Ty Semaka • RESUME


Email: ty@tysemaka.com

Phone: 403-619-4187


Graphic Design • Larger Clients

1991 to present: Owner of Graphic Design & Illustration Studio.
Original creative for entire print campaigns; creative, design, illustration and co-marketing for these clients:

Big Rock Brewery (Calgary) • 2010-2011
Re-design of all 14 brands of beer cans, bottle labels and 6 pack, 8 pack, 12 pack, 16 pack and special collection carry cases. Re-design of Graphic Standards Manual. Various other promotional materials.

Springboard Performance (Calgary) • 2008-present
Fluid Movement Festival print campaign 2008, ‘09, ‘10. (Poster, postcards, program, ads) Interrarium print campaign 2009 & ‘10.
ContainR print campaign 2009 & ‘10

One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre (Calgary) • 1999-2009
Productions: Five Hole, Sylvia Plath Must Not Die, Dream Machine, Underneath The Lintel, Fabulous Disaster, In Klezskavania (‘99 & ‘05), Somalia Yellow, Andrew Allen’s Chair, Sign Language, Letter’s To Wendy’s, Hayride, Up With Down With People, Heaven’s To Murgatroid, Spymonkey’s Cooped, Chris Craddock’s Moving Along,
The Pajama Men’s In Fine Form. OTHER: 6 High Performance Rodeo guides (art directed by KARO Design), Corporate folders and inserts. Season brochures. Countless branding postcards, passes, t-shirts, banners, maps and more.

Ground Zero Theatre (Calgary) • 2002-2008
American Buffalo, Paranoia, Blue Surge, Illegal Entry, The Black Rider (poster won 2006 Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding Poster Design), Pervert, Oleanna, Mercy Seat, John Doe/Jack Rabbit, Little Mercy’s First Murder, Mummenpansz, Drunken F_cker, Urinetown; the Musical, The Pillowman, CLO$URE. OTHER: Website design and upkeep from 2005-2007, season brochures/campaigns, Corporate folders and inserts.

Calgary International Children’s Festival • 2006-2008
Posters, postcards, passes, teacher and public guides, corporate brochures, t-shirts, banners, maps.

Dancer’s Studio West (Calgary) 2004-2008
All productions including: All Fours, Shift, Explosions, FLY,


Other Notable Clients

Kronos Quartet’s Sun Rings and Nunavit (recording artist)

Jann Arden (recording artist)

Plaid Tongued Devils (recording artist)

Albera Pork Producers

Theatre Calgary

Douglas Coupland (author)

Alberta Playwrite’s Network

Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes: Street of Blood: Poster, postcard, ads

The Banff Centre for Performing Arts: Miss Donothorn’s Maggot and Songs for a Mad King: Poster, postcard, ads

Ghost River Theatre: Doom 2012, Iraq and Back, My Autopsy: Poster, postcard, ads

Calgary International Film Festival 2009: Print ads

Calgary Opera: Print ads

Solocentric Festival: 2000-2004: : Poster, postcard, ads

Aboriginal Times: Re-designed magazine within the Globe & Mail newspaper across North America

Calgary Parks and Recreation: Brochures, transit map

Xerox (Canada): Brochures

Alberta Pork Producers: Brochures, Annual Reports, bumper stickers and posters

Smitty’s Restaurants: Menu

Y.W.C.A.: Brochures

Electronic Frontier Foundation (San Francisco, California): Brochures, web animations

Fitter Fitness: Brochures

Calgary Museum of the Regiments: Brochures

Ethan Allen Interiors: Brochures

OpenBSD: Internationally renowned operating system. DVD covers, t-shirts, web graphics

Rockyview Water Co-Op: Brochures

The National Sleep Institute: Logo

Hidden Ridge Chalets: Logo and brochures

Tunnel Mountain Chalets: Logo and brochures

Strathcona Mall (Calgary): Brochures

Nichrista Gift Shops (Calgary): Brochures

Canfield Auto Electrics (Calgary): Logo and brochure

ALSA Paving (Calgary): Logo and brochures

Denca Cabinets (Calgary): Brochures

Wranchman’s Club: Logo

Illustration Highlights

Image Club Graphics: Over 300 award winning clip-art images. Image Club and it’s images wer eventually bought by Adobe Systems. Also for Image Club: designed the “Lemonade” font, which was one of their
top 10 best sellers and one of Adobe’s top 100 best sellers

Calgary Underground Film Festival: Main poster image 2011

Calgary Folk Music Festival: Various illustrations, festival site map

Calgary Fringe Festival: Poster, postcard, ads

Theatre Calgary: Painted several backdrops in watercolour, which were projected onto large scrims for A Christmas Carol. Paintings were used for 4 years.

Macmillan Publishing (London, England): Three books; Speaking of Speech (Japan), Discovering Debate (Japan) and Speaking of Speech II (worldwide). Over 100 cartoon illustrations per book.

Optima Publishing (Los Angeles, California U.S.A.): Seven Books; Street Speak 1, Street Speak 2, Street Speak 3, Street Speak Spanish, Street Speak Italian, Street Speak Japanese, Street Speak German.

The Brick Warehouse: Painted life size in-store chuck wagon race. MacLeod Trail location.

IBM Canada: Caricatures for IBM delegates during entire 1988 Winter Olympics

XEROX: 2 brochures involving heavy Photoshop work



2000 to 2001
Company: Cree-ative Media
Position: Artistic Director
Roland Bellerose - Owner

1994 to 2005
Company: Effectrix Design Group
Responsibilities: Graphic Design, Illustration.
Kim Edgecombe - Owner

1988 to 1991
Company: Image Club Graphics (now owned by Adobe Systems Inc.)
Position: Art Director of clip art development. Illustrated over 13 volumes of clip art,
three of which won awards.
Brad Zumwaldt - President
Greg Kolodziejzyk - Owner

Summers of 1990-1994: Art Teacher
Company: City of Calgary, Summer Contract.
Responsibilities: Taught drawing and cartooning to kids aged 9-12.
Sara Freeman, Will Thompson.

Summer of 1987
Company: Rivard Advertising
Responsibilities: Graphic Design, Illustration, Mechanical Paste-Up. Annual Reports.
Mark Rivard - Owner


Diploma in Visual Communications - Alberta College of Art (1984-1988) Calgary AB

High School Diploma- W.R. Myers School (1981-1984) Taber AB



The 2005 Dr. Betty Mitchell Award for “Outstanding Poster Design” for Ground Zero Theatre’s production of November Theatre’s The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets.



Photoshop CS4, InDesign CS4, Illustrator CS4, Dreamweaver CS4, Flash, Microsoft Word, Power Point, Acrobat, Fontograper 5.