Cover: Poster Series by 2017 GDC Ray Hrynkow Scholarship Winner Paul Twa

2017 National Scholarship Winners Announced

GDC and the GDC Foundation proudly announce the winners of the 2017 Scholarship Awards.

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.

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

2017 GDC Foundation Ray Hrynkow Scholarship Awarded To:

Paul Twa, recipient of the 2017 Ray Hrynkow Scholarship of $1,000.

Paul Twa
Bachelor of Design Program
University of Alberta, Edmonton AB
Project: "Chestermere Utilities Incorporated”
Program Contact: Gillian Harvey, MA, CGD
Instructor, Department of Art+Design, University of Alberta

"Using design to solve complex problems between a company and audience is what intrigues me. Public relations, communication, marketing, and other fields all come in the role of a designer in this context. Becoming an intermediary means you get to listen and connect the voice of the sender with that of the target receiver."
– Paul Twa

Concept development, Paul Twa
Concept development, Paul Twa



Social Media Campaign, Paul Twa
Social Media Campaign, Paul Twa

Judges comments:

 “I thought the result was creative and insightful and further expressed how the brand could develop into other mediums. I particularly liked the interaction and social element with the selfie sticker on the mirror which adds for potential social promotion...Overall, well done!”

“Extremely creative concepts with a humorous and positive/encouraging and engaging direction and message…"

“Very well done and the execution is terrific.”



About the GDC Foundation Marc Brisbourne Scholarship for Design Research

The GDC Foundation Marc Brisbourne Scholarship supports a graduate student pursuing research with a focus on the field or discipline of visual communication in Canada at a Canadian post-secondary institution at a Masters or Doctoral level. It was created through a generous donation from the GDC Alberta North Chapter. This national scholarship is provided in honour of Marc Brisbourne LGDC, MacEwan University Chair of Design Studies who passed away in 2013. This is the final year of the award.

2017 GDC Foundation Marc Brisbourne Scholarship for Design Research Awarded To:

Photo: Cory Johnn Photography
Sarah Jackson, recipeint of the 2017 Marc Brisbourne Scholarship of $1,000. (Photo: Cory Johnn Photography)

Sarah Jackson, MDes candidate
Department of Art & Design
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

Submission: “In search of feminist design: Using feminist performance art as a tool for building empathy in designers."

Jakson proposes an interesting exploration. "How does the objectification of women and cultural stereotypes of the feminine affect the way we design? How can we, as designers, shift our perspectives (and therefore the way we design) around these issues? Through my Master's research at the University of Alberta, I intend to explore if repeated exposure to feminist performance art—through burlesque—can meaningfully affect the way that graphic designers interact with and perceive visual imagery of women."

The submission garnered the following comments from the judges:

“I believe the topic is a worthy one, although it is relatively unusual as far as the area of inquiry is concerned, it is an interdisciplinary topic that will borrow methods from research-creation and feminist criticism, which is quite ‘new’ in terms of approach to research methodology. I think it may yield interesting results.”

“The subject matter (objectification of women and cultural stereotypes affect design) could be controversial to some, but I find it very interesting in discovering diverse ways to interpret different types of femininity in design.”

“Well organized, succinct presentation of information. Very interesting area of study.”

Sarah Jackson is an award-winning illustrator, designer and art director in Edmonton. Her work has won Distinction and Gold ACE Awards, Redgee Design Awards and she has been featured in Avenue magazine, Alberta Venture and Design Edge magazine. She is a past board member for the Graphic Designers of Canada and the Advertising Club of Edmonton (2013-2015).

The judges were Susan Colberg CGD, FGDC, Naoko Masada CGD, Marga Lopez CGD and Jim Hudson CGD. Judging took place March 6-17.

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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