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This BC Chapter Blog is officially closed

Hi Everyone,

Since last year, we started posting news and events through our new GDC/BC Blog. This BC Chapter Blog is now officially closed. If you want to know our latest news and events, please check us out at http://www.gdc.net/chapters/bc_mainland.htm. Thank you.

Best Regards,

2010 Portfolio Review #1

If you are looking to upgrade your membership status or get your Professional Certification our next portfolio review is coming soon. Get your work ready!

Portfolio submission will happen the week of January 11 – 15, 2010.

Send your portfolio with your resumé and application to:

Industrial Brand
Suite 106 – 336 East 1st Ave
Vancouver BC | V5T 4R6 | CANADA
T > 604.737.1958 F > 604.737.4347

Please call ahead.

Resources: How to Join, Portfolio Review Criteria

The 2010 Portfolio Review #2 is tentatively scheduled for April 2010.

Practivism2 | Design’s Role in Creating Social Change


Social change. It’s the adoption of new behaviour on a scale that is visible and sustainable.

Design. It influences our daily lives: our work, our habits, our outlook.

Practivism. It leverages design to catalyze the change our world requires. Designers are investigating the complex challenges facing the world, and our problem-solving abilities are being put to the test. We’re asking each other and ourselves: can design ignite change? Can we design with people, not for people?

Or, is design the problem?

We don’t have all the answers, but we are pausing to ask the questions. Join GDC/BC for a dialogue about design’s role in creating social change. Read the rest of this entry »

Blair Enns Breakfast Wrap-up: The Future of Design

Don’t be fooled by the fact that Blair Enns’ business is based in the small town of Kaslo, BC; he gets around! Enns gives talks around the globe, and his presentation this past Thursday was only the second time he has presented in Canada. He is the founder of Win Without Pitching. He has helped transform businesses by questioning the pitch-based approach and sheds light on alternative ways to gain new clients and avoid pitching for free.

Blair Enns provided good food for thought at the sold-out event. His talk focused on two specific business models: marketing-based and production-based. A marketer looks at what needs haven’t been met yet and sells a product that meets that need, while a producer makes what he knows best and attempts to find people who will buy his product or service.

According to Enns, the most successful design firms are run by non-designers. It takes a strong marketing approach to keep any business alive, particularly in these economic hard times.

Our industry has an oversupply problem to begin with, and during a recession there’s even less demand from clients. Making matters worse, when one design firm shuts down, its designers start up their own businesses.

Enns firmly believes that the problem of free pitching is not one that will be solved by any collective design organization such as the GDC or AIGA. Instead, he places the responsibility squarely on the shoulders of individuals and design firms.

The best take-away advice from the talk? Narrow your focus and deepen expertise in order to rise above the competition. By narrowing your focus, you’ll begin to see unmet needs in the marketplace. Make a choice; don’t stay in the “mushy middle [ground]” that sits between a marketing-based and production-based organization. The mushy middle designer will soon become a thing of the past.

GDC Welcomes 35 new VCC Students

The GDC would like to offer a warm welcome to the following student members: Hollis Barnsley, Yin Hsuan (Ruby) Chang, Corbin Ching, Iakovos (Jack) Chonodroyannos, Laura Copes, Sandra Treto De Leon, Sukhraj Dhadwal, Marie-Claude Gosselin Di Cesare, Cristine Ethier, Jason Gauthier, Jacob Gauthier, Zahra Hosseinkhan, Zarah Jaocb, Kayla Knowles, Luis Eduardo Rios Loya, Diane Lozada, Danielle Mah, Joanne McCuaig, Kimberly McGilvray, Emily Nghiem, Nam (Laurie) Nguyen, Leah Nilson, Christina Ok, Tariq Omar, Jessica Raynor, Gerald Rivera, Bindu Sadder, Jesse Silvea, Amber Simpson, Karen Siu, Jane Tang, Guzin Taskiran, Veronica Tietzsch, Traci Wong, Jaime Zuchotzki.

For information on membership, whether you are a student, graduate, practicing professional, or design associate click here for more information.

“My name is Leo Obstbaum, and I am a dreamer.” Remembering Vancouver 2010’s Design Director

Leo Obstbaum, Design Director for VANOC 2010 Olympics

My friend and colleague Leo Obstbaum, the creative mastermind behind the designs of the Vancouver Olympic Games, died suddenly in his home of natural causes in the early hours of Friday, August 21st. He left behind his beautiful wife Monice and young daughter Dakota. He was just 40 years old—the same age as I am.

Leo and I spoken numerous times that week and even had plans to meet that day after work to catch up over drinks and discuss a presentation he’d been preparing about his work on the Olympics. It was a talk he hoped to refine and present during Icograda Design Week Vancouver next spring. I’ll never forget hearing the tragic news and trying to come to terms with the fact that my friend was suddenly gone. It really shook me up. As devastated as I felt, I couldn’t imagine the feeling of loss his family was enduring.

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GDC BC has grown… again

GDC BC is happy to welcome 4 New MGDC + 1 New LGDC members.

Congratulations go out to:

Greg Allen - MGDC
Adam Ball - MGDC
Thomas Keenoy - MGDC
Mina Radivojevic - MGDC
Sue Ward - MGDC
Amanda Weedmark - LGDC

The GDC will be having its fourth review in late November.
Stay tuned and get your portfolio’s prepped!

Succeeding as a Designer in Today’s Marketplace

How do designers work in a time when a company can buy a logo off the internet, or request spec work under the guise of a crowdsourced contest?

Join the GDC/BC as we welcome Blair Enns, author of Win Without Pitching, to the Westin Bayshore Hotel on Thursday, November 5th. This event will begin at 7:30 am with a delicious breakfast, followed by a talk that will focus on the reality of design in today’s marketplace. Blair will share valuable information on how to thrive as a designer and how to deal with the RFP process: its pros and cons, strategies for coping with today’s challenges in the marketplace and how to gain new clients without first parting with ideas or sacrificing respect.

Westin Bayshore Hotel
Thursday, November 5th
7:30 - 9:30 am
GDC members $35/Non-members $45
(cost includes breakfast)

Register now on GDC.net

This event continues in our ongoing series of breakfast speakers and we’re always open to feedback. Is there anyone in the communications world that YOU’D like to hear? Let us know!

About Blair Enns
Blair Enns is the founder of the Win Without Pitching movement and a business development adviser to marketing communication agencies. Through his global consulting practice Enns works with principals and personnel of independently-owned design firms, ad agencies and public relations practices.

Enns lectures widely, addressing advertising, design and public relations audiences throughout the English-speaking world. He operates from a remote mountain location near the tiny Victorian village of Kaslo, British Columbia, Canada.

You can read more about his company and its ideology here

The GDC/BC proudly supports two great upcoming Emily Carr University of Art + Design events

The GDC/BC invites you to attend the first of Emily Carr University’s Fall 2009 Speakers Series this Wednesday, October 7th featuring Roy Matich. Roy develops marketing communications solutions for Fortune 500 companies in technology, financial services, telecommunications, manufacturing and retail markets. His past positions include Global Director of Interactive at Starbucks and Executive Creative Director at FITCH, a global design consultancy based in the UK.

Emily Carr University offers a diverse mix of world-renowned creatives each semester in order to educate the audience and invite participation. The Speaker Series aims to promote interactive discussion surrounding current issues in contemporary art, design and media. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, October 7th, 7 pm
South Building Lecture Hall, Room 301
Emily Carr University of Art and Design
1400 Johnston Street, Granville Island
Visit www.ecuad.ca for a full list of guest lectures.

Emily Carr University’s ‘Design Essentials’ Grad Show presented by BCIT

Wednesday, October 21st, 5 to 8 pm
Radical Entertainment
8th Floor, 369 Terminal Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6A 4C4

The dna BCIT Digital Arts Grad Show will feature student work from the Design Essentials (partnering BCIT with Emily Carr University), New Media and Animation programs. For more information on the show, visit www.bcit-dna2009.com

For more information on Emily Carr University’s ‘Design Essentials’ program or other Continuing Studies visit www.ecuad.ca or contact Amy Clausen at aclausen@eciad.ca.

Freedom on the Fence Documentary

Freedom on the Fence is a documentary project about the history of Polish posters and their significance to the social, political and cultural life of Poland.

Examining the period from WWII through the fall of Communism, Freedom on the Fence captures the paradox of how this unique art form flourished within a Communist regime. The documentary contains interviews with older and younger generations of poster artists, examples of past and current poster work, historic and current film footage of where and how the poster is viewed, and commentaries from both American and Polish scholars and artists on the significance of the Polish poster as a cultural icon. Read the rest of this entry »

The Look of the Book

For centuries book lovers have known that books are more than words on paper. If you are one of those people then you won’t want to miss these masters exploring the art of the book.

Robert Bringhurst, Audrey NiffeneggerAnik See and Seth

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Jamer Hunt | Why Transdisciplinary Design? Why Now?

Emily Carr University of Art + Design is pleased to present a public lecture, The Transdisciplinary Nature of Design by Jamer Hunt of Parsons the New School for Design.

Jamer Hunt is the Chair of Urban and Transdisciplinary Design at Parsons, where is he developing a new graduate program in Transdisciplinary Design. Previously, he served for seven years at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia as Director of the Masters Program in Industrial Design.

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Graphex Exhibit in Beijing during World Design Congress

Icograda’s World Design Congress “XIN”, being held in Beijing next month is gaining steam and shaping up to be on of the most impressive and memorable design events in our lifetime—and GDC will be there.

Representing designers from across Canada, the winning entries from Graphex 2008: the Best of Visual Communications in Canada will be featured as an official exhibit from October 24–November 4 at the Gallery of the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University in Beijing. Read the rest of this entry »

Common Thread Poster Exhibition

From Brazil and Bulgaria to Sweden and Singapore, worldwide graphic designers are uniting for an exhibition exploring their emotional ties with various countries. Common ThreadOctober 7 to 17 at Emily Carr University of Art and Design on Granville Island – will feature 20 posters showcasing work from respected contemporary designers such as Namibia’s Frauke Stegmann, Henrik Kubel of London’s A2-Graphics and Silnt from Singapore.

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SPARK Animation ‘09

Celebrating Inspiration & Innovation

Our friends at Vancouver ACM SIGGRAPH are proud to announce SPARK Animation ‘09, their yearly roundup of instruction, insight and inspiration for animation fans and professionals. The conference runs from September 16-20 at the Vancouver International Film Centre, with select presentations at the Opus Vancouver Hotel (Opus Room). They’ve got 9 films, dozens of industry speakers and a fabulous festival party on Saturday night – don’t miss it!

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