Speaker Yurko Gutsulyak RGD(TO)
Yurko Gutsulyak RGD is a Ukrainian-born designer and art director. First employed as a designer in an agency in 2001, Yurko also gained some of his early experience as an in-house designer in a winery and as a freelancer. In 2005 he and his sister Zoryana launched Gutsulyak.Studio in Kyiv (Ukraine) and they quickly earned national recognition as a leading design boutique. Gutsulyak.Studio placed third in the Ukrainian creativity ranking behind two international advertising network agencies, but clearly leading the local field. Yurko’s work has received some of the most prestigious design awards including Red Dot, European Design Awards, Epica Awards,Pentawards, Dieline Awards, and Communication Arts. Some of his works have been exhibited in design museums of France, Germany, China, Poland, and Mexico. Yurko was elected as the first president of Art Director’s Club Ukraine and facilitated creating of several design organizations. He is actively involved in developing the design industry and writes articles, gives lectures and workshops on an international level. In 2017 Yurko moved to Toronto while his sister and studio partner moved to New York. Since then, Gutsulyak.Studio continues to work on both continents.