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Advertising AD vs. graphic design AD

I hope you can help me. I am a 31 year old full-time student at FIDM in Los Angeles and I’m trying to figure out if I should change my major, which as of now is Visual Communications. I have some questions and was referred to you by Jean Coyne from Communication Arts. So …

Looking for a great design school in Toronto

I have been working in a Design House for the past five months, and I’ve graduate out of the IAOD last June. I was thinking of going back to school to further educate myself in the advertising / graphic design field. I was wondering if guys can suggest a school that is …

Looking to break into the Toronto design scene

Hi…I am an experienced and professional creative designer who is new in town (Toronto). I have over 7 years of experience but I wonder if you can help me with any tips as on how to break into the design scene from here. I have done loads of online research and have my resume …

My design book is getting copywriting kudos

I am a graphic design graduate from George Brown College. I graduated about 4 years ago. After my first year of graduating I sent out self promos to design firms and ad agenices. Only one design firm responded, I had more success with the ad agencies. I got calls right away from …

How did you learn typography?

Jancy…how did you learn typography? I think it is hard now, with so many typefaces and computers to learn typography. In the old days it must have been easier.
In the “old days” I learned typography on a computer at the University of Delaware (such a relief when we moved on from carving in stone). …

What’s the best design/advertising magazine?

If you were stuck in a deserted island and you could only get by subscription one design/advertising magazine, which one would it be and why?
It would have to be Communication Arts, out of Palo Alto, CA. The Bible. The best awards annual in the world (neck and neck with the One …


About Jancy

'Jancy' is Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk, Co-Founders of Swim, a unique “creative leadership training lab for advertising creatives and marketers.” Prior to Swim, Jancy was globally renowned as the Co-Chief Creative Officers of Ogilvy & Mather Toronto, a position they held for thirteen of the twenty years they were a creative duo at the agency. Over the years they've racked up Cannes Lions, Clios, One Show pencils and CA credits, and have lead their shop to two Cannes Lions Grand Prix and a Grand Clio. They've judged CA, Cannes, D&AD, the One Show, the Clios and other prestigious award shows. Creativity named them two of the top 50 creative people of 2008. Known for their outspoken, no-bullshit style and a passion for mentoring juniors, they're ready to give you advice if you're ready to take it.

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