The Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC), the national certification body for visual communication designers, announces its 2008 National Scholarship recipients.
“The recipients are all student members of the GDC, and their considerable creativity and talent really impressed the judges,” said GDC National President Rod Roodenburg, MGDC. “It’s a privilege for the GDC to celebrate the next generation of Canada’s visual communicators and help them develop their craft.”
Scholarship applications were received from all across the country and this year’s adjudication was hosted by The Marketing Den, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and organizate by May Chung, MGDC. Applicants submitted a piece of student work completed as a class project and were judged by professional members of the GDC. Judges scored each entry on criteria such as methodology, typography, content and presentation.
GDC Scholarship judge Dean McNeill, MGDC said about the entries, “A good range of approaches and styles. The students understand the importance of strong typographic skills. Some show true promise with type.”
Scholarship judge Brenda Sanderson, MGDC said, “The overall field shows the promise of the design talent in Canada and how are our educators are challenging students to address briefs that would be easily found in the ‘real world’.”
“The winners demonstrate not only great design solutions but also an appreciation of the need to present a polished package with strong rationale and supporting research. Annmarie Akong’s submission was impactful and well considered through each element. Maria Celkova’s JFK poster used a limited palette – type – but was still incredibly evocative of a time and place when the overall environment was considered. Kudos to Alaine Haynal who pushed the boundaries of our notion of the ‘book.’ Adrienne Lenardon showed that design solutions should address both the destination (the event) and the experience (getting to each location by subway). There are some bright design talents within the GDC’s student membership and I look forward to them joining the profession in the years to come.”
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$2500 Veer Scholarship
Annmarie Akong, York/Sheridan College (Toronto, Ontario)
Instructor: Sandra Gabriele
Project: Contact Festival Poster and collateral
$1000 Adobe Scholarship
Maria Celkova, Capilano College (North Vancouver, BC)
Instructor: Carol Aitken, MGDC
Project: Wall to Wall Exhibition Poster (JFK)
$1000 Applied Arts Scholarship
Alain Haynal, University of Alberta (Edmonton, Alberta)
Instructor: Virginia Penny
Project: Codex + Context
$1000 Aquent Scholarship
Adrienne Lenardon, York/Sheridan College (Toronto, Ontario)
Instructor: Sandra Gabriele
Project: Doors Open Toronto