Area(s) of ExpertiseDesign Communications, Environmental Graphic Design, Typography
Debbie Adams, AOCA, RGD, RCA, SEGD, was born in Burnaby, BC. She attended the Ontario College of Art in Toronto, graduating with honours in 1983 and was awarded the medal for top student in the Communications and Design Department.
In 1986, she co-established the partnership of Adams/Bhandari Inc. and subsequently, her own firm, Adams +Associates Design Consultants Inc. in 1988. Her firm has created a wide variety of projects including: corporate identity, signage programs, environmental graphics, exhibitions, communications design systems, books, magazines, posters, retail packaging and websites.
Adams has designed 31 postage stamps for Canada Post Corporation including the Urban Transit series; the Gardens series; Polio; the Expo 86 series; a pair of stamps, one featuring a hologram, commemorating Canada's Achievements in Space; the Migratory Species series and the Kite series and most recently, a stamp commemorating the FIFA U-20 games. She has also designed a gold maple leaf coin for the Royal Canadian Mint.
Adams has taught at the Ontario College of Art & Design since 1994 and previously at Sheridan College in Oakville. She has served on the board of directors of the Graphic Designers of Canada, Ontario Chapter (GDC) and is a professional member of the Registered Graphic Designers of Canada (RGD) and the Society for Environmental Graphic Design.
Ontario College of Art, AOCA
Kootenay School of Art, Diploma
2005, 2004, 2002: Design at Work, annual RGD juried group exhibition
2001: Light, 7 collaborations, Furniture Collective, York Quay Gallery, Harbourfront
1996: Type Culture, juried group exhibition of contemporary typographic work, Design Exchange
1995: From Toronto, l?actualit? du design graphique, group exhibition of Canadian Graphic Designers, Maison du livre, de l?image et du son, Lyon,France
1992: The Chair Exhibition/fundraising auction, The Power Plant, collaboration with Peter Fleming, (group exhibition)
1989: Never Leave Well Enough Alone, Gallery 76, Ontario College of Art, work of Adams/Bhandari and Portico
Awards \ Grants
2007: SEGD Award of Merit
2007, 2006, 2004, 2002: RGD - Design at Work
2004 Gold, 2000 Silver, 1993 Gold, 1987 Silver: ADCC
OAAG: 2004-1 First, 2001-1 First, 1997-2 Firsts, 1993-2 Firsts, 1990-2 Firsts, 1988-2 Firsts
Symbols and Trademarks of Canada, Volumes 1 & 2, G?rard Bochud and Gilles Robert
Magazines Inside & Out, Steven Heller & Teresa Fernandes
Typography Today, by Edward Gotschall
Licking Illiteracy, Applied Arts Magazine
Culture in a Cold Climate, Eye Magazine