Vida Jurcic, Nigel Yonge, Sean Carter

Session 3 (2:05pm)

Presentation: How Three Nuts Made a Tree.

How in life, show business or commerce, great things can happen if you collaborate with the right people.

About Hangar 18: Hangar 18 Creative Group was formed in 1996 by the current three partners over pints of beer at Vancouver’s now defunct Hard Rock Cafe. At the time, art director Vida Jurcic and copywriter Nigel Yonge were busy building a partnership in downtown’s historic Dominion Building after their previous employer went out of business. At the time, another designer, Sean Carter, just happened to rent the office right next door. The three soon discovered their affinity as small players with big ideas and before long they left the door between the two offices open. Carter would wander in occasionally with his designs to consult Jurcic’s eye, and vice versa. Eventually they formally joined forces and, since all three are sci fi fans, they settled on a name that still sparks conversations: Hangar 18, after the military site which supposedly housed the alien remains of the famous 1947 UFO crash in Roswell, New Mexico.

Now the biggest graphic design firm in British Columbia, the company employs 21 people and their client list includes BC Hydro, Boston Pizza, Canadian Cancer Society, Metro Vancouver, Prince Rupert Port Authority, Saputo Foods and YVR. Along the way they’ve been recognized in numerous awards shows including Communication Arts, New York Festivals, Applied Arts, One Show, Graphex, Graphis and Lotus.