A team of Ryerson University students acting under the RyeTAGA banner are preparing for the mid-March TAGA conference in Jacksonville, Florida, where they hope to recapture the prestigious Helmut Kipphan Cup.
RyeTAGA, comprised of students from Ryerson’s Graphic Communications Management program, has been awarded the Kipphan Cup twice over the past four years, as part of TAGA’s annual competition amongst international post-secondary printing programs to produce the best overall technical journal.
In addition to compiling and preparing some of its research, students are involved in every aspect of the journal’s production, from imposition, proofing, and plate-making to press runs, binding and finishing.
Production of this year’s journal began in January, with the support of Toronto-area printing companies Flash Reproductions and RP Graphics. The journal’s sheetfed-offset cover also applies a screen-printing process with thermochromic ink for a touch-sensitive effect. “We wanted to do something far-out and unique,” says RyeTAGA member, Mary Tran. “Standing out and setting yourself apart from the competition is how to get noticed, and we always like to push the boundaries of what print can do.”
While its ultimate goal this March is to once again capture the Kipphan Cup, RyeTAGA traditionally has done very well in all of the competition’s categories. The initiative also allows the student group to become engaged with Canada’s community of printers and suppliers. “It’s a really good opportunity for you to get out there and meet people and see what’s outside the school doors. Networking is a life skill that is important to have and going to a conference like TAGA is the greatest opportunity to hone that skill,” says Brian Bako, RyeTAGA’s Marketing Director.
RyeTAGA counts on Canada’s printing community for mentoring and financial support. “Printers and suppliers are a great help to us because they are the industry support we need to boost our book internally and externally,” says Kaneesha Serjue, Fundraising Director for RyeTAGA. “We value all forms of donations be it money, supplies, or expertise. And we help them get their name out, and get them in contact with student talent. Partnering with reputable companies in the industry is good moral support for students, which is important since students are the future of tomorrow.”