Libby Leshgold Gallery

How do we build criteria to establish authenticity in Canadian design history? What might the landscape, or eco-system, of Canadian design history look like?

Please join us for a discussion with designers Greg Durrell, Joel Derksen, and curator of Never Precious, Bonne Zabolotney. The discussion takes place within the Never Precious exhibition. From this vantage point and through their own projects the speakers will address ideas and issues around the history of Canadian design—a history that has been inconsistently recorded and discussed.

Greg Durrell is a graphic designer and filmmaker based in Vancouver. He is a partner at Hulse & Durrell, a design firm that includes the International Olympic Committee, the Canadian Olympic Team, NBC Sports, and Square, among its clients. Durrell is currently working on a feature-length documentary film that looks at the influence of 1960s graphic design on and in relation to Canada’s national identity.

Joel Derksen is a Canadian graphic designer currently working between Amsterdam and London. Prior to this, he worked at IDEO where he linked culture and change to brands and businesses. His newly-started project on King Show Prints aims to introduce the work of Andrew King, a Saskatchewan-based carver and printer, to the international design scene.

Bonne Zabolotney holds a Bachelor of Design from Alberta College of Art and Design, a Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies from Simon Fraser University and is a PhD candidate in Media and Communication at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia. She has worked as a communication designer in Vancouver since 1993 and some of her most notable work can be found in the philatelic section of the National Archives of Canada. Zabolotney is Vice-President Academic and Provost at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

Never Precious, an exhibition of vernacular Canadian design from the early to mid-twentieth century, continues until July 2, 2017.


Various Canadian Pennants, mid- to late-century.