2023 Jim Rimmer Scholarship Awards Evening

Please join DesCan Vancouver and Hemlock Printers as we celebrate the 2023 Jim Rimmer Scholarship winners.

2 guest speakers:

Alanna Munro: The Capabilities of Typefaces: Creating Uses of Font Technology
Leo Vicenti: Origination: Indigenous Languages and Type in Practice


November 30
Emily Carr University of Art & Design
520 East 1st Ave, Vancouver

The Jim Rimmer Scholarships have been awarded since 2009 to student projects (or one currently in progress) for a community program, a non-profit organization, or an environmental or social cause. Students who are currently enrolled, or have graduated within the last year from a design program in BC are eligible. Scholarships are awarded on the strength of the solution, how effectively it communicates a message, benefits a community, affects action and promotes change.


Students (member and non-member): FREE
DesCan members: FREE
Non-members: Free (Join DesCan and save!)
Tickets available here >

Jim Rimmer, F.DesCan was a pivotal influence in Canadian letterpress and private press. Many of his typefaces, such as Albertan are ubiquitous in print and digital graphic design worldwide (and used in all the scholarship promotional materials!). His stature as an icon was recognized in 2007 when he was awarded Fellowship by DesCan.

Introducing our guest speakers:

Alanna Munro designs typefaces and lettering from her home studio in Vancouver, Canada. After studying as a communication designer at Emily Carr University, Alanna began focusing on letterforms and hasn’t looked back. She works on refining wordmarks, making custom fonts, drawing editorial lettering, and expanding indigenous language support in existing typefaces. She makes typefaces because she is truly enamoured with the process — she is possibly one of the only type designers who actually enjoys kerning 😉

Leo Vicenti (Jicarilla Apache) is an Assistant Professor of Communication Design at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. He holds an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in Visual Communication Design and a BA in Graphic Design from Fort Lewis College (FLC). His current research approaches indigenous language preservation, revitalization, and the return of these languages to everyday use through the development of language support in typography and representation in the design field. He maintains practice-based research in exhibition design alongside his creative pursuits in visual communication design.

Thanks to Ryan Mah @blackrhinocreative for the portraits of Jim Rimmer FGDC.