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Located in the beautiful Fraser Valley just east of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) is a fully accredited, public university that enrolls approximately 16,000 students per year. UFV has campuses and locations in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, Hope and Agassiz, and a growing presence in Chandigarh, India.

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UFV Gaphic + Digital Design

Portfolio Show Abbotsford

A first for the design community!

A FIRST for design at The Reach Gallery Museum was embraced by Fraser Valley’s creative community with rave reviews for UFV’s first Graphic + Digital Design graduating students. UFV’s Graphic and Digital Design portfolio exhibition was complemented with a lively series of PechaKucha presentations emceed by Kylie Bartel, PR Director, Jelly Digital Marketing.

Vol. 3 PechaKucha  presenters gave unique perspectives on “creative balance” that were entertaining, compelling and thoughtful.  Adrianna Koc-Spadaro talked about balancing corporate vs. party profiles and Travis Collier, CLOU inspired us with his passion for empty parking lots and resulting success as an international BMX athlete. Jen Pride gave us a reality check about the arts and Janet Bright shared thoughts about identity and the masks we wear. Moving presentations by Dave Hopkins, Sandy Moulton, Katt Stearns, Tamaka Fisher and Ryan Romero punctuated how design can make change possible.

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” Richard Buckminster Fuller

Celebratory greetings and insightful reflections were shared by Councillor Dave Loewen, Deputy Mayor, City of Abbotsford; Simon Gibson, MLA Abbotsford-Mission; Pam Alexis, Vice President, Mission Chamber of Commerce; and Dr. Eric Davis, UFV Provost and Vice-President Academic. We look forward to seeing this new crop of designers grow, innovate and contribute to our creative community and some day share their stories too. Please click through the gallery of images highlighting the event. Photos by Stephen Bau

Thank you to Backyard Vineyards for hosting a wine tasting, Save-On-Foods, Abbotsford for great appetizers, and The Reach Gallery Museum and Jelly Digital Marketing and PR for their support in hosting the PechaKucha. Thank you to the portfolio show sponsors – The Cooperators on King Road and McCallum, The Student Union Society at UFV, Black Press and Glenmore Printing. Special thanks to Johnathon Strebly, GDC BC Chapter President, who shared the Buckminster Fuller quote but was unable to present at PechaKucha. 


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