Category Archives: Design

Innocent Cafe – CLOSED

Innocent Coffee on UrbanspoonWhen we got to the cafe, there were no other customers. But the place is a cute 2-storey small cafe, where the 2nd floor is transformed into a little art gallery.
As I graphic designer, I was intrigued with their cute business cards and designs of collateral. When we asked who designed them, the brother and sister team (I originally thought they were couple-looking, but one reader had commented – as seen below, that they were siblings) said they did themselves. They weren’t overly friendly or sociable, but we got our drinks and muffin. I was happy to see some IKEA bookshelves and sofa’s. The theme seemed to be white and clean. I liked the first floor much more than the upstairs.

It’s an easy-to-miss cafe, worth trying out :)


Love their branding! So cute



Return Again


Went back recently and noticed that they got new furniture for the second level. It seemed more inviting. They left the door open on a cold rainy day, so I froze, but a film crew were shooting a film just outside the cafe and so people were going in and out of the cafe often. Service is ok, nothing friendly or joyful. I still do like their branding, and beautiful lattes. idearabbit-innocentcafe11

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MELODI IKEA Pendant Lights


I recently bought a simple IKEA Melodi Pendant light to hang in my nook above my dining table. It was for $9.99 + tax, so it was really affordable, but doesn’t look like crap. I like how it glows through the white shade, and gives the nook a soft ambient look. I was originally going to get those Asian-looking round paper-made ones, but was told it was too cheap-looking.
I’m happy with how much it costs and looks. The setup is easy, mind you we didn’t do the full complete installation…we kind of cheated a bit, and made a fake ceiling board, along with cable channels…still it looks decent, and the way the nook is built, you rarely look up – you’re more likely to be focused on the food on the table :)


Glenmore Printing: Promotional Piece

Recently at work, we received a promotional piece from Glenmore Printing. I couldn’t resist to blog about it, so here it is.

It came in a cute little box with 4 circles with 1950s illustrations of people. which opened up with 4 square boxes – 2 red and 2 yellow. Each with a tea bag inside which was supplied by Secret Garden Tea Company. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to try out the tea…


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As you can see in the video they put together on how it was made (, the boxes were assembled by hand! Well, the boxes are really delicate, so I guess you would have to do them by hand.

I personally haven’t worked with Glemore, so I can’t really say about their service and print quality (other than the promotional piece), but if you need big print jobs, they are the printer to go to. Their website says they do custom printed paperboard, corrugated boxes, cartons & sleeves, large/small sized boxes or small, long run or short and much more.

“With full in house finishing, your packaging is printed and assembled locally under our roof to lower costs, improve turnaround times, and maintain high levels of quality. Our team of packaging experts can quickly provide you with a correct layout and printed samples to help you visualize your finished product.” – Glemore Printing

Tel: 604.273.6323
Toll Free: 1.866.333.6323
Address: Unit 150 – 13751 Mayfield Place, Richmond, B.C. V6V 2G9