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Get Behind Design and Win!

8 Grand Prizes & More for the 8th Annual Fund Campaign December 2018

Help give the gift of scholarships, benevolent assistance, grants for design research and preservation, and more.

GDC Foundation has started a drive to raise $5,000 by the end of 2018. We need your help building scholarships, grants and benevolent funds to support the design community and profession!

Donate by December 31 and enter the special prize draw.


We've reached the $75,000 mark and, with your help, we’re targeting $80,000 this year. Meanwhile, we've awarded $6,000 in supported scholarships since 2012.

There's plenty of good 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 Dec. 31.

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!]

EIGHT GRAND PRIZES! (For donors of $200 or more)

From Win Without Pitching: Pricing Creativity: A Guide to Profit Beyond the Billable Hour
– Total Package (Manual, eBook + 5 supporting videos) plus 1-year webinar subscription beginning February 2019. Total value $815 USD or $1k CDN The webinar subscription grants access to live monthly webcasts with Blair Enns on various business development topics - these always include time for Q&A with Blair plus 24/7 access to the webcast archives.

The 2019 Design & Content Conference, Vancouver, BC.
One regular admission (value $795) (and see below for the student admission for donors under $200) 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.

Design Thinkers Conference, Vancouver
May 28 - 29, 2019. Two admissions to be awarded.

Design Thinkers Conference, Toronto
Oct 24-25, 2019. Two admissions to be awarded.
The Association of Registered Graphic Designers hosts two annual Design Thinkers Conferences to gather diverse perspectives to explore the processes of design and creativity.

Brand New Conference, Las Vegas, October 17-18, 2019
One 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.

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.

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MORE PRIZES (for donations under $200)

Clubcard Printing  $100 gift certificate, plus, an original Chicago Screw Notebook

Typographic Perpetual calendar from Mitchell Digital & Nancy Wu Design 
“The cover art—hints at what lies inside: Typographic + Calendar + Art. This piece showcases lesser-known typeface designs (some custom, many from independent foundries—even I designed one!) and the perpetual nature of the calendar where it can be read in a continuous path from left to right, front to back. While my witty cover naming never quite caught on, ‘THAT COOL CALENDAR’ is quite sought after (limited run of 600) but unavailable for purchase.” – Nancy Wu

From Debbie Millman – something special to come

Day-Ruining Invoices from Jessica Hische 
"Letter-sized notepads full of tear-out-able sheets of the invoice for Services Rendered Day-Ruining. The covers are letter-pressed on 100lb Cover French Paper (Steel Blue from their "Construction" line) and the interiors are 2 color offset on 80lb ivory paper. They are bound with binders glue (for easy tear-outing) and black binding tape (for fanciness).

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

The 2019 Design & Content Conference, Vancouver, BC.
One student admission! (value $250) 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 & 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.

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.

CBC Graphic Standards Manual, Donated by Adrian Jean CGD. 
This is one of the few remaining re-issues of the original 1974 CBC Graphic Stadards Manual. Designed and written in 1974 by Burton Kramer FGDC, it contains 200 pages of detailed instruction for how the original "gem" logo for CBC was to be implemented. The re-issue was researched, designed and produced by Adrian Jean CGD, and is a faithful reproduction of the original manual from highly accurate, full-sized scans of one of the last remaining in-tact copies of the 1974 manual. “It set the standard for Canadian corporate identity programmes and has become a part of our national heritage.” — Adrian Jean CGD. The winner of this prize will receive the book, a signed letter explaining the history and production of the book itself, and free shipping to anywhere (up to a value of $40).

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.

Brand Identity Essentials, 100 Principles for Designing Logos and Building Brands, by Kevin Budelmann, Yang Kim, and Curt Wozniak of Peopledesign. The book lays a foundation for brand-building, defining the tools and building blocks, and illustrating the construction of strong brands through examples of world-class design.

Communication Arts Magazine - one-year subscription
Exceptional Design, Advertising, Illustration, Photography, Interactive and Typography, since 1959. 

Field Notes: Clandestine Edition
A limited and cryptographic edition, 3.5” x 5.5” 48 pages, 10 sets to give away! This release has a sleek, mysterious feel, fitting for an edition all about secret codes and ciphers.


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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: Donations must be received by midnight December 31, 2018, 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...yeah, with math!

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