When you think about it, a cupcake is just a tiny cup-size cake, but for decades, it was thought of as just a treat for children. Serving cupcakes at a wedding or formal reception, say, would be viewed as gauche. In the 21st century, however, cupcakes have come of age. They come in “mature” flavors like chai latte and cost about what a small cake would. Public perception of cupcakes is changing, and Petits Gateaux, a cupcake boutique in Canada, is repositioning cupcakes as an elegant, sophisticated dessert suitable for grand occasions. Montreal-based creative agency Pheromone developed this print ad campaign for Petits Gateaux, pairing cupcakes with romantic and celebratory moments.
For those of us who have been glued to the television all week watching the London 2012 Olympics, here’s a little quiz to do during commercial breaks. According to modern Olympic tradition, the host country for the Games is responsible for creating an emblem to be used on promotional materials, by sponsors of the Olympics, and on the uniforms of every Olympic competitor. Over the decades, these logos have integrated the cultural symbols and patterns, national colors and artistic styles of the host country into the design. See if you can name the year and location for each of these emblems. A bonus point if you can recite the Olympics motto. Click “Read More” for answers.
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Canada’s Walk of Fame maple leaf logo has sprouted new leaves, thanks to Taxi, the creative agency that got its start in Montreal. Less stylized than the original maple leaf star logo, the rebrand looks more dynamic and less generic. This makeover extended to the stationery system and award trophy too.
A knock-off of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Canadian version is a plug for home-grown talent. Since Canada’s Walk of Fame was introduced in 1998, about 130 world-renowned Canadians, mostly in the entertainment industry, have earned a maple leaf star on the sidewalk in front of Toronto’s Metro Square, next to Roy Thomson Hall, including William Shatner, Michael J. Fox, Martin Short, Kiefer Sutherland, John Candy and Catherine O’Hara. The list of Canadian stars is quite surprising and impressive. As the civic leaders had hoped, the Wall of Fame has become a tourist attraction, provided a lot of media buzz through the inductee nomination process, and fostered national pride by reminding Canadians of all the world-class talent that come from these parts. That’s not too shabby, eh?
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