q30design Award for Brand Design
What to enter: any project that involves a visual set of associations representing a company, product, service or organization.




Giulia Bonforte RGD, Senior Graphic Designer at Burrard Properties in Vancouver

Giulia was born and raised in Milan. in 2008 she started a collaborationwith the Italian fashion magazine Velvet – La Repubblica, while at the same time getting a BA in Graphic Design & Art Direction from Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano.In 2009 and 2010, she lived in London (UK)) working for a photography agency called Clm. In 2012, she moved to Vancouver, getting her second degree at the Art Institute of Vancouver. She spends most of her time drawing, creating and experimenting with new forms of art.

What will you be personally looking for the entrants?

Creativity, pure creativity. Something unexpected, never seen before,
that makes me remember you.


Zia Somjee, Co-Founder of ZAK in Vancouver, BC

Zia is one of the co-founders of ZAK – a boutique design studio specializing in visual identity development and building brands. With a mix of agency and freelance experience, Zia has seen the impact that design thinking can have over the course of a project, from pitch to final brand. In his role at ZAK, he bridges the gap between strategy and design, connecting the dots between project goals and creative solutions.


What advice would you give to a Student:

Good web design toes that fine line between being a considered visual expression of the subject matter while being functional, modular and following best practices for the web. I encourage you to present work that is able to feel exceptionally designed within all the constraints that come with the category. As with all design, cleverly using the limitations of the medium are all part of creating something wonderful. 

Tim Hoffpauir, Creative Director, Design at 123w in Vancouver, BC

Tim’s work spans an array of specializations—brand identity, packaging, advertising, publication design and information design. Tim has worked with a lot of great brands including Real Canadian Superstore, Sleeman Breweries, Athletic Canada, SFU, Canadian Pacific, Saputo, BC Hydro, Mustang Survival and Destination Canada.


What will you be personally looking for from the entrants to identify winning work?

I am looking for dynamic design solutions that are insightful, conceptual and well-crafted.


Jacqueline Wong, Designer at q30 design in Toronto, ON

Whether engaged in branding, logo design, websites or annual reports, Jacqueline has a knack for finding the ideal visual expression for an idea. She has created smart, simple and beautiful designs for clients that include the Ontario Hospital Association, North York General Hospital, the Ontario Science Centre and Foresters Financial.

What will you be looking for from entrants?

I’ll be looking for thoughtful design choices. The story behind the concept; how it is suggested in the design, and how elements complement each other to serve the intended purpose.