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Design to Art 2014.
Sudburians only.

Sudbury has a reputation as a creative wasteland, but we Sudburians know better. The Sudbury Design Society invited local creative professionals and students to submit work to our second exhibition of the best our community has to offer, design to art. These are the selected winners.

The SD–A is a Sudbury Design Society initiative.

Meet the jurors

We created our dream team of jurors to judge this year’s selection. Each judge brought their own diverse background and experience to the judging table.

The initiative

We solicited work completed between 2012 and 2014, which was thoroughly reviewed by the expert panel of jurors we assembled. The panel was carefully composed to include industry leaders, educators, and the business community. The result is an exhibition that showcases the best in student and professional work across the full gamut of the Sudbury’s creative industries.

This is Sudbury, design to art.

The Event

The SD-A Gala was held at The Cambrian College Open Studio (93 Cedar, 3rd Floor) on November 20th, 2014 for the official unveiling of the SD—A exhibit. Our winners were invited to receive their award certificates, while we welcomed the community to enjoy great food and conversation in an inspiring environment.

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Meet the Jurors

Marawan El-Asfahani, RGD

Partner, CEO


AMarawan El-Asfahani leads by example and his interdisciplinary skill set makes Jacknife the multi-purpose design agency that it is today.

Marawan has a huge appreciation for and understanding of operations, finance, sales, marketing, and what clients go through on a daily basis. Whether a CEO, VP of Marketing or an entrepreneur with little knowledge of design, he makes it his mission to know his clients, inside and out. He's a strategic partner, someone you can run an idea by, and a tactical mind at your planning sessions. He ensures that between the estimate and the invoice, you receive accessible and open communication, responsible budget management, and delivery as promised. Well beyond that, he's thinking about opportunities for his clients, always keeping an eye on their competitors' approach and strategizing how he can gain a greater creative advantage on them.

After graduating from York University, Marawan was recruited by the Royal Bank of Canada. His penchant for business did not go unnoticed as he quickly became the youngest bank manager in the country. After spending 15 years in sales and marketing for both the Four Seasons and Westin Hotels and Resorts, Marawan co-founded Oxygen Design Agency almost 15 years ago. Using his diverse background, Marawan spearheaded most of Oxygen's creative campaigns and was responsible for its success in the Canadian design space. In 2012. Marawan won Gold in the NFP/Fundraising/Public Service category at the 2012 Canadian Marketing Association Awards.

In 2013, Marawan and Oxygen Design Agency joined Apparatus Inc., and Amoeba Corp. to form Jacknife and evolve Canada's design landscape.

Marawan is also on the Board of Directors for The Registered Graphic Designers, an organization representing over 3000 graphic designers, managers, educators and students.

Notable clients include: Adidas Global, Nike Global, LCBO, Stolichnaya Vodka, The Hospital For Sick Children, Thomson Reuters, Munich RE, Xstrata Nickel.

Andrew Kuzyk BID, RGD, ACIDO

Andrew is one of the founding partners of Entro Communications, he has a degree in Industrial Design from Carleton University combined with an extensive background in Architecture. Andrew brings innovation, logic, perception and architectural sensitivity through the application of materials / processes, planning and the understanding of the built environment. Since starting his career in 1985, Andrew has been incremental in developing the wayfinding and signage industry through lectures and involvement with various organizations and has been recognized by the design community in Canada and abroad. He currently serves on the Board of RGD (Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario) and has been a Chapter Chair of SEGD (Society for Environmental Graphic Design) since 1991.

As Partner-in-Charge, Andrew leads design and facilitation teams, and has successfully completed identity, donor recognition, signage and wayfinding projects for clients in healthcare, civic, corporate, academic institutions, transportation, sports and entertainment industries. Projects include: GO Transit/Metrolinx (58 stations), Bridgepoint Health, Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre, Victoria University at U of T, Toronto Reference Library, Town of Banff, Canadian War Museum (Ottawa), QSTP (Qatar Science and Technology Park) in Doha, Qatar, London Health Sciences, York Region's Viva BRT, Mississauga's MiWay, Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), Züm in Brampton, and the Asian Games in Qatar.

Jessica Hische

Jessica Hische is a letterer, illustrator, and self-described "avid internetter". After graduating with a degree in Graphic and Interactive Design from Tyler School of Art (Temple University) in 2006, she worked for Headcase Design in Philadelphia before taking a position as Senior Designer at Louise Fili Ltd. While working for Louise, she learned most of her skills as a letterer and spent upwards of 16 hours every day working (9 for Louise, 7+ for freelance clients). After two and a half years, Jessica left to further her freelance career and embark on several fun personal projects. Jessica began Daily Drop Cap, a project in which every day she created a new illustrative letter, working through the alphabet a total of twelve times. At its peak, the site had more than 100,000 visitors per month. It culminated with a thirteenth alphabet, each letter crafted by a guest contributor.

Jessica has become as well known for her side projects as she has for her client work. While she doesn't consider herself a web designer, many of her personal projects are web-centric. She's created several educational micro-sites including Mom This is How Twitter Works, Should I Work for Free? and Don't Fear the Internet (with Russ Maschmeyer), each as entertaining as they are helpful. She coined the term "procrastiworking" to describe her tendency to procrastinate on client work by working on personal projects.

Jessica's clients includes Wes Anderson, Tiffany & Co., The New York Times, Penguin Books, Target, Leo Burnett, American Express, and Wired Magazine. She has also released several commercial typefaces which are available in her store. Jessica has been named a Print Magazine New Visual Artist (20 under 30), one of Forbes 30 under 30 in Art and Design, an ADC Young Gun, a "Person to Watch" by GD USA, and one of 25 Emerging Artists by STEP Magazine. She's been personally profiled in many magazines including Eye Magazine (UK), Communication Arts, Grafik Magazine (UK), and Novum Magazine (Germany). She is currently serving on the Type Directors Club Board of Directors and divides her time fairly evenly between San Francisco, Brooklyn, and airports en route to design and illustration conferences.

Stüssy Tschudin, RGD

Principal at Forge Media + Design

Stüssy is a founding principal of Forge Media + Design. Born and raised in Switzerland, he originally was a Swiss banker by day and a graffiti artist by night. He soon realized that his passion for the creative needed to be nourished more and decided to go back to school to become a graphic designer.

After graduating from Humber College's Graphic Design program, Stüssy worked for 5 years at Haughton Brazeau, where he moved from Junior Designer to Senior Design Director, before starting Forge in 2005.

At Forge his roles range from creative direction, to quality assurance, to managing various client accounts, such as Apple. He is also acting CFO/COO and oversees Forge's ever growing Human Resources.

In 2012, Stüssy was elected to the board of directors of the RGD and currently serves as President.

Stüssy's design mantra is: "I am a strong believer of 'Form Follows Function'. If it doesn't serve a purpose, it probably shouldn't be there."

Leland Maschmeyer

Leland Maschmeyer is the executive creative director and co-founder of the Collins – a brand agency that accelerates brand growth through design thinking. His work for companies such as Target, Coca-Cola, American Express, Louis Vuitton, Microsoft, Ikea, CNN, Virgin Atlantic, The New York Public Library have earned honors for design craft, new media innovation, marketing campaign efficacy, brand experience innovation, social media strategy, and innovative use of technology. His work has been featured in Wired, CNN, Metropolis, Graphis, Print, The National Museum of China, Adweek, National Press Club, Type Directors Club, AIGA National Designer Center, Goldstein Museum of Design, Communication Arts, and Campaign, which selected him to its "Global 30 Under 30" list.

His book, Triumph of the Commons: 55 Theses on the Future, united 55 international artists in collaborative storytelling. It earned acclaim for having "a grip on the zeitgeist" and offering a perspective "filled with subversive wit." He also writes for the Freerange Journal, a publication exploring design, politics, and pirates within the open culture movement. A sought-out speaker on branding, design, and the future of business, Leland has spoken at RGD's DesignThinkers, Design Management Institute, Re:Design, Princeton, VOR, Mexico's Ministry of Economics, Museum of Art & Design, ICOGRADA, HOW Conference, Gravity Free, AIGA, and Parsons, among others.

As a faculty member of the School of Visual Arts MFA program, he teaches students how to use the structures of storytelling to drive design. Leland graduated cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a focus on advertising.

Nicole Vallée, RGD

An accredited graphic designer, Nicole studied her profession at both Algonquin College and Ontario College of Art and Design. After working for several prestigious design studios, she founded and served as president and creative director for Allegro168, a creative agency. She was president of RGD Ontario from 2007 to 2009. A sommelier as well, she was a board member for the National Capital Sommelier Guild and published Brix, a magazine of wine and travel. Returning to her roots, she is now owner and creative director of Domino Creative, where she provides design services to many clients including those in the health, education and food industries.


The individuals featured below include graphic designers, illustrators, fine artists, website/app designers, photographers, and architects. Sudbury is teeming with creative talent, both experienced and fresh. These are the people at the heart of Sudbury’s ongoing creative revolution, and their work has already made an undeniable impact on the character of our city.