Domtar Award for Print Design
What to enter:  any project designed to be presented in the print medium.

 

Judges

 

Gillian Goldie

Originally from the Maritimes, Gillian is an award-winning graphic designer who lived in Fiji and Australia and has since settled back home in New Brunswick. With 15 years experience, she confidently creates new visual experiences with the use of strategy and design, taking good ideas to great ones. Since coming-from-away and swapping g’days for right-goods, Gillian has worked as a creative problem solver on a variety of campaigns for television, web and print, including logo development and children’s books. Gillian leads the creative development for all of Bonfire’s clients.
 
What advice would you give to a student who is considering entering and specifically entering in this category:
One thing I wish that had been drilled into my head as a student is: be brave; dare to put your work out there. Don't be afraid of criticism and critique - it's almost never personal - and almost always makes you grow as a designer. It will make you better, I promise.

 


Kelly Hartman, Creative Director, Graphic Designer, CGD

Kelly is incredibly passionate about design and typography but always when it aligns with a strong strategy. Her portfolio ranges from brand work to an extensive editorial body of work. She currently has 54 design awards including AIGA, Applied Arts and Graphex, to name a few. She has been a frequent judge for the JUNOS Awards which supports her passion for music. 


What will you be looking for from the entrants?

“I will be identifying winning work that has a strong foundation (research + strategy) and where there is an obvious rationale behind the design. Does the work speak to its intended reader in a meaningful and memorable way? Is it skillfully executed, unique or innovative and uses the medium (print) to engage the reader through its structure and format, choice of materials and ways of handling and navigating it (all of which need to be appropriate).

 

Susan Jones, Graphic Designer at Domtar in Fort Mill, SC

As a young girl, Susan decided on a career in art. Clemson University-bound, she trained in photography and ceramics but then redirected her creative skills to graphic design. She received a BFA degree at Clemson and gained experience designing for a variety of industries, from trading cards and publication design to television network promotion where she gained experience in motion design. Susan is now using her multi-faceted skills to promote the Domtar paper brands and facilitate new marketing strategies.

 

Capucine Labarthe, Lead Designer at Wedge in Montreal

Originally from Montreal, Capucine is an award-winning Art Director andGraphic Designer based in Berlin. In addition to her work at Wedge, she is Design Director and co-owner of Atelier Éditions, an independent publishing house. Specializing in branding and editorial design, she creates thoughtfully-crafted visual solutions across all mediums through strong use of typography and a keen eye for details. 

 
What will you be personally looking for from the entrants to identify winning work? 
In short, I'll be looking for work that is both creative and functional. Confidence, personality, and flare should also shine through the work. Plus, this might seem obvious, but I believe presentation is key when presenting creative visual work; I'll be paying close attention to that. I am looking forward to catching a small glimpse into the future leaders of our industry!
 

Gigi Lau RGD, Art Director at Harlequin Trade Publishing, a division of HarperCollins Canada in Toronto, ON

For over 15 years, Gigi has created compelling book covers for best-selling, emerging and debut authors. Books that she designed and art directed have hit The New York Times bestseller list and been recognized with national and international awards. She is committed to seeking out diverse talent and passionate about visual story-telling. Gigi sits on the RGD’s Certification Portfolio Evaluation Committee.


What will you be looking for from entrants? 

“I want the winning work to hit the target audience in the face and make them stay awhile. The winning work should have a solid understanding of layout design – from hierarchy of information, copy layout, typeface selection, image integration with copy to a successful colour palette. If it’s a multi-page piece, the consideration of visual and information flow should be clear and evident.”

 
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