I need to Thank Matt and all the people who made Graphex 2010 possible – here are Matts Kind words about the MEC Urban Line.
Co-Principal Emdoubleyu Design, Vancouver, BC // emdoubleyu.com
This was a tough decision, but I gravitated towards
this project for a number of reasons.
One, I’m a cyclist.
Two, I’ve done bike design and bike graphics and
I think the designers on this project came up with
a branding solution for these new bikes for MEC in
a really unique, innovative but totally appropriate
manner. They are urban bikes, they are supposed
to be stealth—you don’t want loud splashy graphics—
and I like the fact that these guys don’t have
to compete against other bikes in the store so they
were able to go quite understated in the design. With this design you would have
no problem worrying about locking these bikes on the street because they don’t
look that fancy from the distance, but when you have a chance to get closer and
see the graphics details come together, it is like a very intricate and subtle tattoo
that not many people get to see up close, and you keep discovering new things
on it every time.
And three, they are lots of fun…I’m jealous!
I can not say enough how great it was to work with Terry, Tim, and Judy at MEC on this project and of course credit is do for all the Creative minds at Fleming – who entered this at GRAPHEX 2010 – Design Currency in Vancouver. All the Awards can be seen here – http://graphex.gdc.net/winners/winners.html