This past weekend I had the pleasure in my new volunteer position as Events Coordinator for the Graphic Designer’s Association of Canada to organize a brush-pen lettering workshop with the LigaturesYYZ typography group. Not only did I get to meet some awesome people, but I also participated in the second half of the workshop and started to flex some incredibly old muscles (as you’ll see).
The workshop went off really well and seemed to get really great feedback! I was really happy with Chris Rouleau and Kyle Gallant from LigaturesYYZ for sharing their expertise and charisma with us. I would definitely recommend having them come teach a workshop with you or be a part of your event. Their professionalism, organization, and quality of teaching and materials were all top-notch! I believe their home base is Toronto, but considering that we’re in Calgary, half a country away, it’s clear they’re open to travel.
We also had the pleasure of using Uppercase Magazine‘s beautiful space in one of Calgary’s heritage buildings. Janine from Uppercase has created an artist and designer’s heaven within those walls. Everywhere you looked was some piece of art or design, a book you’d heard of but never been able to see in real life, retro design materials, and more.
Check out some photos of the event, below, followed by some of my own work that come out of it.
Here’s some of my (very rusty but enjoyable) work from the workshop
What’s a GDC?
If you’re Canadian (sorry international friends!) and interested in events like this one, looking for advice on how to get started in your design career, or numerous other resources for designers, then the GDC is a great community for you to join. The GDC is also home to the CGD certification mark, which is Canada’s first, and only, certification mark for graphic and communication designers. Learn more about the GDC.