Category Archives: Information Design

Information for Information Design students in the School of Communication Studies at MRU

National Depression Screening Day

During the week of October 4-10, MRU is pleased to participate in National Depression Screening Day (NDSD) in partnership with Calgary Counselling Centre.

Check-in with your mental health by using the free, anonymous tool available at  For more information, resources or to see a list of events, visit

Field School to Peru

Are you interested in traveling to Peru, earning credit for two courses and adding strong, international content to your media portfolio and resume? The School of Communication Studies will be offering a field school to Peru in May 2022. There will be two opportunities to learn about the experience in the coming days. There will be an online info session Monday, October 4, 2021, at 6 p.m. just for COMM students.
Here’s the link:
There’s also an in-person session for COMM and Business students Wednesday, Oct. 6, in EB1014 at 11:30 a.m.

The Innovation Sprint

The Innovation Sprint was created to give students across campus a meaningful work-integrated learning experience, and help your resume stand out from the crowd post-graduation. Working with a small group of driven students and an industry mentor, you’ll practice tackling complex problems and bring new ideas to life. The Innovation Sprint will give you the skills and tools to do this successfully. Open to students across campus, the Innovation Sprint blends learning about how businesses innovate with actually doing it.

Did we mention this is a paid opportunity? Each of the 20 participants who complete the sprint will be paid a $600 scholarship.

  • Applications Open: Monday, September 13, 2021
  • Application Deadline: Sunday, October 3, 2021 @ Midnight
  • Program Dates: Monday, October 25th – Wednesday, November 25th (5 weeks)
If you’d like your application reviewed before submission or you have questions, please email Diana Grant-Richmond at

CBDX International Design Ideas Competition Seminar

How can designers intervene in borders?

You are invited to join us on September 8 at 1pm MDT for a virtual conversation about borders – ground zero for civilization’s greatest challenges. What role can designers have to positively impact those affected by these borderlands? 

The CBDX: BORDERLANDS competition was created to encourage thinking, discourse and design around the issue of borders. Join us on September 8 to hear the renowned jury’s conversation about the competition brief and the entries they reviewed. There was a considerable global response to this competition – with submissions from 69 cities representing 22 countries. The jury will identify the submissions that really engaged the brief and announce the winners, honorable mentions and finalists.

Hope to see you there!

The CBDX: BORDERLANDS Jury members are:

Luis Callejas (Oslo, Norway)
Danika Cooper (UC Berkeley)
Rania Ghosn (MIT)
Niall Kirkwood (Harvard)
Clare Lyster (Chicago, Illinois)
Dima Rachid (Beirut, Lebanon)
Lola Sheppard (Waterloo, Canada)
Alberto de Salvatierra (Calgary, Canada)

For competition updates, follow @cbdxseries on Instagram.

A CBDX Series publication, featuring the winners, honorable mentions, finalists and other selected entries, will be available for purchase later this year. More details to come.

Registration Link:!view/event/event_id/380005

The CBDX series is made possible through the support of Stantec, a global design and delivery firm.

Volunteer with The Alex Food Centre

The Alex Community Food Centre (CFC) is a welcoming place for people to come together to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food for all. The CFC provides people with access to high-quality food in a dignified setting through healthy meals and an affordable produce market. People learn cooking and gardening skills, and kids get their hands dirty in the garden and kitchen in ways that expand their tastebuds and help them make healthier food choices. Community members find their voices on the issues that matter to them, and people find friends and support. CFCs offer multifaceted, integrated and responsive programming in a shared space where food builds health, hope, skills and community.

The Alex is currently looking for an Info design student to assist in the development of a social media strategy and create content for our programs and services. We are looking for someone who has knowledge on social media trends and knowledge of all platforms is essential. Can support the development of guidelines of The Alex Community Food Centre ‘image’. How we present online. Create posters and infographics as required. Structuring and promoting social media campaigns. Support communications including but not limited to content creation, assistance with social media and related administrative tasks. Experience with Canva, Photoshop, Film Editing software (Premiere, Da Vinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro) is an asset.

The Alex is looking for approx 5-10 hours per week of committment to start immediately for a 3 month position, with potential for extension. To learn more about The Alex visit their web site  and to apply or reach out for additional information please contact Ariam Wolde-Giorgis at or at 403-863-3953

GDC National 2021 Scholarships

The GDC® National Scholarship Awards are funded through the GDC Foundation and are coordinated by the GDC. Since 1956, the GDC has been dedicated to establishing professional standards and supporting design practice in the workplace and in schools.

Recipients receive scholarship awards that are applied directly to their tuition fees. The winning students are profiled on the GDC national website.

The GDC Education Committee directs and monitors the award process on behalf of the GDC Foundation. Scholarship submissions are accepted and judged once each calendar year. Submissions are adjudicated by a panel of professional CGD ™ certified designers and educators that spans the nation, appointed by the GDC National Executive.

To learn more about the scholarhsips offered by GDC in 2021 please visit their website

International Design Ideas Competition

Dear CBDX Community,

The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (SAPL) has launched a second international design ideas competition: CBDX: BORDERLANDS.

Borders, whether spaces of transition, political, natural or man made, are associated with civilization’s greatest challenges. This competition invites participants to choose any type of border, define a friction that presents a programmatic opportunity, and propose a design that positively impacts the agents affected by or in proximity to that border.

CBDX:BORDERLANDS offers $6000 in prizes and the submissions deadline is June 21, 2021.

The international Jury will announce the winning entries on September 8, 2021.

The members of the Jury are:

Luis Callejas (Oslo, Norway)
Danika Cooper (UC Berkeley),
Rania Ghosn (MIT)
Niall Kirkwood (Harvard)
Clare Lyster (Chicago, Illinois)
Dima Rachid (Beirut, Lebanon)
Lola Sheppard (Waterloo, Canada)
Alberto de Salvatierra (Calgary, Canada).

For competition updates, follow @cbdxseries on Instagram.

The CBDX Series is made possible through the support of Stantec, a global design and delivery firm, and organized, in part, by the Center for Civilization.

Visit CBDX Website 

SPARK Calgary program Applications now open

 SPARK Calgary Program Applications Deadline is January 31
SPARK Calgary supports digital health innovators within the University of Calgary and other local academic and polytechnic institutions, and is based at W21C Research and Innovation Centre.

Do you want to move your idea into clinical practice?

SPARK your digital health project forward as part of this globally recognized program. Successful applicants receive group advisory from industry experts, educational seminars and workshops, project management support and in-kind research services through W21C. Apply by January 31, 2021, learn more here:

SAVE THE DATE: Interested in learning more about SPARK? Join Founder and Stanford professor Dr. Daria Mochly-Rosen, PhD for a virtual information session on January 27 at 12:00 p.m. Register:

Graduate Studies in Architecture, Planning & Landscape

About the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at U of C
The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (SAPL) offers undergraduate and professional graduate studies in architecture, planning and landscape architecture, as well as research degrees and post-professional programs. SAPL delivers a distinctly different design school experience that combines a rich, interdisciplinary design-based philosophy with an entrepreneurial mindset and a deep commitment to working with industry stakeholders, community leaders, at local, national, and international levels to address some of society’s biggest challenges in new, creative ways. SAPL recently opened a pilot satellite research hub in downtown Calgary called the City Building Design Lab. Connect with us on InstagramFacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.

Interested in architecture, planning and landscape? Check out more info the U of C graduate studies program here