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Student Mural at IKEA

April 29, 2019

Design student Ayla Manning spent her three week work placement at IKEA in their communication and design department. She was tasked with designing a sustainability mural for their customer recycling area.

“I love Winnipeg, and I love telling stories about Winnipeg. This project was a dream come true – a chance to illustrate all the things I love about Winnipeg plus sustainability for a brand that’s been part of my life since before I could walk.”

“It was daunting, at first, to even think of illustrating on such a large scale. I got a lot of support from the IKEA team who helped me figure out how to think big. They showed me how to work my way up from small sketches to full-sized prints to create the full story.

-Ayla Manning

Stop by the store and see her work near the main entrance. #IKEAWinnipegCoCreate

Graphic Design – Sherpa Marketing

April 17, 2019

Sherpa Marketing is one of Canada’s leading technology driven marketing services companies. Our full-service approach allows our experienced guides to lead Sherpa’s customers through needs analysis to strategy development and to the execution of tactics that drive client success.

Your gregarious nature means you are the type of person that people want to be around. Your love of pop-culture and design in general will make a great fit with Sherpa’s culture. You have a keen understanding of the use and application of technology as it pertains to delivering high quality design.

We offer a collaborative, open-concept work environment – sorry, no hiding in a cubicle here. We have a team of designers and staff that are both eager to share their knowledge and learn new skills from you, with projects ranging from small-scale “quickies” to large-scale branding and rollout.

A burning desire to do the best you can within established parameters is a key attribute of all successful Sherpas.

Job Summary & Scope

Reporting to the Art Director, you will work collaboratively with other members of the Sherpa team to create and deliver high quality brand/print/web/mobile/video and application user experiences.

Key Responsibilities & Accountabilities

  • Designing, testing, documenting and deploying high performance creative that drives ROI for Sherpa’s clients using a variety of tools and techniques
  • Working independently
  • Ensuring projects meets company standards
  • Deliver tasks within given deadlines and budgets

Required Competencies

  • Execute graphic design and production responsibilities in a matter that is both professional and accurate, while adhering to the graphic standards of our clients.
  • Work directly on design projects through conception, creation and production creating print and online marketing materials.
  • Work on projects that require advanced layout skills and file preparation with a very high degree of accuracy.
  • Provide support to other graphic designers on collaborative projects.
  • Great portfolio of work
  • Creativity
  • Excellent communication, time management, troubleshooting, analytical, and interpersonal skills
  • Diligence and commitment to Quality Assurance and self-assessment of your own work
  • User Experience/User Interface Design for Web/Apps
  • Strong typography skills
  • A conscientious, hard-working, team-oriented player – we’re a very collaborative
    environment, and there’s no room for big egos or showboats.
  • A detail oriented multi-tasker with the ability to switch hats as required
  • A problem solver, with the initiative to find new solutions without being asked
  • A level-headed approach to work that can operate under pressure and meet deadlines

Technical Requirements

  • Adobe Creative Suite – InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator
  • Windows
  • MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook

Bonus Skills

  • Adobe Premiere, After Effects
  • Lightroom
  • Cinema 4D
  • HTML, CSS, WordPress

Other Duties as Required

  • Employees are expected to help fill any gaps in work as each person’s capabilities allow.
  • Occasional travel may be required

Job Qualifications
Education, Skills and Experience

  • Post-secondary diploma/degree in graphic design/digital media
  • Flexibility to adapt to a fast-paced, deadline oriented work environment
  • Ability to work under pressure, and quickly assimilate large quantities of information
  • Detail-oriented
  • An optimistic attitude and a willingness to learn
  • Exceptional communication, interpersonal and team skills
  • A thorough understanding of the creative process


Please submit your CV and portfolio to

Annual Grad Show

April 10, 2019

Wednesday May 1 and Thursday May 2, 2019

Friends and Family Day – May 1 | 9:30 am to 7 pm
Industry Night – May 2 | 5 to 8 pm
Design Shop – May 2 from noon to 7 pm and during the industry night. All our products can be seen online

Stop by the atrium of the Roblin Center and see the work displays of the graduating class of 2019.


User Experience (UX) Analyst & Designer

March 22, 2019

Are you driven to help clients design software that they will love using?

The Imaginet team is seeking a UX Analyst & Designer local in the Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada) area. In this role for a UX Analyst & Designer, you will use your experience with user design methodologies using agile delivery to provide both creative and analytical ideas to support and improve user experiences. In client engagements, you will need to interview stakeholders, facilitate group workshops, provide mockups and wireframes, as well as gather requirements to articulate process flows and user interactions. You will also need to collaborate with the software development team to develop your wireframes and prototypes into a working product for an amazing user experience.

Critical Competencies for Success: Analytical, creative, passionate about UX.

Travel will be required (ability to travel to and from Canada and US). Imaginet does not sponsor work visas, and we are only considering candidates local in Canada.

Full details available at:


Creative Artist – Pollard Banknote

March 1, 2019

The Opportunity

We’re looking for a Creative Artist to join our Creative Services Team in a full-time permanent position. As a Creative Artist, you will be responsible for editing existing lottery ticket art within a quick turnaround time as well as providing assistance when required with new ticket art and promotional material design.

Key Responsibilities

  • Edit existing lottery ticket art files per revision requests
  • Prepare and send art files
  • Create new ticket art and promotional material design


  • Post-secondary education in Graphic Art design or related field and/or relevant work experience
  • Proficient with the Adobe Creative Suite of products (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign)
  • Understanding of printing processes (Offset & Flexographic) is an asset
  • Experience within a print environment is preferred
  • Ability to handle high volumes of work while meeting tights deadlines
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to interpret written instructions and translate into correct art revisions
  • Highly creative with the ability to come up with new ticket art designs

Pollard Banknote offers a challenging, team-oriented environment, competitive compensation, profit sharing program, company pension and opportunities for professional development. Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter outlining fit and salary expectations along with a résumé to:

Pollard Banknote Limited
140 Otter Street Winnipeg, MB R3T 0M8



Sample DMD Demo Reels

December 19, 2018

Here are two terrific demo reels from two Digital Media Design students. The first one is from a 3D major, and the second is from a Video and Motion Graphics major. Which one appeals to you?

Learn Motion Graphic Design

December 18, 2018

The Digital Media Design program teaches motion graphic design, which nicely complements many of the other skill sets taught in the program: graphic design, 3D animation, DSLR video, photography, and web design. Below an example of a motion graphic assignment, which tasked the students to illustrate and animate a simple fact.


Here is another student motion graphic sample. The assignment was to create a 10 second motion graphic that starts and ends with a square. What they did in the middle was up to them. Students were told to focus on using simple shapes, great design, and audio/video synergy to create a compelling motion graphic.


Learn Digital Design

December 17, 2018

The core of the Digital Media Design program is rooted in design, and there are several design classes every week for the entire two years. Students also study traditional and digital illustration. Below are examples of a second year design/illustration assignment where students had to make a poster of their favourite movie, TV show, band, or video game.


Learn UX and Interface Design

December 16, 2018

User experience, or UX for short, refers to how a person interacts with a company or brand. This includes interactions with websites, mobile apps, social media, as well as actual face-to-face interaction.
In DMD, we teach the key principles of designing a great user experience. We also teach about responsive web design, or designing for an equally great user experience across a wide range of devices (mobile, tablets, desktops, etc).

Learn Photorealistic Lighting and Rendering

December 15, 2018

The goal of this assignment was to learn how to create realistic lighting and materials in 3D. Students used their camera and composition skills to try to replicate prime lens photography with plenty of depth of field. This was accomplished with Maya and Mental Ray.