Graphic Communications Management (GCM) Ryerson University

September/October 2011

GCM and OPIA to host Ryerson & Friends Reception at Graphics Canada!

You’re invited to the OPIA / Ryerson & Friends Industry Reception to be held at the Graphics Canada trade show, Toronto International Centre, on Friday, November 11, from 5:00-7:30 p.m. Reunite with Ryerson friends and industry colleagues. Join us for lots of fun, food, drinks, entertainment and prizes! Register at or by contacting OPIA.

GCM Faculty to Present Seminars at the Graphics Canada Show

From November 10–12, 2011 the Graphics Canada Show will take place at the Toronto International Centre. This year the organizers have set up a seminar series on a wide variety of topics, four of which will include presentations by GCM faculty. Topics that will be covered are in regards to the G7 process, colour & colour measurement, a digital press primer and the use of social media in printing. The presentations will be given by Natalia Gilewicz, Martin Habekost, and Abhay Sharma. There are many other interesting topics on the seminar list. More information is available on the Graphics Canada web site. We hope to see you there!

 New GCM Web Site Launched

With some design and content-management input from Fulcrum Media, GCM launched its new web site — — in September. The site is hosted on Ryerson’s server and utilizes the Ryerson web template. New photos were added and the content was completely rewritten. Content creators add pages and posts to the site using the WordPress content management system. We hope the new web site will be more attractive and useful to current and prospective students, alumni, industry supporters, and staff.

$99,200 in Awards for GCM Students

Ryerson’s School of Graphic Communications Management held its annual Student Awards Night on November 2. A packed audience of industry, donors, families, and Ryerson faculty and staff were on hand to celebrate the achievements of our students. Awards went out to over 60 GCM students from first through fourth year, based on their work in the last academic year.

Among the many awards presented were 42 Canadian Printing Industries Scholarships; 40 valued at $1250 each and two valued at $5000 each. The scholarship is supported by the Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund, through generous donor companies in our industry, and is renewable yearly based on grades. Student Andrew Wong was recognized with the prestigious $10,000 FFTA / Rossini First Place Scholarship. Learn more about awards and scholarships on the GCM web page.

Bookbinding and Book Arts in Practice

Prof. Art Seto attended a one-week bookbinding workshop in July in Rochester. The Visual Studies Workshop ( where Art attended classes offers a Masters in Fine Arts with visual arts courses in bookbinding, photography, print and others, which can be credited towards a New York state Masters degree. Many of Art’s fellow classmates were Masters degree students at Rochester Institute of Technology. This is another opportunity for GCM grads to pursue further studies. The photo shows some of the many interesting bookbinding structures.

Discover Ryerson Days to Introduce Prospective Students to GCM

One of the most difficult decisions for high school students and their families is what to do after high school. University? College? Enter the work force? Ryerson University welcomes high school students and their families to special Discover Ryerson Days especially designed to answer questions about attending Ryerson programs. Learn about admissions, housing, degree curricula, minors, options and electives, labs, employment rates, extra-curricular activities and campus facilities. Find out about scholarships, bursaries and loans. Discover Ryerson!

Discover Ryerson Days will be held on Thursday November 10 and 24 for students entering university next year. Sign up online to learn all about the amazing opportunities available through GCM.

Successful Esko Road Show held at Ryerson

On October 26, a full house of industry, faculty and GCM student attendees participated in the full-day Esko Road Show, held by Esko Artwork. The event was held at Ryerson’s historic Oakham House, and industry participants had the opportunity to tour the GCM premedia, printing, finishing and simulation labs. Those at the event learned from Esko demonstrators and trainers about a range of Esko solutions, including DeskPack, ArtiosCAD, HD Flexo, and WebCenter.

The Esko event was part of GCM’s ongoing efforts to engage students with industry and increase our exposure to the growing flexo and packaging areas of our industry.

Word-on-the-Street Toronto

Word-on-the-Street is a free annual festival in celebration of literacy and the written word and is held in many cities across Canada. Thousands of young and older readers enjoy the many displays and performances designed to promote reading. Prof. Art Seto assisted at the CBBAG (Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild) booth during the 2011 Toronto festival, billed as the national book and magazine festival.

GCM Photo Studio Doubles in Size

Thanks to funding from GCM and the Ryerson FCAD Equipment Committee, the GCM photo studio, housed in HEI 304, has doubled in size. In addition to 16 new professional-level Nikon D90 Digital SLR cameras for student use, additional sets have been added for portrait, product, and copy photos.

In the 2006–2007 academic year, GCM began teaching digital photography in the second-year curriculum as a replacement for scanning as today’s primary method of image capture in the graphic arts. Faculty consulted with Ryerson’s School of Image Arts and agreed that digital photography for GCM students would be most valuable if it concentrated on technical considerations to achieving accuracy and consistency in the types of photographs most commonly used in publications and web sites: product and still-life photos, macro and copy photos, and portraits. Students focus on technical image capture considerations such as file format, file size, white balance and lighting. Presently, digital photography is taught in the first three years of the curriculum.

With the new Nikon cameras and professional studio equipment, students will be able to complete a number of assignments appropriate to the publication, catalogue, and packaging industries.

RyeTAGA to Attend the March 2012 TAGA Conference

RyeTAGA, the GCM student chapter of the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts, has formed its new executive team and is working hard on the 2012 Ryerson student journal that will enter the annual competition at the forthcoming March 2012 conference. The student journal will contain five research papers by GCM students. Journals from various university-level graphic communications programs are judged for content, production quality, and other attributes. More information is available on the ryeTAGA Student Chapter web site, which has links to the past student journals. The students and faculty advisor Dr. Martin Habekost are looking forward to the upcoming annual technical conference of TAGA which will take place from March 18–21, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida. More information about the conference can be found at the TAGA web site.

The ryeTAGA students will also be at the Graphics Canada Show in November 2011 selling their 2012 desk calendar as a fundraiser and informing attendees about the student chapter and TAGA.

RyePAC Student Packaging Group Launched

October 4, 2011 was the official launch of a new GCM student group called RyePAC. The executive team of students, led by fourth-year student Andrew Wong (3rd-year), has been planning the launch all summer. The group is dedicated to creating opportunities for students to learn about the packaging industry. From hosting events to facilitating competitions to running a blog, the group will work to enrich students’ knowledge of packaging at GCM. The launch drew a crowd of more than 70 students—showing that packaging is important to current students.

Kicking off the event was invited guest James Downham, the President and CEO of the Packaging Association (PAC). He spoke to the students about careers in packaging and congratulated them on a positive step toward an exciting field. The evening finished off with an egg drop contest. The prizes, graciously provided by PAC, went to a group of fourth-year students for lightest egg package to not break from a drop of about 12 feet.

If you would like more information about RyePAC or would like to be involved feel free to contact faculty advisor, Natalia Gilewicz.

Job Listings Now on GCM Web Site

For several years, this bi-monthly GCM e-newsletter has included a “job board” listing some of the best jobs in our industry, especially suitable for GCM students and graduates. As part of an effort to connect employers with GCM students and grads, we’ve moved our jobs listing to a dedicated and continually updated page on the new GCM web site — We still plan to feature a few interesting job postings occasionally in our newsletter as a special feature. We hope that this move will make our job listings more timely and relevant.

Ryerson GCM grads succeed in all sorts of positions in our industry: production coordinators, estimating, sales, pre-press, scheduling, print buying, consumables, quality control, health and safety and many more. Companies seeking well-qualified students and grads from Canada’s only degree program for the printing industries are invited to email their job postings to Taras Karpiuk in the GCM office or phone him at 416-979-5050.