Ghost Towns Of Saskatchewan Winner!

Poster (ghost towns)About three weeks ago we ran a contest for a  Ghost Towns of Saskatchewan poster by former Prairie Dog art director Nigel Hood. Nigel’s gorgeous print, made by Saskatoon’s Hard Pressed, is comprised of logos for real-live, er, dead, Saskatchewan ghost towns — the logos commemorate and celebrate these lost places. It is very, very beautiful.

(You can read more about The Ghost Towns Of Saskatchewan here.)

To win a poster, Prairie Dog readers had to explain why they deserved it (because I wasn’t going to give this beautiful thing away to some contest-junkie who could’t care less about art and Saskatchewan). By the deadline, we had 32-ish entries. All of them deserved to win. Even Barb Saylor’s!

But there can be only one champion, and to I bet no one’s surprise, I picked Nigel’s high school art teacher, Tammie. Here’s what she wrote.

Her last line clinched it: “Art matters! Art is magic! And yes, you can make a living by creating Art!”

That’s something kids need to hear.

For the sad, sad people who didn’t win: good news! We’re selling these posters, and you can e-mail me for information.

Look for a second PD Ghost Towns contest later this year. I bet Planet S will give a poster away at some point this fall, too.

WIN, WIN, WIN: An Awesome Poster About Real Saskatchewan Ghost Towns!

Poster (ghost towns)

UPDATE: CONTEST CLOSED! But good news! you can still purchase The Ghost Towns Of Saskatchewan by e-mailing me here.

Note: this post will remain at the top of Dog Blog until the contest ends on Thursday, Aug. 21. Until then, look for new entries below.

The new Prairie Dog has a great interview by Aidan Morgan with expatriate Sask. graphic designer Nigel Hood about his new poster, The Ghost Towns Of Saskatchewan. Nigel’s poster has custom-designed logos for 120 actual Sask. ghost towns, including Battrum, Bounty, Dnieper, Neptune, Smuts and many more.

And you know what? We’re selling the poster out of our office (e-mail us for information)!

Even better: we have a few to give away. Wooo!

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Prairie Dog Alumni Report: Nigel Hood

Hey! Former Prairie Dog art director Nigel Hood is in the news! Nigel recently published a wicked, career-spanning poster on the Edmonton band SNFU that’s getting lots of well-deserved attention. From today’s Edmonton Journal:

Using computer software, Nigel Hood designed an illustration for each song on SNFU’s 10 albums — 138 in total. Once a day, he’d post an image on Instagram, a photo sharing app, for friends and fellow SNFU fans. Once he finished all the illustrations — some have two or three different images because they also appear on SNFU’s live or compilation albums — Hood decided to print them all on a poster.

“Honestly? It was just to make one guy laugh,” says the senior graphic designer at Red The Agency in Edmonton.

“So, for 138 days, I’d listen to a song, try to find a meaning and find something funny out of it and go from there. I’d give myself an hour each night — I have a two-year-old son and he (hopefully) goes to bed around 8 and then I’d use Adobe Illustrator to just make something.”

So what does this poster look like? Like this:

Art (SNFU-nigel hood)

Fucking awesome. Not sure if Nigel’s going be selling prints over the Internet, but if he is I’ll let you know.

By the way, I only found out about this because I was reading about Oiler’s prospect Bogdan Yakimov in the Journal when I should have been working. Nigel, who is far too familiar with my work habits, would probably be amused.

Congratulations, Nigel!