Wei Yew emigrated to Canada in 1976 and opened his own design firm in 1980. Among the many projects which Wei has to his credit are the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, the 1988 Olympic Winter Games Arts Festival, the TriBach Festival, and numerous familiar brands such as Epcor, the Arts District, Syncrude Canada, Stollery Children's Hospital, The Citadel Theatre, Edmonton Valley Zoo, and the Calgary Olympic Development Association. He was also responsible for the stunning multimedia presentation to the IAAF selection committee in Monaco, an achievement that helped bring the 2001 IAAF World Championships in Athletics to his hometown, Edmonton. Wei helped raised the profile of Canadian book publishers with his branding and exhibit design of the Association for the Export of Canadian Books. This identity has been implemented at book fairs in London, Frankfurt, Bologna, Beijing, and New York.
What separates Wei’s creativity from the work of other designers is his ability to adapt designs to all kinds of media as well as to 3-dimensional formats. His portfolio includes 3-D works such as the Polar Iconic Sculpture in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, the Healing Garden monument at the Cross Cancer Institute, the Robert Tegler Student Centre Recognition Tree, the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, and the prestigious Royal Architectural Institute of Canada International Prize Award. With a budget of $2.5 million (1988 dollars), Wei project-managed and designed the entire Olympic Arts Festival held in Calgary during the 1988 Winter Games. At the end of the 17-month-long project, he was $250,000 under budget!
Wei won the competition to design the Provincial Police & Peace Officer Memorial Monument located at the Alberta Legislature. This was a design-built undertaking managed on budget and on time.
Wei’s extensive design experience is international in scope. High profile projects have included a commission by IOC President Samaranch to produce a centennial publication The Olympic Image, which Wei spent over five years researching. He created logos for the Olympic Truce (after an international design competition) and for the Environmental Olympics. In 2002, at the invitation of the IOC, Wei addressed the 2008 Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG). As an authority on Olympic design history, he was asked to share his knowledge with BOCOG and some 800 design delegates at the International Design Conference. In June 2004, he addressed the Design Conference organized by the 2010 Vancouver Organizing Committee for the Winter Games (VANOC). Wei was also a jury member of the competition for the 2010 VANOC emblem. He also designed the Olympic look for EPCOR which was the official supplier to the 2010 Games.
Wei was one of three jury members for the UIA 2022 Year of Design for Health Logo competition.
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