Designer’s Fashion: Christine Dupont

July 22nd, 2014 by Rita

Designers create. That’s the nitty gritty of it. They plan and they devise. Any construction, any composition, any creation, was originally the brain child of a designer. It’s likely a wiring in the brain, this need to make something out of nothing. To see what is there where others cannot. And, when someone is wired in this way, it’s impossible to turn it off.

In our previous installment of our Designer’s Fashion discussion, we exhibited the finished product; the favorite wardrobe items of designer Christian Knightly. Our creative sample this time? Orlando Magazine art director and graphic design adjunct instructor for Valencia College, Christine Marie Dupont.

We sat down with Christine and had a short Q&A about her outrageously creative ensembles to gain some insight into her inspiration, her planning, and her execution.

TCX: How does your career as a graphic designer play a role in your fashion choices?

Christine: Well, as a graphic designer I have to pay attention to design elements, like color, shape and texture, and in a way those are things that I look for when I am buying clothing. Additionally, as an art director for a magazine, I do have to pay attention to certain fashion and color trends since we do 2 fashion features a year. While our associate editor is the one who will actually choose the fashions, at the end of the day it’s my responsibility to pay attention to color, silhouette, and how the overall feature unifies as a whole. While much of it are items that I cannot (or even would not) wear, I can still appreciate it for it’s artistic merits.

TCX: Do you notice a conscious use of the creative process in planning out your outfits or fashion purchases?

Christine: You mean other than organizing my closet by color? And yes, it is ROYGBV [Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet] with another row of white, grey, black, and brown. But, I do occasionally pin outfits to Pinterest, and I’ll look at them some mornings to get an idea of how to put together an outfit or decide what color to wear. It really depends on what time I wake up. Most mornings I just throw on jeans and a nice top and a handful of jewelry; nothing that really requires a whole lot of planning.

TCX: Do you notice your graphic design style mirrors or matches your fashion style (or the other way around)? If so, how and why?

Christine: I wouldn’t necessarily say that I have a particular design style. As a designer, I try to be versatile since a single style doesn’t necessarily work for every project. Coincidentally, I do have a very diverse wardrobe because I like to change things up a bit depending on my mood. I might feel really feminine one day and sorta grungy the next… So, I guess the answer to your question is actually ‘Yes,’ I have a diverse design style and a diverse fashion style.

When asked about the product samples she gave us as examples of her favorite styles and accessories, she gave us a list:

  • Gemstone necklaces from Nina Nguyen and Midwinter Co.: As a child growing up in Maryland, I loved visiting the gemstone exhibit at the Smithsonian. In a small way, these rough cut stone necklaces from Midwinter Co. remind me of that experience. I also have quite an obsession with the natural sparkle of geode and druzy pendants, like those by jewelry designer Nina Nguyen.,,
  • Leather & Lace tops from Lane Bryant: I’ve got a thing for leather and lace. These tops from Lane Bryant offer a fun juxtaposition of tough and girly. The mix of cut-out leather and chiffon hem is both flirty and edgy, while the lace overlay top offers a darkly elegant look.
  • High heels from DSW: Anyone who knows me understands that I have a shoe obsession, and I love shoes with personality. I am particularly a fan of fun patterns. The mix of colors in this Anne Klein fabric pump allows this shoe to top off just about any outfit.
  • Kelly Moore bag: Being both a designer and a teacher, I need to carry around a lot of stuff. I have this Kelly Moore Songbird bag in cobalt blue, and it offers plenty of versatile organization options. Plus, it doubles as a camera bag with a removable basket and adjustable dividers.
  • Geometric gold jewelry from Stella Dot and Forever21: Lately I’ve been obsessed with gold, especially in streamlined, geometric shapes. I love the simplicity of this Rebel Pendant from Stella & Dot, but I also love the approachable price point of pieces from Forever 21.,
  • Funky Converse from Journey’s: Everyone should own a pair of Converse sneakers (I own 3 pairs, myself). With a variety of color options and styles, plus the ability to customize your own, it really should be a staple of every graphic designers wardrobe.,
  • Statement necklace from Kendra Scott: Every once in a while I like to break out a big ‘ol statement necklace (if you haven’t realized by now that I have a jewelry problem, then you haven’t been paying attention). I love the big colorful pieces that Kendra Scott makes.,
  • CMYK jacket from Veer Merch: I love being a graphic designer, and I have no problem wearing my heart on my sleeve… or anywhere else for that matter. This sporty CMYK jacket from Veer is not only in my favorite color (red), but it’s truly an ode to my love of print design. I don’t know what could be more “designer” fashion than that. Veer Merch via

Christine’s fashions are a prime example of bringing together pieces and parts to create a finished product. She shops around on the internet, pins her inspiration to her Pinterest boards, and uses her creative genius to construct her style.

Retro Travel Design Inspiration & Resources

June 27th, 2014 by Christian

I am a traveler. My adventures have taken me from camping in the Serengeti to horseback riding around the Egyptian pyramids to exploring catacombs in Ukraine. These experiences traversing the globe have been an inspiration and great influence on my choices and design aesthetic.

A few of my travel posters.

Over the years I’ve gathered many resources to re-create retro and vintage travel posters and marketing materials. The art deco influences of the 1930′s produced some of my favorite pieces. Below you’ll find a vast array of tutorials, typefaces and vectors you can use for inspiration and creating your own retro travel posters and marketing materials.

Vintage brochure I picked up in Mombasa, Kenya.

My collection of vintage postcards from Egypt.


Here’s a pinboard I put together with some great Vintage Travel Posters.

Follow Christian’s board Vintage Travel on Pinterest.



My favorite fonts are…

Download Cubano

Download Honey Script

Download Matchbook

Download Seaside Resort NF

For More Retro Typefaces and Fonts:

Photoshop Brushes / Tutorials

Creating 3D Text Tutorial

Vintage Type Treatment Tutorial

Photoshop Brushes


1950′s Inspired Travel Poster Tutorial

Download Vintage Label Vectors


Designer’s Fashion: Christian Knightly

May 19th, 2014 by Rita


noun 1. A person who devises or executes designs, especially one who creates forms, structures, and patterns, as for works of art or machines. 2. A schemer, intriguer, or plotter.


noun 1. A prevailing custom or style of dress, etiquette, socializing, etc.

If you are or have ever associated with those we call “creatives,” then you know their outfits are often so visually stunning they look as if they just stepped off the page of a magazine. Not limited to the realm of fashion, the designers and artists of other industries still use their creative genius for planning their wardrobe as well. After all, when you have that much artistic instinct, it’s difficult not to have it influence every aspect of life.

We at Treefrog Cinegraphix are fascinated by the creativity and artful choices that bleeds into other areas of our lives. It’s the inspiration that arises from unique and unexpected sources. The artistry that manifests itself off the page and off the screen. This interest or ours inspired us to call on a few of our team members and our fellows in the advertising world, and ask them to show us their Designer’s Fashions.

It seems only appropriate we’d begin close to home with our own Managing Partner and Lead Designer, Christian Knightly. Christian’s fashion choices are distinct to his personality and tastes, and he admits finding it important while working in our industry to have his creative nature reflected in what he wears. When asked about the relation between his profession and his style, he had this to say:

“Within our industry, we are given a chance for self expression in what we wear. Where other industries might try to suppress that with their stodgy and strict dress codes, ours promotes individuality through outward expression and allows us to dress in a way that conveys our uniqueness.”


His interest in fashion piqued over the past five years, he says, and he’s drawn especially to the styles of Paul Stuart and Brooks Brothers. The pants, shirt, and jacket he’s seen wearing here, while not designer in label, are all favorites of his inspired by the clothes he stalks on Pinterest. But truthfully, it’s in his accessories where one sees his personality shine through.

With socks he finds a discreet way to add a pop of color and character to any outfit. The watch he’s wearing has an aviator feel to it and reminds him of traveling, one of his favorite activities in life. And, the organic material of his tie clip reminds those of us who know him personally of his ability to shed the gloss of civilized life every once in a while and rough it in any terrain from the Rocky Mountains to the African Desert.

His style is colorful, yet soft. Classy, yet approachable. Professional, yet lighthearted. He’s a designer who wakes up in the morning and begins with his first creative choice of the day being, “Now, which socks will I wear today?”

Keep scrolling for a closer look at some of Christian’s favorite wardrobe items.

The items of Christian’s wardrobe:
1. Khaki Levi’s Denim Trucker Jacket
2. JCrew fitted pinstripe long sleeve button down
3. Tie – Skinny Tie Madness; Wooden Tie Clip – Etsy
4. Sunglasses – Mad Men Black Sunglasses
5. Skagen Denmark watch – stainless steel face with leather strap
6. Property Of … Samson Day Bag – Navy
7. GH Bass & Co. clay colored chinos
8. Joseph Abboud brown leather belt
9. Express gray and tan argyle socks
10. Timberland desert boots

Announcing Canopy 4.0, Our WordPress Framework

April 21st, 2014 by Dan

Since we started making WordPress sites almost 6 years ago, we’ve grown almost as much as the platform itself. Our WordPress framework, Canopy, represents the sum total of that growth.

Why Build a Framework?

Work smarter, not harder. Right from the outset, we could see the need for a framework. Many of our projects required similar features, and no programmer worth their salt will miss an opportunity to reuse code. We looked at established frameworks, but found them too feature-bloated to serve our clients’ best interests. Instead, we started with the absolute minimum in WordPress templating and worked our way up from there. This was the rather informal birth of Canopy as the “TCX Template”. It was little more than a collection of useful bits and bobs, aimed at helping get our clients off the ground in WordPress.

We quickly found that having a consistent foundation offered a place to target all of our improvements, as the web and WordPress itself matured. Though many clients presented us with unique challenges, with our framework in place, we could focus on building them intuitive solutions and less on the rudiments. Moreover, all of our clients using Canopy find themselves on a level playing field. When Canopy advances, they all stand to benefit. A project from 2009 may need only a few hours’ work to “upgrade” to a modern 2014 implementation, gaining hundreds of hours of improvements in the process.

So Where is Canopy Now?

Let’s get the big stuff out of the way. It’s 2014, as of this writing, and the world-wide web is dominated by mobile users. In order to support all web-capable devices, from the desktop down to the phone, and everything in-between, we’ve built Canopy to work responsively. This means that our sites adapt to the physical dimensions of the browser and do their best to behave like first-class citizens in any given environment. This means that graphics will be crisp on high resolution screens, and interaction will follow conventions which users are comfortable with.

In some regards, our most important visitors are search engines. Canopy is written to speak their language, taking advantage of new technologies like OpenGraph and to fill in any gaps that may hinder their understanding of a website. On the same token, HTML5 and ARIA landmarks help make our sites more accessible for screen readers.

Clients crave richer and more interactive sites, and that comes with a cost. Serving up all the assets to power visual marvels can be quite taxing on a web server, which is why we’ve cut out the fat, so to speak. Canopy’s assets are streamlined to deliver in parallel so that end users don’t have to wait long before viewing the site. Fonts and CSS are used intelligently to create what used to require virtual boatloads of data to achieve.

Getting down to details. Even though the WordPress platform has grown to handle many aspects of content management, there are some areas we found it could use our help. Canopy aims to improve the WordPress experience in any way we see being useful to the client, content editor, or the designer. Building an intuitive slideshow management system was one of our first big projects.

Eventually, our backend improvements came to include solutions to lots of common client needs. Columns, buttons, accordions, lightboxes, and a variety of basic templates fill out the editor’s missing functionality. An overarching configuration panel covers everything else. We’ve seen first hand how theme authors implement these features in a way that clutters at best and mystifies at worst, and that’s one of our biggest pet peeves. Whenever we develop an advanced feature, we pour a lot of effort into distilling it down to its most basic, usable state.

There are a million little details that make Canopy what it is, and like in many things, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. You’ll have to check out one of our flagship sites to see what I’m talking about.

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