Graphic Communications Management (GCM) Ryerson University

May/June 2012 Newsletter

GCM at Drupa

Drupa 2012 has closed its doors and another fantastic show is over. This year 6 faculty members and 12 students went to Düsseldorf, Germany to see the greatest show on earth in regards to the print industry. It was a unique opportunity that happens only every four years. Together with students from our partner university, the Stuttgart Media University, themed tours were organized.

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Some of the themes were wide-format printing, packaging, colour management, cross-platform publishig and web-2-print. The group met with representative from FujiFilm, Müller Martini, Heidelberg, Mohawk paper and many others. Our students realized who big the print industry is worldwide and also how the world of print is changing.

Before the Drupa visit the group visited the Stuttgart Media University campus, met up with two GCM exchange students and also got to know some the German students that were on the tours. It was a successful and very informative trip for students and faculty.

Picture shows the group of students in the Heidelberg hall.

GCM Student Nikita Kuzmin Wins 2nd place in Sheetfed Simulator Contest

SinapsePrint, the manufacturer of print simulators, held the second “SHOTS around the world” contest this year. The bonus of this year’s competition was that the finals were held at Drupa and the finalists traveled to Drupa as part of the competition. Out of the 150 students that competed worldwide in this contest, Nikita Kuzmin, 2nd year GCM student, made it to the finals. His opponent was Wei Ruochen from Shanghai, China. Both students had to solve the same three problems on the sheetfed press simulator. Not only did it count that they solved the problem, but also who made it the most efficient way. It was an intense competition with dozens of spectators. Ryerson student Nikita Kuzmin was recognized as runner-up.

The picture shows Nikita Kuzmin (left), Peter Herman of SinapsePrint (middle) and Wei Ruochen (right) after the contest.

INTERQUEST and Ryerson University Organized 2012 Digital Printing Forum

For the third consecutive year INTERQUEST, a leading market and technology research and consulting firm serving the digital printing industry, and Ryerson University involved in the organization of 2012 Toronto Digital printing forum at GCM on Thursday May 24, 2012.  The event was designed around recent INTERQUEST market research conducted in North America. It also analyzed and highlighted the recent announced products and solutions at drupa 2012 event.

2012 Digital Printing Forum consisted of two seminar sessions: The morning seminar was devoted to synergies between printed and electronic communications. Other covered topics included trends in personalized marketing communications and the convergence of direct main and transactional printing applications.

The afternoon seminar was focused on digital book and manual printing. Speakers from leading industry demonstrated the applications and solutions for on-demand digital book printing and discussed the market trends and challenges,

This year’s forum was sponsored by Canada Post, Cascades, Domtar, GMC Software, Heidelberg, KBR Graphics, Konica Minolta, NewPage, Océ/Canon, Ricoh, RISO, and Webcom.

GCM Faculty attend ESKO Training

GCM has been working on developing its packaging curriculum for some time now. While the flexo press has been installed and running smoothly, we are starting to look at prepress integration. We have had a lot of great industry friends and partners helping us in this area. In support of the effort to integrate packaging further into the curriculum, several faculty and staff traveled to Miamisburg, Ohio for Esko training. Esko is a software giant in the packaging world. It was amazing to see software with so much teaching and research potential. We were able to create packages, apply special substrates and finishes, preflight and trap the files, and output a finished-looking product to a 3D enabled PDF that allows a potential clint to investigate the design in a way that is shockingly akin to actually holding the package first hand! These efforts are sure to improve the capabilities of the school in the area of packaging.

GCM Students Attend OPIA Awards Dinner

On Thursday May 24th, five students from the Graphic Communications Management program had the opportunity to attend the OPIA Excellence in Print Awards dinner that took place at the St. George’s Golf and Country Club. The evening showcased some of the best quality work in the industry, and attendees were able to view the samples during the reception. Peter Roehrig, one of Ryerson’s own, took part in the judging.