Canada Modern exists to preserve, document, educate and inspire, to build a new and richer understanding of what can clearly be seen as a seminal point in Canada’s development as a nation — one of optimism, growth and modernity. At the heart of this work lies identity design, typography and graphic communication. The archive’s purpose is to build a definitive and accessible record of this significant epoch, and a valuable reference for designers, students, teachers, historians and citizens alike.
Well-known names such as Allan Fleming, Rolf Harder, Ernst Roch, Burton Kramer, Stuart Ash, Fritz Gottschalk, Georges Huel, Hans Kleefeld are often seen as the most celebrated, but there were many more who made a significant contribution, and through this project we aim to celebrate their work and credit the roles they played. Perhaps through a greater understanding of Canada’s first golden era of design we can begin the process of heralding a new one.
A few key people who deserve special thanks for their devoted time and support:
Mark Neil Balson Designer/Friend/Collector
Greg Durrell Designer/Friend/Filmmaker, Hulse&Durrell
Todd Falkowsky Designer/Friend, Canadian Design Resource
Greg D’Onofrio Designer/Friend/Collector, Kind Company
Sean Wolcott Designer/Friend, Rationale
Richard Baird Designer/Friend, Logo Archive
Burton Kramer Artist/Designer/Friend (retired)
Stuart Ash Designer/Friend (retired)
Anthony Hobbs Artist/Designer/Friend (retired)
Glenn Fretz Designer/Friend (semi-retired)
Canada Modern is a Believe in® (ad)venture.
Thank you to my family and team who help, and continue to help, make this a reality.
Canada Modern exhibited / on loan
Although we anticipate that most people will experience the Canada Modern collection primarily online, we are keen to present selected items ‘in real life’ as well. If you have a relevant talk, exhibition, feature or article, academic course / lecture, event or gallery and would like to explore opportunities with us, please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org
The goodwill and generosity of those who recognise the importance of preserving this material is welcomed. If you have ANYTHING that you think may be of interest, we’re keen to hear from you. Donations may be collections or individual items and can include any form of graphic communication. More information on donations here.
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Can Mod Credits
Design + direction: Blair Thomson, Believe in®
Typography: Beausite Classic, Fatype
Digital development: Lucas Szarzynski, Tavando