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Royal Society of Chemistry Cover Design by ericzone.com

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ericthumbOne might think that the only important quality for a successful graphic designer is an in depth understanding of visual arts. Although indispensable, I feel as though I never would have established myself without another crucial attribute. The ability to listen is an essential skill while working with client requests. This especially rings true when I look back on a stimulating mandate I had the opportunity to work on in May of 2016.

Three months into my contract at SiliCycle, I was asked by Geneviève Gingras (head of marketing) to create the cover of the June 2016 journal published by the RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry). Immediately intrigued, I set events in motion and inquired as to what the research paper pertained to.

The featured article is a collaborative effort which aims to showcase current advances being made with SiliaCat technology in the field of organic chemistry. It is written by François Béland (Vice president of R&D at SiliCycle) and Valerica Pandarus (Organometallic synthesis researcher at SiliCycle) in collaboration with Rosaria Ciriminna and Mario Pagliaro (Group leader at Italy’s research council). The latter holds his Canadian counterparts in high regard and refers to them as, ”eminent researchers and gifted colleagues,” and goes on to say that they, ”live and work in a splendid country with which we are honored to cooperate.”

catalysis-science-technology-siliacatIt was in this positive atmosphere of mutual professional respect that I began my work on the RSC cover. As with all assignments given to me in the context of my work at SiliCycle, I’ve been fortunate to count on the support and participation of highly competent individuals (look into these past projects: Analytica 2016 corporate video or SiliCycle homage videos). On this particular occasion, I had the chance to collaborate with Valerica Pandarus, lead researcher for SiliaCat technology development at SiliCycle.

Looking back on early drafts of the cover, I realize how much my ability to pay attention actually pays off in the end. Careful diplomacy becomes absolutely necessary when it comes to creative collaboration. The result of my work on this mandate is proof of this fact. That being said, I can’t take full credit. It was an enlightening experience to  work with Valerica Pandarus on the cover concept. Not only did she have a clear vision of what she had in mind, but she was also very open to my suggestions. I was happy to lend my abilities as graphic designer in order to visually express our chemistry of ideas (pun intended).

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Valerica Pandarus, M. SC. Organometallic Synthesis Researcher. She is seen here in the process of safe hydrogenation using SiliaCat Pd0 at SiliCycle.

Back in March of 2008, my first published work was screenshot art for Ubisoft that had found its way into the Playstation magazine. I still remember how cool that experience was. I am proud to say that the RSC collaboration is my first cover design. Many thanks to Valerica Pandarus for her contribution, feedback and inspiring suggestions throughout the project. Thank you Mario Pagliaro for taking the time to write and to connect via twitter. As always, thanks to Geneviève Gingras for yet another great project.

I invite you to take a look at the article on SiliCycle’s website (you can download the PDF). For more about SiliCycle, visit their Facebook page or their website. For more information about Mario Pagliaro, one of Italy’s most cited scientists in nanotechnology and materials science, here’s a link to his website. As always, I invite you to consult my portfolio at www.ericzone.com and to visit my Facebook page. Don’t forget to click like. You can also find me on YouTube. Have you sent me a contact request on Linkedin?

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Electronic Cigarettes Newspaper Buzz Lavapoterie.ca

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Il est toujours satisfaisant de constater les résultats de ses efforts, surtout si ce travail d’infographie est présenté dans les journaux. Le Journal des Voisins du mois de juin 2014 publie justement ma plus récente contribution marketing réalisée pour lavapoterie.ca. Le magasin spécialisé en vente de cigarettes électroniques est ouvert depuis peu de temps mais déjà, la petite boutique fait jaser. Je suis heureux d’avoir contribué au succès du magasin. Cliquez ici pour lire d’autres articles au sujet de la vapoterie. Pour terminer, je vous invite à jeter un coup d’oeil au site officiel Lavapoterie.ca (site qui a été conçu par Alain Blais) et de visiter la page facebook du commerce. Comme toujours, je vous invite également à jeter un coup d’oeil à mon portfolio www.ericzone.com  et à visiter ma page Facebook. N’oubliez pas d’y cliquer ‘like’.

It is always a personal satisfaction to witness the fruits of my labor, especially if my work happens to be displayed in a local newspaper. The June 2014 edition of the ‘Journal des voisins‘ features my latest marketing work produced for Lavapoterie.ca. The electronic cigarettes store has been open for business for a few months now and the growing business has generated quite a buzz. I feel quite fortunate to have contributed to the success of the Montreal boutique owned by Alain Blais. Read more about this in past articles. Feel free to visit the website (conceived by Alain Blais) or have a look at the Facebook page and ‘like’ the business. As always, visit my online portfolio at www.ericzone.com and visit my professional Facebook page and click like in order to keep in touch.

Connections

link_img_main_ericzoneHaving a rich page of links on your website isn’t pretentious nor is it a superfluous attempt at showing off. In fact, i think it indicates a person’s willingness and desire to reach out and to get in touch with other like-minded individuals. Building a link index is also an excellent opportunity for some introspection. In turn, this offers a chance to realize just how much humane collaborations benefit artistic endeavors. I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside great people in the past few years and the ericzone.com link page is in sort, a dedication to my connections.  All of this being said, i must admit that I’ve always enjoyed the aesthetics of how icons look when they are collected and placed alphabetically on a web page. Feel free to have a look and do not hesitate to write if you would like to connect.

Posséder une page web riche en liens n’est pas prétentieux et ça n’est pas non plus une tentative d’exhibition inutile. En fait, je pense que cela démontre la volonté d’une personne et son désir d’entrer en contact avec des individus qui partagent les mêmes ambitions. La création d’un index de liens est également une excellente occasion pour faire un peu de travail d’introspection qui, en retour, offre une chance de réaliser à quel point les collaborations humaines contribuent positivement aux projets artistiques. J’ai eu l’occasion de travailler aux côtés des gens formidables au cours des dernières années et la page de liens ericzone.com est en quelque sorte, une dédicace à ces connexions. Ceci étant dit, je dois admettre que j’ai toujours aimé l’esthétique visuelle d’une page web lorsqu’elle est remplie d’une belle collection d’icônes placés par ordre alphabétique. N’hésitez pas à y jeter un coup d’oeil et n’hésitez pas non plus à m’écrire si vous souhaitez connecter.