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Design Archive: Canada Modern

The ADCC is proud to present Design Archive - a month-long exhibition featuring a selection of Canadian graphic design from the Canada Modern collection. Join us on Thursday, October 20 for a live event featuring guest speakers Blair Thomson and Glenn Fretz. The exhibition will feature original artefacts that encapsulate the collection, particularly in the area of identity, typography and graphic communication. Posters, books, manuals, literature, stamps and ephemera will form a strong representation and be on display. Work from studios such as Gottschalk+Ash, Burton Kramer Associates, Paul Arthur+Associates, Design Collaborative, Gilles Robert et associés, Norman B Hathaway Associates, Studio Guy Lalumière, Cooper & Beatty, Perception Design... and many others will all be showcased. Many unseen pieces will feature ahead of being listed on This month-long exhibition and event is supported by the School of Design, George Brown College.

Date and Time

Oct 20, 2022 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM EDT


School of Design, George Brown College 3 Lower Jarvis St Toronto, ON M5E 3Y5

Meet our Speakers

Blair Thomson

Blair Thomson

Believe In Founder / Creative Director

Blair Thomson is the Founder and Creative Director of design practice Believe in, with studios in Canada and the UK. During his 25 years in business, Blair’s adaptability, versatility and desire for creative excellence has allowed him to successfully work with clients both large and small across diverse industries and scales. A harmony between strategic foundation, unique ideas and beautiful outcomes lie at the heart of Blair’s approach and creative processes. His work is multi-award winning and has featured in many leading design publications worldwide. In 2015 he was selected by The Coca-Cola Company as one of 100 global leading creative talents. Born in Toronto, Blair moved to the UK as a teenager where he went on to train and cut his teeth in the industry. In 2015, he returned to Canada permanently. On his return he established the Canada Modern archive, a physical collection and study of Canadian graphic design from 1960 — 1985. Through this important endeavour, Blair champions, educates and inspires the world with this remarkable body of work, created at a pivotal time in Canadian design history. He guest lectures at the School of Visual Arts, New York on Canadian Design and the International Typographic Style. Blair is also the co-author of the book Graphic Stamps by revered design publishers Unit Editions in London, England.

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