Graphic Communications Management (GCM) Ryerson University

March/April 2011

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School of Graphic Communications Management
Ryerson University, Toronto
March/April 2011


Welcome to our March/April 2011 newsletter. Our bi-monthly newsletter provides news and updates from the School of Graphic Communications Management (GCM), Ryerson University, Toronto. 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.


New iPhone Apps Developed by Prof. Emeritus Manfred Breede

Manfred Breede
BasisWeight5

GCM Professor Emeritus Manfred Breede (above, left) has developed some new apps for calculating paper variables. The following eight iPhone apps dealing with paper and printing industry productivity calculations are currently available from the App Store:

BasisWeight5. This app converts the grammages (GSM) of 8 paper categories to their basis weight.

Grammage2. This app converts the Basis Weight of 8 paper categories to grammages (GSM).

Mweight2. This app converts the M-Weight of paper to grammage (GSM).

M-Weight Calculator. This app converts the Basis weight of 8 paper categories to M-Weight.

M-Weight To Basis Weight. This app converts the M-Weight of paper to its basis weight, based on 8 paper categories.

Paper Roll Length. This app calculates the length of a roll in feet, based on 8 paper categories, roll weight, roll width and the paper’s basis weight.

Any Roll Length. This app calculates the linear length of any roll material in feet or meters, based on the material thickness, roll diameter and core diameter.

Roll Weight. This app calculates the weight of a roll from given roll diameter, core diameter and roll length. The weight is calculated in accordance with 9 paper finishes.

A list and description of the apps can be found at http://sites.google.com/site/iphoneappsforprinting/what-is-new. Stay tuned for more paper, prepress and typography apps in the near future.


GCM Announces Continuing Education Courses for Spring Semester

The Continuing Education division is pleased to announce the following courses for the Spring/Summer 2011 semester. These courses will commence early in May and are currently available for registration. If you are interested in one or more of these courses, please sign up to ensure your placement.

  • CGRA 230 — Selling in the Graphic Arts
  • CGRA 116 — Estimating in the Graphic Arts
  • CGRA 202 — Layout and Typography II
  • CGRA 203 — Introduction to Electronic Premedia II
  • CGRA 204 — Printing Processes II
  • CGRA 423 — Intermediate Electronic Premedia II

Graphic Communications Workshops

  • CDGA 701 — Print Production Management
  • CDGA 703 — PDF Workflows and Variable Printing
  • CDGA 709 — Illustrator for Graphic Communications
  • CDGA 710 — Photoshop for Graphic Communications
  • CDGA 712 — InDesign for Graphic Communications
Course descriptions, schedules and fees are available at the Chang School web site. Please forward any questions to: Chris Kular – ckular@ryerson.ca

INTERQUEST and Ryerson to host 2011 Digital Printing Forum

Interquest LogoFollowing a successful 2010 Toronto event with over 160 participants, Virginia-based technology research firm INTERQUEST will host its 2011 Digital Printing Forum at Ryerson’s modern Heidelberg Centre on Wednesday, May 11, 2011.

The morning seminar will focus on the synergies between printed and electronic communications. Other key topics to be discussed include trends in personalized marketing communications and the convergence of direct mail and transactional printing applications.

The afternoon portion of the event will be dedicated to digital book and manual printing. Leading industry players will discuss market trends, applications and opportunities, and challenges.

The 2011 Toronto Digital Printing Forum is designed around recent INTERQUEST market research studies conducted in North America. To register, or for further information, contact INTERQUEST at 434-979-9945 or visithttp://www.inter-quest.com/2011TorontoForum.htm


Calling all GCM Alumni for Updated Business Card Display!

Since Ryerson opened its doors in 1948, many thousands of successful print professionals have graduated from GCM and embarked on successful careers. GCM Alumni are working in hundreds of large and small companies across Canada and around the world, in all sorts of fascinating positions.

GCM is working to update its displays of Alumni business cards prominently featured in the modern Heidelberg Centre on campus. We take pride in the accomplishments of GCM grads and where they’re going, and we like to share the success of our Alumni with current students. Whether you are a grad of 1949 or 2010, working in print or another field, currently in the work force or retired, we invite you to add your name and current business card to our important Alumni display. Please mail 2 original business cards, printing your graduation year in pencil on the back, to: Taras Karpiuk Ryerson University – GCM 350 Victoria St., Toronto ON M5B 2K3


GCM Tenure-Track Faculty Opening

Applications are invited for a full-time tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in the School of Graphic Communications Management, starting August 1, 2011, subject to budgetary approval. Applicants should demonstrate a record of research productivity and evidence of a strong commitment to teaching and curriculum development.

The successful applicant will possess a PhD or a Master’s degree plus relevant professional experience. A background in the printing industries is required, as are excellent communication skills. The successful applicant will be required to teach courses in two or more of the following areas: premedia (PDF formats and standards, in-RIP colour management, rules-based automation, asset management, hard and soft proofing and customer portal products), digital printing, flexography, and packaging. The ideal candidate will be able to contribute to the School’s future development in digital printing and/or packaging.

Applicants are requested to provide details of academic credentials, professional industry experience, a statement of teaching interests, educational philosophy and research interests, publications/conference presentations and details of three references by April 18 to Ian Baitz, Chair, School of Graphic Communications Management, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3, Canada, Fax (416) 979-5090, E-mail gcm.recruiting@ryerson.ca (pdf attachments preferred). This is a summary only of the posting. For the full posting, please visit www.ryerson.ca/jobs.


GCM Job Fair — A Great Success!

Job Fair

WOW—57 companies strong! The School of Graphic Communications Management (GCM) organized a Job Fair for the Graduating Class of 2011 and the 3rd-year Summer Internship Program on March 3, 2011. The event was held in The Hub (main cafeteria) of Ryerson University. GCM is the only school at Ryerson that has the privilege to take over the entire cafeteria to host industry sponsors who so graciously offer their time and support for future leaders in the print industry in the GTA and other areas. This year we hosted industry guests from Brampton, Brantford, Delta, BC; Gravenhurst, Kitchener, Markham, Miamisburg, Ohio; Mississauga, Ottawa, Richmond Hill, Toronto, and Vaughan.

The gong sounded for the first interview at 4:00 p.m. when out of the “holding pen” eagerly pattered out 65 students who will be graduating this spring to enter into the work force full-time. Many students have already secured full-time positions and were on hand to assist and volunteer in coordinating the event. Each interview lasted 10 minutes, followed by the ringing of the gong to signal a “changing of the guard,” meaning a new interview. Many grads had as many as 11–12 interviews. The grad interviews lasted until 6:00 p.m. All guest companies were invited to join some faculty, volunteers and FCAD guests for dinner in the Ryerson Faculty Lounge.

Some companies stayed, while new companies showed up to set up for part 2 of the evening—internship interviews. This segment of the evening began again with the sound of the gong to begin interviews with the very nervous and anxious 3rd year students at 7:00 p.m. Eighty students anxiously came trotting out of the “holding pen,” searching for their respective companies with the helpful guidance of the administrative staff and student volunteers. The last interview was at 8:50 p.m. finishing the evening at 9:00 p.m. Company representatives were very impressed with the organization and easy flow of the evening. A special thanks to our industry guests who came out and gave of their time and showed a genuine interest in our grads and soon-to-be-interning summer students. If you have a job posting or are interested in hiring a full-time grad or summer intern please email our Job Fair Coordinator and organizer—Taras Karpiuk at tkarpiuk@ryerson.ca or call 416-979-5050.


Faculty and Students Present at TAGA Conference

Fullerton & AdamsRuth Tupe

Left: Martin Habekost presents a paper at the 63rd TAGA Conference in Pittsburgh. (Photo by Valerie Chen.) Centre: Jenna Fullerton and Rich Adams in front of their poster. Right: Ruth Tupe presents the award-winning paper at the TAGA Student Brunch. (Photo courtesy of Brian Lawler from Cal Poly State University. Picture used with permission).

Several GCM faculty members presented research work at the 63rd Annual Technical Association of the Graphic Arts Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, March 6–9. TAGA is one of the main technical and research conferences for the graphic communications industry. Chris Smyth and Jason Lisi presented a poster, “PDF Workflows for the Real World.” Richard Adams and research assistant Jenna Fullerton presented a poster on “Profiling CMOS vs. CCD Digital Cameras.” Adams and 3rd-year students Alex Andrei, Duke Sigulinski, and Tanya Walters presented another poster, “HDR Photography of Products.” Martin Habekost presented a paper, “Comparison of Image Analysis Tools for the Evaluation of Paper Topography and Print Characteristics.” All this research work was made possible through students who worked as research assistants for the respective professors.

At the conference the Harvey Levenson Award for an outstanding student research paper went to 4th-year students Ruth Tupe, Marianna Kosterina, and Rama Luksiarto for their paper, “Comparing Colour Consistency on Digital Printers/Presses.” The three students competed against entries from five other universities. The award was presented by Martin Habekost, VP of Education, for the TAGA board of directors, who also organized the student brunch and dinner. Ruth presented the paper during the student brunch. This marks the fourth year in a row that a student research paper from Ryerson has won the Harvey Levenson award.


ryeTAGA Wins Many Prizes at TAGA Conference

ryeTAGA ryeTAGA co-presidents Jennifer Yeung (2nd from left) and Valerie Chen (3rd from left) together with TAGA president Björn Kruse (right) and Martin Habekost (left) accept one of the many special recognition awards. (Photo courtesy of Brian Lawler, CalPoly University. Photo used with permission.)

During the TAGA conference student chapters from various Graphic Arts/Graphic Communications programs competed for the Helmut Kipphan Cup for the best student publication in regards to production quality, technical writing, design and overall quality. The student publication from the ryeTAGA student chapter won special recognition prizes for technical writing, production quality and design. This year’s student publication featured a lenticular cover. The layout and design were done by the ryeTAGA students. This year the Kipphan Cup went across Lake Ontario to the Rochester Institute of Technology. Ryerson GCM alumnus Saleh Abdel Motaal, currently completing a Master’s degree at RIT, participated in their student chapter. Next year’s TAGA conference will be in Jacksonville, FL and the ryeTAGA student chapter will work very hard to win the cup back in 2012. Please follow this newsletter for further updates on the ryeTAGA student chapter.


ryeTAGA student chapter receive a big cheque from IAPHC

ryeTAGA Donation
(Left to right) ryeTAGA students Jacky Mao and Valerie Chen, Art Rossbottom and Burl Matthias from the IAPHC. Photo courtesy of Art Seto.

The Toronto Chapter of the International Association of Printing House Craftsmen (IAPHC) held their annual printing awards event on March 23, 2011. During this award ceremony prizes were handed out to printing companies who produced superbly printed products. It is also custom during this ceremony to present the Chi Tse award to one deserving student from GCM. This year’s winner was Marianna Kosterina.

The IAPHC has been supporting the ryeTAGA student chapter during the year by allowing the students to use the booth at the PrintWorld trade show to raise some money by selling calendars and inform show participants about the ryeTAGA student chapter. Two ryeTAGA members were present at the ceremony and handed a thank-you package to the Craftsmen’s Club. Unexpectedly the students were presented with a giant cheque in the amount of $1000. The ryeTAGA student chapter is very grateful for this support.


Students from Graphic Arts Society at Western Michigan University visit GCM

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Students from Western Michigan University in the GCM pressroom.

On Friday, March 25, 2011, 13 students from the Graphic Arts Society at Western Michigan University visited the School of Graphic Communications Management. Before the student group came to the School they visited a local printing company. After a tour of the building and the Ryerson campus the students could make their own bookmark in the bindery and could also participate in pre-press workshop. The students from Michigan were impressed with the size of our program and the type of equipment we have available to the students. The picture shows students from Western Michigan listening to explanations from our print technician Peter Roehrig in regards to our PrintMaster PM74 press.


Job Listings

Assistant Professor, School of Graphic Communications Management, Ryerson University, Toronto. Applications are invited for a full-time tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in the School of Graphic Communications Management, starting August 1, 2011, subject to budgetary approval. Applicants should demonstrate a record of research productivity and evidence of a strong commitment to teaching and curriculum development. The successful applicant will possess a PhD or a Master’s degree plus relevant professional experience. A background in the printing industries is required, as are excellent communication skills. The successful applicant will be required to teach courses in two or more of the following areas: premedia (PDF formats and standards, in-RIP colour management, rules-based automation, asset management, hard and soft proofing and customer portal products), digital printing, flexography, and packaging. The ideal candidate will be able to contribute to the School’s future development in digital printing and/or packaging. Applicants are requested to provide details of academic credentials, professional industry experience, a statement of teaching interests, educational philosophy and research interests, publications/conference presentations and details of three references by April 18 to Ian Baitz, Chair, School of Graphic Communications Management, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3, Canada, Fax (416) 979-5090, E-mail gcm.recruiting@ryerson.ca (pdf attachments preferred). For the full posting, please visit www.ryerson.ca/jobs.

Client Services Representative, Transcontinental, Mississauga. Responsible for working with all phases of production in overseeing the concept to completion for print media such as flyers and catalogues. Specifically, the incumbent will work with clients and internal production to provide assigned specific project management and production support. Individuals interested in applying for this position are requested to send their resume to the attention of Gina De Prisco, Senior Advisor, Human Resources gina.deprisco@transcontinental.ca. For more information, please see www.transcontinental-interactive.com.

Press Assistant, The Toronto Star (Reference #7292), permanent part-time. The Vaughan Press Centre is currently hiring Part-Time Press Assistant 1s. Come join this team-based environment at our 24/7 printing facility. Press Assistant 1s in the Platemaking area will perform various tasks to prepare and produce printing plates in preparation for production in the Pressroom area. If interested please email cover letter and resume to: jobsatvpc@thestar.ca with “Press Assistant 1, Ref. 7292” in the subject line.

CSR and Estimator, Westar Printing Ltd., Toronto. Degree in Ryerson Graphic Communications Management. Computer and spread sheet skills. Knowledge in sheetfed & web printing an asset. Email resume to hrdept@west-star.com or fax (416) 253-0612. For further information, please see www.west-star.com.

Project Coordinator, Icon Large Format Printing, Toronto. Please email resume to careers@iconprint.com.

Summer Internship, Production, Jam Direct Marketing, Toronto. Exceptional opportunity to learn direct mail print production.  Applicants should possess excellent time management and organization skills, have the ability to multi-task, the willingness to learn, and the desire to have fun. Please forward resume to Faith Shintani by April 8th, 201, faith@jamdirect.ca.

Graphic Designer, eLearning Modules, Flint Training and Consulting, Vaughn. Entry level position open for a graphic designer with a creative flair for corporate communication, strong written and oral communication skills and a portfolio of past projects. Contact Russ Hiebert email: russ@flinttc.com.

Designer/Business Analyst, Flint Training and Consulting, Vaughn. Entry level position open for an Instructional Designer/Business Analyst. The position works on corporate training and development projects interfacing with subject matter experts to develop detailed learning objectives, scripts and storyboards. Projects frequently relate to the deployment of IT productivity tools to business users and the introduction of new policies, procedures or processes. Contact Russ Hiebert email: russ@flinttc.com.

Production Sales Coordinator Internship, CBS Outdoor, Toronto. The Production Sales Coordinator is responsible for the coordination and completion of information and workflow between the CBS Outdoor Production Sales person and the production plant. This role is exposed to all aspects of the production process, from interaction with customers, sales administration, estimating, job introduction with plant staff and maintenance of the production docket. If interested please email cover letter and resume to Laurie Kelly, Director, Production Group, lkelly@cbsoutdoor.ca.

Prepress/CSR, Costa Printing, Woodbridge. Part-time opportunity that would lead to full time work in the future. This position is ideal for current students at GCM. The role requires someone who has knowledge of print related software. Aditional training will be provided. The ideal candidate would be comfortable in a fast-paced environment and have good problem solving skills. This company provides an excellent opportunity to get a first-hand look at all the processes in the industry at once. We do offset and digital printing as well as VDP. Someone with a fresh and creative outlook would really benefit the company. To apply for this position please email your resume to Isha at: ishapall@gmail.com.

Production Coordinator, Consolidated Graphics, Mississauga. Position involves working closely and communicating job details with customers and internal staff, managing print jobs to ensure all deadlines are met, planning and monitoring jobs throughout the production process, creating dockets, ink requests, and sheeting orders, and additional responsibilities. If interested please email cover letter and resume to Mike Pillo, VP Sales, at mikepillo@annan-bird.com.


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Ian Baitz

Chair, School of Graphic Communications Management

e-mail ibaitz@ryerson.ca

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