Cover: Paris Summers' Award Winning Work

2020 National Scholarship Winners Announced

GDC and the GDC Foundation proudly announce the winners of the 2020 Scholarship Awards.  

About the GDC Foundation Cheryl Lynn Rutledge Northern Indigenous Student Award

This national scholarship was created through a generous donation from Mark Rutledge CGD, to support an indigenous design student pursuing an education in graphic/communication design at a Canadian post-secondary college/university. This scholarship is established in honour of Mark’s mother, Cheryl Lynn, who was his support and inspiration and who passed away in 2016.

2020 Cheryl Lynn Rutledge Northern Indigenous Student Award Winner

Paris Summers
Paris Summers, recipient of the 2020 Cheryl Lynn Rutledge Northern Indigenous Student Award.

Paris Summers
Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, BC
Instructors: John Belisle, Michael Cober

Paris identifies as Cree and Métis.

"My family has a strong history of Canadian Indigenous descent that came long before the Mayflower."

"My future goals are to grow my clientele and earn a name for myself as a successful graphic designer and will someday move towards a field that focuses on nature preservation."

—Paris Summers

 


 

Residential School Infographic
Residential School Infographic, Paris Summers
Residential School Infographic
Residential School Infographic, Paris Summers

Judges’ comments:

"Demonstrates exceptional visual control of the narrative within the infographic piece. Overall, nice work in both instances."

"Very powerful letter with her family's story. Really strong project samples. The Indigenous Storybook is particularly powerful, but also nicely designed with appropriate imagery and typography. The Atlas app was really well done too, especially from a UX design perspective."

 

2020 Cheryl Lynn Rutledge Northern Indigenous Student Award Honourable Mention

Lex Cutler
Lex Cutler, Honourable Mention 2020 Cheryl Lynn Rutledge Northern Indigenous Student Award.

Lex Cutler
Alberta University of the Arts, Alberta
Instructors: Louis Garcia, Madeline Mackay, Naoko Masuda

Lex is Ojibwe, from the Cote First Nation community.

"As an indigenous student of the Cote First Nation whose grandmother and many aunts and uncles were forcibly taken from their homes and put into Birtle Residential school, it is my aim and utmost desire to be able to give back to First Nations communities."

"By offering my design work and my visual communication skills as a voice to help amplify and draw attention towards important issues within Indigenous communities, I strive to present real-world problems to the public in a way that is both engaging, and thought provoking."

—Lex Cutler


 

Lex Cutler Work
Lex Cutler
Lex Cutler Work
Lex Cutler

Judges’ comments:

"Really strong letter with a powerful story about her family and the residential school experience. Her design work is really strong too, very graphic in nature.”


About the GDC Foundation UX Design Scholarship

This national scholarship is available for a promising visual or interactive design student in first to the third year who exhibits passion and proficiency in the area of experience design. This scholarship encourages students to take a user-centric approach to interactive design while exploring the design process in its many forms. The scholarship is donated by former GDC member, Ryan P. Senger.

2020 UX Design Scholarship Award Winner

Emma Sun, recipient of the 2020 GDC Foundation UX Design Scholarship.

Emma Sun
Capilano University, BC
Project: TimeWise
Instructor: Christina Lee Kim Koon 

“I aspire to create meaningful work that colours the world just a little bit brighter, and to be able to reach that goal, I work to constantly learn and improve from my mistakes.”

"My ideal future career is one I can be passionate about, where I am allowed artistic freedom and am challenged to grow. I want my work to aid others, so that they may go about their daily lives just a little more positively."

— Emma Sun


 

Concept development, Emma Sun
Concept development, Emma Sun
Emma Sun
Concept development, Emma Sun

Judges’ comments:

"Warm and enjoyable app. Fairly straight forward approach, not overly complicated which can often be admirable traits. Lovely well considered UI."

"Well done. Fantastic letter. Short, succinct and impactful. Thorough research and very good articulation of why decisions were made. Perfectly appropriate illustration and design style. Extremely readable yet sophisticated design solution. The case study itself was nicely designed as well."

2020 UX Design Scholarship Award Honourable Mention

Valeriya Kim, Honourable Mention 2020 GDC Foundation UX Design Scholarship.

Valeriya Kim
Capilano University, BC
Project: ami
Instructor: Christina Lee Kim Koon 

“What I love about UX design is that it allows me to integrate my knowledge from many different design disciplines to create original and compelling projects.”

"I am excited by the prospect of expanding and enriching my skillset for building efficient, engaging user experiences that serve a wide range of audiences."

— Valeriya Kim


 

ami, Valeriya Kim

Judges’ comments:

“Really nice letter. Passionate! Excellent design solutions based on the research and the target audience. The illustration style was very appropriate. The animation was a nice touch.”

“Brilliant tool. Simple delivery.”


About the GDC Foundation Ray Hrynkow Scholarship

This national scholarship is awarded to a third-year student in a Canadian four-year program whose submission has demonstrated a deep understanding of problem-solving through communication design. The Scholarship was created in honour of Ray Hrynkow, a respected Vancouver, BC design professional, teacher and GDC Fellow who passed away in 2012. It is supported by Casey Hrynkow FGDC and other donors.

One step away from joining the professional ranks, the promise of the design talent in Canada is demonstrated by the recipient providing great design for social innovation and sustainability in a robust package with a strong rationale and supporting research.

2020 Ray Hrynkow Scholarship Award Winner

Liam Kennedy
Liam Kennedy, recipient of the 2020 GDC Foundation Ray Hrynkow Scholarship.

Liam Kennedy
Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, BC
Instructor: Michael Cober

“The amount of information we are exposed to on a daily basis is all-consuming and often overwhelming. I believe clear communication and thoughtful design cut through the noise, and have the potential to elevate a project to a place where it can be truly meaningful to the target audience."

"As a designer, I strive to tell nuanced stories in an engaging manner. I am always mindful of creating responsible, compassionate, and thoughtful design, because good design is good thinking, and this project has only reinforced that in my mind.”— Liam Kennedy


 

Liam Kennedy
Liam Kennedy

Judges’ comments:

"Overall Liam did a great job at giving us a great visual overview of the historical significance of the residential school program in Canada. The typography was interesting and very well laid out. The torn papers and textures, minimal colours all helped to tell the story of the two boys that never made it back home.”

“Super typesetting, colour and information design. Illustration is unique and compelling.”

2020 Ray Hrynkow Scholarship Award Honourable Mention

Annika McFarlane, Honourable Mention 2020 GDC Foundation Ray Hrynkow Scholarship.

Annika McFarlane 
Capilano University, BC
Instructors: Judy Snaydon, Dominique Walker

“I am applying for the GDC Foundation Ray Hrynkow Scholarship because I resonate with what Ray stood for and because it would be an honour to be recognized as a designer seen fit to carry on his legacy."

"My hope is that my career will encompass just that; using my skills as a designer (and hopefully art director in the future) to communicate big ideas that make the world a better place.”—Annika McFarlane


 

Annika McFarlane
Annika McFarlane

Judges’ comments:

“Well researched and structured presentation. Strong brand expressions.”

“I loved Annika's quirky illustration style as well as the logo. She did a great job of balancing the hand lettering with simple typography. Some of the details were fun for the consumer, such as the inner label packaging and the lid statements.”

2020 Ray Hrynkow Scholarship Award Honourable Mention

Rachel Wong, Honourable Mention 2020 GDC Foundation Ray Hrynkow Scholarship.

Rachel Wong
Capilano University, BC
Instructors: Judy Snaydon, Dominique Walker

“I love solutions that are user-focused — not just aesthetically, but functionally. Although I was initially hesitant to pursue a creative career due to parental pressures and financial concerns, my thoughts have been completely changed over the past couple of years. I feel so incredibly lucky to be a part of such a large, supportive community that all shares the same passion for design as I do."— Rachel Wong


 

Rachel Wong
Rachel Wong

Judges’ comments:

“I really enjoyed the illustration style and uniqueness of the dog treats and product name: Hoppers. This project is very memorable and the sustainable materials for the pouch and tube were very well thought out.”

“Tight concepting and packaging design around an innovative product.”


The judges were Andrew Boardman CGD, Daniel McCafferty CGD, Jocelyne Saulnier CGD, Paul Tétrault CGD, and Matt Warburton CGD, FGDC. Judging took place remotely in June 2020, and was coordinated by GDC Education Chair, Aidan Rowe CGD.

Recipients receive scholarship awards that are applied directly to their tuition fees.

The GDC National Scholarship Awards are funded through the GDC Foundation and are coordinated by the GDC. Since 1956, the GDC has been dedicated to establishing professional standards and supporting design practice in the workplace and in schools.

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For information regarding GDC scholarships or other education matters please contact Aidan Rowe, GDC Education Chair.

Want to give back to your community by establishing or supporting a scholarship to honour a designer, educator or company? 
Contact Peggy Cady, GDC Foundation Committee Chair.