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2015 Interdisciplinary AMAZON FIELD SCHOOL “INFO SESSION” 

Hosted by Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS)

Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) are conducting an information session
about the 2015 Interdisciplinary AMAZON FIELD SCHOOL on January 15th, 2015 in room 1820 at the Richmond campus.

Thursday, January 15th, 2015
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Richmond campus –  1820

Please feel free to come visit the Info session!

Canada 150 Petition: Federal Government Design Contest

On Friday, December 5, 2014, the federal government announced a speculative design contest aimed at students to create Canada’s 150th anniversary identity.

As Educators, you know that these contests are frequently promoted as positive opportunities to involve students, but they are in fact, used to secure cheap production in that they involve hundreds or thousands of students providing intellectual property without due compensation. Read more…

Weekend Lab Hours

Hey Everyone,

Rooms 3082, 3084 and 3086 are open on the weekends if you have to come in to do some work:

Saturday, 8am-4pm
Sunday, 12-6pm

Please note, the colour printer room will be locked though so access to the colour printer will be closed on weekends. You may continue to use the black and white printer in room 3084. If you arrive and the doors to the classrooms are locked, please ask a security guard or facilities member to unbolt the door (let them know you are a GDMA student).



RSVP to GDMA’s Back to School Bash

Hello New, Current, and Visiting GDMA students,

Hope you all had a great summer! As you may have heard, we are having a celebratory lunch event to welcome you to the fall semester on September 2nd, 11:30 am -1:30pm in Melville Conference Room A on the second floor.

We have a few announcements to make, and an event planned that should be lots of fun. It is strongly recommended that you all attend.

Please RSVP to Shannon Pang via email at by Wednesday, August 27th so I can order enough food and drinks for everyone.

Thank you!

GDC Student Survey

As we are currently planning our next big event, the Salazar awards and POGO; we wanted to get some input from other students about what they would like to see, in terms of speakers and workshops.
We ask that you pass this survey onto your students, which should take less than 5 minutes, so we can better understand the needs and interests of students.

Here is the survey link:

GMID – Global Marketing Information Database

You may find this useful for your design projects.

The Library is pleased to announce that we have initiated a trial of Global Marketing Information Database (Passport Edition), from Euromonitor. GMID is a leading global market research tool that includes industry data, country and consumer data, as well as detailed country reports. Read more…

Where’s Nick?

Frühling JuniorHello folks, this is Nick, your regularly scheduled program assistant. This weekend my wife and I welcomed a new baby into our family: coincidentally, you’ll notice that I’m no longer in my office. I’ve been fortunate enough to take a paternity leave from my job in GDMA, one of Kwantlen’s best benefits, and while I enjoy looking after the 80 of you, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to concentrate on the 3 of my own. I officially return in the summer, but will do my best to find time and visit, and won’t be missing the grad show. You can also follow my continuing adventures in sleeplessness on Twitter.

Meanwhile, the program is currently in the process of hiring my replacement who, among other duties, will be taking care of the office toys while I’m gone. Please welcome them when they start, and if you need assistance before that time, talk to Ken, Juilien or Radka.

Thanks very much for all the kind words and support, I’ll see you soon enough, and don’t eat and drink at the computers.

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Student Resources & Equipment Rentals

As a student in the GDMA program, you have at your disposal a variety of resources and equipment included in the price of admission. These are all available to borrow by talking to me or our systems supervisor, Juilien Phillips (room 3050). You can sign most things out for a few days at a time, and if you know you need something ahead of time, even reserve it beforehand. You can also rent additional things from the campus library such as cameras, analog projectors, TVs and DVD players, Windows C.O.W. systems (Computer-On-Wheels), lighting kits and even books.

Here’s a list of what we have for you, subject to availability…

  • Binding Machine – for metal/plastic binding (if you’re new to it, you’ll need instruction)
  • Monitor Adapters – DVI/VGA dongles to connect various Mac laptops to projectors
  • M.O.W. (Mac-On-Wheels) – portable desktop computer/projector for presentations
  • MacBook Pro Laptop – extra portable computer for mobile presentations
  • NEC Projector – additional digital projector
  • Presentation Remote – controls Powerpoint/Keynote automatically on Macs & PCs
  • Cords – Firewire (400, 800 and converters), USB (mini and regular) and more
  • Headphones – full ear coverage headphones for working on your own
  • Pantone Colour Specifier – both regular and metallic swatch books
  • Video Cameras – Canon digital camcorders and a Panasonic DVX100 (4th year only)
  • Tripods – basic and super fancy for Panasonic DVX100 (4th year only)
  • Microphones – wireless lavalier, shotgun mic, and XLR cables (4th year only)
  • Chroma Screens – you know, green and blue screens, like the movies use (4th year only)
  • Lighting Kit – specifically for shooting DV movies (4th year only)
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Printer Progress

Seasoned students will know that colour printing at Kwantlen isn’t always the seamless process it should be. I’m happy to report that we’ve made some progress on that front: now when you send print jobs to the colour printer, before you pay you can see the filename of the what you’re about to print. This will eliminate that unfunny situation where you pay for someone else’s jobs.

Black & white printing is still going strong in the labs, and remains free for GDMA students, but please remember to limit your printing and think twice before you hit command-P. Waste has been an increasingly prominent issue, and the threat of adding a card reader and making you pay is very real.

Get Dropbox

Dropbox is pre-installed on ever GDMA lab computer. If you’re not familiar, Dropbox is a nifty little application that easily syncs your data between multiple computers. You can think of it like a USB drive that you never lose and is always available online, accessible from home, school, work, etc. Many students and most of our faculty use it, and it can be very helpful for collaborative projects. You can go here to watch a video that explains it better, and then sign up for a free account. Once you have your account ready, I’ll have to authorize the admin requirement once and once only, so just let me know when you’re ready to go.

Full disclosure: I get a small boost in my own Dropbox space if you click though using that link. Thanks!