Special Events

Design Currency 2010 will encompass a range of related activities and events.

Silent Auction Supporting Architecture for Humanity Haiti Project
27, 28, 29 April
During Conference Hours
Vancouver Convention Centre

Contribute a 'design item' of any kind to a silent auction during the conference and bid to buy other items you want. All funds raised will go to Architecture for Humanity's reconstruction work in Haiti.

How to participate

  1. Select something from your design 'closet' to contribute to the auction - it can be a book, a poster, a portfolio piece of your choosing.
  2. Give your fellow Design Currency participants a 'sneak preview.' Post what you plan to bring below.
  3. Bring your contribution with you to Vancouver. Items will be collected at the Icograda conference office at the Vancouver Convention Centre beginning 27 April.
  4. Bidding will open at the Welcome Reception on 27 April and continue through 29 April.

  5. Winning bids will be announced at the conference wrap up on 29 April.

  6. If you are unable to attend the conference and donate an item, you can make a special Design Week donation by clicking on this page.

Click here for more info on the AfH silent auction during Design Currency.

Graphex 2010 Awards

99 Powell St, Vancouver
Thursday, 29 April
7:00 pm - midnight
Tickets: $70 for students/conference delegates/members, $80 general price

Graphex, Canada’s national awards programme, has been celebrating the best of visual communication in Canada since 1977. Based on the credo that good design is good business, it showcases exceptional work that drives client success. Design Currency 2010’s Join us for the announcement and presentation of the Graphex 2010 Awards at this special red carpet event at the Canvas Lounge on April 29, 2020 complete with cocktail reception, gourmet appetizers and hors d'oeuvres, awards show, sponsors trade show and lots of time to mingle and celebrate. This year's party will be part of the closing ceremonies of Icograda Design Week 2010.

Click here for more info on Graphex.

Dinner With a Side of Design
25, 26, 28 April
7:30 - 10:30pm
The Irish Heather, 212 Carrall Street, Vancouver

The concept: Imagine inviting some of your city officials to dinner. You serve amazing food and drink and let some designers and other members of the community join in. You pose a topic to the group and to facilitate the dinner conversation, include a designed tablecloth that becomes a place to visualise the conversations that occur. This activity acts as a conduit for new ideas to emerge when considering how to collectively work toward a common future. By treating complexity with a measure of camaraderie, we are encouraged to see each other and our collective problems differently.

Our three themes for these intimate and interactive dinners are sustainability, culture and economics. How does Cameron Sinclair define sustainability? Ashwini Deshpande brings an Indian viewpoint to culture. And Helen Walters will be part of the table talking economics.

For more info and a sneak peak inside the process and what to expect at the event, download the Participant Guide.

Check out photos from the events to date.

Pick your date and your theme:
Sunday, 25 April - Culture
Purchase ticket: SOLD OUT

Monday, 26 April - Sustainability
Purchase ticket: SOLD OUT

Wednesday, 28 April - Economics)
Purchase ticket: Delegate / Non-delegate

If you require a vegetarian meal, please confirm before 19 April.

How much: Conference Delegates $75 Non-delegates $95

Note: Because this event will yield valuable insight and information, we want to document the experience. We plan to record and photograph each event. A consent form will be provided that outlines our objectives and we ask that you read and sign it as confirmation of your participation. The outcomes of the three events will be developed as a report that will be available to the participants after the conference is over.

There's nothing like an Australian party!
W2 Storyeum, 151 West Cordova, Vancouver
Wednesday, 28 April, 6:00 - midnight
Included in your conference registration fee

Positive and forward-thinking, generous and optimistic, Brisbane is Australia's new world city... and in October 2010, the city will host Optimism: Icograda Design Week Brisbane. Dynamic and down-to-earth, Brisbane loves a celebration. Live performance by Australian artists '26'. Awesome venue. Fine Australian wines. International cuisine. Join us for the party!

Hosted by the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA). This event made possible through the generous support of Queensland Government, Brisbane Marketing, 26 and W2 Storyeum. Partial proceeds will go to Architecture for Humanity in support of their work in Haiti.

Delegates: $0 (show your conference pass at the door)
At The Door: $20

Workshop: UX Design for the web
10am-12noon, Friday 30 April
VFS Web Café 390 W Hastings
Presented by: Steve Fisher, Palantir.net

UX Design for the web is a hot topic, but far too often we find it too hard to pin down so we just touch the surface and don’t explore the depths. As it is becoming something of a de-facto standard it is in our best interest as interactive designers to understand the disipline. No longer something that has to always be hugely complex and costly, we’ll cover the “back to basics” approach to UX design in this workshop.

Questions answered by the workshop:

  • With so many different people using the web there should be a best practice, intuitive user experience for the design. So why do Drupal, Joomla, Wordpress and others do it so differently? Take an inside look at the UX process used in developing some of the leading CMS admins.

  • What is UX design?

  • Simple vs. Complex?
How do different website designers handle the UX design process?

  • What are some best practices for UX design?
What are the benefits to the end user?
How do you organise IA to simplify the user experience?
Can a simple design work in a complex situation?

  • How do you use UX patterns to speed up a design?

  • How do you create a solution that will work in a broad context?

  • What do I(we) recommend?

The workshop is included in your conference registration, however we recommend that you reserve your seat.

Establishing a National Profile for Graphic Design Education in Canada
Friday 30 April 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Emily Carr University of Art + Design  Vancouver, BC
1399 Johnston Street (Granville Island)
Lecture Theatre, South Building, (Room 301)

What do prospective students need to know to make an informed decision about their future study in graphic design? How do we as educators define graphic design education? classify institutions? quantify program outcomes? There are a myriad of resources, but none provide a comprehensive view about graphic design education in Canada. The focus of this round table is to discuss how a national profile for post-secondary graphic design education can support the profession, prospective students, educators and the public.

  1. Why is Canada different?
  2. How Canadian graphic design educators perceive their programs
  3. What is an educator’s community?
  4. Big questions: Break-out Session
  5. Future directions

Click here to download the invitation and here to download a discussion document.

Rise & Shine: Breakfast with Adobe™
8:00 - 8:45 am, 29 April
Included in your conference registration fee

Tell your story using Adobe’s full range of creative tools with Adobe® Creative Suite® 5 Master Collection software. Move projects easily among applications for print, web and interactive design. Take them to video production and create stunning motion graphics and effects. And benefit from integration with new Adobe CS Live online services,* which can further enhance your productivity. From start to finish, design amazing work, collaborate effectively and deliver virtually anywhere!

Join us for breakfast on the 29 April to get a glimpse into the future. Colin Smith, Adobe Technical Resources Manager for Canada, shares his expertise and passion for technology with creative professionals across Canada. Hear first hand from Colin where the toolset is headed.

CS Live online services are complimentary for a limited time - visit www.adobe.com/go/cslive for details.

Student exhibitions

Capilano University
IDEA Grad Show 2010
Gala opening
Monday, 26 April, 6:00-9:00 pm
Harbour Centre
555 West Hastings Street

Vancouver Island University, Department of Art and Design
Progressions Celebration, Exhibition and Awards Show
Opening “emerge”: 4th year Graphic Design Grad show
22 April 5:00-7:00pm
Nanaimo Art Gallery Downtown
150 Commercial Street.
Show runs 22 April - 8 May

Progressions Opening Celebration
26 April 2020
VIU Theatre and Art Building 325,
Vancouver Island University
900 Fifth Street, Nanaimo BC

Appetizers: Delicious Bites of Digital Design
VFS Digital Design Spring Graduation Show
Wednesday, 28 April 2020
Main Theatre - 420 Homer St.
5:00pm - 8:00pm

Be the first to sample the tastiest student design projects - projects that are already making an impact in showcases like SXSW and Lovely Package. And it's not your typical grad show - each graduate will be showcasing one project that they are especially proud of in short three minute presentations. You get a quick preview at some of their hottest work before these designers take on the world. Of course, food and drink will be served! Join Vancouver's design community for a night of good design, fresh new talent and socialising. Cocktails at 5:00, presentations start at 5.30. Sign up at digitalRSVP@vfs.com before Friday 23 April.

Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Graduation Show
Preview Night
Friday 30 April, 6:00-9:00 pm
1399 Johnston Street (Granville Island)

Official Grad Show Opening
Saturday 1 May, 6:00-9:00 pm

The 2010 Graphic Design for Marketing Degree Show
Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Industry Night
Wednesday, 19 May, 7:00-9:00pm

Speakers Night
Thursday, 20 May, 7:00-9:00pm

Degree Show
Friday, 21 May, 9:00-6:30pm

The Waterfall Building
1540 W. 2nd Ave, Vancouver BC

Tickets for Speakers Night can be purchased here.
Order ASAP, as seating is limited.