Graphic Communications Management (GCM) Ryerson University

November/December 2013 Newsletter

GCM Awards Night

On November 7, 2013 GCM hosted its annual awards night. During this event many students are honoured for their academic achievements and scholarships that they received. The lecture hall in our building was filled to capacity with students, parents and friends and also faculty and staff and of course members of the industry. Overall awards in the total amount of $ 95,000 were handed out to many students. The largest amount in regards to scholarships were all the recipients of the Canadian Printing Industry Scholarship Trust Find. It was a nice evening that gave everyone many opportunities to meet and greet. It also gave the students the chance to thank those supporters that were present to thank them in person for their generosity.

Photo: GCM award recipients with GCM chair Prof. Ian Baitz (left) and dean Dr. Gerd Hauck (2nd from left).

RyeTAGA at GraphicsCanada

The end of November saw the GraphicsCanada trade show take place at the International Centre by the airport. The RyeTAGA student chapter ( was also present at the show and sold calendars to raise funds for travelling to the upcoming annual technical conference of TAGA (Conference website) at the end of March in Fort Worth, TX. The Craftsmen club or IAPHC was so gracious to share their booth space with the RyeTAGA student chapter.

Photo: GCM students Frances Tsesler, Traci Phillips, Alanna Ferrera, and Kelly Somers at the RyeTAGA table.

School of Print at GraphicsCanada

A Ryerson Seminar Series took place on Friday, November 22. Four groups of third- and fourth-year GCM students spoke at the Innovations Theatre at Graphics Canada to a crowd of over 40 people.  The students had prepared presentations on innovative, interesting graphic arts-related topics: conductive inks, ubiquitous commerce, accessible packaging, and creativity in wide-format printing.

Organized by RyeTAGA, the event was a huge success, says School of Print host, Stephanie Murray. “The presenters spoke with me afterwards and said how much they enjoyed going out of their comfort zone and involving themselves in the Toronto print industry in a way they never had in the past,” she said.

Presenters included Veronica Annis, Melissa Binsted, Krista Brown, Elisa DiNardo, Valerie Drozdowsky, Christy MacCallum, Nicole Reid, Saye Sathiyakumar, Alyssa Szeto, and Elizabeth Wood.

Canadian Printing Awards

PrintAction magazine held its annual Canadian Printing Awards ceremony on November 22, 2013, at the conference center adjacent to the International Centre where the GraphicsCanada trade show took place. The Canadian Printing Awards had their roots in the Environmental Printing Awards that were started in 2006 by PrintAction Magazine. Printers were invited to send in their highest quality productions to PrintAction so they can be judged. Overall there were 28 categories that companies could enter. The judging panel included Dr. Martin Habekost and fourth-year student Emily Wong.

The evening was hosted by Heather Hiscox from CBC. It was an excellent event by PrintAction magazine. Due to the generosity of Heidelberg Canada 5 students could attend the event.

Photo: GCM students Asra Tunio, Alina Esmatyar, Krista Brown, Alyssa Szeto, Agnes Lee, Emily Wong and Stephen McWilliam from Avanti in the background.

Amos Kennedy Visits GCM

Famous Letterpress artist Amos Kennedy visited GCM on November 27, 2013. He was doing a workshop at OCADU and used the time to visit also our building. He was impressed by all the equipment that we have available, especially in the pressroom and the bindery. The School has also autographed posters of his work displayed in the building. Although Amos’ website says that he is located in Gordo, AL, he now resides in Detroit. A full length documentary about the works of Amos Kennedy can be found on YouTube.

Photo: Amos Kennedy and Dr. Martin Habekost discussing print in the GCM pressroom.

Heidelberg QM46-2 Press Installed

This fall the School of Graphic Communications Management received a QM46-2 Quickmaster two-colour press. This press was installed in the press lab in the basement between the Heidelberg Printmaster PM74 and Xerox 700. This press will mainly be used in first-year printing processes courses to familiarize students with the offset printing process. The compact form of the press allows students and instructors to get  hands-on experience, from preparing the press for a press run to taking the printed product out of the delivery. The School of GCM uses polyester plates that are produced with the Kimosetter platesetter.

Tony Craig from Heidelberg conducted training for two days on the QM46 press in October and will conduct another training session in the beginning of January before classes start again.

GRA 322 TAs Present at InDesign User Group

Third-year teaching assistant Stephanie Murray and fourth-year research assistant Elaine Leung, along with GCM professor Rich Adams, presented a session, “Little-Known Long-Document Features of Adobe InDesign CS6” at the Toronto InDesign User Group’s November meeting. The presentation was based on material presented in GRA 322, “Electronic Document Design I.” The panel showed how to use tables, styles, grids & guides, templates, master pages, libraries, books, tables of contents, and indexes.

Photo: InDesign User Group coordinator Matthew Potter (in corner of room) comments on a presentation by Stephanie Murray (centre) and Elaine Leung.

GCMers Speak at GraphicsCanada

GCM 4th-year research assistant Elaine Leung, along with professors Reem el Asaleh and Rich Adams, presented a GraphicsCanada seminar, “Creating ePubs in InDesign CS6.” EPUB is the open source format for eBooks that can be read on tablets and eReaders, including the Apple iPad, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Sony, and several other brands. EPUB is a reflowable format that keeps the text a constant, user-selectable size, regardless of the tablet and orientation used. Print designers sometimes have a hard time “letting go” of the page, but with some knowledge of InDesign, users can create imaginative EPUBs with colourful titles and graphics.

Photo: Elaine Leung (left) and Rich Adams after their GraphicsCanada presentation.