What to enter: any project that applies unique and visionary solutions to the design process, products or interactions.
Brian Banton RGD, Visual Designer for Oculus VR at Facebook Reality Labs in Menlo Park, CA
A multidisciplinary designer, originally from Toronto, ON, Brian has worked as a Senior Designer at Pentagram in NYC, a Principal Designer at Frog Design’s Brooklyn office before going to Facebook. After completing a Master’s Degree in design in Toronto, Brian designed award-winning books, identity systems and motion graphics for cultural and non-profit institutions, before heading to the US.
What I'll be looking for:
For this category I will be looking for innovative thinking. Whether it's the ideation of a new product, the development of a new way of making or the thoughtful exploration of how people might interact with a new technology, your work should endeavour to solve a real world problem in an unexpected way. A rigorous approach to research and creative exploration should be evident in your final solution.
Genevieve is a design leader at Canada Post Digital with more than 15years experience in communication and UX design. She is passionate about empowering designers, as well as working collaboratively to help users, teams, communities and organizations succeed. A strong believer in all things human-centred, she enjoys the challenge of helping enterprise-sized teams incorporate user research and interaction design best-practices into the development of better digital products. Geneviève holds a Bachelor of Communication Design from Emily Carr University of Art and Design and a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Allison University.
Cody Sennyuen, Senior Designer at Quake Creative & Design in Toronto
“Some people grow up loving art because of the history and stories behind different styles. Personally, I just really loved colours. Design gave me an opportunity to create something colourful, bold, and timeless. That's what inspired me to pursue graphic design as a career and I'm happy I did.”
Cody graduated from Humber College's Graphic Design program in 2016 and has been on a wild ride since. He's showcased his skills on big brands like Miller Lite and McDonald's, and has received awards from Cannes, The One Show, the Clios, the LIAs and Communication Arts.
What advice would you give to a Student who is considering entering and specifically entering in this category.
My one piece of advice would be to really try and push your limits. I’s really important to play and experiment with design.
Cai Sepulis RGD, Freelance Illustrator & Co-owner/Founder of TOQUE Magazine in Guelph, ON
Cai’s work has made a dent in the region in her over 15 years in the field. Working primarily in branding and packaging, Cai has designed countless beer labels, coffee bags and logos where her vibrant whimsical designs are hard to miss. Cai’s current major project is TOQUE, an award-winning publication in design which features restaurants, travel and lifestyle in the Golden Horseshoe.
What I look for in winning work:
Personally, I love seeing something that inspires me... Something unique that catches my attention with clean and clear execution – and gives me that pang of ‘Oh, why didn’t I think of that?’