Loop is looking for a Design Intern

Loopmedia Inc, a busy downtown brand design and full service production studio is seeking a motion graphics/design intern. Our ideal candidate is a team player who is eager to learn and dedicate their time to helping create some great projects over their time at Loop. Experience with Cinema 4D, After Effects, Photoshop and Illustrator is essential as is a good design sense and a passion for motion graphics.

Candidates should be punctual and have excellent organizational and time management skills. We are looking for an individual that can assist our creative team in a series of projects while maintaining a professional, personable and calm demeanor. The internship will take place over a 2 month period beginning mid-February and will require a minimum of 3 eight hour days per week.

If you are interested in pursuing a career in motion graphics and design, please submit a cover letter, resume and reel/online portfolio to kelsey@loopmedia.com with Design Intern in the subject line. We thank everyone who applies for their interest, but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

No phone calls, please.

 

 

Lunch With Kelsey

Here at Loop, we take pride in the creativity and diversity of our employees and it is with that in mind that we developed the Lunch with Kelsey series. This publication features the creative, business savvy, and all around awesome people that make up Loopmedia.

Kelsey Griffin is Loopmedia’s in house Communications Coordinator. She’s a writer, social media enthusiast, and lover of well crafted sandwiches.
Every month, Kelsey takes in a lunch time meal with a different Loop employee in order to get to the core of who they are and what their place is in this vast world of media, advertising and design.

She’ll also show you what they look like when they eat.

Featured this month is a recent addition to the Loop team, Rachael Pleet.

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A week before we went for lunch, Rachael Pleet sent me a link to the website of the restaurant she wanted to go to. She encouraged me to check out the menu, you know, in preparation of the big day. I found this to be a perfect example of Rachael’s personality; always organized and prepared and always excited for a free lunch.
Rachael is a relatively recent addition to the Loop team. She came on as a Producer this past summer and has found herself fitting right in to the studio. Her dry, self-deprecating sense of humour is both welcoming and entertaining and her unbridled love of all dogs, cats and dog/cat related media is the proverbial cherry on top of the sundae that is her personality.

Rachael and I discussed her life over plates of delicious Venezuelan arepa. You see, Rachael’s a cultured lady, and she therefore enjoys cultured foods. I myself had never tried the dish (I probably should have checked out that link) but am happy to report its status as delicious. I also found out that Rachael’s culture doesn’t stop at food. She has been globetrotting since she was a tot, living in England, New York, Chicago, Vancouver, Ottawa and, of course, Toronto, and would like to think she knows where to find the best rugelach in at least half of those places.

Her professional career began after attending college for graphic design, with subsequent studies in printmaking and photography. Rachael’s ventures into bookbinding and print design led her to the world of publishing, where she worked in distribution. After a number of years, she decided to return to school to study arts administration, though she promptly ended up back in publishing after landing at YYZBooks (the publishing arm of YYZ, an artist-run centre here at the 401 Richmond building). After leaving YYZ, she boldly ventured an entire two blocks north to work at YYZ’s distributor, LitDistCo.

Despite her obvious love of books, she decided to leave the world of publishing in 2009, and since then, Rachael has called the 401 building her workplace of choice. After working at another studio space, Rachael moved several feet down the hall to join the team at Loop. I can’t say I blame her, this is a great building to come to work in every day; fantastic green roof, an aviary, a rich cultural history, and reoccurring tours of loud tweens on photography field trips. Okay, forget that last one.

It’s safe to say that Rachael is a great addition to the Loop team. Her cool and calm personality adds an air of confidence to every project she works on and emphasizes her high level of experience. She also knows almost every dog in the building, as well as several of the birds (whom she has graced with such imaginative monikers as “blue guy” and “yellow dude”). I for one, am happy to have her on board, and not only for the influx of hilarious cat memes now present in my email inbox.

Lunch With Kelsey

When I sat down to eat a chicken sandwich across from Shawn Preece-Hall, my first task for him was to tell me about his life. Shawn started only a few months ago at Loop in a business development role and I didn’t know a whole lot about him. He’s definitely the smooth talking business man type, so when he told me he used to be a salmon farmer, I can honestly say I was surprised.

Salmon farming is both a fascinating and, at times, lucrative field – or so I learned during lunch. Being a west coast girl who grew up in B.C.’s lower mainland, I’ve smoked a salmon or two (that’s not true, but I have eaten a lot of salmon). So you would think I would have a wealth of knowledge to contribute to a conversation about the slippery little vertebrates. Well, you would be wrong. Nonetheless, I was blown away by both Shawn’s vast knowledge and education in the field of fish as well as his complete 180 into the world of business.

You might be asking yourself, how does a person go from farming salmon on the Pacific coast to making big time deals in a downtown Toronto design firm? Well, for Shawn, it was a journey that included heading up the marketing department at a laser eye surgery company south of the border, obviously. After deciding that he wanted to change his path in life, Shawn got his Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Victoria. An exchange program took him to Mexico, which in turn led him to an opportunity to take part in opening up a Seattle-based laser eye surgery clinic. It’s simply, really.

After a few years in the land of grunge and coffee, Shawn traveled back to Canada and began work at a marketing agency in Toronto. His extensive experience in business and marketing and innate ability to network like it’s 1999, led him to the Loop office this spring.

Complicated life decisions aside, Shawn’s an interesting guy. His passion for what he does is only slightly outweighed by his passion for music. A self-confessed live music junkie, Shawn spends most of his time outside of the office inside bars or music venues appreciating the soulful sounds of his favourite artists. He even hopes to combine his passions for music and business in the future and take them on in his professional life.

Also, his full, robust beard and decision to sport cowboy boots to the office on a daily basis makes him look like he could be, at any moment, opening for Leonard Skynyrd in 1974. And I mean that in the most flattering way possible.

Lunch With Kelsey

Here at Loop, we take pride in the creativity and diversity of our employees and it is with that in mind that we developed the Lunch with Kelsey series. This monthly publication features the creative, business savvy, and all around awesome people that make up Loopmedia.

Kelsey Griffin is Loopmedia’s in house Communications Coordinator. She’s a writer, social media enthusiast, and lover of well crafted sandwiches.
Every month, Kelsey takes in a lunch time meal with a different Loop employee in order to get to the core of who they are and what their place is in this vast world of media, advertising and design.

She’ll also show you what they look like when they eat.

Featured this month is a new addition to the Loop team, Burak Ozcan.

Burak Ozcan is a trained architect, 3D artist, and interactive designer from Istanbul with a twin brother and a penchant for colourful shoes. And these are just the things I knew about him before sitting down for lunch.

With an empty stomach and an odd hankering for double mint gum, I sat down across from Burak and his twin brother Mert at a fine neighbourhood Italian establishment. Mert was merely dropping by for moral support but, upon realizing he already knew everything about his brothers life and wasn’t particularly interested in watching me eat a salad, promptly exited the restaurant.

Burak moved from Turkey to Toronto a few months back and has taken up shop at Loop as our Interactive/Graphic Designer. He started his career as an architect but after finding that it didn’t necessarily offer the excitement and creativity he had hoped for, he moved into the field of graphic design. Impressively, Burak taught himself graphic and interactive design, starting with logos and websites for his friends and family. What was a self taught hobby quickly turned into a new career path as Burak began working commercially for big name Turkish and Multinational companies. He has traveled the world studying and working in his field, recently living in Los Angeles, New York and Italy.

It’s obvious to me that Burak’s an idea man. He spends his spare time reading up on the newest industry advancements in tech and design and takes pride in his knowledge of everything under the sun. He is eager to bring new projects to the table and has effectively introduced a new design style to our studio. Bright and bold with a European flare is not only how I would describe Burak’s designs but also the man himself.

Burak has got big plans to expand on this creativity, garnering recognition for his graphic design skills and starting a new venture into abstract painting. Despite only knowing him for a short time, I don’t doubt for a second that Burak will accomplish his goals and soon enough I’ll be telling people about the time I had lunch with the famous Burak Ozcan – artist extraordinaire.

Lunch With Kelsey

Alright, who’s hungry? Kelsey treated the talented Dave Desjardins to lunch this month. So read on!

Dave Desjardins made me promise not to laugh when he prepared to tell me what he always wanted to be when he grew up. Assuring him with the earnest confidence that can only come from a woman who’s current dream is still to drive an ice cream truck for a living, I managed to get it out of him. A race car driver? That’s embarrassing? Come on. Those jump suits covered in advertisements are both fashionable and figure flattering. And not only is going fast exciting, I’m equally impressed by those skilled enough in the art of driving to parallel and reverse stall park.

Turns out Dave’s dream wasn’t just a Pavlov-esque association developed at childhood between the angelic ding of an approaching ice-cream filled truck and the inevitable joy that followed. Dave actually has experience racing and has spent time as a performance driving instructor. He’s the real deal. So there you go, right off the bat, I’m impressed.

As we settled into our table at a new downtown bagel themed restaurant, Dave told me about his life. An early passion for cars led him to believe that his future was in racing, but as I’m sure many youths can attest to, Mom’s aren’t often okay with the whole high speeds resulting in potential fiery death thing. So it was his interest and natural talent in the arts that shaped where Dave is today. From automobile design to film production to motions graphics, Dave has done it all, and his past experiences have developed him into what he is now; a talented, well versed and experienced designer.

Dave is 50% of Fiction, an award winning design team consisting of himself and Designer Mike Spicer (those of you who didn’t just stumble across this article after Googling “Lunch” will remember when I had hamburgers with Mike last month). The two started Fiction 2 years ago and are now being represented by Loop. They work out of the Loopmedia office and have completed a number of incredible motion graphics projects since joining us in 2011.

An admittedly strong silent type, Dave’s a no nonsense kind of guy who prefers getting down to business over schmoozing. He’s focused and ambitious and with a number of big plans for his future, not even he knows where he’ll be in 10 years. Although by the sounds of it, I’m pretty sure it will involve either driving fast or making art. Heck, maybe even both. Just hopefully not at the same time.