Launch! 2022


Save the dates: Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19, 2022

Launch! is a two-day DesCan Vancouver initiative aiming to help new and budding designers launch toward a successful design career. This event provides an unparalleled opportunity for attendees to learn new skills, connect with peers, receive guidance in navigating their career paths and inspire creative thinking.

The two-day event includes a tour of local design studios plus a tour of a local print shop, followed by an evening networking social, projects review and educators roundtable.

Friday, November 18, 2022 – 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm

(Registration opens at 12:30 pm)

Please be there no later than 12:40 pm to sign in, the tour starts promptly at 1 pm) — Transportation will be provided from the first studio. The final stop is at Johnny Fox at 1601 Main Street for the Network Social.

Studio tours: (We’ll meet at 12:30 pm, tours start at 1-5:30 pm)

$25 DesCan Members
$45 Non-Members


Friday, Nov 18th, 2022 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: Johnnie Fox. 1601 Main Street. Vancouver, BC.

Must be 19+ years of age

*Open to all designers and anyone in the creative industry. Attendees will responsible for their own bills. We are looking forward to meeting you!

Saturday, November 19, 2022 – 9:30 am
to 12:30 pm
(Registration opens at 9 am)

DesCan’s Launch! project and/or portfolio review is open to students and recent graduates aspiring to enter into a career in communication design and to students currently enrolled in a design program. You will get the opportunity to show your portfolio or work in progress to several industry professionals to obtain insightful and constructive advice about your work. This is a great opportunity to practice ‘real-world’ interview skills and receive honest feedback in a non-competitive environment. This is also a great opportunity to network with the who’s who in the Vancouver design community.

Location: BCIT Downtown Campus, 555 Seymour Street, Vancouver

$15 DesCan Members
$35 Non-Members

Portfolio Reviewers

  • Alicia Carvalho (Designer + Art Director) – Alicia Carvalho Design Studio
  • Amy Zhu (Senior Product Designer) – iQmetrix
  • Andro Atienza (User Experience Designer) – BCAA
  • Brooke Allen (Owner + Designer, CDP) – Brooke Allen Design
  • Byron Dowler (Principal, Creative Director, CDP) – Coastlines Creative Group
  • Esperanza Garcia (Head of Design) – BAM Digital
  • Irvin Cheung (Senior Communication Designer + Consultant) – iCheung Design
  • Jarell Alvarez (Product Designer) – Copperleaf Technologies
  • Jon Whipple (Principal, CDP) – Design Counsel
  • Michelle Yao (Senior Product Designer) – JobGet
  • Miles Harrison (Exhibit Designer) – Artcraft Display Graphics
  • Perry Chua (Creative Director) – Perry Chua Design
  • Ron Kielwer (Freelance Art Director + Designer, CDP)
  • Ryan Yao (Product Designer) – Curative
  • Sharon Belanger (Principal, CDP) – Belanger Design Studio
  • Sylvia Rigakis (Creative Producer, CDP)
  • Thomas Girard (CDP)
  • Troy McNamara (Creative Director) – Creative Others

For more info and to register click here >