Forge Media + Design Award for Logo Design: Escape

By Sydney Gittens, Natalie Smith and Alvin Zheng Provisional RGD, OCAD University, Toronto, ON


Award sponsored by Forge Media + Design



Escape is a Canadian digital music platform dedicated to amplify diverse local artists while encouraging musical exploration and experimentation. The name speaks to the genre-less music genre, Escape Room, while the identity speaks to an early internet era when the Canadian media cared about the growth of local artists.


All photos of artists and other scenes were either from Unsplash or from Google images.


Educator Support: Nick Goso and Segunda Gar



Honourable Mentions:




Nathalie Cusson, Creative Director, Design at Le Parc Design, Juniper Park \TBWA in Toronto, ON

With over 20 years experience in the advertising and design industries, Natalies’s expertise is focused on corporate identity design, editorial design and art direction, with experience in retail environment design, motion and filmmaking. She has worked on many iconic Canadian brands, including Air Canada’s enRoute Magazine, Fairmont Hotel & Resorts and Telus.


Carolyn Harman RGD, Creative Principal at Carolyn Harman Design & Graphic Designer with the City of Ottawa, ON

With over 20 years industry experience, Carolyn's career has taken her from working at a top Ottawa-based agency – to working in-house – to owning a thriving boutique studio.  She is driven by the power of design thinking, holistic strategy and clever creative. She is influential in communicating how design is not only seeing things as they are, but as they could be. She is a big thinker, and has enjoyed working with many notable brands including Chrysler, the Senate of Canada, our Canadian Forces and General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada.


Niël Havemann RGD, Senior Digital Experience Designer at Forge Media + Design in Toronto, ON

With an aptitude for clean and effective design, Niël threads his keen sensibility for user-centred design through all phases of his work. With a background in print and media design, and professional experience in brand, web and UX design, Niël has established himself as a truly multidisciplinary designer.


Shannon Hewlko, Creative Director at Roadmap Agency in Calgary, AB 

An experienced designer, strategist and entrepreneur, Shannon brings with her over a decade of knowledge on the intersection of brand and business growth. Her career began in advertising. She then opened her own business to provide clients with customized business and branding strategy.


Liz Wurzinger, Senior Designer at Subplot Design Inc in Vancouver, BC

Liz Wurzinger,(she/her) is a visual artist and Senior Designer at Vancouver's Subplot Design Inc. She grew up on the Czech/Austrian border.