Cover: QMUNITY by Ata Ojani

2018 GDC National Scholarship Winner Announced

Ata Ojani awarded GDC Foundation Ray Hrynkow Scholarship

About the GDC Foundation Ray Hrynkow Scholarship

This national scholarship is awarded to student entering third or fourth year 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.

2018 GDC Foundation Ray Hrynkow Scholarship Awarded To:

Ata Ojani recipient of the 2018 Ray Hrynkow Scholarship of $1,000.

Ata Ojani
Bachelor of Design Program
IDEA School of Design,
Capilano University
Project: "Qmunity”
Program Contact:  Vida Jurcic

"This multi-platform campaign is created for LGBTQ/2S individuals and their allies. It’s purpose is to showcase QMUNITY as a queer resource for folks who are closeted, curious or have no community to speak to.

I am truly grateful to be chosen as the recipient for this award. It's an honour to receive a scholarship that emphasizes the use of socially conscious design. In coming up with projects, I try to engage my sociological imagination and I am interested in representation that reflects the diversity of our community."  – Ata Ojani

Below, QMUNITY Campaign by Ata Ojani: social media, bus shelters, bathroom mirror decals.

Judges comments:

 “Effective work, nice design and fits the brief.”
“Solution provided an engaging campaign that would allow people to see themselves within the Q and therefore the community.”
“Eye-catching bright colour combination. Interesting idea to make the Q into a frame where people can see themselves."

The Cheryl Lynn Rutledge Scholarship and the UX Design Scholarship were not awarded this year.