Design Canada: Nanaimo Premiere

A documentary celebrating the golden era of Canadian graphic design!

GDC Vancouver Island is pleased to bring a screening of Design Canada to Nanaimo.


Date: Wednesday, November 7
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: VIU Malaspina Theatre, 900 Fifth Street
Tickets: Students and GDC members $10  |  General admission $12

Tickets are available on Eventbrite and will also be available at the box office on the day of the screening.


About the film

Design Canada is a documentary that looks at Canada’s heritage of graphic design. Screenings have been selling out both here at home and internationally.

Burton Kramer. Lorne Perry. Heather Cooper. Fritz Gottshalk and Stuart Ash. They’re not exactly household names, but these masters are responsible for some of Canada’s most iconic designs, including the logos for the CBC, CN Rail, Roots and the Royal Bank, emblems familiar to every Canadian from coast to coast to coast, young and old alike.

In 2012, Design Canada began with a genuine curiosity about where the designs and symbols of Canada originated from. Director (and graphic designer) Greg Durrell began shooting the film on a Canon 7D. A year later, Greg met Jessica Edwards, a Canadian filmmaker living in Brooklyn, and Gary Hustwit. The team spent five years crafting the Design Canada story.

Through the lens of graphic design, Design Canada follows the transformation of a nation from a colonial outpost to a vibrant and multicultural society.

Film runtime: 75 minutes

WATCH the trailer >>