Annie’s contribution to designers and the design profession began as soon as she came to Canada more than twenty-five years ago. Since then she has held numerous GDC positions, promoted fair business practices for designers and has advocated for international design standards.
Over the years Annie Re has served GDC as Alberta Chapter President in 1984–1985, the National Secretary in 1985–1987, and Alberta North Secretary 1998–2002.
From 1985–87 Annie was Director of Graphic Design for the University of Alberta Hospitals. While there she won a Design Canada Award for her implementation of the Hospitals’ signage system. In May of 1991 she became Director of Print & Graphic Design Services for the Government of Alberta. In this position she developed the Visual Identity System, which included a comprehensive manual and standardization of all Government Design and Print standards. In addition, she determined the correct process and application for the Government’s Coat of Arms.
Currently she is the Director of Publications Services for the Queen’s Printer, where she has been instrumental in developing consistency and accessibility to Government Publications. She helped develop the first e-commerce Government web site in Canada, and continues to work with designers and Government departments throughout North America to encourage accessibility to information.
Annie’s lifetime contributions to design provincially, nationally and internationally have been and continue to be significant. She is currently helping to determine the feasibility of accreditation in Alberta.
“We’re honoured to know her and indebted to her for all that she has done for our profession,” says Sylvia Rigakis, past-president of the Alberta North Chapter of GDC. “She has set a standard of commitment, involvement and dedication that will inspire other graphic designers for many years to come.”