November 21, 2018

How improv made me a better human

“These are sad drawings”, I said to my scene partner, looking down at my empty hands. Those were my closing words from last week’s improv show. I can’t remember what was going through my head at the time. What matters is how I got to that show in the first place.

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August 29, 2018

Why moving to Sydney ruined travel for me

For most of my life, I called Montreal home. A vibrant cultural scene, seasonal sports and great food made it an awesome place to spend my early 20’s. Like many young professionals, it took me a couple years to really find myself. Realizing Montreal might not be the best place to create the life I envisioned, I moved to Sydney in search of new opportunities, and a warmer climate.

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August 6, 2018

5 reasons to join a high growth startup

This past year I started working at Canva, one of Australia’s fastest growing startups. Coming from an agency background, I expected things to be different. Flexible hours, a bigger team and inspiring offices were some of the obvious changes. Looking back a year later, there’s a few more things that made it all worth it;

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November 21, 2017

Writing as part of my design practice

As a UI&UX designer, I spend most days designing websites and apps. Lately, I’ve been doing less and less “design” work. More often than not, I find myself digging through research, sending emails, drafting strategy documents, sharing ideas with my team or reviewing designs with engineers. This means I spend a lot of time writing. With words. So many words. More words than I ever anticipated using when I started my design career almost 10 years ago.

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June 16, 2017

Better design collaboration for integrated digital teams

As designers, we’re responsible for both creating and communicating our design strategy to different stakeholders; creatives, managers, engineers and of course clients. Each of those audiences have different expectations, capabilities and experiences in regards to design. At Webling, we’ve developed strategies and processes to help bridge the gap, However, given the ever-changing nature of our work, we're constantly rethinking how we manage our relationships, our tools and our processes so we can design bigger and better things.

“Your process should be as responsive as the products you are designing.”

Samantha Warren, Designer at Adobe

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September 13, 2016

Print 2.0

Do you remember a time when digital design looked like this?

skeumorphism

We called it skeuomorphism. And it was the shit. Most digital interfaces relied on visual metaphors from the real world to communicate function and help users navigate this new digital space. Since then, everything’s changed. Many startups have now emerged as top global companies, all the while revolutionized traditional industries like travel, news publishing and retail.

"The world’s largest taxi firm, Uber, owns no cars. The world’s most popular media company, Facebook, creates no content. The world’s most valuable retailer, Alibaba, carries no stock. And the world’s largest accommodation provider, Airbnb, owns no property."

Tom Goodwin, Havas

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February 21, 2016

18 Instagram accounts that will get you excited about art & design

These are a few accounts responsible for my Instagram addiction.

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February 18, 2016

Back to work

Hey,

It’s me. Again. If you’ve been reading my posts you might be aware that I (not so) recently left my Job in Montreal in search of new adventures. Since then, I’ve done a some traveling through Indonesia and Australia and arrived in Sydney just after the holidays. I wasn't really sure If I wanted to get back into design work right then and there, but an awesome opportunity came along!

Last week, I started a new job as a digital designer with the awesome team at Webling! J Walter Thompson, an international advertising agency with offices worldwide, has recently acquired a majority stake in the agency. This is very exciting for the entire Webling team! I am really looking forward to working with awesome clients across a range of industries.

So I guess vacation time is over, back to work 😉

January 1, 2016

Following up on 2015

sunset

Last time I wrote here I was letting you in on my plan to travel and work in Indonesia and Australia during the winter months. It's now been over a month since I left my hometown of Montreal and with the new year around the corner, I thought I would take the opportunity to follow up on my 10 travel commandments; Read more

November 25, 2015

The Plan (sort of)

I am a 27 year old interactive designer from Montreal, Canada. I’ve been working in advertising and digital agencies for the past 6 years. I usually spend most of my days on my computer, designing websites and marketing assets for a variety of clients. With the little time I have left, I enjoy staying active and going out in the city with friends and family. A couple weeks ago, I quit my job to travel to Australia and Indonesia during the cold winter months ahead. Read more

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I love hearing about new projects and ideas. If you want to collaborate, send me an email (mantoine.roy@gmail.com)

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