Graphic Communications Management (GCM) Ryerson University

November 2009


School of Graphic Communications Management
Ryerson University, Toronto 
November 2009

Welcome to our November, 2009 newsletter. Our bi-monthly newsletter provides news and updates from the School of Graphic Communications Management (GCM), Ryerson University, Toronto. In this issue we report on some new developments in the bindery, but also some sad and shocking news relating to the death of alum Chris Skinner. Thank you for reading our newsletter and supporting Canada’s only degree in graphic communications management. All our previous newsletters are available via a link on our homepage.

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George Ryan meets Ryerson students at OPIA meeting in Toronto

George Ryan

George Ryan, President and CEO of the Printing Association of Florida was in Toronto recently to present the 2009 Technology Forecast to the Ontario Printing and Imaging Association (OPIA). On October 15, at the posh St. George’s Golf and Country Club (no jeans or cell phones), George addressed local printers and suppliers on the latest trends in print and online technologies. George summarized new products from the Print 09 Chicago show and addressed innovations in sheetfed, web offset, digital, bindery, prepress, colour management. Of course George highlighted the upcoming Graphics of the Americas show in Miami in February, 2010. Tracey Preston and OPIA member companies invited ten Ryerson students and faculty to the evening. Student Marta Wajda (left in photo) made a short presentation about the activities of the Ryerson TAGA Student Chapter. Thank you to OPIA and sponsoring companies – Domtar, Heidelberg, Presstek and Xerox for their support. We are proud of our GCM students who were sharp and smart this evening. Photo credit Jon Robinson, Print Action.

Ryerson University uses online SendMyAd portal

SendMyAd -is an intelligent ad portal that preflights ads before accepting them, greatly reducing downstream delays and problems. In the US the portal is used by Time, Meredith and other large publishers. In Canada, Gary Garland has created a Magazines Canada umbrella site to coordinate Canadian printing and publishing that includes Rogers Publishing, Transcontinental Printing, St. Joseph Print and Quarto Communications. The technology allows pdf ads to be checked for font issues, color profiles, bleed, etc. The advertiser can correct issues in real time. Blanchard Systems provides the technology behind this system and together we have created Ryerson University’s own pretend “GCM Magazine” and web portal. GCM students are using this portal to submit technically correct pdf ads as a 4th year project. We thank Magazines Canada and Blanchard Systems for providing us real world teaching examples. Contact Abhay Sharma to see if this system could be useful for you too…..

Send My Ad

Digital Photo Book

GCM Profs publish new textbook – Digital Photography for Print

So you have some great digital photos…now what? This book makes sure your images retain high quality on the printed page. Numerous texts are available on photography and digital cameras yet none have been specifically written with application to a print workflow. Digital Photography for Print addresses the many considerations of digital photography in a graphic arts workflow. In particular, the book examines such issues as equipment, file formats, image fidelity, color management, pricing, and working with printers. Dr Rich Adams led a team of GCM authors including Natalia Gilewicz, Dr Martin Habekost, Jason Lisi and Art Seto. Get your copy from the PIA store. Photo credit Jon Robinson, Print Action.

Newtec Systems donates Pakready Cutter table

Ryerson University has recently received the donation of a Pakready cutting table from Newtec Systems, Aurora, Ontario. The cutter, with a retail value of $35,000, represents an exciting opportunity as the school embarks on a number of packaging initiatives. The 33″ x 25″ table will cut carton board, flutes, paper, self-adhesive labels, liners and other materials for packaging prototypes. It can score, crease, die cut and emboss. The UK-made table accepts a cutting pattern from software systems such as ENGView or other CAD applications. “The ability to construct package prototypes from software designs is a great learning tool and prepares our students for careers in the package print and package design industries,” says Chair Abhay Sharma. “We are grateful to Newtec Systems for their donation.” See full story in Graphic Arts Magazine. Photo shows (from left) Mohammed Khaled Ahmed and Prof Stefanie Stroh from GCM shaking hands with Alex Reedman of Newtec Systems.

Pakready Cutter

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Google Car maps Ryerson University and Abhay Sharma

On May 25, researcher Samantha Dewar and Chair Abhay Sharma were returning from a meeting in the administration building when they spotted the small 4-door sedan “Google Car” driving slowly north on Victoria Street and turning right into Gould Street. A black pole extended from the center of the car and held a multiple-camera unit 6 feet in the air. As the car drove slowly by the hotdog vendor on the corner, our intrepid duo wondered if this would appear on Google Maps? Within a few days the image was posted and although the faces have been airbrushed, you can clearly see Samantha on the left and Abhay walking on the right. Google has put Ryerson University on the map – literally! Click on the live, Google map to explore the Ryerson campus.

Dr Rich Adams reports from SGIA inkjet show in New Orleans

Prof Adams is spearheading an investigation of inkjet printing technologies and applications. In the latest part of this project Rich traveled to the SGIA Specialty Graphic Imaging Association Expo, Oct 7-9, 2009 in New Orleans. This huge event showcases all the latest inkjet technologies and the wonderful range of applications that inkjet is being used for, from car wraps to furniture to clothing. Inkjet printing is applicable to many of our programs from Image Arts to Fashion. There are many new developments, for example, the vehicle for the ink may be aqueous, solvent, ecosolvent, uv-curable, latex (new from HP), etc. Traditional printers and screen printers must keep their eye on inkjet technology for proofing, large format printing and even production printing. Plan to attend this show next year – the 2010 SGIA Expo will be held October 13-15, 2010, Las Vegas. Check out more pictures of the show on Rich’s Facebook album or contact Richto get his full trip report and the inside scoop.

Rich Adams at SGIA

Shocking killing of alumnus Christopher Skinner

In the early hours of Sunday, October 18 after being beaten by a group of men, Chris Skinner was run over by a black SUV and later died of his injuries. Chris was a graphic designer and GCM graduate from 2006 who was out celebrating his sister’s birthday and on his way home when the incident occurred in Adelaide and Victoria Street area in downtown Toronto. The shocking nature of the event has galvanized friends, family and the community. On October 25, more than 1,000 people marched silently with candles in hand to hold a vigil at the spot where Chris was killed. The incident has been front page news in the Canadian press and CCTV footage of the incident have been broadcast on YouTube and other media outlets. Our condolences go out to Chris’s fiance, his sister and his family. Video courtesy Deviant Productions.

Arash Ataeian

Arash Ataeian joins GCM as Research Associate

Arash Ataeian has joined GCM as a full-time Research Associate in the area of color physics and imaging. Arash holds BS and MS degrees in Textile Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology, Iran. One of the exciting projects that Arash will work on is the investigation of optical brightening agents in clothing. In a joint project with the Schools of Fashion and Theatre, Arash will dye clothes with an optical brightening agent. During the annual fashion show, the clothes will be warn by models on the runway, and be illuminated by visible and UV light sources. The UV light will cause the models clothes to change color as the model walks up and down the catwalk. Can we look at industrial print problems for you? With our new full-time Research Associate we are able to consider research problems facing the commercial printer. Contact Arash Ataeian for an informal discussion.

GCM grad joins Graphic Arts Magazine

2009 GCM grad, Kristen Reid, has done some excellent work in her first job at Graphic Arts Magazine, a Canadian trade publication. Kristen has published a number of review articles and also presented a series of videos to support the coverage of different Canadian suppliers at Print 09. Click on this YouTube video to see Kristen interviewing Fujifilm’s Tony Karg, discussing what products his company brought to its booth in Chicago. Congratulations Kristen – make sure you report GCM events – see Kristen Reid and Graphic Arts Magazine at Graphics Canada, Booth 2011.

Scholarship Winner

Christina Alcena receives scholarship from President and Provost

The Terence Grier Entrance Scholarship honours the achievements of Ryerson’s Terence Grier, President from 1988-1995, in particular his leadership through a period of profound change at Ryerson, culminating in the acquisition of university status for the institution. The scholarship is valued at full tuition for one year. The recipient of the scholarship this year is GCM student – Christina Alcena (middle), pictured here with current Ryerson President Sheldon Levy (left) and Provost Alan Shepard (right). A special reception to congratulate the recipients of the 2009 Terence Grier and other entrance scholarships was held on September 24th, 2009 at the Queen and Beaver Public House, 35 Elm Street. Photo courtesy Dario Ruberto.

RIT offers scholarship to GCM alumni

The School of Print Media at RIT is offering a scholarship under the Partner’s Scholarship Program to alumni of Ryerson University. For the past few years, RIT has offered a selected GCM student a scholarship of up to 50% tuition remission when that student enrolls in RIT’s on-campus MS program. With the current economic downturn, RIT now seeks to expand that offer to include a recent graduate of our program! Are you an alum of GCM? Have you thought about going back to school? Even if you studied other topics such as photography, image arts or one of the technical science disciplines, this opportunity is open to you. Check out the RIT admissions website or contact Dr Scott Williams at RIT or Dr Abhay Sharma at Ryerson University for further details.

RIT Campus


2009 Ontario Universities Fair

During the weekend of 25-27 September, crowds of students and families descended to the annual Ontario Universities Fair (OUF) at the Metro Convention Center, Toronto. Attendance reached record highs with 116,300 visitors over three days, an increase of over 8,000 from last year. GCM faculty and staff answered questions from high school students and their parents on the content of our program and the job opportunities in print and graphic communications. GCM this year received 825 applications for 135 places – and if the OUF is any indication – this trend will continue. GCM offers great career pathways – do you know somebody who is interested in our program but could not attend the Fair? Join the Discover Ryerson Dayson Nov 5 or Nov 12 to tour our building and see our facilities. Thank you to all faculty and staff who represented Ryerson University and the GCM program. Photo shows Assoc Chair Ian Baitz hidden in the melee.

Prof Seto upgrades bindery and introduces new award

Drawing on his previous experience in Western Canada, ProfArt Seto has brought in a number of hands-on units to the GCM bindery lab. Students will now use a padding press, foil stamping, hand stitching, hole punch, table-top folder, laminator, poly bagging, etc. This summer Art scoured the internet and bought new or second-hand devices to re-equip our bindery room. Art has also established an award for the “Best Bound Book”. The $500 award will commence in the 2009-2010 academic year and will be awarded annually to the student who produces the best case bound book. Photo shows Prof Seto helping a student master the technique of clean foil stamping. Thank you Art for giving the bindery the recognition it deserves!


JOB SPOT (When responding please mention the GCM Newsletter)

USER INTERFACE ARTIST The User Interface Artist is a member of the art team. He or she is involved in the day-to-day creation of UI assets either as part of a project or for the studio generally. 3 or more years User Interface creation experience in a video game production environment. Graphic Design and Desktop Publishing experience. Experience with Scaleform, Gameface or any other vector based UI creation tools. Job Details: <> Contact Ambaka Hodkinson, Bedlam Games Inc, (Received September 21)

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Jam is a full-service Direct Marketing agency that prides itself on bringing together the best in creativity and analytics to deliver outstanding results for our clients. We are currently expanding and seeking an individual who demonstrates passion and integrity, and is eager to learn the production aspects of direct marketing. If candidates are interested in applying for the position, please have them forward a cover letter and resume to Faith Shintani via email to (Received September 25)

WEBSITE DEVELOPER We require a website developer. We have carefully researched the style and content that we want to incorporate into our site and would love to work with a graduate of Ryerson. Your help in this endeavour would be greatly appreciated. My contact information is 905-844-8805. Contact Colleen Paterson (Received October 6)

JONES PACKAGING Jones Packaging, a world class provider of premier packaging solutions and innovations, has an opening for a Client Support Associate in our Consumer Packaging Division at our London, ON facility. The Client Support Associate (CSA) is the communication link between the client, sales and our internal stakeholders ensuring correct product is delivered in a timely manner. Minimum 3 years client support experience required. Previous SAP order entry experience would be definite asset. Please apply with cover letter, resume and salary expectations: Manager, Human Resources Jones Packaging Inc. 3000 Page Street London, Ontario N5V 5H3 E-mail: Confidential Fax: 519-659-5470. (Received October 6)

ESTIMATING COORDINATOR Brant Screen Craft. Receives quotation requests from sales staff and the estimates prepared. Receives and checks purchase orders for printing and imaging jobs. Compute and verify cost estimates and price summaries for specified jobs, and presents prepared estimates. Related Education: Ryerson University, Graphic Communications Management, Marketing. Please contact Lance Prichard (HR Manager) October 8)

PRINT PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Responsible for controlling the flow and quality of assigned print work through our clients, working directly with Account Managers, Sales, Creative and Production. Creates production timetables in coordination with the Manager and outside vendors who are handling fulfillment for all assigned work. Excellent computer skills required to create and maintain spreadsheets for RFQs, upload and download files to and from secure ftp site. If you are the ideal candidate for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter to Christine Custodio at or Fax 905-513-6001. (Received October 13)

SYSTEMS/BUSINESS ANALYST PacBlue Printing is seeking to hire a full time Systems/Business Analyst to assist with the implementation of the Avanti MIS Print Management System. Additionally the resource will become the key Avanti system support person within the company after go-live and will have a passion for utilizing technology to help increase operational efficiency. The successful candidate will have a strong working knowledge of MIS/CIS systems and how they relate to the print industry. Vancouver. Contact Chris Campbell (Received October 14)

DIGITAL PRINT OPERATOR-GRAPHIC DESIGNER-FULL TIME This position requires someone with strong computer skills, familiar with operating systems such as Windows NT and Macintosh OS, and programs such as Microsoft Office, QuarkXPress, CorelDraw, PageMaker, and Adobe Acrobat. You are comfortable with multi-tasking and are able to prep new orders while another one is in process in the print queue. You have good communication skills to be able to translate Customer/job requirements. You are not afraid of troubleshooting, and have a strong desire to increase your production and technology skills. Ideally, you are familiar with networks and the Internet, and have experience in printing to digital b&w and colour PostScript output devices. Toronto. Email all inquires to Zahir (Received October 27)

SENIOR PRINT PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Currently our company is looking for a senior print production coordinator in the marketing department. This individual’s main responsibilities include overseeing projects from initiation through to completion, as well as analyzing our workflow to enhance our departmental efficiency. This individual will work closely with the production manager to lead the team. For more details, interested candidates should visit (Received October 28)

CUSTOMER SERVICE PROJECT MANAGER Merrill Corporation, Canada is currently seeking a Customer Service Project Manager in our Calgary location. The individual will be responsible for the financial printing filing process. Partner with clients to effectively manage complex SEDAR and EDGAR filing and printing projects. 3-5 years experience in client service driven environment. Bachelors degree preferred. Please email resume and salary requirements (Word Format) to: (Received November 2)

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Revera Inc. is currently seeking a Production Coordinator for a one-year contract. Location – Mississauga Head Office, Mississauga, ON. The Production Coordinator reports directly to the Production Manager of Advertising & Design. S/he is responsible for processing marketing requests, purchasing of marketing materials and signage, and the development of printed materials. Please forward your resume, quoting job title and salary expectations to: Deena O’Hare, HR Recruitment Assistant (Received November 2)

Diary Dates

FCAD Dean’s Lecture Series, November 10, 6:00 pm, LIB 72, 350 Victoria Street, The City As Art, Moderator: Rita Davies – Executive Director, Cultural Division, City of Toronto. Open to the public, free admission.

CPIA Strategy 09, November 11-12 , Canadian Printing Industries Association, CPIA Annual Conference, Toronto. GCM students Jamie Mace and Theeban Pathmanathan form panel discussion.

Graphics Canada, November 12-14, Graphics Canada, Canada’s Largest Graphics, Printing & Converting Show, Toronto International Center, Toronto. 248 GCM students and staff will attend the show.

GCM Annual Awards Night, November 18, Reception 5.30 pm, 125 Bond Street. Please join us in celebrating the achievements of our students. RSVP Taras Karpiuk.

Flexo Press Ribbon Cutting, December 3, 3.00 pm, 125 Bond Street, ribbon-cutting ceremony for Comco Cadet 4-colour flexo press. RSVP Taras Karpiuk.

2010 Annual Colloquium, February 2, 6.00 pm, location POD 250, 350 Victoria Street, Ryerson University. ContactNatalia Gilewicz.

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Abhay Sharma
Chair, School of Graphic Communications Management

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