Pocket Information Guides

brochures, graphic art

Sometimes the size that fits in an ID pouch, wallet or pocket, information guides are a handy tool for referencing the kinds of technical information that is difficult to recall from memory.


The compacting of many important details onto a small piece of print real estate often makes for interesting design challenges.



An accordion fold business card accommodates more information.



Rejected & then Accepted

graphic art, posters
HIV poster

HIV poster - final version

HIV poster

HIV poster - rejected

When asked to design a poster, I often find that I’m pushing against boundaries and comfort levels for clients. Sometimes the clients have good reasons for wanting poster to have particular qualities and often there are sensitivities that need to be respected among the clients’ audience. So, its a process that in the end the practical and functional aspects of the the clients’ needs win over the aesthetic concerns of the designer. Many of my favorite posters were rejected by clients and here is an example of a simple design that was rejected in favour of a more practical poster that displayed the easy simplicity of a point-of-contact medical test with immediate results.

Map in Progress: Princess Avenue Children’s Interpretive Walk

graphic art

Front panel of Princess Ave. Map

This map (in progress) for children and their families is intended to be a multilayered, informative guide to places in the neighbourhoods that have significance in an historical, cultural and recreational context. It will even include children’s favourite places and children’s photographs. This is one of many projects that Anne Marie Slater, lead artist, has conceived as part of her community engagement committment.

My part is the graphic design. Due to some funding issues, especially for printing, and delays with photo permissions and other supporting information, the project is temporarily stalled.

In addition to the cultural and historical aspects of this project, there is also an intent to raise awareness of the diversity of these areas including the fact that many children live here, in an area that is often neglected and marginalized.

Princess Ave. Map: Outside

Princess Ave. Map: Inside

Ouroboros and Ron Stonier


Craig at Trench Gallery Hanging Ron Stonier's Paintings
2 of Ron Stonier's Paintings awaiting Placement at Trench Gallery
Ron Stonier's Paintings
Craig Sibley at Trench Gallery, arranging Ron’s paintings (2011)

When I attended the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr) in the mid-late 70s, I took up Painting in my 4th (Grad) year after 2 years of focus in Printmaking. I remember trying to figure out who I should study under. One of the good choices at the time was Ron Stonier. I was friends with one of his students, Amie Mukai, who lived in the same rickety old apartment building as I did on W 6th Ave (where the False Creek development was in progress). Our building was actually a place that once housed Chinese railway workers. Granville Island was still industrial and even included a lumber mill, Bay Forest Products. I have a vague memory of briefly working there on night shift cleanup, sweeping sawdust while my coworker snuck off to sleep somewhere.

Dan Goorevitch, another student of Ron’s, that I first met at a laundromat, who, bursting with an exuberance that is still part of his nature, enthusiastically recommended Ron. With both of these students that I admired, singing his praise it was a slam dunk.

At the time VSA Painting was located in 2 places; a site at the PNE and a Gastown location. However, if you were in 4th year, you had the option of working in your studio (in my case, a rickety apartment overlooking False Creek), and your teacher and/or grad supervisors would come by periodically to check out the progress. I was fortunate enough to have Ron Stonier, Gary Bowden and Geof Rees as my grad supervisors. As students we tended to also network out and visit each other so see what was going on.

The thing about Ron was that he didn’t teach in a very conventional way for those days. He was an amazing communicator and would talk in expanding ellipses about anything and everything and somehow how it would all relate back to art or painting. It wasn’t unusual for him to look at a student-struggle painting and start seeing some metaphoric magic in it and then the next thing you knew he was talking about quarks and charms (recent physics developments at the time), Joseph Campbell’s theories or Ernst Cassirer’s phenomenology, the latest local news or some kind of paint brush that might help you get the fluid movement that you were trying to get. He was very generous with his time to his students, a true inspiration and was very likely to leave you feeling empowered to forge ahead.

I don’t know how many, many art students were inspired or influenced by him but some of his students that did very exciting work back then, that that were in my immediate millieu, included Amie Mukai, Dan Goorevitch, Doug Rowed, Susan Lowden, Rosemary Sleigh, Lawrie Makeseff, Laurie De Camillis and Shiela Cano. There is a posthumous survey of the paintings of Ron Stonier (1933-2001) at Trench Gallery, #102 – 148 Alexander Street, Vancouver. I think only a few of these have ever been exhibited. About 30 works that demonstrate his brilliance and enormous colour facility throughout his career. Go see it if you like engaging, sensuous and visceral art.

Dance Company Swag

graphic art

Some items designed for the Arts Umbrella Dance Company as part of parent volunteer contribution. Some were used and ones that were not may still be used. Excluding the Emily Molnar graphic, all of the figures are dancers from the Arts Umbrella Dance Company. The Emily Molnar graphic was used to honour her when she left AU to direct Ballet BC. The shirt designs were the beginning of developing sellable swag to raise funds for the dance company. The cards were developed to thank donors and volunteers as well as to sell as greeting cards to help recover costs.

Pictures about Nothing


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to forget that passionate music. It will end.
True singing is a different breath, about
nothing. A gust inside the god. A wind.”
-The Sonnets to Orpheus; Rilke; Tran. S. Mitchell

It struck me the other day that my days were filled with doing the dutiful or waiting to do those things that need to get done. So, constantly left with a longing to dig deep into something meaningful, I realized I had resorted to using my point’n’shoot camera to find momentary portals.

Negative and Positive Collisions

home, photographs

Playing with the positive and negative by reversing.

Bewitched Street; digitally altered digital photo; 2009

Auto Repair 3; digitally altered digital photo; 2009

Car Hatching 7: digitally altered digital photo; 2009

Leaf Car 6; digitally altered digital photo; 2009

Exercise Machine; digitally altered digital photo; 2009

Girls, Girls, Girls; digitally altered digital photo; 2009