Getting the Colour of Chocolate Right

When you hear “milk chocolate”, what colour comes to mind? In our efforts to support a recent promotional program for Hershey, Design 1st had some chocolate colour co-ordination to sort out. The program involved a pickup truck fully wrapped in printed vinyl, a giant painted fiberglass chocolate bar structure, and backpacks sewn with custom-printed fabric. Before Design 1st was brought on board the project, Hershey’s mobile marketing firm, Gearwerx had been busy developing print graphics for everything from billboards to chocolate bar wrappers. The Design 1st challenge was to first […]

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2010 Ottawa Technology Venture Challenge

Ottawa’s hi-tech community gathered for the 10th annual Technology Venture Challenge (TVC) on May 12, 2010. Started in 2000, the TVC is Ottawa’s most prestigious competition for encouraging post-secondary science students to act on their innovative ideas. From a starting point of over 20 teams in January, the event featured three finalist student teams, from Carleton University and the University of Ottawa, presenting their business case to an audience of technology executives, academics and local industry experts including Ottawa Mayor Larry O’Brien. Design 1st president, Kevin Bailey was among a […]

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2010 Vancouver Olympics: A Look at Innovative Design

The 2010 Vancouver Olympics showcased the creative design talent Canada has to offer. These Olympic Games provided designers, architects and engineers countless opportunities to exhibit their talent and innovation.  Whether it was the sustainable design of the Olympic medals, the engineering challenges of the torch or the artistic architecture of the podiums, Canada’s creativity shone through. Olympic Medals: The Olympic medals embodied the concept of sustainable design using end-of-life electronics for material procurement. Teck Resources harvested the gold, silver and bronze from circuit boards of old computers melting it down […]

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Canada’s 2010 Budget & Small Business Funding

The government of Canada's 2010 Budget was released on March 4th, within it were various provisions impacting Canadian small business funding. The largest being a $100 million investment from CEAP (Canada Economic Action Plan) to help small business with their innovation and commercializing efforts. The $100 million investment will be administered through the NRC-IRAP (National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program ) and help Canadian small business develop innovative technologies and commercialize them on the global marketplace. At Design 1st, we have directed various clients to the NRC-IRAP […]

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$4 Million in Funds Available for Startups

Do you have an idea, product or start-up with commercial promise? Precarn is an independent NFP (not-for-profit) company that helps support the pre-commercial development of leading-edge technologies. On April 1st, Precarn announced a influx of $4million for startups that show commercial promise. The criteria for funding is: A focus on small (2-50 person) companies and start-up companies; Maximum funding is up to $100,000; Maximum Precarn support is 40% of total project costs; Project duration of nine months or less;  and, 50% of Precarn’s contribution will be paid at midterm of […]

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