At a 50th anniversary reception for Icograda hosted on Sunday, 17 November by Montréal International and Mission Design, Robert L. Peters was honoured to receive the Icograda Achievement Award. As the inscription reads, “The Icograda Achievement Award is the highest recognition granted by Icograda to designers for their contribution to the profession.”
Icograda is the world body for professional communication design. It is a non-profit, non-partisan, member-based network of independent organisations and stakeholders working within the multidisciplinary scope of communication design and expanded media. Founded in 1963, Icograda actively promotes the value of design practice, thinking, education, research and policy, representing more than 200 organisations in 67 countries and regions globally.
Carisa Romans, a senior designer at Circle, has accepted a Marketing Coordinator position at the University of Manitoba within the internal Marketing Communications Office.
Carisa first joined us in 1998 (upon her graduation from Red River College), and then re-joined Circle in 2010, several lovely children (Aiden and Lauryn) and a few other design positions later. Besides her passion for design, Carisa’s interests are broad-ranging, including a long-time volunteer role with Manitoba Theatre Centre, reading, and the crafting of exquisite cakes and cookies through Sugarcrumb Confections, a couture baking and catering venture she founded in 2007.
Anyone who has had the privilege of working with Carisa knows her as smart, kind, talented, well-spoken, fashionable, and of course beautiful… though we will miss her, we wish her nothing but the very best in her new role!
A copy of the book Design Firms Open for Business arrived at our studio today… we’re happy that Circle has been included in this compilation of 40-some design studios and offices “large and small, from San Francisco to Seoul.” We thank Steven Heller and Lita Talarico for inviting Circle to be a part of this book.
As the back cover text describes, “Interviews with the studios’ principals reveal the inner workings… offering keen insights into the designer-client relationship, business strategy, sustainability… among other fundamental questions. Profusely illustrated with photos of workspaces, staff, and original designs, this book provides an array of successful models for those looking to start their own ventures as well as experienced professionals in search of fresh ideas.”
View a larger version of the photos above by clicking on the image. You can read/download a transcript of the Q&A text here.
“In Design Firms Open for Business, the proprietors of small, medium, and large design firms respond to questions that are rarely asked. Their answers form an invaluable blueprint for anyone wishing to start a design studio.” —Adrian Shaughnessy, Designer and Writer
“Pulls back the curtain on design enterprise in a way that’s both revealing and inspiring. Browse it for the office snapshots; keep it for the real-world advice.” —Allan Chochinov, Editor-in-Chief, CORE77; Chair, School of Visual Arts MFA Products of Design Program
ISBN: 978-1-58115-930-1 | Allworth Press, New York
Circle is pleased to play a role in the launch of Concordia’s largest fundraising campaign to date… unveiling a drive to raise $45 Million for a new world-class health and fitness centre in the north-east corner of Winnipeg. The campaign went public last Friday, at Concordia Foundation’s 30th Annual Gala Fundraising Dinner.
Circle was engaged to design an identity for the state-of-the-art facility, as well as to create marketing tools (literature, exhibit, etc.) and a website for the initiative. Learn more about this exciting project here.
Images (top down) – The Concordia Health & Fitness Centre identity designed by Circle. Conceptual renderings by LM Architectural Group of the exterior, lobby atria, and gym areas. The website design features a “responsive” interface designed to optimize user experience based on the specific viewing device being used.
The Circle team is proud to congratulate our designer colleague Adrian J.K. Shum, CGD, who has just taken on the mantle of President of GDC Manitoba (see a listing of other GDC Chapter executive members across Canada here).
Founded in 1956, the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC ) is Canada’s national certification body for graphic and communication designers, establishing professional standards and actively regulating professional conduct. The GDC is a member-based organization of design professionals, educators, administrators, students and affiliates in communications, marketing, media and design-related fields. The GDC’s members come together to network, grow professionally, mentor each other, show off their work, and enjoy professional fellowship and camaraderie.
It’s the final day of Movember! Congratulations to all the Mo Bros and Mo Sistas who’ve supported this year’s campaign. Total funds raised for this year’s Movember campaign exceed $102,711,000 — with Canada once again leading “donations by nation” with a whopping $32,611,833+ !!!
We’re very pleased to report that the 4-man, GDC Manitoba Movember team (comprised of Adrian J.K. Shum, Robert L. Peters, Evan Kuz, and Kirk Warren) raised over $2500! http://ca.movember.com/team/633289 — thanks again for all of your support!
Images (top to bottom): 3 out of 4 members of the GDC Manitoba Movember Team (from left to right – Evan Kuz, Kirk Warren, Adrian Shum); Carisa Romans (Sugarcrumb Confections) our Mo’Sista who showed her support by baking the team “tasteful” moustaches; the gents behind their edible ‘staches; and a composite of “past ‘staches” from Robert L. Peters (who happened to be in Europe on the final day when the other team members gathered for the end-of-Movember lunch).
Yesterday evening, Adrian J.K. Shum gave a presentation at GDC Manitoba’s Pecha Kucha Night Winnipeg – Volume 12. Adrian’s presentation was about Kyokushin Karate, and featured a live demonstration with students from the Guardian Dojo, culminating in a Tameshiwari (breaking) demonstration.
In addition to being a Senior Designer at Circle, Adrian is also actively involved with the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC), and is the current Manitoba Chapter Vice President and National Representative. Adrian recently also assumed ownership and operations for Guardian Dojo – Kyokushin Karate Canada, where he began his Kyokushin training not long after entering into the design industry.
A YouTube video of his Pecha Kucha Night Winnipeg – Volume 12 presentation has been embedded below…
Images (top to bottom): Adrian meditating before the Tameshiwari (breaking) demonstration, performing a Yoko Geri (side kick – photo via Oliver Oike), embedded video of the presentation.
On 9 October 2012, Circle’s founder/principal, Robert L. Peters, had the privilege to present Walter Jungkind (Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta and Icograda President 1974-1977) with the Icograda Achievement Award at an evening event in Edmonton organized in his honour by the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada / Alberta North Chapter.
Created in 2001, the Icograda Achievement Award honours an outstanding career. The Award may be presented to an individual or a team in recognition of outstanding and consistent achievement in the practice, education, or promotion of communication design. Recipients receive a signed certificate and an engraved trophy.
Read more about the award and Walter Jungkind via Icograda here and the GDC here.
We recently designed a “welcome” sign for the reception area of the West Central Women’s Resource Centre—a community-based initiative in the ethnically diverse West Central neighbourhood of Winnipeg. The sign incorporates 20 of the most common languages used by the centre’s constituents (Canada offers a remarkably multicultural milieu).
Earlier, Circle designed the West Central Women’s Resource Centre’s new graphic identity, stationery, interior and exterior signage, and various promotional materials.
Image: the multilingual “Welcome” we designed for WCWRC.
Adrian Shum, CGD (a senior designer here at Circle), is an active Kyokushin karateka and black-belt instructor, teaching full contact karate out of the Guardian Dojo. Kyokushin Life is Adrian’s online custom apparel shop (powered by Spreadshirt), created out of a desire for fashionable, custom branded, high-quality apparel for himself, his fellow karatekas, and fans of Kyokushin karate.
The Kyokushin Life store inventory is constantly evolving and being updated—check it out here or contact Adrian directly with any questions or special requests.
Images from top: Mas Oyama (the creator of the Kyokushin Karate style) with the distinctive calligraphic Kyokushinkai-kan kanji; Adrian’s embroidered dogi (uniform) & obi (belt); a sampling of imaged custom apparel and accessories available at the Kyokushin Life online store; a limited edition OYAMA T-shirt featuring an original illustration of the karate master by Adrian (with a nod to the iconic ‘HOPE’ poster designed by Shepard Fairey).