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The April 2014 Buzzer is now on the system

Keep your eyes peeled: the April 2014 Buzzer is now on the system! Nearly half of this issue is devoted to April service changes including those for Blue Bus. Remember, you have until April 14th to enter our Find the Bunny Contest!

This month’s cover illustration was drawn by illustrator Mouki Butt. We’ll have an interview with her very soon.

Transit Police launched a campaign this week called Global Guardian and you can read all about it in the Buzzer. Do you want to know more? Checkout the Transit Police  news section for their April 7, 2014 news release for more about the international campaign.

And of course, there’s always the usual favourites included the Contest Corner, Back Issues and Coming Events.

Now all you have to do is pick one up or download it. Good reading to you all!

Buzzer illustrator interview: Tyler Dale

Tyler and his Buzzer illustration!

Tyler and his Buzzer illustration!

The latest and fabulously purple edition of the print Buzzer newsletter is on transit and available to download in .pdf form! I’m a big fan of the illustration this month. To say Tyler has a bright future is an understatement. Here’s a little more about him and his art.

How would you describe yourself?

I’m a illustrator, graphic designer and a self proclaimed grilled cheese connoisseur.

What’s your favourite thing to illustrate?

cats!

How did you come up with your illustration?

I typically sketch out a few solution for a piece of work. But for this I decided right away to do a composition design separating all of the elements up into their own boxes.

Do you take transit? if so, what do you like about it?

Yup, I use it all of the time. When I lived in Kitsilano, I used the # 4 almost everyday to get around. I always looked forward to the bus rides after a long day.

What does your future hold for you?

Lots of work and more happy clients!

Thanks for making the Buzzer look beautiful Tyler!

The March 2014 issue of the Buzzer is on the system

The latest issue of the Buzzer newsletter is available on buses, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express! If you can’t wait to get your hands on the issue, you can always download it.

So what’s in the issue? The main theme is TransLink’s 15th anniversary! Yup, it’s true we’ve been around that long! We’ve included some of the major milestone that have happened over these years from the completion of the Millennium and Canada Line to the introduction of the U-PassBC and the extension of the Major Roads Network (to name just a few).

We also printed some the pictures you took and made us smile for the #2010olympiclove photo contest. I just love looking at those. What a time it was in 2010!

Almost every month we provide an update on the Compass Card. This month we highlight the 2,500 new Compass Card users from the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) that we also featured on the blog.

The other two new features have to do with the Transit Police’s new non-emergency texting line 87-77-77, as well as the Train2Main which we’ll tell you more about early next week.

And what would a Buzzer newsletter be without coming events, contest corner and back issue? The answer: it wouldn’t be much of an issue!

We hope you enjoy this month’s issue. As always, let us know what you think of it!

Buzzer illustrator interview: Bashar Sawalha

Bashar (his head at least) and his Buzzer illustration

Bashar (well, his head at least) and his Buzzer illustration

Here’s some light and humorous reading. As with most of our illustrators of the Buzzer newsletter, I had the opportunity to ask Bashar Sawalha, illustrator of our February issue, a few questions.

I really like Bashar’s illustration and I hope you do to. Here’s a short q and a with Mr. Sawalha.

How would you describe yourself?

I am a writer, comic artist and animator that loves the challenges of aiming for the stars! I have been on the never ending journey of trying to produce my animated television show that will entertain, shock and touch the hearts of people around the world

What’s your favourite thing to illustrate?

I love character interaction! Although it might seem that I only love the horrors in my comic book and web series  “Inquest of Missing Time,” it is the comedic play between the characters that drives me.

How did you come up with your illustration?

Being on the SkyTrain, your eyes always wonder, skimming through the wild colours of the passengers you suddenly stumble, the accidental eye contact has swept you down under, falling in love again is such splendor

Do you take transit? If so, what do you like about it?

I love being on SkyTrain underground because its one of the only places I am free from mobile communication. It forces me to interact with the people around me.

What does the future hold for you?

Many fine steaks, mass control of television and a star on the shiny dirty sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard…

The February 2014 issue of the Buzzer is on the system

The February 2014 Buzzer is on the system free of charge!

The big chunk of content for this issue is devoted to remembering the 2010 Winter Olympics. Oh course, you’ve also been reading this content on the blog. What’s happened with Compass Card is also including in the issue.

The issue coming out on Valentine’s Day also means we added some love to the issue. Besides content about Nina and Jarred’s bus wedding last year, there’s also mention of the #2010olympiclove photo content!

And of course, there’s always the usual favourites including the Contest Corner, Back Issues and Coming Events.

Now all you have to do is pick one up or download it. Enjoy the issue!

Buzzer illustrator interview: Zach Bulick

Zach and his fantastic cover for the Buzzer newsletter!

Zach and his fantastic cover for the Buzzer newsletter!

The December issue of the Buzzer newsletter includes the month of January. So, I thought I’d post this interview now since some of you might not have picked up the latest issue. For more on what’s included in the issue you’ll want to read this post or download the issue. If you want to know more about the fantastic illustration and the man behind it, read on!

How would you describe yourself?
I’m a designer, illustrator, and lover of all things taco and terrarium. I’m currently living in Mount Pleasant – and when I’m not drawing, using power tools, or reading (usually in that order), I’m the Creative Director for Union Gospel Mission in the Downtown Eastside.

What’s your favourite thing to illustrate?
I really love hand drawn type – taking a phrase, name, or letters and bringing some character or personality to them is fun. I also enjoy drawing faces on objects that don’t typically have faces.

How did you come up with your illustration?
I initially sketched out a few directions and felt most resolved about the one I went with. I was imaging riding the bus in winter and hoping to create an image that might make someone smile as they sat down after coming aboard from a chilly sidewalk.

Do you take transit? If so, what do you like about it?
Yep, me and the #3 are buds. I really enjoy the connections that can happen on transit. Whether its someone you see at the same bus stop every day, or a random one off conversation you have with a fellow rider – it’s these little connections that build into the greater story of the community surrounding you.

What does the future hold for you?
Moving forward in a perpetual state of awe and wonder.

Thanks for the interview Zach! Wanna learn more about Zack? Check this out!

New year, new service

Happy January everyone! This week we return to our regular routines, so if you were away last month or just not taking your usual routes, you might want to take a look at the recent service changes made on December 16, 2013.

Four times a year TransLink performs a round of service changes to ensure a reliable, efficient and safe transit service to help you get where you need to go.

All the details can be found on TransLink’s Transit Service Changes page.

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Getting back to the grind isn’t so bad

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The December 2013 Buzzer is now on the system!

Note: the December 2013 Buzzer is on the system free of charge (as usual)! You’ll want to note that this issue also covers January 2014. The next issue will be in February 2014.

The majority of content for the December issue is devoted to winter bus service changes. The full list of changes are in the Buzzer newsletter as well as on the TransLink website.

The cover illustration was drawn by local artist Zach Bulick! We’ll have an interview with him up very soon.

Also in the issue is info about the Compass Card, the United Way and the Reindeer Bus and Community Shuttle contest.

And of course, there’s always the usual favourites including the Contest Corner, Back Issues and Coming Events.

Now all you have to do is pick one up or download it. Good reading to you all!

Winter service changes begin December 16, 2013

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Check your route before you go!

It’s that time of year again – drum roll please! <<drrruummrroolll>> . Winter service changes come into effect on December 16! For more information, check out the upcoming print Buzzer and Transit Service Changes. Check your route before you go!

For the very latest on transit service conditions be sure to check out @translink or call 604-953-3333.

Buzzer illustrator interview: Russell Alton

Russell and his illustration

Russell and his illustration

Here’s some light and fun reading. As with most of our illustrators of the Buzzer newsletter, we had the opportunity to ask Russell Alton (A.K.A. Chop-Logik), illustrator of our November issue, a few questions.

We really like Russell’s illustration. Here’s a short q and a with Mr. Alton.

Who is Russell Alton?

Russell Alton is organically produced in Smithers, BC, simmered and percolated in Vancouver, then shipped across the globe to be enjoyed by family, friends, at home or at work!
Ask your local distributor about bringing Russell to your area today.

What’s behind the name Chop-Logik?

It’s an insult from one of Lord Capulet’s tirades in Romeo & Juliet, which I was reading in school at the same time as I needed a username for a digital media project. It jumped out, and somehow people began to use it in meatspace as well. There’s now more people that call me Chop than Russell, strangely. ‘Choplogic’ is spurious, illogical, and over-complicated for it’s own sake.

What’s your favourite thing to draw?

The simplest distillation is that I love to draw lines, which might sound a bit absurd. I’m fascinated with the way lines interact & work in concert within an imagined system, where each one informs the balance of the next. My process is letting these systems play out, forming a drawing organically; seeing what sort of character is built, even if it’s just a triangle with a goofy face. My work is very much choplogic in that regard.

How did you come up with your illustration?

Lately, I’ve been on a very geometric bent, which has coalesced into these ‘crystal wizard’ creatures. They are wise summoners from dimensions beyond our grasp. My illustration was an imagining of them inhabiting our space and our world, living alongside us. Of course they would take transit! The SkyTrain is quite the wizardly vehicle, no doubt.

Do you take transit? If so, what do you like about it?

I do! I mainly bike to get around, but transit makes connecting to events, people and experiences possible on those one or two days a year when it rains. One of my ventures is handmade greeting cards; I have various shops in Vancouver and out to New Westminster that stock my cards, prints and various sundries and I’m able to reach them all easily with the help of transit. It’s a lifesaver.

What does the future hold for you?

Bright things! More art in more places, more avenues to funnel my creative energy down, more opportunities and experiences around the world. A small amount of utter global domination, but only as a vehicle to spread goodwill, understanding and equality, of course.

Thanks Russell for the interview and the crystal wizards in the illustration!

The November issue of the Buzzer is now on the system

A brand new print Buzzer is on the system!

There’s lot of great stuff in this issue. The main subject is about the launch of AskCompass.ca. This interactive website is a great resource, besides the Buzzer of course, for answering all of your Compass Card questions. Read all about it here and by using it yourself.

Regular readers of the blog know all about our annual Halloween photo contest. We included a couple of fantastically inventive costumes in the issue.

TransLink, combined with it’s operating companies and it’s predecessor organizations, has been involved with the United Way for more than forty years, and this year was no different. We’re proud to announce that this year we’ve collected over $200,000 for various community programs and counting!

The TravelSmart program has been busy of late.  This issue included two events, which marked partnering with two cities in Metro Vancouver: both the City of Surrey and Coquitlam joined the program this year! TranLink’s TravelSmart program encourages residents to make more sustainable travel choices, specifically through walking.

A couple of holidays are around the corner. Transit service for Remembrance Day and our Toys for Tots toy collection are included in this issue. More on both of these subjects to come on the blog!

Of course, there’s Contest Corner and Back Issue sections, and that pretty much captures what’s in the issue.

Remember, you can always download the Buzzer as .pdf (including back issues). The other option is to pick it up on the bus, SeaBus or SkyTrain!

 

 

Buzzer illustrator interview: Lindsay Chetek

Lindsay and her illustration

Lindsay and her illustration

Nearly every month we have an illustrator create a one-off illustration for the front cover of the Buzzer newsletter and banner for the blog. This month’s nifty illustration is by Lindsay Chetek. I have the issue sitting on my desk and I can’t stop looking at it! Lindsay answered a few of my questions which you can read below:

Who is Lindsay Chetek?
I am a graphic designer and illustrator living and working in East Vancouver.

How did you come up with your illustration?
I did a little brainstorming and a little sketching and eventually things came together.

What’s your favourite thing to draw?
Notebook doodles during long meetings. My dog Rollie.

Do you take transit? If so, what do you like about it?
I trade my scooter and bike for the #20 in the winter to get to work. I like the people watching.

What does the future hold for you?
A growler of craft beer and some trashy television.

Remember, you can pick up the Buzzer on buses, SkyTrain, SeaBus, West Coast Express as well as some public libraries. It’s also available to download as a .pdf.

The October 2013 Buzzer is now on the system

The October 2013 Buzzer is on the system free of charge         (as usual)!

The big chunk of content for this issue is devoted to an update on the Compass Card. What happened during Compass Beta and what to expect in the future are in the Buzzer newsletter as well as on the blog!

Also in the issue is info about Fall Bike to Work Week, Thanskgiving service and Tripsters.

And of course, there’s always the usual favourites including the Contest Corner, Back Issues and Coming Events.

Now all you have to do is pick one up or download it. Enjoy the issue!

Buzzer illustrator interview: Cheryl Swan

Cheryl and her illustration

Cheryl and her illustration

One of the highlights of putting together the Buzzer newsletter is working with a different illustrator each month. Having a new illustration each month not only sets the tone for the content found inside, it make each issues truly unique.

For our latest issue of the Buzzer, I had the pleasure of working with Cheryl Swan. Cheryl was a delight to work with and her illustration really captured both the central subject matter of the issue, September service changes, and the autumn season. Here’s more about her.

Tell us about Cheryl Swan?

I am a recent graduate of Capilano University’s IDEA Program. I’m currently the Art Director of the Capilano Courier. I grew up in Ontario and have been living in Vancouver since 2005. I’m a huge lover of animals, autumn, ice cream and down-to-earth human beings.

How did you come up with your illustration?

I came up with the Buzzer illustration through the provided guidelines. I wanted to create something simple and friendly that suggests autumn is on the cusp.

Have you ever used transit as the focus of an illustration before?

This was my first time Illustrating for Translink as well as using transit as my subject.

Do you take transit? If so, what’s your favourite mode?

I can often be seen commuting on the #135, #16 and the #3. My favorite mode is the #135. This line takes you from A to Z quickly!

What does the future hold for you?

I cannot see that far ahead, but my goals are to gain as much experience as possible within art directing and illustration.

The August 30, 2013 Buzzer is now on the system

Holla! The latest issue of the Buzzer newsletter is now on the system.
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The main subject matter this month is the September service changes. Yup, lots of new info this fall like every September school season.

We also included a recap of I Love Transit Night 2013. Was that really just under a month from now? It feels like just yesterday!

Besides the usual suspects included Contest Corner, Back Issues and Coming Events, a segment about Compass Card Beta Testers (stay tuned for an update on this on the blog very soon) and a reminder about transit etiquette and cell phones on the system. Do you remember Chatty Chihuahau?

Do make sure you pick one up on buses, SkyTrain, SeaBus or West Coast Express or download it. Enjoy your read!