Graphic Communications Management (GCM) Ryerson University

October 2006

School of Graphic Communications Management
Ryerson University, Toronto
October 2006

Welcome to the October, 2006 newsletter. Our bi-monthly newsletter provides news and updates from the School of Graphic Communications Management (GCM), Ryerson University, Toronto. Previous versions of this newsletter are available FebruaryAprilJune, August.

This issue we report on the CPIA Conference and describe our use of Remote Director soft proofing technology. We do not want to spam you, so if you do not wish to receive this newsletter please reply with unsubscribe in the subject line.

CPIA Conference, Vancouver 2006
A large team from Ryerson University attended this year’s CPIA Conference at the Sutton Place Hotel in Vancouver, 14-16 September. The Canadian printing industry converged on Vancouver to hear David Friesen deliver a keynote address. Chris Kular made a presentation on “Benefits of a Formalized Training Program”. Abhay Sharma and Chris Kular also described recent developments in colour management in a talk entitled “Colour Management and Remote Colour Proofing”. Dinner was held at the spectacular setting of the Vancouver Aquarium where Michael Makin (PIA/GATF) enjoyed a drink with the beluga whales! Don Gain and Loretta Puckrin conducted a fantastic auction to raise money for the Scholarship Trust fund. In 2007 the CPIA comes to Toronto.

From back left: Ward Griffin (CPIA), Chris Kular, Dean Daniel Doz, Mary Black, Abhay Sharma, Assoc Dean Gillian Mothersill. Photo credit Brian Ellis, Heidelberg Canada.

CPIA Scholarship Trust Fund
The Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund recently announced national scholarships for 2006-07. These scholarships are awarded to future leaders of the printing industry and require a grade point average of 3.0 and a successful interview with a nominated industry representative. 25 new scholarships were awarded this year, Ryerson was pleased to receive 16, the others going to our friends at BCIT and Algonquin. The scholarship amount is $1250 and is renewable for the duration of the program. We congratulate one Ryerson recipient who was awarded a Prestige full scholarship of $5,000. Ryerson and all the printing schools thank the Canadian printing industry for this investment in the future of our industry.

Ryerson adopts ICS Remote Director for Soft Proofing
Colour management and remote soft proofing are being researched and taught at Ryerson using ICS Remote Director. Students in 4th year courses GRA 704 Workflow Management and GRA743 Managing Advanced Technology are creating soft proofs and inviting the instructor to view their annotations and provide sign off approval. John Sweeney, ICS, has provided seats for every student, who create their own online proofs and calibrate their monitors using a GretagMacbeth EyeOne. The use of new technologies ensures GCM students provide added value to their future employers.

Can we demonstrate this technology to your company? We can host a seminar and practical demonstration in our Mac labs that can accommodate up to 25 participants. Contact Abhay Sharma for more details.

The Accordion Book: An Old Idea Reinvented for Digital Printing
Manfred Breede and Jason Lisi have created a prototype digitally printed accordion book. Their project traces the difference between traditional printing that prints signatures and digital printing that prints sequentially. The folding book can be read in the normal way, then flipped over to read the next set of pages. The folding book is the cheapest book to produce as it has no binding or finishing costs! Manfred presented this research at the appropriately named 4th International Conference on the Book, Emerson College, Boston,
October 20-22. The demonstration drew great interest from the attendees. Contact Manfred Breede to find out how he did

OPIA Annual Queen’s Park Day
Ryerson University was pleased to participate in the annual event at Queen’s Park on October 26th. Abhay Sharma and 4th year student Mary Huang joined industry representatives to wander the corridors of power. Tracey Preston arranged meetings with Honourable Steve Peters, Minister of Labour and Honourable Donna Cansfield, Minister of Energy and advisors to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. Items such as machine guarding, VOCs, the rising cost of energy, and the skills shortage were discussed. Brad Duguid (Liberal MPP Scarborough) revealed that his father worked in finishing for his whole life. Security was light for our group that met in Room 230 West Wing of Queen’s Park Main Legislative Building.

Ryerson partners with Friesens Yearbooks 
Friesens in Altona, Manitoba is Canada’s largest independent book manufacturer. Their Yearbook Division produces yearbooks for schools throughout the country. Ryerson is pleased to become a Friesens Yearbook Partner. Under the arrangement Ryerson gains access to Friesens yearbook students and Friesens holds workshops at Ryerson. Working with GCM alumnus Brent Bourne and Natalia Gilewicz (second from left) from Friesens we are able to address high school students attending the yearbook seminars. In September we addressed students from Scarlett Heights, Eastern Commerce, and Langstaff Secondary. The Grade 11 and 12 students were attending a 1-day yearbook seminar at Scarlett Heights. Students that are interested in producing a yearbook are likely to be interested in a career in graphic communications, so Friesens and GCM share the same target audience. Thank you Friesens for this fantastic opportunity.

Colour Management Survey Assistant Professor Jason Lisi is conducting a survey as part of his thesis paper for an MEd degree from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. Jason is trying to determine whether a complex subject that is traditionally taught through hands-on lab experiences can be successfully migrated over to an entirely online experience. In particular he is focusing on the idea of creating an online color accreditation course for professionals in the graphic communications industry. You do not need a background in color theory to participate. Please take the survey so that Jason has good data to work with. Click here to take the survey.

InDesign User Group In another project Jason Lisi has founded Canada’s first and only Adobe InDesign User Group. Jason Lisi is the Chapter Representative and the inaugural meeting was held at Ryerson University on Oct 26. Sebastian Distefano, Adobe’s product manager for InDesign, plans to hold regular meetings to support and nurture the software’s growing user base. Check out the for details of future events.

Letter to the Editor Supporting the City Centre Airport
Prof Ian Baitz had the following letter published in the Toronto Star on 28 September. “…opposing commercial flights at the island airport … would increase congestion on Toronto highways and costs and travel times for downtown travelers …. Many other cities benefit from convenient urban airports. Toronto’s multi-use waterfront must cater to diverse needs of the downtown and harbourfront communities, including those wanting to avoid Pearson for short-haul flights. Porter Airlines seeks to operate completely within an approved regulatory framework.” Congratulations Ian on publication of this Letter to the Editor, which demonstrates how Ryerson takes an interest in the downtown community we live in.

Colour Differencing Equations
Dr Martin Habekost is conducting research into colour differencing equations. Martin’s work will help us determine which Delta E equation best relates to human perception of colour. Martin brings experience from Hostmann-Steinberg and is using his “inky” background to probe various tolerancing methods and how they correspond to human perception of colour. Contact Martin to participate in his research as a volunteer. This applies also to all GCM students.

Photo: GCM student Pamela Reyes completes the Ishihara colour vision test before sorting colour chips in a light booth.

Shadi Shenouda (GCM 06), Pacific Bindery
On graduating Shadi moved to Vancouver to join Pacific Bindery. One of Pacific Bindery’s recent jobs was to finish the Ryerson student spiral bound diary. We visited Shadi and his effervescent manager Kris Bovay this summer. Here is what he had to say. “I am working on a project to implement a new estimating system (Avanti) into the company. Needless to say, the experience has been stellar and I am learning quite a bit. The company is unique as it is the largest bindery in the west coast and possibly North America. There are only a handful of binderies that have implemented a full blown estimating system and therefore, much of the system has been restructured to suit our environment. This has been the most challenging part of my work, but it does involve some scientific-type of research.” This summer Kris Bovay hired GCM students. We thank Pacific Bindery for their continued support of GCM.

Photo: Shadi Shenouda and Abhay Sharma. Photo credit Gillian Mothersill.

TV Show – November 11 at 7pm on Global Television – by GCM Alumni Ryan Lapidus 
I am a GCM alumni, class of 2001. I have an interesting update for the next newsletter, which will hopefully be circulated in early November. I have been working since graduating from Ryerson in various production management roles in the advertising/direct marketing field. I have spent the past three years as a Production Manager at Wunderman, producing innovative direct response campaigns for Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover and Wyeth, among other clients.

In my spare time, I created, pitched, co-wrote and co-produced a television documentary which will air Saturday, November 11 at 7pm on Global Television’s Global Currents documentary series. The documentary’s working title is “DecAIDS: Twenty Years of Fashion Cares”, and it follows the development of the gala fundraising event’s milestone anniversary against personal stories of people involved with the event during the past two decades. Please tune in!

Making the leap from print to television was interesting. GCM and my work experience in advertising helped me develop a creative idea into a marketable product. All the best to everyone at GCM! Regards, Ryan Lapidus.

Mary Black Recruiting Agency
Where did Mary go? After 10 glorious years at GCM, Mary has re-surfaced with a unique idea – the Mary Black Recruiting Agency. Mary is using her contacts and match-making skills to link graphic communication employees with the many successful companies that make up the Canadian printing and graphic arts industry. Mary’s new company is based at Front and Church street. Mary has already posted jobs for press operators and prepress managers, check out her site.

Job Spot
TEACHING POSITION GCM requires part-time CUPE lab instructor for 9 hours teaching on Macs using prepress software. From January 2007. Ideal for those interested in a career in teaching. Contact

PRINT PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR for a 150-person advertising agency specializing in Pharma accounts. The individual must have a minimum of 5-yrs print production experience, be on the leading-edge of technical advancements, and ideally have advertising agency experience. Candidates should have exposure to Filemaker Pro and Presto software applications. Compensation is up to $80k. Location is downtown Toronto. Contact

ESTIMATOR/PLANNER for TRI Graphic. 5yrs commercial sheetfed estimating experience. Knowledge of web printing an asset. Also vacancy for PREPRESS TECHNICIAN 5 yrs experience. Offset print applications. Proficient with both Mac and PC. Bilingual – French/English an asset. Contact

JUNIOR PRINT/STUDIO ASSISTANT/COORDINATOR Helping our print production manager from the point a project begins and we receive a brief, through estimating, managing, proofing, printing and fulfillment. Overall the candidate will be intimate with every aspect of a job if it involves our studio and/or putting ink on paper and be responsible for having info at their finger tips when required (or be able to find out the info and report back to the appropriate person). Basics and/or principals of Quark, Illustrator & Photoshop ~knowing how to talk the talk~ do you know what an EPS file is? Contact

GRAPHIC DESIGNER The individual will be responsible for production layouts and formatting of all research reports and industry studies. Will also be responsible for designing and creating promotional material, marketing material and taking on ad hoc projects as directed. Expertise in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and knowledge of Acrobat; QuarkXPress; Microsoft Office. Web design and publishing skills are an asset. Contact

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Production/traffic coordinator for a downtown design firm. Progressive position in a fast growing company. Equicom has a busy creative services department in need of a top-notch production coordinator. An ability to work and collaborate with others. Graduates of Ryerson’s Graphic Communications Management program will be strongly considered. Contact

SALES POSITIONS A large format printing company in Burlington, Ontario, called Eclipse Imaging seeks Toronto-based entry level sales position. Talented GCM students completing their studies mid-semester (December/January) who might be interested. Contact

Diary Dates
GCM Awards Evening, Ryerson, Nov 8, 2006

Print World, Direct Energy Centre, Toronto, Nov 18-20, 2006

PIA/GATF Color Management Conference, Phoenix, AZ, Dec 3-5, 2006

Magazines Canada Professional Education Event, A Hard Look at Soft Proofing, Ryerson University, Feb 22, 2007

GCM Industry Day (for potential high-school students) Tuesday, Feb 13 and Tuesday, Mar 6, 2007

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Abhay Sharma
Chair, School of Graphic Communications Management

Alumni Officers
Jamie McLeod GCM 00 
Stewart Nam GCM 00