Diana Varma is an Instructor at the School of Graphic Communications Management at Ryerson University and the Owner of ON-SITE First Aid & CPR Training Group, a health & safety company that provides training to the Graphic Arts Industry.

Big data, big possibilities in the printing industry

On Thursday, February 4th, 2016, Ryerson University’s Graphic Communications Management program hosted their annual Colloquium event. The highly anticipated student-organized evening didn’t disappoint, as three experts shared their thoughts on the big possibilities for big data in the printing industry. “Big data” can be defined as mining large volumes of structured and unstructured data to … Read more →

Packaging Recovery Success Stories: Shaping a more sustainable future through recycling and reuse programs

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle As consumers, most of us could work on reducing the number of disposable products we use, however there are some areas where it becomes difficult to eliminate waste completely, such as product packaging. To embrace a ‘zero waste’ lifestyle in a consumer-driven society, a closed-loop waste recovery system (often referred to as … Read more →

Case in point: The resurgence of script lettering

Script lettering has seen a major resurgence in recent years. Hand lettering classes are selling out. There are nearly 6,500 script fonts available on the free font site, dafont.com. Calligrapher and script-lettering guru, Seb Lester (@seblester), has over half a million followers on Instagram. So what does all of this mean? Calligraphy is cool, people! … Read more →

Digital Accessibility Standards

January 1, 2025. This is the target date for all businesses in Ontario to comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), in order to make Ontario fully accessible to everyone in society. It may seem like a long way away but we’ve come more than half way from the date the act … Read more →

Safety Equals Success

It was an ordinary day in manufacturing. There was product being printed and work being made ready for customers in finishing. It wasn’t until an employee walked outside near shipping and receiving did the day become extraordinary.  There, on the ground in the snow, a truck driver was lying outside of his cab having a … Read more →

Inspired Projects: A Promising Future Ahead!

On March 25th, 2015, over 100 senior students from Graphic Communications Management at Ryerson University hosted their annual Business Plan Expo featuring 25 new business ideas. These ideas ranged from on-demand customizable clothing, to AR applications for enhancing children’s books, to leveraging tagged photos posted to Instagram into printed products, and co-working spaces catered specifically … Read more →

Beyond Book Covers

It’s no secret that we judge books by their covers (hopefully only on bookstore shelves and not in everyday life!) so why haven’t more publishers improved the appeal of this gateway to their content? In the age of eBooks, which enable content to be conveniently distributed and sold in bytes versus atoms, publishers are being … Read more →