The Jim Rimmer Community Scholarship for Design Award is an exciting opportunity for students to submit a completed project (or one currently in progress) for a community program, a non-profit, or an environmental or social cause. Students who are currently enrolled in a design program in British Columbia or who have graduated within the past year (Fall 2015/Spring 2016) are eligible. Scholarships will be awarded on the strength the solution, and how effectively it communicates a message, benefits a community, affects action and promotes change.
Two $1,000 scholarships from Hemlock Printers Ltd.
“We are very proud to support the next generation of designers in our community, through this fitting honour of Jim Rimmer’s contributions to the field with this scholarship.” ~ Dick Kouwenhoven, president and CEO of Hemlock Printers
About Jim Rimmer:
Jim Rimmer was a pivotal influence in Canadian letterpress and private press. Many of his typefaces, such as Albertan are ubiquitous in print and digital graphic design worldwide. His stature as an icon was recognized in 2007 when he was awarded a fellowship by the GDC.
Sadly, Jim Rimmer passed away on Saturday, January 9th, 2010 after battling cancer. The scholarship was initially announced in November 2009 at Practivism, an annual GDC/BC event. Jim knew of the scholarship in his name, though he was too ill to attend Practivism.
“Jim Rimmer is an icon of Canadian design, craftsmanship and ingenuity. This scholarship is a reminder to the new generation of design thinkers that we need to retain the principles of our craft, Jim led by example. His work and passion will always be an inspiration to our members and everyone in the design industry.” ~ Marga Lopez, CGD, past-president of GDC/BC. “
Who May Apply:
Students who are currently enrolled in a design program in British Columbia or who have graduated within the past year (Fall 2015/Spring 2016) are eligible to apply. Entries are accepted from individuals or groups.
What Kinds Of Projects Can Be Submitted:
The Jim Rimmer Community Scholarship for Design Award is dedicated to demonstrating the value of outstanding design solutions that enhance and contribute to empower a community, a non-profit organization, or an environmental or social cause. Solutions should affect action and promote positive change.
Applicants should submit a completed project or one currently in progress, and clearly explain how it meets the criteria of the scholarship. At least a portion of the project’s solution should consider print-based communications. Additional elements may include a variety of communication mediums such as outdoor signage, t-shirts, banner advertising, print-based advertising, websites, web-based or social media campaigns, or other communication-based media. Submissions are not limited to pro-bono work.
Applications will be reviewed by a select panel of judges consisting of two members of the GDC/BC Chapter and two representatives of Hemlock Printers Ltd.
Criteria for Judging:
- Background: details of the supporting cause, non-profit or community, environmental or social cause and the challenges they face.
- Solution: the design solution and its supporting rationale.
- Effectiveness: the impact (or potential impact if this cannot be measured) of the solution to advance the non-profit organization or cause being supported.
The decision of the judges is final.
Your application must include:
- A completed application form (download PDF from this page)
- A visual presentation of your submission
- Proof of enrolment or graduation within the past year (Fall 2015/Spring 2016) in a BC design program.
Conditions & Restrictions:
Scholarships will only be awarded to individuals or groups who are currently enrolled in a post-secondary art / design program or who have recently graduated (Fall 2015/Spring 2016) in the province of British Columbia.
GDC/BC is not asking for design time or free ideas – we are asking for the presentation of ongoing or finished concepts and projects that demonstrate the use of design thinking to benefit their community and that effectively communicate a message, affect action and promote change.
Submissions are not limited to pro-bono work.
Judges, GDC/BC and Hemlock Printers Ltd. reserve the right to award only one scholarship, or none, if they feel the submissions do not achieve a high enough caliber and fully meet the Scholarship criteria outlined.
Submissions not awarded a scholarship will remain the intellectual property of the applicant. GDC/BC will not implement any of the submitted projects or retain ownership of the submitted work. However, the GDC/BC and Hemlock Printers Ltd. reserve the right to showcase submitted projects for the promotion of the Jim Rimmer Community Scholarship for Design, unless the applicant requests otherwise in writing.
Scholarships are awarded to a student individual. Team or student group submissions must identify a student captain to receive the scholarship on behalf of the group. The ultimate distribution of funds among the group is the group’s responsibility.
Applicants who want their materials returned must include a written request with their submitted proposal. They must pick up the work or pay for its return from Hemlock Printers Ltd. in Burnaby.
GDC/BC and Hemlock Printers Ltd. reserve the right to publish and promote completed projects made possible by the Jim Rimmer Community Scholarship for Design. Scholarship recipients may also be asked to share their winning solutions with others in the graphic design community through promotions or announcements. GDC/BC and Hemlock Printers Ltd. reserve the right to reproduce any submissions, along with pertinent case details, in materials produced to promote and support the Jim Rimmer Community Scholarship for Design.
Submission Deadline: Monday, November 14, 2016 (4:00 pm PST)
Judging: November 14-15, 2016
Winners Announced: Thursday, November 17, 2016 at Practivism 9
Event Sponsor: Hemlock Printers
Download Scholarship Application: Jim Rimmer Scholarship Application
Submission BY PRINT: Please send your application form along with all the requested supporting materials to:
Hemlock Printers Ltd. (Main Plant)
7050 Buller Avenue
Burnaby, B.C. V5J 4S4
Tel: 604 438 2456
Mark submissions: Jim Rimmer Scholarship
- exported and received within one PDF
- a maximum file size of 15MB total
- cleanly displayed on a 11” x 17” tabloid page (landscape only) with a 0.5” margin.
- For web design, web design components of branding design, and interactive submissions, screen captures must be placed on a tabloid size page and must include a valid url.
- Download a submission template - Submission Template
- Email the application form along with submission to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information contact:
Johnathon Vaughn Strebly, President/BC Chapter, Graphic Designers of Canada
Carolina Becerra, Education Chair/BC Chapter, Graphic Designers of Canada