The Canada Council (which now goes by its full name The Canada Council for the Arts) is a Crown Corporation that acts as an arts council to the government. It was created in 1957 to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of the arts. It funds Canadian artists and encourages the production of all art forms in Canada. The annual report presents evidence for the quantity and impact of the Government’s investment across the year.
As one of G+A’s very early clients, there stands a long history creating these reports — going back as far as the late 60s. During these early days, and whilst Fritz and Stuart were both based in Montréal, the cover concepts for these annual reports would provide the opportunity for a competitive process between the two partners, each developing their own concepts annually. For this 1970—1971 report, Fritz came out most successful, with a cover design that incorporates a (photo)graphic pyramid structure (image by Peter Höfle), whilst injecting a rainbow of coloured bands in one quadrant (each representative of a strand of activity within the council). A perfect combination of both artistic expression and financial information (in chart form).