March 18th, 2011
Allan approached Inktvis Creative to help him with a new brand identity. We asked Allan to give us some ideas for the type of logo he wants to best represent his company by showing us examples of logo styles he likes as well as keywords that best describe what he does. We knew he wanted something outdoor, something that shows the hills around Sooke and Victoria, the ocean, water and many paths and biking trails as Allan rents out bikes, kayaks and gets people “into nature”.
Having explained all that we finalized his logo last week and he loves it. Here is the final rendering of the logo. Also note the “fish” shape in the water. This put the icing on the cake for Allan. We’re happy he loves the new brand and we love it too.
It was a real pleasure to work with Allan and we’ll be designing his new rack cards and business card next.
Please be sure to check out his Hobie kayak rental company in Sooke BC. For more information you can visit his website at www.westcoastoutdoor.ca
December 15th, 2010
Nicely Iced Cakes, a new cake company in Sooke, BC, contacted us to help with their identity. The owner gave us a sample photo of a cake that they had designed and we, in turn, created a logo for them. The client was very happy with the quick turn around and result. The printed business card and logo as she states “I love it! Its simple yet elegant and catchy.”
Contact us today for a quote on your new brand and identity. Be sure to browse our portfolio for a sample of our work.
June 23rd, 2010
The skilled guided hikers from Rainforest Guided Hiking Tours located in Victoria and Sooke, BC, contacted Inktvis Creative to help design and develop their first website for their new hiking company.
Co-owner, Rachel, had some amazing photographs for us to work with, making this website truly unique and creative.
We had a great time working with them and we look forward to producing a video for them in the near future.
Please take a peek around their website.
June 23rd, 2010
We are pleased to announce the latest website design and development created for Markus’ Wharfside Restaurant.
Markus and Tatum gave Inktvis Creative free reign over their new design. They had their existing site for many years and they felt that it needed a new update to look and function. They needed a website that reflected their quality of food and service, having won many awards over the last few years.
We look forward to working with Markus and the team to maintain their brand consistency in the future. Please visit their website at
June 3rd, 2010
We are pleased to announce the completion of the new Sooke Fine Arts website. We were contacted by the Sooke Fine Arts Council to help re-brand and update their existing website. We had some existing print marketing materials and used those for inspiration towards the final design of this website, to keep the brand consistent.
Here is the screen capture of the website.
“The Sooke Fine Arts Show provides the opportunity for both well-known and emerging artists from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands to showcase their work. Along with the 7,500 annual visitors who attend the art show, the show draws hundreds of art patrons from British Columbia, and throughout western Canada and the United States.
Sooke is steeped in artistic talent and natural beauty, making it the perfect host for the premier juried art show on Vancouver Island. 2010 provides an opportunity to enjoy the twenty-fourth year of the Sooke Fine Arts Show, and its fourth year under the sponsorship of the Sooke Fine Arts Society.
Plan your visit to Sooke Fine Arts Show 2010 now. The show opens to the public on Saturday, July 24, 2010 at ten in the morning, and runs through Monday, August 2.”
To visit the website and to learn more about the Sooke Fine Arts show for 2010, please visit the official their website.
June 3rd, 2010
Yesterday the wind picked up, the waves increased size and the sun was setting at 9pm. I knew I wanted to head back to Otter Point, just a short drive from Sooke, BC on Vancouver Island.
The cloud formations were amazing and the waves were crashing into the rocks.
I was shooting towards the west, trying to get some great wave breaks when I happened to look over my shoulder and spotted not one, but two ends of rainbows entering the ocean. I quickly packed up my gear and ran across the rocks to try to capture the light before it disappeared. I managed to fire a few shots off before it disappeared into thin air.
Please enjoy a few of the captures that I thought stood out amongst the group of them.
Don’t forget to click on them to see them larger.
May 31st, 2010
We are proud to announce the launch of Rain Fores Hiking Guided Tours, a new company started by Rachel and Toni, from Sooke and Victoria, BC respectively.
Rachel and Toni approached Inktvis Creative after seeing our website design portfolio. They like the style of our “themed” websites and after seeing our Discover Sooke design, knew we were the company to develop their new company website.
They allowed the Inktvis Creative to work their magic by giving them initial insight for their design wishes, but ultimately left it up to us to best represent the way they should be seen on the internet. We were fortunate to be able to work with the photos Rachel had taken over the years to use in the interface. Rachel has some of the nicest photos of this area and is quite the photographer. She knows how to capture the beauty of this area we play in.
It was an absolute pleasure to work closely with these two great guides and I know they will succeed in which they love to do.
If you ever want to explore the Southern Vancouver Island area and see some of the best kept secrets with a couple of safe, knowledgeable, and experienced hiking guides, please contact them today.
Here is a screenshot of the website design.
Please click here for the live website
May 17th, 2010
I just want to let everyone know, that our popular video that shows the killer whales going under our kayaks off the shores of Sooke, BC, just made the 100,000 viewer mark. This is just under a year, so that is awesome. This still remains the highlight of the 2009 season and is something that I’ll likely never capture on camera again. What an experience. Don’t forget to watch it if you haven’t yet seen it.
Kayaking with Killer Whales, Sooke, BC
May 17th, 2010
This weekend turned out to be a really nice weekend weather-wise. I did manage to get out and take a few photos. I’ve really been waiting for some nice cloud formations to give me that moody look that I always try to achieve, but the weather just isn’t co-operating. I shouldn’t really complain because bright sunny days is just what I want in terms of hanging around outside. But maybe around 8pm the dark clouds could appear for a few hours then leave again. Is that too much to ask for?
The first shot was taken after the sun went down at the new Silver Spray development located in East Sooke. This spot is near Possession Point, which I almost always take from the Sooke side. It was a nice little cove and the waves were breaking nicely on the shoreline. I do however wish I was there a little earlier than I was, as my shutter speeds were a little longer than I wanted. But this is the best of the group.
The next series of photos were taken near Sandcut Creek, about 20 minutes west of Sooke. Sunday night, after dinner, I decided to go for a little drive west. Ended up in Jordan River staring blankly at the calm waters off the coast, looking for something to catch my eye but it never did. Don’t get me wrong, I love that area, but I didn’t have much time for exploring. I quickly got back into the car and headed towards home, looking around every bend in the road for something to stop and take photos of.
As I crossed the Sandcut Creek Bridge, I looked towards the south and noticed some nice rock formations and the river going over them. I knew there was something there to take so I pulled off the side of the road and got out. Walked down the steep embankment and started to look around. It wasn’t that location that caught my eye, but the system of smaller waterfalls on the opposite side that I couldn’t see from the car. As I started to walk towards them, I could see farther upstream and a wonderful waterfall tucked away in the forest.
This was the spot. I nervously worked my way upstream in the water. There really isn’t a clear path through it and my luck with my expensive camera gear and water is very short. I’ve been known to end up in the mud or water a few times, so I was trying to be extra cautious this time. As luck had it, I made it.
This is a REALLY neat area and I will go back and spend more time there. I only had 15 minutes until the sun was setting and I didn’t want to navigate back through the creek at dark.
Don’t forget that you can click on the photos for a larger version. Enjoy!
May 10th, 2010
Nicole Jensen, an central Albertan urban photographer, contacted Inktvis Creative to help her with her brand. She was looking for a logo that she could use to brand herself and to use as a watermark on her photos that she is presenting to clients and to share on the internet.
Nicole knew what she didn’t want but was open to anything creative we might come up with.
We started by looking at her name and trying to see what we could envision with her initials “NJ”.. we went through a whackload of fonts and noticed on a few of them, that the lowercase “n” resembles the body of a camera. Deciding to take it a little farther, we added a lens and something creative was taking shape. Could we tie in the “j” part of her last name?
We started to mess with the idea of making the “j” a side flash mount and have the bottom part of the “j” be the battery grip of todays digital cameras but the whole simplicity of the design was getting carried away. We quickly went back to square one as we had a strong image already.
So we starting to think along the lines of something subtle. The concept of adding a little design flair to the iconic part was something that we wanted so adding a reflection on the lens would be perfect. Not only that, but we could make it so that it slightly resembles a “j”. Bingo.
Nicole knew that she wanted a thin font for her name. After going through a few revisions, we found this font that we all felt worked nicely to offset that bold camera icon.
We presented Nicole with variations of this logo, vertical, horizontal and without her name, leaving just the camera icon for her to use on whatever she can think of.
Here is the final logo.