you and I hope you will feel free to share your favourite things with me too!

 

Happy New Year! (I don’t think it’s too late too say that — do you?)

All the best,

Janice Carter

On Point Brand Identity

This brand identity for the On Being podcast is on point. The clean, elegant design was done by none other than Pentagram. I love the refined typography and the simplicity of the black and white palette. Not only does On Being have style, but substance. Hosted by Krista Tippet, it’s a Peabody Award-winning public radio show and podcast that explores these questions: What does it mean to be human? How do we want to live? And who will we be to each other? I listen to this podcast periodically and would highly recommend it!

Judge a Book by it’s Cover
Untamed, Glennon Doyle

Yes, I judge books by their covers. I can’t buy a book that has a poorly designed cover. I love the colours and textures of this cover! And the inside, oh, the inside with its insights on life. This is one of my favourite quotes from the book: “When a woman finally learns that pleasing the world is impossible, she becomes free to learn how to please herself.”


To learn more about this book, have a listen to this Brenée Brown podcast or visit Chapters Indigo. Glennon Doyle is also the author of Love Warrior.

Monk by the sea

I first saw this Caspar David Friedrich painting in Fine Art History class in my second year at the University of Toronto. I fell in love with it immediately. The German painter created this piece c1809. The juxtaposition of the tiny, tiny monk, against the expanse of the sea and sky gives such a wonderful perspective. Some interpret this painting as meaning that humans are insignificant. I don’t see it that way. I see it as positioning humans in the proper context: important and also dwarfed by the magnitude of nature.

The Best Dessert I’ve Never Made

I’ve followed the Sprinkles Bakes dessert blog for years and I’ve never baked one single recipe from it. I follow it simply because the baked goods are so pretty! Look at these beautiful Tiramisu cupcakes ! I have no idea how they taste – if you actually bake them, please let me know! 

How can I help?

Do you want to kick off 2022 with a new brand identity? Do you need new marketing materials? If you wear many hats as a marketing or communications executive, business owner or agency, but may not want to wear a beret, I offer you my expertise in brand identity and print & digital marketing. You could also benefit from my obsession with details, love of “to do” lists and project management skills. 

Reach out and let’s talk.