2008 Graphex Winners now online!

Winners of Graphex 2008 are now online – check it out now

Winners of Graphex 2008are now online and can be viewed at

http://www.gdc.net/graphex/winners/

and catalogues of the winners will be available for sale shortly for $45 (members) or $60 (non-members). If you’d like to pre-order yours today, please send an email to GDC in Ottawa at info@gdc.net

The exhibit of winners began its tour across Canada with a showing April 1–11th at the HSBC Pendulum Gallery at Georgia and Hornby in Vancouver. The exhibit will also be shown in Vancouver at Roundhouse in Yaletown May 5–11th as part of the coming Salazar Student Awards (featuring keynote speaker Stefan Sagmeister) and mini design conference in conjunction with Kwantlen University College’s GDMA graduation activities.

For more info on the recent gala awards ceremony, please click below:

ze-frank-graphex-mc.jpgAttendees of the 2008 Graphex Gala Awards Ceremony on Friday, March 28th, 2008  were treated to an evening of glamour, inspiration and fun as they gathered to celebrate the very best Canadian communication designers and their work.

After drinks and mingling in a sponsors’ trade show, the audience adjourned to the grand ballroom of the prestigious Vancouver Club; a dramatic venue for the awards ceremony itself, which was preceded by introductions from GDC National President Dean McNeill, BC Chapter VP of Sponsorship Byron Dowler, and the Province of BC’s Executive Director of Arts and Culture, Andrea Henning.

Ze Frank, designer and popular web personality took the role of guest host and MC for the evening and treated the audience to a hilarious and thought-provoking personal investigation into communication design before launching into the awards themselves.

Design studios from Quebec, particularly Paprikaorangetango and Identica were undoubtedly the big winners of the evening and although submissions from all parts of the country were honoured, including BC’s own Rethink and Hangar 18, the judges noted that much of the work from Quebec excelled in terms of conceptual content, a willingness to experiment, sensitivity to type and the creation of original imagery.

Local GDC Fellow Matt Warburton accepted two awards on behalf of his companyEmboubleyu Design. In addition, Ion Design, the partnership of GDC Fellow David Coates and current GDC National VP of Communications Rod Roodenburg, picked up an award for their GDC 50th Anniversary postage stamp.

At the close of the ceremony, after a moving summary by Ze Frank incorporating the idea of ‘Design as Hope’, BC Chapter President Mark Busse announced his belief to Louis Gagnon of Paprika that designers in BC will rise to the challenge of the high standards set by Quebecois entries, and his hope that the 2010 Graphex Awards will see more BC designers on the podium.

The three video interviews capturing the thoughts of the international judging panel that were shown during the Awards Ceremony can be viewed at:http://www.video.ca/search.php?search=graphex+2008&mode=video.

Photos of the Graphex Gala evening and winners exhibit can be found on Fickr at:http://www.flickr.com/photos/gdcbc/collections/72157603479716009/.

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