Trinity Western magazine wins silver in the 31st Annual Design Competition by the University and College Designers Association

Langley, British Columbia—For the innovative design of the new Trinity Western magazine, Trinity Western University received a silver award in the 31st Annual Design Competition by the University and College Designers Association (UCDA). It is a notable achievement, as TWU is the only Canadian university to win at the gold or silver level this year.

The UCDA, an organization promoting excellence in visual communications for educational institutions in Canada and the United States, received a total of 1,500 entries in all categories for the 2001 competition. Out of those, eight gold, 11 silver and 103 excellence or honorable mention awards were allotted.

“We wanted the magazine to reflect the vibrant, academic community of our University,” says Diane Coulter, editor of the Trinity Western magazine. “To do that, the magazine had to be innovative, advanced and of high caliber in both design and content.”

TWU launched the first issue of the Trinity Western magazine this spring—a 36 page, full-colour publication distributed to approximately 50,000 people in Canada, the United States and internationally. Vancouver-based designer Tom Brown, an art director for magazines in both Vancouver and New York, inspired the look for the new magazine.

“Tom is very accomplished and well-respected in the graphic design industry,” says Coulter. “He brought along a team of people who allowed us to incorporate new artistic elements in this publication.”

The magazine, which showcases several designs by award-winning illustrator Brian Cairns from Scotland, includes articles on TWU initiatives such as The Daniel Strategy video series and TWU’s purchase of a heritage building in Ottawa for a potential leadership centre. Subsequent issues of the magazine, scheduled to come out three times per year, will continue to highlight University events and the work of faculty, graduates and students in various marketplaces.

“The purpose of the magazine is to keep TWU alumni and friends connected to our community, to both inform and inspire readers,” says Coulter. “The University has such a broad community and so much is going on that the magazine provides a way to document these activities and to share with others what is happening in all different areas across the University.”

Third place excellence awards to Canadian institutions went to Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, McGill University, and UBC. The Trinity Western magazine can be viewed online at

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a privately funded Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,000 students this year. With a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 34 major areas ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

Last Updated: 2012-08-21
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