Design Canada World Premier at HotDocs Theatre
After six years in the works, Design Canada premiered at Hot Docs Theatre in Toronto on June 13, 2018. The documentary focuses on the history of Canadian graphic design and its impact on Canadians through the 60s, 70s & 80s to present day. Featuring a multitude of design icons such as Stuart Ash, Fritz Gottschalk, Massimo Vignelli, Marian Bantjes and a roster of commentators including Concrete’s very own John Pylypczak and Diti Katona, the film uses their stories to bring the history of Canadian graphic design to life.
Following a successful spring Kickstarter campaign, expectations were high for the premier. Tickets for the Toronto screening were sold out within a week of their initial release; Design Canada immediately added additional screenings for late June to keep up with demand.
Director Greg Durell was on hand to introduce the film, and the evening ended with a post-film Q&A with two esteemed design icons featured in the documentary – Burton Kramer, designer of the logo and corporate visual identity program for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), and Jim Donoahue, creator of the Canada wordmark. For the hundreds of attendees in the audience, it was an occasion to celebrate the golden era of design in Canada.