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.

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 →

Printing Party!

This month’s Inspired Projects article is all about how to get the little printers in your life excited about what you do! This family day weekend (February 14th – 16th, 2015 in Ontario) is the perfect time to share the magic of printing with your kids. Below are three crafty activities and four opportunities to … Read more →

Inspired Projects: ‘Tis the season to label

I have always loved stickers (I mean “labels” … I’m a printing industry professional now) and my inner child is still inspired by the infinite possibilities that labels present. The label market has changed a lot since I was a kid with a variety of new local printing companies producing exciting new products. The winter … Read more →

Inspired Projects – Kickstarter Spotlight

Launched in 2009, Kickstarter, Inc. is an organization rooted in “bringing creative projects to life”. It capitalizes on the power of special interests on the web through a non-traditional collective funding model. Creative projects in everything from fashion to music to photography to design have been launched through Kickstarter, with over 71,000 projects to date … Read more →