Created in 2001, the ico-D Achievement Award honours an outstanding career. The Award may be presented to an individual or a team in recognition of outstanding and consistent achievement in the practice, education or promotion of design. Achievement Award winners must be nominated by ico-D Members.
This year’s Achievement Award recipients included Bob Hambly, Creative Director at Hambly & Woolley Inc., nominated by Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD), Hélène Godin, Executive Vice President and Creative Director at Sid Lee, nominated by Société des designers graphiques du Québec (SDGQ), Hanno Ehses, GDC Fellow, nominated by Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) and Deborah Shackleton, Associate Professor of Design and Critical Studies at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, nominated by Emily Carr University of Art and Design.
2019 ico-D Achievement Award recipient Hanno Ehses, GDC Fellow, nominated by Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC)
Since 1974, until his retirement in 2010, Hanno Ehses was Professor of Visual Communication at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in Halifax, Canada. After an apprenticeship in typesetting he studied design in Aachen, Ulm, and Braunschweig/ Germany. He worked as a designer at the studios of Otl Aicher in Ulm and Olaf Leu in Frankfurt as well as for various public institutions in Canada.
Hanno published his research work in Design Papers 4, 5, and 6 under the headings ‘Design and Rhetoric: An Analyses of Theatre Posters’, ‘Rhetorical Handbook’ (together with Ellen Lupton), and ‘Design on a Rhetorical Footing’. In addition, his research has been published in several publications, including The Canadian Journal of Research in Semiotics, Design Issues (MIT Press), Icographic, (Journal of Icograda), Typographic (Journal of the Society of Typographic Designers), and Graphic Design Journal (GDC).
2019 ico-D Achievement Award recipient Deborah Shackleton, Associate Professor of Design and Critical Studies at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and former GDC BC Education Chairnominated by Emily Carr University of Art and Design
Deborah Shackleton earned a BAA in design and media arts from Ryerson University and an MA focused on leadership and learning from Royal Roads University. Deborah’s research interests include practice-based research and learning theory for human-centred designing which she brought to her teaching of design research and methods courses. She has also led numerous initiatives with partner organisations in the health sector and the Health Design Lab at Emily Carr, with an emphasis on participatory research methodologies. She is a published designer, writer and photographer whose work has been recognised nationally and internationally.
Deborah held many leadership positions at Emily Carr University, including her position as Dean of Continuing & Networked Education (now Continuing Studies) in 1997 and, most recently, Dean of the Faculty of Design and Dynamic Media (2014–2018). She is one of the founding editors of Current, a design research journal, and is the Founding Chair of the ECU Research Ethics Board. She has also sat on many committees throughout her time including President of the Faculty Association, Board Member, Chair of Senate Governance Committee and many more, making a significant contribution to the institutional growth of the University.
Deborah started teaching at Emily Carr University in 1989 and in the thirty years since made a remarkable intellectual contribution to the design curriculum in both undergraduate and graduate levels, helping to develop world-class design programmes.