We'll start the day with an hour for registration from 8am-9am. Settle in with a coffee and we'll start with our featured presentations in the Florence Simmons Performance Hall. Jud Haynes will give his keynote presentation first, followed by a viewing of the new documentary "Design Canada".


Lunch will be catered on site by Leonhard's and is included in the cost of the ticket. This will give you a chance to catch up with old friends and introduce yourself to some new ones.


A series of presentations, panels, and discussions will take place in the MacKinnon Auditorium. Presentations will feature content on UI/UX, Illustration and design related issues.

After a day packed with information and conversation, we’ll all be ready to relax with a chilled beverage at the Craft Beer Corner.

Keynote Presentation

Jud Haynes

Illustrator & Designer
Photo Credit: David Howells


Jud is an illustrator, screen print artist, and graphic designer creating work for the entertainment industry. He designs album covers, posters, book covers, beer labels, merch and more for Blue Rodeo, Bahamas, Chris Hadfield, Wintersleep, City and Colour, Mary Walsh, Hayden, many music festivals, CBC, Measha Brueggergosman, and PEI’s own Upstreet Craft Brewing among others. Known nationwide for his clean illustration style, Jud has carved out a double duty career, one part illustrator and image creator, second part designer, and marketer. Fed a steady diet of comic books, skateboarding, and Star Wars, Jud feels he is living a great life preaching the good word of graphic design and is always excited to wake up and start the day.



We are hosting the Prince Edward Island premiere screening of Design Canada. A documentary film celebrating the golden era of Canadian graphic design. A film by Greg Durrell, Produced by Jessica Edwards, Executive Producer Gary Hustwit.

Workshop Leaders

Melody Dover




Since her attendance at Holland College 25 years ago, Melody Dover has witnessed the evolution of Graphic Design, Ideation, and Communications first-hand.
Working within the publishing industry, illustrating Children’s Books, freelance, founding her company Fresh Media, launching memorable client campaigns both locally and nationally, and of course, PEI Burger Love, she has seen A LOT. She will share her experiences, insights and tips on what it takes to be in business in this ever-changing industry.


Steven Garrity



One of many founding partners at silverorange, in Charlottetown Prince Edward Island. He has worked with clients including MozillaHippo EducationEM:RAPTinEyeCourseHost, and Duolingo. Steven will be leading a presentation that focuses on how we can make sure we have empathy for our users and consider the impact our design decisions have on them.






One part mediator, two parts introvert and a dash of behavioral scientist and a hint of hipster, Paul brings a fresh design perspective to the team that is focused on real users and what their needs are. He has a knack for making complex technology simple to end users, resulting in more efficient task completion and higher conversion rates.





Illustrator Panel

Comic Book Creator/Illustrator - Blü Haus Studios, Sandstone Comics

Sandy has been a professional illustrator for 35+ years, and is currently (with his partner Holly Noel) running Blü Haus Studios and recently (with comic book creators Robert Doan and Greg Webster) started Sandstone Comics: a creative initiative to produce locally made comic books here on PEI. Since retiring from his 25 year position with Holland College, Sandy has been busy doing illustrations for both editorial and commercial jobs, and is creating comics, following his true passion.

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Illustrator Panel

Art Director, Cartoonist
Quarks! Stargaze Island (icejam), The Simpsons: Tapped Out (Electronic Arts), Kill All Bugs (Bight Games), Dungeonoid (Patreon), Shit and Piss (Retrofit/Big Planet), Trabajar para Sobrevivir (AIA Editorial)
Tyler has logged a dozen years art directing in the games industry on PEI, working with teams at Bight Games, Electronic Arts, and Icejam. A lifelong storyteller, trained in graphic design, illustration, and cartooning, he has also created and published several comics and graphic novels in North America and abroad. Tyler also runs the weekly Charlottetown Comics Club, for pros and amateur creators alike.



Illustrator Panel

 Comic Creator - IDW Publishing, Top Shelf Publishing

Brenda Hickey is a comic artist from PEI who works on Hasbro/IDW's My Little Pony Friendship is Magic comic series. She has illustrated the Legends of Magic series, the 2017 Holiday Special, and some more issues on the main series. She is pleased to announce the release of a brand new graphic novel "Ward's Valley" (written by Bobby Curnow) as well as the final issue of "The Halls of the Turnip King" mini series!



Illustrator Panel

Comic Artist, Storyboard Artist - IDW, Top Shelf, “Rick & Morty VS Dungeons & Dragons”, “Powerpuff Girls”, “Angora Napkin”, "Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas"


Troy has been working in the field of comics and animation for over 20 years. A number of his books have been Eisner and Harvey award nominees and the Angora Napkin project was developed into an animated pilot. He has done a variety of work in TV animation that has appeared on Teletoon, Cartoon Network and Netflix. He takes his coffee black, and lots of it.



We have a great community that supports graphic designers and wants to help them succeed. Our sponsors are supporting this professional development event because they recognize the value you bring to our communities.


Purchase your ticket online or RSVP by emailing April.


April Condon

Holland College Graphic Design Program Instructor

Holland College

140 Weymouth Street
PE  C1A 4Z1