Graphis is committed to presenting and promoting the work of exceptional talent through many initiatives, including their annual awards for Design, Advertising, Photography and Art/Illustration.
We are pleased to announce that this year Graphis has awarded us with six awards between our Toronto, Calgary and New York offices. We received four Silver Awards for our environmental graphic design programs at the YW Hub Facility, Artscape Launchpad, Planned Parenthood and Campus1 MTL, and two Honourable Mention awards for our work on HSC Womens Hospital and Nunavut Arctic College
Designed to be 'a cohesive, supportive environment for women and their families', the vision for the new 127,000-square-foot YWCA Calgary is to provide a safe, healthy and caring environment where women in crisis may heal, recover and grow. Along with the principles of trauma-informed design and community engagement, this vision resulted in six design drivers that were applied to every facet of the project: well-being, connected, inclusive, beacon, comfortable and safe. Invited by the YW to design the wayfinding system for their new Hub facility, our team wanted to echo this intent for the facility while providing innovative opportunities for storytelling and human connection. It was clear to us that art, and its power to celebrate culture, diversity and community, could be a key piece in realizing many of these drivers.
Artscape is a Toronto-based not-for-profit urban development organization that provides creative spaces and community development through arts-based programming. Their newest entity, Artscape Daniels Launchpad, acts as a marketplace of services, resources and opportunities and houses the latest tools, equipment and technology to support creative entrepreneurship. This art and design hub is the ideal environment for artists and designers to fully explore and realize their potential. Entro created a unique brand identity and visual language that we carried through to wayfinding for this breakthrough space.
We were excited to create the signage and graphics for Planned Parenthood’s first facility in Queens, NY. Teamed with Stephen Yablon Architects, Entro | CVE's collaboration ensured that the graphics and interior architecture together inspired a feeling of safety, reassurance, and calm. Our welcome wall, murals, and donor recognition speak the same visual language throughout.
Campus1 MTL student residence, near McGill University in Montreal, is a striking example of how graphics, interior design, and architecture can combine to infuse a building with energy and life. This adaptive re-use project has transformed an outdated concrete hotel into a vibrant, amenity-filled residence that encourages social engagement at every opportunity. Entro designed the visual identity and environmental graphics program for Campus1 MTL, the fourth in a series of independently-operated student residences developed by Knightstone Capital.
The Health Sciences Centre (HSC) is one of the largest facilities of its kind in Canada, employing over eight thousand people and occupying over thirty-nine acres of land in central Winnipeg. In December, HSC opened its newly redeveloped Women’s Hospital, a facility designed by Architecture 49 and Parkin Architects, focused on women and new mothers. After previously developing the wayfinding signage standards & methodology for the Health Sciences Centre, Entro was tasked with applying these standards while creating custom signage, for the facility’s six floors and parkade.
Arctic College’s Nunatta Campus in Iqaluit recently celebrated a new expansion, now serving as a cultural and social hub for learners and the local community. The College is unique in offering life-long learning opportunities that empower learners while protecting and promoting Inuit language and culture. Entro was excited for the opportunity to develop the signage and environmental graphics for this building, which was designed by Teeple Architects and Cibinel Architecture.