Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - Introducing our summer student and please be our guest. ~ August 2012 - Introducing our summer student and please be our guest. ~ August 2012

August 15, 2012

A new collection brought to you by....

This summer, a talented young graphic design student, 19-year-old Matthew Piotrowski of Waterloo, Ontario, has been creating unique collections exclusively for, comprised of more than 1,500 images. His one-of-a-kind designs, to be added to the site in the near future, include holiday illustrations for Independence Day, Thanksgiving and Halloween. As well, he created multiple banner advertisements, some website template variations and processed photos for the site.

"The best part about my placement has definitely been the atmosphere in the office," says Matt. "The support, accounting and IT teams have been more than a pleasure to work with; I felt at home the first day I stepped through the door!"

Matt's love of technology and his curiosity regarding how things work, is what inspired his interest in the field of graphic design. "Looking around at anything, really, you can see examples of design."

He discovered Photoshop in the high school lab when he was 14 and as a learning method, began recreating other artists' work. He further enhanced his education with online tutorials, realizing, "you need to do the groundwork to expand your creativity."

He continues to be inspired by others, utilizing some of their techniques on the way to further defining his own style while still acquiring new design knowledge.

Of course, every artist does have his or her own style. For Matt this varies with the project. "I like to emulate somewhat realistic lighting on 2D clipart by utilizing gradients and blends. I try to eliminate as much stroke (the outlines) as possible from my designs to make them escape from the computer screen, giving them a 'popping' effect."

This early in his promising career, building the portfolio is, he says, far more important than trying to make the "big paycheque." To that end, Matt has worked on some independent projects, collaborating with musical artists and photographers to design album covers, mascots and promotional materials.

Combining business with pleasure may not be everyone's ideal. Matt, however, pours his creative energies into his hobbies with as much enthusiasm as he does his professional projects. "I have a keen interest in electronic dance music and photography on the side and have been purveying knowledge in musical production over the past couple of months. This has led me to create my first single set to be released at the end of August."

Matt's enthusiasm for life and his abilities has given him a career focus that's admirable in one so young. "Do what you love, and do it 16 hours of the day, seven days a week. Don't give up when you feel like you've plateaued, because when you break through that barrier in creativity, the results will motivate you to succeed. Eventually your interests and hobbies will turn into a lifestyle and that lifestyle will make you happier than any amount of money ever could."

A Little Favour...

Here's one for all the social media folks. If you love our images as much as we do and would like to help us out, we invite you to become a guest pinner on Pinterest. To be able to pin your favourite images on our board, simply send us your Pinterest account and we'll get you set up to pin the images you like best.


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