Celebrating Canada's 150th birthday

Ariana Curvin

A Global Business and Digital Arts student's interest in Canadian culture and history has led her to national recognition by having her design chosen as Canada's logo for its 150th birthday celebrations this July. 

Originally from Hong Kong, Ariana Cuvin made a new years resolution to expand her artistic portfolio. She entered the Department of Canadian Heritage logo design contest to work on her digital design skills and create a piece for her practicum coming up in her third year.

Ariana immigrated to Canada in 2002 with her parents and two sisters. Since then, she has embraced Canadian history and conducted intensive research regarding monumental Canadian symbols for her design.

Canada 150 logoAriana explains the design’s shape as being meant to create a sense of unity. The multi-coloured segments represent diversity along with a patriotic red core, maintaining pride and harmony. The base of the leaf has a certain historical significance, as it is made up of four diamonds which showcases the four provinces that formed the confederacy in 1867, which eventually grew to the 13 provinces and territories that we know now. The design wowed the judges and was chosen out of 300 other nationwide entries.

I’m thankful that I won and I got to fly out to Vancouver to meet Ministers Glover and Moore and that I get to have a part in the Canada 150 celebrations. It’s overwhelming and I haven’t really wrapped my head around how large scale this accomplishment really is. Aside from the honour and the prize money, this contest has also taught me a lot about having thick skin and being satisfied with the fact that you are never going to please everybody. - Ariana Cuvin

Ariana is grateful for the accomplishment and hopes it will open doors in her future.  

In terms of what’s next, I’m trying to focus on getting a job that’s hopefully within my industry, and expanding my portfolio. This logo is a nice feather in my cap, and I look forward to practicing, growing, creating, and becoming a better designer. - Ariana Cuvin

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