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President: Peter Haughland, CGD
Peter Haughland is the owner of Hello Public, a Spruce Grove design studio that services Spruce Grove, Edmonton, and St. Albert. Peter graduated from Medicine Hat College with a Bachelors of Applied Arts in Visual Communications. After graduating, Peter worked for several prominent design studios, and in-house design departments in both Alberta and Saskatchewan. When not designing identities, websites, and print material for local companies, municipalities, and national corporations, Peter spends his time being a part-time photographer and full-time father of two. Email: email@example.com
Past President: Amanda Schutz, CGD
Amanda graduated from MacEwan University’s Design and Illustration program before founding Curio Studio (as Woodward Design) in 2002. She has since guided it to become one of Edmonton’s most recognized graphic design firms. While she directs and designs everything from ad campaigns to visual identities, her passion for illustration is often woven into her ideas. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, been exhibited in New York’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and, in 2010, she was awarded a spot in Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40. When she isn't creating, she can be found happily eating, playing the accordion or hangin' with her friends at the GDC.
Vice President: Nicole Bolton, CGD
Nicole is an independent graphic designer living and working in Edmonton, Alberta. For the past 11 years she has worked with clients from small startups to international organizations, in-house marketing teams to boutique agencies, and everything in between. Her true love will always be print but she's been known to create a digital ad or two. Nicole is a long time supporter of the GDC and proud to be a part of an organization that advocates for the design industry in Canada.
Events Co-Chair: Rachel Beyer, Member
Rachel Beyer is a Canadian graphic designer, illustrator and woodworker based in Edmonton, Alberta. She attended Macewan University and holds a diploma in Design and Illustration. She has a love for working with her hands and enjoys experimenting with different types of media. Rachel works at a boutique studio in the city. In her spare time she is a chronic binge eater and and pottery enthusiast.
Events Co-Chair: Anne Brown, Member
Anne is a recent graduate from the University of Alberta's Bachelor of Design program. She got her start with internships at Versett and The Met Agency, and is now working as a designer at Free Branding & Digital. Being new to the industry, Anne is a passionate creative who loves to absorb as many different experiences as she can.
Education Co-chair: Natasia Martin, Member
Natasia is a graphic and website designer in Edmonton, AB. She holds a Bachelor of Design degree from the University of Alberta. With almost 10 years of practical, industry experience ranging from in-house, to studio, to agency, she is well versed in many areas of design. She now runs her own design business, Natasia Designs. Natasia is also a Graphic Design Instructor at MacEwan University. When she's not designing up a storm, she is busy trying new things, crafting and exploring the great outdoors.
Education Co-Chair: Alex Descôtes, Member
Alex is a graduate from the University of Alberta's Visual Communication Design program. This was where she quickly discovered her passion for creative problem solving. After graduation, she got her start in freelancing for local small business and not-for-profits, helping strengthen their visual identities, communication plans and public visibility. She currently works as Graphic Designer for The Met Agency.
Education Co-Chair: Adam Goudreau, Member
Adam Goudreau is a dude who takes photos of people that are a lot cooler than he is. When not standing behind the camera, Adam is in front of a classroom at MacEwan University teaching students about composition, lighting, and other stuff a photography prof might talk about. Adam also thinks science is interesting, partakes in various recreational activities, enjoys his pastimes, and is terrible at writing about himself in the third person.
Communications Co-Chair: Ray Lam, Member
Ray is a graphic designer, illustrator, and photographer based in Edmonton, Alberta. In his spare time he enjoys collecting design-related books, hiking in the mountains, and cooking Vietnamese food (mmm, bún riêu).
Communications Co-Chair: Molly Little, Member
Molly is a graphic designer and illustrator about town. She graduated with a diploma in Design and Illustration from Grant MacEwan university in 2014. She likes old cartoons, spooky stuff, and trying to read science books. Molly has worked for print shops, startups, ad agencies and as an in-house and freelance designer.
Membership Co-chair: Iwona Faferek, Member
A graduate of the University of Alberta’s Design Program, Iwona can’t get enough of creative problem solving. For her, the process of design is just as thrilling as the end result. Iwona works as a multidisciplinary designer at the University of Alberta’s City-Region Studies Centre and Centre for Public Involvement. Because she’s always up for a new challenge (that loving problem solving thing), she also uses her design superpowers to make research & engagement more fun for creating positive social impact in the city. Her daily addictions include killer americanos and crosswords....then more coffee. Because, coffee.
Membership Co-chair: Janelle Holod, Member
Janelle is a designer at the U of A Students' Union, and does freelance design for local non-profits and businesses. She has a BDes in Visual Communication Design and works on bookbinding projects in her spare time. Her favorite design things are patterns, type and illustrations. Janelle loves strong coffee, notebooks, tacos and scotch, in no particular order. She collects plants and has too many of them.
Portfolio Chair: Adnan Huseinovic, Member
Adnan has spent the last decade working for Edmonton’s most influential design firms and advertising agencies and collaborating with the best minds in the industry. He has rebranded some of Edmonton’s most deeply rooted not-for-profit organizations, like Bissell Centre, HOPE Mission and Sorrentino’s Compassion House – not to mention a handful of prominent public and private projects, including Edmonton Tourism and ICE District. He is currently the Senior Designer at DDB, where he develops locally, nationally and internationally award-winning work that runs the gamut from brand identities to publications, environments and installations.
Sponsorship Chair: Lilian Lam, Member
Lilian is a graduate of Grant Macewan University with a Design and Illustration major in 2013, with Distinction. Through experiences working on brand campaigns, Lilian has been recognized with several awards ranging from the local level to the international level. She has a passion for visual communication, with main specializations in: branding, illustration and advertising. Her creative career started as a fresh grad with an internship at Artsmith Communications. Followed by working at ATB Financial with their in-house creative agency. Now she is working on various freelance projects with local startup companies. In her spare time she pursues another passion of competing as an amateur Muay Thai fighter, from which she has earned medals at the national and international level.
Public Relations Chair: Kyle Humeny, Member
Since joining the Bottom Line Productions team in September of 2015, Kyle has played a complimentary role in all ongoing projects, providing copy, editing, and administrative support, as well as planning and executing community promotions and publicity campaigns. Kyle holds a Bachelor of Arts, major in sociology, minor in history, from the University of Alberta (2010) and a public relations diploma from MacEwan University (2015). Kyle sorely misses the Montreal Expos, loves noisy bands and rides his bike to work as often as possible.
Treasurer: Lea Rouhiainen, Member
Lea graduated from the Bachelor of Design program at the University of Alberta in 2011, and since then has gained a variety of professional experience as a graphic designer. She is happy to be joining the board as Treasurer, and is looking forward to being a part of all the great things the GDC is planning for this year. Lea developed an interest in volunteering for the local design community by participating on the executive board for the U of A’s Student Design Association. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Walter Jungkind Project, CGD
Andrew Benson is a designer, illustrator and screen printer from Edmonton. He likes silly comics, photocopied textures, slimy creatures, wobbly lines, punk rock records, scribbled type and dirty halftones. He has worked in grimy print shops, ad agencies and currently owns and operates Hazel, a brand and identity studio.
Member at large: Robyn Stuart, CGD
Robyn has been working in graphic design for many years and is currently a partner at Cut + Paste Design Inc. She’s excited to be back assisting with GDC events, having previously served in this role and helping to organize PICA 2011, as well as talks featuring Stefan Sagmeister, Aesthetic Apparatus, and Scott Stowell. Unlike her events co-chair, she prefers a mullet over a beard and felines over inanimate blocks of wood. She could probably beat him in an arm wrestle, anyhow.
Vice President: Bryan Kulba, CGD
Bryan Kulba is the founder of Kobot, an Edmonton-based web design company. Over the past decade, Bryan has worked with bands, film makers, artists, restaurants and other organizations big and small to help achieve their goals on the web. A dedicated, lifelong learner, Bryan returned to school to get his bachelor of design, where he formalized and strengthened the skills he learned as a self-taught designer. Before he became a designer, Bryan had a career as an ornithologist chasing rare birds through the mountains and also spent years touring across Canada and the US in punk bands. Outside of work, Bryan spends time outdoors with his wife and dog, and collects rare Japanese monster toys.