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October is the time to Create.Explore.Discover

As morning temperatures begin to drop and October gets closer, we’re getting excited for a lot of things here at Stan Can Design™. Besides layering and ski days, the weekend of October 18-20, 2013, is the third annual Create Explore Discover Art Retreat in Truckee, California.

Many of us have artistic hobbies that we wish we could spend more of our time doing, but the stresses and constraints of providing for ourselves and our families tend to take priority. Create Explore Discover provides a special retreat that allows women to devote three full days to indulge in their craft and themselves.

This is the second consecutive year Sarah Stevenson, founder of Create Explore Discover, has hired Stan Can Design to create promotional materials and help market the event through public relations. For the event, we designed handbills and posters that were distributed to the community and local businesses.

“Being creatives ourselves, it’s always awesome when we can work with and promote a client that is all about stimulating creativity,” said Stan Byers, president of Stan Can Design™. “The idea of escaping screens and schedules for a whole weekend and using your hands to make something needs to be encouraged more, so we’re always happy to support Sarah and Create Explore Discover.”

This year features a variety of classes taught by professional artists of different crafts. Participants can pick and choose their classes for a unique experience. Days and events are as follows:

Saturday, Oct 19 (9am – 12pm)
Mati McDonough: Daring Adventures in Paint – Creating a Lush Background
Anne Weil: Sweetest Custom Crochet Pillowcase
Alessandra Cave: Supernatural Portraits – Capturing Natural Light and Beauty in Portraits

Saturday, Oct 19 (1pm – 4pm)
Mati McDonough: Daring Adventures in Paint – Making a Patchwork Collage
Anne Weil: Chunky Mitten Mania
Alessandra Cave: Your Camera is Your Friend – How to get the most out of your camera

Sunday, Oct 20 (9am – 12pm)
Mati McDonough: Daring Adventures in Paint – Adding Imagery to a Painting
Anne Weil: Funky Outline Embroidery Art
Alessandra Cave: Your Life in Stories – Telling Your Story One Picture at a Time

The Create Explore Discover Art Retreat is the ideal getaway for hobbyists with blacked out calendars or the perfect way to treat a creative significant other (that ‘s a hint to all of the men reading).

The Create Explore Discover Art Retreat is now accepting both weekend and day pass registration. The cost is $750.00 for the weekend, $200.00 for Saturday, October 19 and $150.00 for Sunday, October 20. For more information and to register visit

Fly In and Snap Your Photo.

On July 19, 2013 the RSCVA unveiled the new photo-booth airport display that the Reno Tahoe International Airport. RSCVA commissioned Stan Can Design™ to design the display.

The 7 x 6.5′ area acts as an informational and interactive area for visitors landing and flying out of the airport. Visitors can see full-spectrum what the area has to offer by way of video and printed materials. Visitors are also encouraged to take home a photo-souvenir taken inside the full-size airstream that doubles as a photobooth on the set of Hot August Nights.

“It’s high-profile. Everyone who checks a bag comes by here, and everyone who picks up an associate comes by here,” said Chris Baum, CEO of the Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority. “We want to make sure we’re educating people.”

The exhibit also continuously shows two award-winning RSCVA destination videos and the 2013 RSCVA Ad Campaign completed by Stan Can Design™. True to their tagline, All Seasons-1000 Reasons, the creative ads advertise a myriad of Reno-Tahoe events and  highlights in hopes of stimulating return visits.

Bicycleray™ Logo Series: Finale

Ray has decided on a logo and color combo! In his original request, Ray sent us an image of Chip, perched in the wheel of his bike. This was Chip’s favorite place to relax and take in the scenery in Ray’s bike garage. So, we did exactly that, perched him in the wheel!

The typeface used in the logo is Metro Script by Michael Doret.
We can’t wait until his personalized truck is finished, up and running and visiting you!

Bicycleray™ Logo Series: Part Three

So, in Part Three of the Bicycleray™ Logo Series, we’ve got Chip going. Craig’s hand is probably bleeding at this point! He’s done over 150 “Chip” illustrations to show his diversity. Pretty impressive.

We’ve included as part of this series our process, sketch, sketch and more sketching. Then computer production, maybe, if your sketches are complete. We usually choose 10-15 sketches to comp on the computer, see where that development takes the logo and then refine until there are only 3-4. We also design in black only for the first few revisions. As you probably already know, if it doesn’t work in black, it doesn’t work.

Bicycleray™ Logo Series: Part Two

Stan Can Design™ employed the help of Craig Duerksen of TMCC to develop the character of Chip, Bicycleray’s iconic bird. Below are just just a few of the hundreds of sketches he came up with for parrotlet. bicycleray sketch

Bicycleray development

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