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Honored to announce that I be will sitting on a panel discussing Industry Trends at RGD Ontario’s HeadStart Conference , Saturday, February 27, 2010.

HeadStart is a Career Development Conference for students, recent grads and professionals held by RGD Ontario.

Panelists include Bernard Hellen R.G.D., President + Creative Director of Traffic Marketing + Design; Scott Morrison R.G.D. of The Bauhub; Arlene Gould R.G.D, Adjunct Professor in Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability at York University; and myself.

For more information on the conference, visit HeadStart 2010

Republished from RGD Ontario

December 10, 2009
8:00 – 9:30 am
The Gladstone Hotel
North Ballroom
214 Queen Street West, Toronto

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the law but were afraid to ask. Copyright/trademark, employment, contracts and commerical litigation… The list of legal territories impacting graphic designers goes on and on but getting legal advice can be expensive. Join us for this interactive Q&A with lawyers with a range of specialties from our Legal Partner Keyser Mason Ball LLP. We’ll tackle all your legal quandaries and address some you may not have even thought of!

Panelists will be:

Amy Delisle – Amy is a member of the firm’s Business Law Group. She is actively involved with clients who are buying and selling businesses and assists small and medium sized enterprises with start up and organization.

Simon Heath – Simon is a member of the firm’s management labour relations and employment law group. He provides advice and services on all aspects of employment law including compensation arrangements, employment contracts and workplace policies, workplace restructuring, wrongful dismissals, employment standards, occupational health and safety and privacy.

Patricia Szwed – Patricia is engaged in a commercial litigation practice. Her practice involves issues pertaining to general business litigation, including shareholder disputes, municipal law issues and environmental compliance issues, employment matters and construction liens and claims.

Ashlee Froese – Ashlee is a lawyer and trade-mark agent whose practice encompasses intellectual property, branding, packaging, labeling, marketing and advertising law. She assists emerging and established clients in all aspects of brand protection, including copyright, trade-marks, branding and domain name law. Some of the questions that will be answered:

  1. When you’re pitching a proposal/concept to a client, how do you protect your intellectual property?
  2. What can you do when your intellectual property is being infringed?
  3. What are some pro-active steps that you can take early on in a relationship to help you collect on unpaid accounts from a client?
  4. What can you do if a client or another that you deal with it has breached a contract with you?
  5. If you use a corporation to carry on business, do you still need insurance? Are you free from personal liability?
  6. Does a contract have to be in writing to be binding?
  7. What are the benefits of a written employment contract?
  8. How much termination pay am I entitled to at the end of employment?
  9. When is a restrictive covenant enforceable?
  10. When can I compete with my former employer in the absence of a restrictive covenant?

Submit your own confidential legal questions in advance to

This breakfast will provide members and other designers a venue to discuss design and business issues, network, discuss the latest trends and learn from peers. This event is open to all but you must register in advance to attend, as seating is limited.

Pricing: Members: $20 + GST
Non-Members: $35 + GST

 To register, email, or call 1.888.274.3668 1.888.274.3668

Lift@Home Toronto and DemoCamp 2019

Republished from Tom Purves.

ATTENTION NEW VENUE: Canadian Corps Association Hall 201 Niagara Street Toronto

Introducing Lift@Home Toronto and DemoCamp 2019 [ticket link]

LIFT Conference is an international tech conference based out of Geneva, with events in Switzerland, France and Korea. For the first time this year, Toronto has been invited to participate as part of the Lift@Home. Lift is not your usual tech conference in that it tends to mash up web tech with arts with humanism and futurism. Cool stuff

To give this event a special Toronto flavor we’ve teamed up with the Toronto DemoCamp community. But, there’s a catch! We want to see demos only of things you can’t build today. We want to see demos from the near-medium future of 2019. Predict the future one decade out. This is DemoCamp 2019.

Our presenters have a fairly open ended but challenging design brief. We’ve tasked them with imagining a future state of the world, to make a bet on what might happen to the earth, technology, society in the next decade, and then present to you what will be the killer demo in the year 2019. So unlike normal demos, we don’t want to see working code. We want to see stuff that would be impossible or hopelessly impractical today, but could be the killer app in just a decade more.

Each presenter will have a hard limit 12 minutes to present their visionary design, and you the audience will have several minutes to question, to critique and discuss. (But what’s your revenue model?! and so forth…)

There will be a couple special guest presenters as well as 3-4 open slots. There will also be good prizes for the best demo in the open category.

If you, and/or your handpicked team of future-visionary design all-stars would like to sign up to be a presenter contact me for watch for further instructions (application form coming soon).

DATE: November 17th, 2009
TIME: 6:30pm, doors at 6:00pm
VENUE: Drake Hotel Canadian Corps Association

Lift@Home Toronto is being organized by: Francesca Birks, Mark Kuznicki, Michele Perras, Milena Vujanovic and Thomas Purves

I was introduced to a short film recently that is original and unforgettable: “Mankind is No Island”, Directed by Jason van Genderen. My girlfriend had been shown it by a foreign student, who is learning English, and they both were brought to tears by its clear and universal message of empathy towards the homeless in our communities.

van Genderen uses images of words found on street signage throughout New York and Sydney, captured on a cell phone camera, to narrate his story. The films soundtrack consists of a haunting piano composition.

“Mankind is No Island” is a 3 ½ minute film that won the top prize at Tropfest NY 2008 this past September. Tropfest is the world’s largest short film festival and is held every spring in Sydney and fall in New York.

Tropfests’ mission is to “continue to develop the most exciting forum in the world for audiences to come together and celebrate premium short films; and to continue to offer young filmmakers a bigger and better platform from which to launch their professional careers.”

According to the official announcement of the winner for Tropfest NY 2008, the entire budget for “Mankind is No Island” was $57. Very impressive.

Listen to an interview of Jason van Genderen regarding his film.

Design at Work Exhibit
Urban Space Gallery (beside SWIPE Books)
401 Richmond St W, Toronto

RGD Ontario presents the 2008 Design at Work Exhibit, a juried exhibit of professional graphic design demonstrating how design creates value for business.

For more information on Design at Work 2008, click here.

mesh-logoMesh Conference 2009 tickets have gone on sale.

Mesh promotes itself as Canada’s leading web conference. 2008’s conference featured Daniel Burka (the creative director of Digg), Kevin Hale (Wufoo) and Avi Bryant (Dabble DB) as speakers.

It will be held April 7th & 8th, 2009 at

MaRS Centre, South Tower
101 College Street
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5G 1L7

For more information:

To register: