Spring 2019

They made Canada

Working against the clock, with virtually no budget, Greg Durrell made a design documentary that shows how European immigrants created Canada’s visual identity

Greg Durrell’s Design Canada tells the story of the designers who created the visual identity of modern Canada. The 74-minute documentary is packed with vivid reminiscences, archive materials and plenty of detail about the sprawling country’s flag, railways, sign systems, institutions and sport. The film’s core subject matter spans approximately two decades, starting with the late 1950s ‘CN’ symbol for Canadian National Railways and reaching a climax around the time of the 1976 Montréal Olympic Games.


Heather Cooper talks about her designs for clothing company Roots in Design Canada.
Top: Kramer (left) with Design Canada director Greg Durrell.

2. Designer-Cooper-Headers

John L. Walters, editor of Eye, London

Read the full version in Eye no. 98 vol. 25, 2019


Eye is the world’s most beautiful and collectable graphic design journal, published quarterly for professional designers, students and anyone interested in critical, informed writing about graphic design and visual culture. It is available from all good design bookshops and online at the Eye shop, where you can buy subscriptions and single issues. You can see what Eye 98 looks like at Eye Before You Buy on Vimeo.

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