C.J. Graphics, led by President Jay Mandarino, received a combined total of 71 Gold Awards in the International and Canadian Gallery of Superb Printing competitions, held annually by the IAPHC – known locally as the Craftsmen Club.
Six Toronto-area printing companies split a total of 197 awards – amid Gold, Silver, Bronze and Honourable Mention levels – within the IAPHC’s Canadian and International competitions, with C.J. Graphics taking home 153.
In the Canadian gallery competition, C.J. Graphics won the Best of Show award, sponsored by Heidelberg Canada, while Colour Innovations took home the Best Use of Ink award, sponsored by Taniguchi Ink. The remaining Gold Award winners from the Craftsmen competition included Colour Innovations, Metro Label, Polytainers, The AIIM Group, and The Lowe-Martin Group.
During the award celebrations, held last night at the Duncan House of Fine Dining, the Toronto Craftsmen chapter of the IAPHC organization also displayed its continued support of students pursuing post-secondary education in the graphic communications industry.
Student awards were handed out to seven people, including: Elina Shafigullina of Gordon Graydon Secondary, who will attend Ryerson’s Graphic Communications Management (GCM) program next year; Daria Shepelenko of George Brown College; Nasereen Ahmad of Humber College; Katherine Pires of Ryerson GCM; Christopher Barry of Phoneix Print Shop; and Olesya Milosevic of Centennial College.
Milosevic was also the runner up in the Craftsmen’s inaugural Graphic Design Challenge, in which students from across Canada submit a single print project (poster, brochure, banner, stationery, etc.) to win funding for their graphic arts studies. The competition’s top award went to Lakia Won from George Brown’s School of Design program.
The evening also featured a presentation from Ryerson GCM students Brian Bako and Mark Brejnik, who shared their experiences from the recent Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA) conference in Florida. As part of the RyeTAGA team, Bako and Brejnik described the process of creating RyeTAGA’s student journal, which included a thermochromic-ink cover and won three top awards at the TAGA conference, including: Best in Publication Design, Best in Production Quality, and Best in Overall Quality.
Bako and Brejnik took time to thank the Toronto Craftsmen Club for its continued support of the RyeTAGA initiative.