Cover: Riel Kitson: Concept development, falling sequence

2019 National Scholarship Winners Announced

GDC and the GDC Foundation proudly announce the winners of the 2019 Scholarship Awards, including two new national scholarships.

About the Cheryl Lynn Rutledge Northern Indigenous Student Award

This national scholarship was created through a generous donation from Mark Rutledge CGD, to support an indigenous design student pursuing an education in graphic/communication design at a Canadian post-secondary college/university. This scholarship is established in honour of Mark’s mother, Cheryl Lynn, who was his support and inspiration and who passed away in 2016.

2019 Cheryl Lynn Rutledge Northern Indigenous Student Award Awarded To:

Riel Kitson, recipient of the 2019 Cheryl Lynn Rutledge Northern Indigenous Student Award.

Riel Kitson
Bachelor of Design Program
University of Alberta, Alberta
Instructors: Roy Mills, Adolfo Ruiz and Eleanor Lazare

"My Métis heritage originated from the Manitoba Métis people."

"I would like the work I produce to help the ageing population as well as those individuals who are experiencing disabilities. My intention would be to create products that would make a positive difference in the lives of others. Visual communication design has given me the ability to represent these concepts and bring what I have learned previously in Human Ecology to my current design degree."—Riel Kitson

 


Concept development, Riel Kitson
Concept development, Riel Kitson
Concept development, Riel Kitson
Concept development, Riel Kitson

Judges’ comments:

"I thought that Riel's design style here was very modern and clean and suited the target audience."

"Very few designers work on behalf of their communities. This person is a rare find and I applaud their interest in helping people with disabilities."
 


About the GDC Foundation UX Design Scholarship

This national scholarship is available for a promising visual or interactive design student in first to the third year who exhibits passion and proficiency in the area of experience design. This scholarship encourages students to take a user-centric approach to interactive design while exploring the design process in its many forms. The scholarship is donated by former GDC member, Ryan P. Senger.

2019 GDC Foundation UX Design Scholarship Awarded To:

Danica Koller, recipient of the 2019 GDC Foundation UX Design Scholarship.

Danica Koller
Bachelor of Design Program
Capilano University, BC
Project: “Create a unique experience only to RAZA”
Instructor: Christina Paone (Lee Kim Koon)

“I am fascinated by the unlimited possibilities and the ever-evolving industry. I am a person that loves change, embraces new ambitions and am curious about what is around the corner. UX and UI design are niches that allow me to explore and invent. I am curious to see how the industry grows and evolves and I would love to be a part of that change.”— Danica Koller


Concept development, Danica Koller
Concept development, Danica Koller
Concept development, Danica Koller
Concept development, Danica Koller

Judges’ comments:

"There are a lot of very thoughtful UX decisions made here and the overall structure and framework provided in the case study are strong."

"The case study shows a very tight set of design systems built around this one brand."


About the GDC Foundation Ray Hrynkow Scholarship

This national scholarship is awarded to a third-year student in a Canadian four-year program whose submission has demonstrated a deep understanding of problem-solving through communication design. The Scholarship was created in honour of Ray Hrynkow, a respected Vancouver, BC design professional, teacher and GDC Fellow who passed away in 2012. It is supported by Casey Hrynkow FGDC and other donors.

One step away from joining the professional ranks, the promise of the design talent in Canada is demonstrated by the recipient providing great design for social innovation and sustainability in a robust package with a strong rationale and supporting research.

2019 GDC Foundation Ray Hrynkow Scholarship Awarded To:

Sara Nguyen, recipient of the 2019 GDC Foundation Ray Hrynkow Scholarship.

Sara Nguyen
Bachelor of Design Program
Capilano University, BC
Project: “Cheers: Craft Sparkling Water”
Instructor: Dominique Walker

“During a time when information is constantly flooding our view, we as consumers can only afford to focus on things that we can immediately resonant with. That’s why I always strive to convey to the target audience the voice and story which every brand contains, in hopes that the lives of the people it reaches might be made better or easier.”— Sara Nguyen


Concept development, Sara Nguyen
Concept development, Sara Nguyen
Concept development, Sara Nguyen
Concept development, Sara Nguyen

Judges’ comments:

"I thought the research and strategies presented were very clearly communicated, thorough, and well-considered. "

"Really tight response: well-considered branding, product design, package development and labels."


The judges were Andrew Boardman CGD, Sarah Jackson CGD, and Jocelyne Saulnier CGD. Judging took place in June 2019 and was coordinated by GDC Education Chair, Aidan Rowe CGD.

Recipients receive scholarship awards that are applied directly to their tuition fees.

The GDC National Scholarship Awards are funded through the GDC Foundation and are coordinated by the GDC. Since 1956, the GDC has been dedicated to establishing professional standards and supporting design practice in the workplace and in schools.

Click here for Information about the GDC Foundation.

For information regarding GDC scholarships or other education matters please contact Aidan Rowe, GDC Education Chair.

Want to give back to your community by establishing or supporting a scholarship to honour a designer, educator or company? 
Contact Peggy Cady, GDC Foundation Committee Chair.