Graphic Communications Management (GCM) Ryerson University

January/February 2014 Newsletter

Annual GCM Job Fair

Mark your calendars! The School of Graphic Communications Management’s annual Job Fair is happening in evening on Thursday, March 6th, 2014. Job Fair is always an exciting and valuable experience for employers to connect with lots of talented students.

If you are interested in hiring one or more fourth-year students who will be ready to move into a full-time position in the spring, interviews are scheduled between 4–6 p.m.

If you are interested in hiring one or more third-year student interns for paid positions in summer 2014, interviews are scheduled between 7–9 p.m.

A buffet dinner will be served to employers in between the interview sessions from 6–7 p.m. If you would like to register your company for Job Fair, please visit the GCM Job Fair registration site, or contact Taras Karpiuk at or 416.979.5050.

Business Plan Expo

Our 4th year Graphic Communications Management students have been planning new businesses in the graphic arts industry!

Experience 25 new business ideas by over 100 talented Ryerson students – you won’t believe what they’ve created! Talk to our students, enjoy interactive demos and learn why Ryerson continues to be on the cutting edge of innovation.

Students, staff, faculty, members of industry and the Ryerson community at large are invited to attend.

Date: Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Heidelberg building lobby, 125 Bond Street

GCM Colloquium 2014: Connect

On Thursday, February 27th, RyeTAGA, RyePack, and GCM Course Union hosted Colloquium, called “Connect,” at the George Vari Engineering Centre on campus. The evening began with the over 150 attendees listening to presentations by the three guest speakers. The first speaker was Reuben Menezes from Proto 3000 Inc., a 3D-printing-on-demand company in Toronto. Second was Jonathan Moneta from MAKELAB, a company where people can pay to experiment with 3D printers and make their own creations. Last but not least was Barry Walsh from Scodix, a company that specializes in textured and high-gloss finishes for printed products. Following presentations, there was a Q&A session with the guest speakers. Afterwards, students and guests were invited to a reception in the Sears Atrium to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Interactive demos hosted by the guest companies were also available for everyone’s enjoyment.

Photos (left to right): The three guest speakers—Reuben Menezes, Proto 3000; Jonathan Moneta, MAKELAB; and Barry Walsh, Scodix—answered questions after their presentations. An engaged audience at the presentations. Students engaging with the MAKELAB and Proto 3000 demonstrations during the reception. Story and photos by Anna Avitsian, vice president, GCM Course Union.

RyeTAGA Student Chapter Visits the Toronto Star

On Jan 31 the RyeTAGA student chapter visited the Toronto Star printing facilities in Vaughan. Altogether 26 students plus faculty member Dr. Martin Habekost had an amazing tour of the press room and shipping area. Students from all years of our program came out to Vaughan in the middle of the night to see the Saturday edition of the Toronto Star being printed. Many students were amazed about the sheer size of the six presses and the paper-handling robots. Many students saw for the first time how many printing plates and rolls of paper it takes to print the daily edition of a newspaper. The third-year students saw their fall class about web-offset printing come to life. A very special thank you goes to Nathan Matheson from Metroland Media – Torstar Printing Division to host this tour. Everyone really enjoyed this visit.

Photo: The tour group in front of a model of one of the printing presses. Photo by Emily House.

Rich Adams Gives eBook Seminars in Kyiv

During the December break, GCM professor Rich Adams gave two hands-on seminars about eBooks at Kyiv Polytechnic University’s Institute of Printing and Publishing, in Kyiv, Ukraine: one on Apple iBooks Author and the second on creating ePubs with Adobe InDesign CS6.

iBooks Author is a Mac OS program that creates .ibook files, a type of proprietary, fixed-format eBook that can be viewed on a Mac or iPad. The program works with companion programs Keynote, iMovie, and iAd Producer to create interactive elements, including picture galleries, panoramic views, 360° views of objects, and movies. iAd Producer, currently in beta, can be downloaded free, after registering with Apple’s Developer Website. Once created, interactive elements are simply drag-and-dropped into an iBooks Author document. Currently .ibooks files cannot be viewed on Windows or Android devices. Adobe InDesign, on the other hand, can be used to create open-format ePubs that can be viewed on Mac OS, iOS, Windows, and Android devices.

Photo: Rich Adams (right) with faculty and students from Kyiv Polytechnic Institute. Photo by Valentyn Sherstyuk.