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A documentary film celebrating
the golden era of Canadian
graphic design

A film by Greg Durrell
Produced by Jessica Edwards
Executive Producer Gary Hustwit

Stuart Ash

The Canadian Modernist

Toronto,
Ontario

Canada

In the 1960s, there were very few Canadian-born graphic designers; Stuart Ash was one of them. An OCA grad influenced by European modernism, he made a name for himself working at design firm Cooper & Beatty as a typeface apprentice. It was here where he had legacy-building opportunity to contribute a design concept for Canada's 1967 Centennial Symbol.

Ash formed Gottschalk+Ash with Swiss-born designer Fritz Gottschalk and pioneered the international Swiss design style in Canada. They became one of the largest Canadian-based design firms with offices in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and New York.

Iconic
Work

1967 Centennial Symbol

1963

Birthplace

Hamilton, Ontario

Watch
the clip

Stuart Ash – Profile (0:30)

“Graphic design is about visually communicating emotions and feelings.”
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