I’m not much different from most people. So when the Swedish Graphic Arts/Design Magazine Cap & Design mentioned my appointment to CorelDRAW Master (”Master of Corel” as Cap & Design called it) and that I was invited by Corel and traveled to Corel’s Headquarters in Ottawa, Canada, it was fun – of course.
And of course, it is both an honour being appointed CorelDRAW Master no doubt about it. And then get to visit with them in Ottawa, Canada, what else is it to say other than Surreal. As I wrote earlier on my blog, it was a wonderful trip that was packed with activities and meetings with people. Meanwhile in Downtown Ottawa, I got the evenings to myself when I could stroll around the neighborhood taking in the atmosphere and process all things I had experienced during the day. And sip coffee and hang around at the local coffee shop Second Hand Cup on Dalhousie Street. And also get a nice theater experience at NAC, Ottawa National Arts Centre, the English Theatre; http://nac-cna.ca/
Wrote a little about the journey itself on my own blog, as well as Corel´s own official blog at corelblogs, wordpress.com. Sharing a photo or two from a trip is common practice I guess and fun, so here are some pictures. First from the air plane’s wing when we had entered Canadian airspace, past Greenland. And my first breakfast at the Marriot Hotel in Downtown Ottawa. Every morning I read the newspapers the Ottawa Citizen and The Globe and Mail. To see Canadian illustrator colleagues’ work in the newspapers was nice.
Going off topic a bit: in Sweden today, we have now got pretty boring daily newspapers, (due to the bad economy for newspapers in general of course), when illustrations are given so little space – again. Sure illustrations cost, but a good illustration like the one in the Ottawa Citizen or The Globe and Mail, add so much to the reading experience. And it would give so much extra flavor and reading experience to the Swedish dailys ”Dagens Nyheter” and ”Svenska Dagbladet” for example. Both those big national newspapers who used to have a very strong illustration tradition and in some way help lead the way when illustration got the extra boost in the 90´s. And why not go against the common stream of being afraid of spending money – maybe they would sell more if they dared to once again use illustrations. Maybe that could actually help them to stand out, and give a reason to buy them again. Because what else does a printed paper give, or a digital equivalent on a ipad, surface, in value? Not money value but reading experience value, which in turn means money value.
Stefan Lindblad, photo copyright, rain and wind woke me up last morning in Ottawa, Canada.
I went down to breakfast and at the elevator, I took this picture. The day before it was below freezing, some snow and icy. Much like Stockholm weather in other words :-). Flew home to Stockholm and arrived the day after the Swedish local time in Stockholm and was greeted by – blizzard!
If I understand it correctly Sweden’s embassy in Ottawa is in the picture. The house at the corner in red brick with a clock tower. In the same house, at the grill restaurant in that corner I had a barbecue dinner by myself before I laterheaded to the NAC theater.
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