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Shaun Huberts graduated from the Los Angeles Music Academy in early 2002 and has since defined himself in the artistic community as a musician, visual artist, author, spatial reasoning specialist and self-proclaimed nerd.

Shaun has been living out of his suitcase and touring all over the world for the past 10 years with a number of bands, most notably, the Indie Pop Rock duo, Tegan and Sara. He has lived and recorded from LA to Nashville, Vancouver to Montreal.

He currently resides in North Vancouver with his wife and their Yorkshire terrier, Beckham.

CMV: How do you define creativity and apply it in your career?

SH: I define creativity by its most obvious and simplest form, creating. I feel the most important part of creating is not whether you feel “creative” by your own definition or standards but more that you are actually ‘doing and creating’ first and foremost. In my career I’m often jumping from this medium to that, from music to animation etc. and I am never certain I can be creative enough in any of those specific tasks to justify me doing it in the first place. BUT the moment I’m actually working and doing it, the more my creativity begins to flow and the more it begins to take shape and transform. Start broad. Start simple. Just start. The magic will happen in the process.

CMV: Where do you find your best creative inspiration?

SH: I find the best creative inspiration in the world around me… and quite often it’s not in the same line of work as I do. I think it’s extremely important to be open and search outside of your profession for inspiration. I have some of my most creative moments as I’m trying to go to bed, quietly laying there in the dark with a notepad at my side, dreaming and scheming and finding ways to draw from the excitement of the day; whether it was seeing great architecture and then trying to incorporate it into a song or being inspired by a soccer game that makes me want to use it somehow in an animation.

I’ve also always enjoyed turning off one of my senses at times to enhance my other senses while brainstorming. I also do this just for the sake of it, like wearing earplugs while entering a new city to take in more with my eyes. Maybe that’s just me but I get overwhelmed sometimes with all my senses firing at the same time. Paring down and simplifying helps me to focus and experience things differently and discover something new.

CMV: What’s the one creative advice or tip you wish you’d known as a young person?

SH: No one’s going to do it for you; you are the sole driving force in your own creative process and it’s up to you to make it come alive. Sometimes you can find help, sometime you can’t, but you’ll never know until you start. Start, hit a wall, find a way around the wall, hit another wall, and by now you are getting used to circumventing walls (or climbing them!) and the more normal this part of the process become. Then, (and this is an important step) release it to the world! I have wasted far too much time leaving projects 99% done and not ‘shipping them out’ because I thought it wasn’t perfect.

CMV: Who would you like to hear speak at CreativeMornings?

SH: I’d love to see Seth Godin here speak here in Vancouver. I call him my buddy despite never meeting him in person because he never fails to inspire me with his sage advice when it comes to making a mark in this new and ever changing world.

CMV: What keeps you awake at night?

SH: What keeps me up at night? All the tasks I encountered throughout the day and whether or not there is a better way to approach them next time; whether it’s loading the dishwasher earlier, a conversation with someone or brainstorming an upcoming project, I tend to think, rethink AND overthink everything. All the time.

CMV: What books made a difference in your life and why?

SH: The Adventures of Tintin series* (yes, the children’s books) have been a big influence on my life. For one, Tintin is a young person that’s not afraid to go deep into the world to learn and discover. He is always searching for adventure. He’s a risk taker and he never feels limited by anything, and I think to be creative and successful (and hopefully creatively successful!) that’s how you have to approach life. Obviously we all have limitations but we should never allow them get in the way of what we want to strive towards. Go confidentially into everything you do. Or at least show up and start!

*Since I’m still learning from Tintin, I do not believe The Adventures of Tintin to be children’s books :P

CMV: Where was the last place you travelled?

SH:The last place I travelled also happens to be my favorite place to escape to… Cannon Beach, Oregon. It’s a small town full of cute art stores, candy stores and other mom and pop shops… all set against the most incredible, breathtaking backdrop; Miles and miles of beach and rock spires and the unmistakable majesty of the rugged West Coast. I am instantly refreshed the moment I catch a glimpse of the beach and smell the salt water in the air.


SFU Woodward’s - Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

Shaun Huberts speaks at CM/Vancouver Friday, October 4, at 8:30 am. To get a ticket, sign up here.

The Holon Group presents Product YVR:

Other than being the fantastic sponsors of our event this month, The Holon Group organizes fascinating events of their own.

Check out their next creative shindig, Product YVR, “an evening of discussion and connection with likeminded individuals that care about how experiences, interfaces, and products impact our daily interactions and culture overall.”

Product YVR happens Thursday, September 26, and you can grab a free ticket on Eventbrite.

Matthew Clark found out that he owed a headshot and bio while on vacation with his family in Whistler. Feeling that his current headshot was just not Creative-Mornings-Vancouver-appropriate, he took exactly 201 photos on his iPhone 4 using Hipstamatic before settling on lens: Tinto 1884, film: D-Type Plate (flash off), and having rearranged the floorlamps and furniture in the condo. Exporting the image into Photoshop Touch on his iPad (3), he dodged and burned the image and added some specular highlights in the eyes before calling it a night.

By way of foreshadowing, he also added the above paragraph to his existing bio.

Matthew Clark, is an internationally-recognized and highly awarded creative director and designer based in Vancouver, Canada. Founder of Subplot Design Inc., he is also an author, mentor, and public speaker known for his opinionated (amusingly?) take on branding, design, and the world of marketing and advertising. He is also a drawer, painter, and sword-play-dance-party-pantomime dad and husband.

Matthew took a circuitous route to design. Prepping in high-school for a medical career, he sat on the fence by enrolling in both advanced biology and studio art before fully switching to a fine art major with concentrations in psychology and literature, and he graduated with a bachelor’s degree (with honors) in fine arts in 1992 from the University of British Columbia. Having already started a one-man design firm in 1989 during university, Matthew joined DDB Canada’s design division, karacters, in 1994, moving up the ranks to Associate Creative Director, focusing on consumer, packaging, and retail design. Almost 10 years in, Matthew left DDB with fellow ACD Roy White and founded Subplot in 2004.

Matthew’s passion and commitment to breakthrough creativity has been recognized in over 200 local, national, and international design shows and publications, including Graphis, New York Festivals, Mobius Awards, ID, Good Design Awards, Graphic Designers of Canada, Advertising and Design Club of Canada, Lotus Awards, Lurzer’s ARCHIVE, London International Advertising Awards, and Pentawards. Matthew’s work is also part of the permanent collections of the Chicago Athenaeum Museum and the Design Exchange.

Matthew is an accredited professional member of the Graphic Designers of Canada; contributes regularly to industry publications including Applied Arts, Design Edge Canada, and Marketing and Strategy magazines; and is a frequent portfolio reviewer, design awards show judge, and public speaker on design and branding.

From our friends at CreativeMornings/New York:



Be direct. Be messy. Put stuff out there. Experiment. Observe. Enjoy. #creativemornings #urbanism (at Governors Island)

Notes from today’s CreativeMornings/NewYork.

Happy 2nd birthday CreativeMornings/Vancouver! Here’s to many more creative years to come.

Gordon Price is the Director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University.

In 2002, he finished his sixth term as a City Councillor in Vancouver, BC. He also served on the Board of the Greater Vancouver Regional District (Metro Vancouver) and was appointed to the first board of the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority (TransLink) in 1999.

He has spoken at numerous conventions and conferences in many countries, writes a monthly column for Business in Vancouver on civic issues, and conducts tours and seminars on the development of Vancouver. He also publishes an electronic magazine on urban issues, with a focus on Vancouver, called “Price Tags,”.

In additions to presentations in the U.S. and Australia, Gordon is a regular lecturer on transportation and land use for the City of Portland, Oregon and Portland State University. He has written several extensive essays on Vancouver and transportation issues (The Deceptive City, Local Politician’s Guide to Urban Transportation). In 2003, he received the Plan Canada Award for Article of the Year - ”Land Use and Transportation: The View from ’56“ - from the Canadian Institute of Planners.

In 2007, he received The Smarty - an award of recognition by Smart Growth B.C. – in the People category, and was made an honorary member of the Planning Institute of B.C. He sits on the Boards of the Sightline Institute and Sustainable Cities International.

CMV: How do you define creativity and apply it in your career?

GP: Applying observations, knowledge or perspective from one area of interest (or, better yet, passion) to another.

CMV: Where do you find your best creative inspiration?

GP: Trail running. Or times when, focused on a physical activity, you let the mind sneak in some connection you wouldn’t achieve through concentration.

CMV: What’s the one creative advice or tip you wish you’d known as a young person?

GP: Persistence. Don’t worry whether a project is perfect or complete; just get that draft done, leave it to gestate, and when you return to it tomorrow, it’ll seem better than you thought it was. Or at least you’ll be less frustrated and prepared to take the next step. Then revise, revise, revise.

CMV: Who would you like to hear speak at CreativeMornings?

GP: Steven Johnson: “Where Good Ideas Come From”

CMV: What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

GP: Kayaking the Capilano River in flood. Still have the scar from a dislocated shoulder to show for that one.

CMV: How would you describe what you do in a single sentence to a stranger?

GP: Well now, that entirely depends on the stranger.

CMV: What keeps you awake at night?

GP: Whether our eventual (and incredibly delayed) response to climate change might be too late for this civilization.

CMV: What are you proudest of in your life?

GP: Helping found AIDS Vancouver and hopefully saving some lives.

CMV: If you could do anything now, what would you do?

GP: Traveling without a carbon footprint, in good health, with enough resources, to meet people in fascinating places who could show me the world through their eyes.

CMV: Where was the last place you travelled?

GP: Madrid and Barcelona.

CMV: What is the one movie or book every creative must see/read?

GP: Koyaanisqatsi. So many of its techniques (particularly time-lapse and minimalist music) have been ripped off so often, they can seem like cliches now. (So it helps to know where they came from.) Regardless, this visual essay (slowest moving and fastest paced movie you’re likely to see in one sitting) is still so powerful and relevant, and provokes new perceptions when you leave the theatre. (And you have to see in a theatre.)

Gordon Price speaks at CM/Vancouver Friday, August 2nd, at 8:30 am. To get a ticket, sign up here.

Getting Thematic with CreativeMornings Vancouver:

Mark Brand is on stage at the Dodson House in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, speaking to a crowd of urban creative types, most of whom are finishing the last bites of Save On Meats breakfast sandwiches that were given away upon entry to the July 5 CreativeMornings Vancouver event. Brand is renowned in Vancouver for his culinary entrepreneurism, but he is not here to talk about food—that was last month’s theme.

Mark Brand

Mark Brand is one of Vancouver’s most recognized entrepreneurs. After opening his first restaurant, Boneta, in 2007, he went on to open an independent clothing label and storefront called ‘Sharks + Hammers’, followed by The Diamond tapas restaurant and lounge, Seamonstr Sushi, Catalog Art Gallery, PortSide Pub and lastly, his largest undertaking to date, Save on Meats.

Founded in 1957 Save on Meats has been a Vancouver landmark since it opened serving the local community with a butcher shop and lunch counter. After closing down, Mark Brand resurrected the Save on Meats enterprise. Brand carried with him a vision to restore the building back to its prime for all Vancouver residents, and to be committed to it being a true social enterprise by working with partners to create a sustainable business model that serves the community. Through his engagement with the DTES Mark saw an opportunity to build capacity surrounding issues of food security and employment. From this A Better Life Foundation was created as a non-profit to expand the social initiatives Save On Meats created.

Mark Brand has since been invited to share his message of social enterprise at numerous conferences and universities in North America, as well as world-renowned events such as TED Talks.

CMV: Where do you find your best creative inspiration?

MB: Fuck I hate this question. Everywhere, yup that’s my answer, great right? Seriously though, everywhere. I’ve been in Bodegas and seen setups of products that influence a way I’ll lay out a part of a build. I’ll see patterns in commuting that change the way I look at space and layout. I could go on about this one forever so let me do that on stage.

CMV: What’s the one creative advice or tip you wish you’d known as a young person?

MB: The fear of different styles. When we were kids we always tried to rock the same penmanship or copy our favourite artists like Frank Miller or Bill Sienkiewicz. My favourite artists/designers/musicians forged their own style and once they gained acceptance I started to trust my own creative instincts, early. Rap Music in it’s formative years was a huge influence aurally and stylistically, as were artists like my best friend Rhek. Nobody had that style and it was/is the best.

CMV: Who would you like to hear speak at CreativeMornings?

MB: Alex Usow.

CMV: Where was the last place you travelled?

MB: I just got back from a speaking/business junket that took me to Ottawa for the United Way, Toronto for development of programs with restaurants akin to ours at Save On, Buffalo for the BALLE network (look them up, you’re welcome), Minnesota for a marathon in their airport (that place is ridiculous), Edmonton for the Alberta Governments volunteer and social programs convention and then home. I know what you’re thinking, glamorous rock star shit, you nailed it. Truth is I learned so much about how far ahead everyone is in the realms that currently interest me most. They’re most ahead in their openness to listen and try new approaches without getting caught up in typical Canadian politeness that holds us back so often. The best part is it was from all levels, the feds to the smallest social start up. It was very inspiring.

CMV: What was the best advice you were ever given?

MB: My mom gave it to me and I put it in the first booth at my first restaurant named after her Boneta. It was more advice veiled in a statement and it’s never left me. “There are two types of people in the world, those who wait to talk and those who listen. Whichever one you choose will change your life." She didn’t elaborate on which one was wrong or right (I was 10 or 11 the first time she said it) but she continued to repeat it at opportune moments as I grew up. I chose the latter and it has certainly been the backbone to my life on all levels, especially creatively.

Mark Brand speaks at CM/Vancouver on Friday, July 5th, at 8:30 am. To get a ticket, sign up here.