ICOGRADA ENDORSES GRAPHEX '08: THE BEST OF VISUAL COMMUNICATION IN CANADA

24 June 2007
Montreal (Canada) - As part of the GDC's mandate to create an ongoing archive of Canadian design, Graphex'08 is a national event , - open to all designers across Canada. A travelling exhibit will be launched in May 2008 to showcase the winning work across Canada.
Montreal (Canada) - Since 1977, excellence in Canadian communication design has been celebrated at Graphex. This biennial competition showcases the best of cultural, social and business communications - in all mediums. As part of the GDC's mandate to create an ongoing archive of Canadian design, Graphex'08 is a national event , - open to all designers across Canada. A travelling exhibit will be launched in May 2008 to showcase the winning work across Canada.

Graphex thrives on learning from and rewarding those designers who are addressing increasingly complex and diverse creative challenges through smart alliances. It is these partnerships with other media experts that yield communication materials for our clients that are appropriate, effective, thought-provoking, and above all, worthy of being recognised.

The Graphex '06 theme was "Searching for the Canadian in Design" with a look of Canadian flora and insect fauna, and a mosquito as a mascot, the main theme raised the question about Canadian design. The theme for Graphex'08 will be announced in the coming months and will be an inspirational celebration of the unique aspects of the design profession in Canada.

Discovering new and emerging talent

Every two years Graphex invites passionate communication designers, web designers, typographers, photographers, illustrators, art directors, ad agencies, printers, writers and clients from across Canada to submit their very best published work.

All Canadians are eligible to enter, with discounts given to professional members of design associations such as GDC, RGD and SGDQ. All submissions must be accompanied by an explanation of the design criteria stating the challenges or requirements of the project and the rationale for the design solution to be eligible.

Categories

The competition is broken into categories, with awards given for the best in each. Categories include:
- Advertising
- Annual Reports
- Editorial/Magazine
- Books
- Brochures
- Calendars
- Catalogues
- Logos
- Corporate Identity
- Stationery
- Invitations
- Manuals
- Multimedia
- Websites
- Packaging
- Posters
- Self Promotion
- Signage
- Environmental
- Type Design
- Other

National Campaign

A nation-wide Call For Entries - designed by reknowned Canadian advertising agency Rethink Communications - is scheduled for launch in summer 2007 with a deadline for entries of 9 November 2007.

After the Gala Awards Event at the prestigious Vancouver Club, the winning exhibit will be on prominent display for two weeks at the Pendulum Gallery in the HSBC building din Vancouver's bustling downtown financial district. This will be followed by an extended exhibit at the Roundhouse Gallery in Vancouver's Yaletown.

The Graphex'08 winning exhibit will then spend much of 2008 and early 2009 touring across Canada on a multi-city promotional tour supported by the regional chapters of GDC in every major city.

To celebrate and archive the awards, all winners will be reproduced in a beautiful, 128 page awards catalogue and distributed across Canada to all GDC members, all winners and sold to the public on gdc.net.



For further information please contact:

Mark Busse
T: +1 604 737 1958
F: +1 604 737 4347
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W: www.gdc.net

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