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Back to life, back to reality.

Posted on May 13, 2011 by

I never go anywhere.

It could be my fear of crowds, the lure of my sofa or just my anti-social nature. Whatever the reason, when I decided to attend the GDC’s PICA Conference I was filled with the strangest sense of panic. Most people would be thrilled with the prospect of spending 3 days nerding out with designers in the mountains (ok, maybe not most people but certainly the designerly types). All I could think of is how I was going to force myself to socialize from the dark corner I intended to blend in with.

I am happy to report that all that panic and worry was for nothing. The conference was amazing and I would highly recommend attending the next one. I could tell you all about it but these folks do a much better job (and they have fun photos).

Now, a week later as I settle back into my daily routine and reflect, I realize I left Banff with three very important lessons:

1. Socializing with other designers is actually very easy at a conference. There is plenty of alcohol flowing and you can just grab your drink and head to the nearest dark corner. There are very likely already 3-4 others trying to hide there that you can strike up a conversation with.

2. There are a lot of famous Jewish Canadians. This is sorta one of those “had to be there” comments. Lets just say I now know a lot about Percy Faith and even helped decorate a cake in his honour.

3. The Fairmont Banff Springs is a lovely OLD hotel. Dont let anyone convince you that its age means that its haunted or that “The Shining” was filmed there (or that your hairdryer caught on fire for either of those reasons). Your sleep will not be a sound one.

| May 5 | Events
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PICA Conference

Posted on March 25, 2011 by

The Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, Alberta North Chapter is extremely proud to present PICA 2011 – BEYOND: the un-convention – a design conference that openly eschews the ordinary and any other euphemism for business as usual.

The scene will be set by the conference host – the wildly talented, and extremely entertaining –LAURIE ROSENWALD ( An inspiring line-up of speakers include ARMIN VIT (co-founder of one of the most frequently visited design networks, RANDY HUNT (Interaction Designer at and the founder of, BLAIR ENNS (founder of and a business development consultant to marketing communication agencies), FELIX BELTRAN (an expert in branding design and Professor at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, México), AND MORE TO COME!

Have questions? Email and they will happily get you the answers!

| March 3 | Events
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GDC A Creative Cause

Posted on September 24, 2010 by

zag creative group inc. is proud to be a part of the GDC and invites you to Edmonton’s first Creative Cause fundraising auction showcasing individuals and businesses, and their creative talent and services. There will be a wide variety of auction items to bid on from printers, graphic designers, agencies, photographers and artists – basically those items from anyone who creates and inspires the world around them.

All auction proceeds go to the ongoing education and inspiration of industry students and professionals in our community, and Boyle Street Community Services.

Thursday, October 7, 2010
Art Gallery of Alberta
2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
6:30 – 11:00 pm
Guest performance by Edmonton band, Manraygun.
Hors d’oeuvre by Zinc Restaurant featuring Executive Chef, David Omar.

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| September 9 | Events
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