Graphic Communications Management (GCM) Ryerson University

May/June 2013 Newsletter

Internship 2013!

We are pleased to announce that GCM has over 100 students currently working in industry completing their summer internships! They are excited to put their three years of specialized skills and knowledge to work! Our students are interning at fantastic companies in a range of roles including prepress, design, customer service, project coordination, production, marketing, research and technical assistance. The majority of GCM interns work locally in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area but we have quite the international group this year with interns spanning three continents in the United States, Spain, China, Hong Kong, Trinidad and Tobago and Sri Lanka! If you are interested in hiring an intern this summer or you would like to know more about the GCM Internship program, please contact Diana Brown, GCM’s Internship Coordinator at

GCM Hosts International Circle of the Graphic Arts Conference

From June 2 -6, 2013, 65 delegates from 19 different countries attended the 45th conference of the International Circle (IC) hosted by GCM.

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The IC, whose full name is International Circle of Educational Institutes for Graphic Arts Technology and Management, has its home base at the Stuttgart Media University (HdM), where Dr. Wolfgang Faigle is the current president.

The conference includes academic and social components. This year the academic component was June 3 and 4, during which delegates presented papers. On June 5th delegates went to Niagara Falls and enjoyed a “Maid of the Mist” boat tour. The last day included visits to 2 local companies. The organizing committee—Ian Baitz, Gillian Mothersill and Martin Habekost—would like to thank all participants for coming and all the staff and student volunteers to make this a successful event.

Photo: International Circle conference organizers (left to right) Gillian Mothersill, Ian Baitz, and Martin Habekost

GCM Professors to Present at Upcoming IARIGAI Conference in Chemnitz, Germany

The School of Graphic Communications Management will present at the upcoming IARIGAI conference in Chemnitz, Germany. The conference will take place from September 8 – 11. Parallel to the IARIGAI conference the Printing Future Days will take place in the same venue in Chemnitz and three GCM students will be presenting their research work. GCM professors Natalia Lumby and Martin Habekost will be presenting their research work at this conference. Natalia Lumby’s research is in regards to the consumer perception of augmented reality applications, and Martin Habekost’s research is in regards to the quality analysis of inkjet printed material using a new kind of quality analysis tool.

GCM Faculty Attend ESKOWORLD

ESKOWORLD 2013 was held in Phoenix, Arizona from May 19–22. GCM faculty members Reem El Asaleh, Martin Habekost and Gillian Mothersill, as well as Pre-Media IT Specialist Khaled Ahmed, attended the event. The Ryerson team was welcomed by warm southwestern hospitality and warmer weather, with an average daily temperature of over 30°C.

The event was a focal point for over 600 ESKO partners and staff. The GCM contingent met prior to ESKOWORLD to determine which educational breakout sessions to attend. Once on site, they attended demonstrations and presentations including “Strategies for Prepress Workflow Automation Education,” “Packaging Process Management,” “Studio Visualizer & Store Visualizer,” and “Step and Repeat Tips & Tricks – Layout for Folding Carton.”

The keynote address was given by noted industry speaker Bill Capodagli, who outlined the key elements of success in the Disney Corporation of “Dream, Believe, Dare, Do”. The Ryerson delegation was pleased that Capodagli spent some of his presentation describing the corporate success of Isadore Sharp, the Founder and Chairman of Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, and a Ryerson graduate from Architectural Technology ’52.

Photo: (Left-to-right) Dr. Martin Habekost, Gillian Mothersill, Dr. Reem el Asaleh, and Khaled Ahmed at ESKOWORLD. Photo courtesy of Dr. el Asaleh.

RyeTAGA Student Chapter Wins OPIA award

The RyeTAGA student chapter entered their student journal, which contains research papers from 3rd year students into the OPIA Excellence in Print Awards competition. The student journal won in the category of Book 4+ Colour in the 2013 OPIA Excellence In Print Awards Competition. The student journal was designed and printed by students. The only work done outside of the School was the binding. The final cover design including embossing was done by the students as well.

Photo: Students in the RyeTAGA student chapter accept the OPIA Excellence in Print award (left to right): Mark Brejnik, Alina Esmatyar, Alyssa Szeto, Trung Nguyen, Faris Abu-Kwiek, and Alina Gula.

RyeTAGA Student Chapter Wins PIA “Benny” Award

The RyeTAGA student chapter entered the journal they produced for the TAGA annual technical conference of February 2013 in Portland, OR, into the PIA Premier Print Awards. In the student category this journal won a Benny! This is first time that a student publication from GCM has won this prestigous award. Faculty advisor Martin Habekost is extremely proud of his student group and this success.

GCM attends Digital Print for Packaging Conference

This June, Prof. Natalia Lumby had the opportunity to report live from the Digital Print for Packaging conference in Atlanta. Short-run digital packaging have certainly been an area of focus in our industry. The event was hosted by Smithers Pira which is an organization based out of the UK that hosts many seminars as well as providing the industry with a broad variety of resources such as books and white papers. About 60 industry professionals from a variety of areas including brand owners, equipment vendors, printers and others attended the event. In addition to networking opportunities and a good list of exhibitors, the conference hosted about a dozen speakers. For a synopsis of the event you can read the article in Graphic Arts Magazine.

Graduate Profile: Mary Huang, GCM ’07

In addition to her busy career, GCM graduate Mary Huang is actively involved in illustrating and producing chapbooks, comics, zines, and other small-circulation creative artwork. She was recently cited as a featured vendor on the Toronto Indie Arts Market web site which includes photographs of her illustrations for Chinese Animal Proverbs. The photographs shown here are from People In Front Of Places, an illustrated zine featuring travel/reality x fantasy/microfiction and poetry.

Illustrations courtesy of Mary Huang. Click image to view larger size.

What year did you graduate from GCM?

2007. How has it been this long already??

What is your current job (and for which company)?

I am a Project Manager at Context Creative, a downtown creative agency. I manage a number of digital/web projects, and we definitely do a lot of print-based work as well.

What do you like best about your job?

The energy and the diversity! I enjoy being able to see behind-the-scenes of various industries through the clients I work with, and being involved in so many different projects. Plus, being in a studio environment surrounded by skilled creative people is extremely inspiring!

How did you get into designing and producing books?

I’ve always been a little obsessed with practically anything related to communications; it’s actually one of the reasons I gravitated to the GCM program in the first place. It likely stems from being raised in a book-and-comics-loving family, and also being immersed in different languages from a very young age. Art, writing, book arts – these are all aspects of my passion. It’s kind of funny but perhaps unsurprising that, because of my print production background, I sometimes dream about the format of a piece before I even figure out the content. Ultimately, there are few things I find more satisfying than going through the whole process of conceiving a little world – planning, producing and assembling it – and being able to hand it to another human being and see their response to something that once existed only in my head.