Q&A with Chris Rouleau

Q: What is the one stationery item you couldn’t live without?

A: Brush pens! My go-to are the Tombow Dual and the Faber-Castell Pitt pen.

Q: Who are some of your favourite Canadian designers/artists?

A: One of my most influential influences is Wayne Reuben, former sign painter at Honest Ed’s. I also love the work of Andrew Kidder, Marian Bantjes, and Darren Booth.

Q: What do you do when you hit a creative roadblock?

A: The best way for me to clear my head is to go to the gym, or simply get outside – a run, a bike ride, or even a short walk in a park can make a world of difference.

Q: Name five spots you love to go in your city.

A: St. Lawrence Market, Trinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto Islands, Riverdale Park, oron the TTC!

Q: Fill in the blank: Snail mail is…

A: Snail mail is the easiest way to make someone feel special.

Q: What does your creative space look like?

A: My Ossington studio is about 12′ x 12′ with lots of natural light, white walls, and space to get creative.

Christopher Rouleau is a freelance graphic designer, letterer & visual artist in Toronto. Christopher uses analog techniques of brush lettering evoking the pre-digital commercial arts style of the 1940s-1960s. When he’s not planning an event for Ligatures (his local typography meet-up club) or collecting antique signage samples around the city, you’ll find him working on new lettering projects at his Ossington studio. His work has been featured in Spacing Magazine, Uppercase Magazine & Flare Magazine. Christopher attended the Alberta College of Art & Design, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Calgary.