Designers Helping Designers

2017 Get Behind Design and Win!

Five Grand Prizes and More! 7th Annual Fund Campaign, December 1-31, 2017

The GDC Foundation needs your help building scholarship, grant and benevolent funds to support the design community and profession!

We've reached the $60,500 mark and, with your help, we’re targeting $75,000 in the coming year. Meanwhile, we've awarded $5,000 in supported scholarships since 2012.

There's plenty of karma to go around! While helping designers, you’ll also be entered in the Get Behind Design campaign draw with loads of special prizes. Just DONATE by midnight on Dec. 31 and answer a skill-testing question.)


All prizes were donated by the generous businesses and individuals below.

Donate $200 or more and automatically be entered to win one of the Grand Prizes below.

Note: Due to scheduling and travel costs, not everyone is able to take advantage of conferences. If there's one you prefer, mention it in the comments box when you donate, or send us an email at after you donate. No guarantees, but we will try to accommodate!


1. Win Without Pitching:

  1. Win Without Pitching: Blair Enns offers one 12-week term of his self-guided training program (retail value of $2,000 USD). The recipient of this prize will start with a scheduled call with one of their coaches to decide what area to focus on (positioning, lead generation, sales training, etc.). Subsequently, there's onboarding and training at the desired pace, with access to:
  • All archived and future WWP webcasts
  • The WWP Weekly Focus Call
  • The WWP Global Peer Forum
  • And receive invitations to WWP Summits and other exclusive events

Through the Weekly Focus Call you will:  Have one key WWP principle to focus on throughout the week, spread the WWP mindset to others on your team and gain early access to future program content.

2. The 2018 Design & Content Conference, Vancouver, BC
July 25-27, 2018
One student (value $250) and one regular (value $795) admission
The world’s premier design and content strategy conference. Designers and content strategists team up. Hear from industry leaders about crafting experiences and telling stories that shape the future of the Web. A day of workshops, two days of talks, and thoughtful extras in one of the most beautiful cities, Vancouver, BC, Canada

3. Design Thinkers Conference Vancouver  
May 29-30, 2018
Two admissions: The Association of Registered Graphic Designers hosts the annual Design Thinkers Conference to gather diverse perspectives to explore the processes of design and creativity. The conference is a must-attend for any informed, forward-thinking creative, communications or marketing professional or team

4. Brand New Conference, New York
September 13-14, 2018
1 admission (value $550 US) — if the winner can't attend the conference, the ticket can be turned into a live webcast registration
The Brand New Conference is a two-day event organized by UnderConsideration, focusing on the practice of corporate and brand identity — a direct extension of the popular blog, Brand New. The conference consists of eight sessions each day offering a broad range of points of view with speakers from around the world practicing in different environments, from global consultancies to in-house groups to small firms.

5. Macinhome - Apple Tech Make-Over 4-Hour Client Training Session (value $599). Macinhome is a team of experts highly trained, certified and experienced in all things Apple. From networking to syncing to security to usability, our squad is standing by, ready to jump into action to help you get the most from your Apple products. While Macinhome focuses on all things Apple, they also provide support for other operating systems (with Windows-certified consultants) and third-party hardware to provide you complete solutions and support.

OTHER PRIZES (for donations under $200)

Macinhome - Apple Tech Make-Over 2-Hour Client Training Session (value $299).

The 2018 Design & Content Conference, Vancouver, BC
July 25-27, 2018
One student admission.
The world’s premier design and content strategy conference. Designers and content strategists team up. Hear from industry leaders about crafting experiences and telling stories that shape the future of the Web. A day of workshops, two days of talks, and thoughtful extras in one of the most beautiful cities, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Pantone Colour Bridge Coated and Uncoated 
from Spicers
The product serves as a 'bridge' between solid color printing, CMYK printing and Web design. It displays a side-by-side match between the PANTONE solid color on the left, and the closest CMYK simulation on the right. RGB and HTML data is printed beneath the solid color, and CMYK values beneath the simulation.

Eye Magazine 1-year subscription
Eye is the world’s most beautiful and collectable graphic design journal, published quarterly for professional designers, students and anyone interested in critical, informed writing about design and visual culture.

Function Fox 1-year Student subscription
The FunctionFox Student Program offers a unique and easy way to add real-world project management skills to any design curriculum. Using FunctionFox — the creative industry's leading timesheet and project management software — students learn to be accountable for their time and to manage multiple concurrent projects. Not only will students become better at managing their academic assignments, they also develop skills that prepare them for success in the workplace.

Skillshare 1-year Premium membership
A year of premium membership to Skillshare – an online learning platform with over 17,000 classes taught by expert practitioners in their fields. You'll get custom class recommendations as you use the platform, build a portfolio of projects to showcase your skills, and network with our community of over 3 million students. $100 gift certificate
The #1 site for great Web and desktop fonts.

CBC Graphic Standards Manual
(Donated by Adrian Jean CGD)
The reissue of the 1974 CBC Graphic Standards Manual was fully funded thanks to 469 backers from around the world! The manual is a ring binder holding more than 200 pages that describes CBC’s “Gem” logo, designed in 1974 by Burton Kramer. It also has many designs of other variations of the logo and typography used in the CBC brand. “The CBC manual epitomizes the concept of integrated design,” said Arlene Gehmacher, curator of the Canadian Art and Graphic Design and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). “It set the standard for Canadian corporate identity programmes and has become a part of our national heritage.”

Uppercase Magazine 1-year subscription
Recognized for its design excellence, Uppercase Magazine is a quarterly craft, fashion, illustration, and design journal published by Janine Vangool in Calgary, Alberta. Uppercase publishes books and magazines for the creative and curious: products that spark the imagination and inspire creativity. We view everything we publish as an opportunity to create something special, so each product has high production values and attention to detail. A playful exploration of creativity, an affinity for vintage ephemera, and a love of typography are some elements common to many of our publications.

Designing for Print by Marina Poropat Joyce
Designing for Print is the Epitome of Print Design Education. A great book for pros, students, & web designers who want to be better designers; for printers to give to clients & for anyone who hires printers. 

Communication Arts 1-year Subscription
Exceptional Design, Advertising, Illustration, Photography, Interactive and Typography.

Type Magazine membership
We have 5 Memberships  (Value $75 ea) to give away!
TYPE is a new quarterly print magazine and web site. It’s a publication for people who love fonts—typography, calligraphy, lettering, sign painting—letterforms of all kinds.

A Book Apart - Five winners can pick a complimentary ebook! Great source for ebooks on web design, CSS, Web fonts, accessibility, colour management, and so much more. - Ne10 Stencil
We have 10 of the Fairgoods Ne10 Stencils. Corey Holms created a pack of stencils that bring you variety. The first in the set is one that uses a modified version of Corey’s own Ne10 typeface. He added supports to the D, O, P, and 0, and created the Fairgoods heart icon in the same style. "I think it’s really fun to have a stencil that looks different," he said. "I mean, digital typeface stencils are wildly different, but the actual stencils only come in two or three flavors. I harbor no illusion that this will change anything, but hopefully others will enjoy it as much as I have.”

Special Draw:
BC chapter has provided an extra prize for a BC Chapter member

The Surface of Meaning
Hard cover book by Robert Bringhurst (Donated by Leanne Prain)

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Every donation makes a difference, no matter the size!
Mention your prize preference in the comments box when you donate, or email after donating: (subject line: Foundation Prize Preference). Donations must be received by midnight December 31, 2016, to be considered for the draw. Winners will receive only one prize. If your name is not chosen for a Grand Prize, you will be entered in the regular draw. Winners will be required to answer a skill-testing question. It will be a really hard question...with math!                            

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