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2015 National Scholarship Winners

The Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) is pleased to announce its 2015 scholarship recipients.

Committed to supporting those engaged in design education, 2015 marks the thirteenth year of this annual competition open to student members completing or returning to a program of design study. The purpose of the scholarships is to recognize emerging excellence in design achievement and encourage a desire in students to go beyond expectations as a natural progression to professional practice.

Scholarship applications were received from all across the country. 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. The judges this year were Marga Lopez CGD, Johnathon Vaughn Strebly CGD and Jeff Harrison CGD.

This year a well-rounded group of applicants showed evidence of great colour sense, good understanding of typography and composition with thoughtful attention to detail and skill in presentation. One step away from joining the professional ranks, the promise of the design talent in Canada is demonstrated by the recipients providing great design solutions in polished packages with strong rationales and supporting research. The judges enjoyed the refreshing breadth of solutions from typographic explorations to compelling poster work as well as street-wise informative graphics.

Winner of the $2000 Canada Type Scholarship:
Eugene Kulaga, University of the Fraser Valley (Mission, British Columbia)
Project: Kandinsky: Geometric Typeface/DIY Rock Typeface
Instructor: Karin Jager

Mr. Kulaga’s submission garnered the following comments from the judges:
“Kandinsky = Awesome”
“Very Cool Projects. My favorite is the Rock Type Exploration...”

“The Rock Typeface is a cool concept - Nice!”

Winner of the $500 Applied Arts Magazine Scholarship for the Emerging Talent:
David Fenton, Capilano University (North Vancouver, British Columbia)
Project: International Circus School - 2015 Annual Report
Instructor: Carol Aitken

Mr. Fenton’s submission garnered the following comments from the judges:
“Circus School: Awesome!”
“Playful + brave use of colour + images which ‘reflects’ the brand”
“Solid design work. Beautiful use of layout and type. Great use of ticket and colours, lovely use of graphics.”

The Judges were impressed with the submissions in the Applied Arts Magazine Scholarships category and also wanted to acknowledge honourable mentions to:

Abbey Johnson, Capilano University (North Vancouver, British Columbia)
Project: Jinxed Burgers - Annual Report
Instructor: Carol Aitken

Benjamin Stone, Capilano University (North Vancouver, British Columbia)
Project: Lloyd Block Real Estate Development
Instructor: Carol Aitken

Kate Marlowe, Capilano University (North Vancouver, British Columbia)
Project: Murano Creative Lofts submitted by
Instructor: Carol Aitken

Winner of the $500 Marc Brisbourne Scholarship:
Lyubava Fartushenko, University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Ontario


Lyubava Fartushenko has been awarded the 2015 GDC Foundation Marc Brisbourne Scholarship of $500.

The Scholarship is given to a Masters or Doctoral degree student pursuing research with a focus on visual communication in Canada at a Canadian post-secondary institution. Lyubava has a Master of Design in Visual Communications Design from the University of Alberta and is currently a University of Waterloo PhD student in Social-Ecological Sustainability Environment and Resource Studies. Her research proposal is titled "Using design epistemology to promote bioinclusive ethic."

"As people experience urban growth, visual communication design becomes an inevitable tool to provide solutions for the future. My doctoral research proposes to use design as means to address and shape an inclusive understanding of environment — one that accommodates both the human and the nonhuman components within the context of urbanism. While using design theory to address ecological and ethical questions, my fundamental goal is to advance the design research in Canada," said Fartushenko in her application.

About the GDC Foundation Marc Brisbourne Scholarship

The GDC Foundation Marc Brisbourne Scholarship was created through a generous donation from the GDC Alberta North Chapter to support a graduate student pursuing research with a focus on the field or discipline of visual communication in Canada at a Canadian post-secondary institution at a Masters or Doctoral level.

This national scholarship is provided in honour of Marc Brisbourne LGDC, MacEwan University Chair of Design Studies who passed away in 2013. Marc obtained a Master of Design degree from the University of Alberta in 2005. He was passionate about design research and education.

 

Congratulations again to the 2015 Scholarship Recipients.