Special Event: "PRACTIVISM X" presented by the Graphic Designers of Canada

ico-D Members and Community are invited to join in on a day-long social activity hosted by ico-D Member Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) BC Chapter. The day will include an edition of “Practivism”, a panel discussion and a Pecha Kucha. The event is also an opportunity for networking with the local Vancouver design
community and the ico-D international community.

Please note that this is not an ico-D event and that there will be a cost of entry. Further information will be added here as we have it.

PRACTIVISM X: Igniting Societal Change Through Design

Date: Friday 29 November 2019
Time: Doors: 6:30 pm; Event start 7:00 pm
MCs: Robyn Martin and Angela Bains

Ignite your passion for design by connecting with local and international designers for an evening of inspiration and dialogue focused on radical change at GDC’s tenth Practivism* and The Jim Rimmer Community Scholarship for Design Award.

Find your spark in the meaningful stories of three designers who have applied their craft towards the service of societal good. Learn how we, as designers, can wield the power of our talents to be the catalyst for maximum impact!


Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall, Dean of Design at Ontario College of Art and Design University, is a design anthropologist, public intellectual and design advocate. She leads the Cultures-Based Innovation Initiative focused on using old ways of knowing to drive innovation processes that directly benefit communities.

Nayeli Jimenez is a graphic designer, art director, and organizer for climate justice from Mexico, based in Canada. She has dedicated most of her design career to projects related to social and environmental justice with a focus on climate resilience and opposition to fossil fuel expansion.

Michelle Nahanee is a Squamish Nation member, graphic designer, decolonizing facilitator and Indigenous change maker. She melds tradition, technology and design to change opinions, build relationships and increase understanding.

Tickets: $15 students | $20 members of GDC BC | $30 non-members. Tickets available at https://practivism2019.eventbrite.ca

Support Partners: Platinum: Hemlock Printers; Silver: Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design



HUMAN FACTOR: Design Education Pecha Kucha and World Café Round Table

Date: Friday 29 November 2019
Time: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

GDC BC invites design educators and grad students to submit topics and perspectives related to the human factor of design — from social innovation and human centred research methods, to designing for humanity and its impact on the world. Presentations will be Pecha Kucha style, 20 slides shown for 20 seconds each. They could be theoretical in nature, they could document a research project, they could detail a case study of an innovative course project, or they could present proposals for new educational models.

Submissions: Submit a 100 word description outlining your case study topic in Microsoft Word.doc format along with a single burning question for discussion at the world café style round table following the presentations. The submission must include your school affiliation. Send your submission to by October 30, 2019. 


Tickets: Free. RSVP is required as attendance is limited. Ticket link: https://gdc-educators-roundtable-2019.eventbrite.ca