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2014 MEDAL WINNER OCEAN FUKUDA, INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Ocean Fukuda at GradEx 2014. Photo by Christina Gapic.
Ocean Fukuda at GradEx 2014. Photo by Christina Gapic.
Wolf Door Light from Symbolic by Ocean Fukuda.
Wolf Door Light from Symbolic by Ocean Fukuda.

Ocean Fukuda’s medal award-winning project, Symbolic, is a result of a collaboration with an industrial woodworker/spiritual leader from Six Nations. Featuring clan symbols on wooden doors, the work aims to strengthen pride and promote awareness of the Six Nations community. Here’s how he describes it:

Symbolic is a project for the Six Nations of the Grand River. Six Nations is the largest First Nations Community in Canada and is located just outside of Hamilton. I collaborated with an Industrial Woodworker/Spiritual Leader from Six Nations to gain insight to the community and its unique needs. Together, we arrived at the primary project goals: to strengthen the visual identity of Six Nations, to encourage pride within the community and to promote awareness outside of the region. Symbolic, therefore, aims to create culturally representative objects with the Six Nations community.

What inspired you and motivated you to do this project?

Feeling moved and overwhelmed by the many complex issues facing First Nations communities, I asked myself if design could make a difference, even on a small scale or to a single community.

What part of the process of creating this project did you learn the most from?

The collaborative problem refinement process of this project was the most enlightening. I learned a critical lesson as a designer that I needed to listen and uncover the real needs and problems versus my initial ideas and proposals.

What aspect of this project are you the most proud of?

I’m proud of the unique visual integration of culture into a seemingly ordinary everyday object but more importantly the potential of the project.

How did you react to the news that you won a medal for your work?

With a lot of surprise, and then an excited phone call to my better half.

What’s your fondest memory from your studies at OCAD U, and what will you miss the most?

My fondest memories are being able to work with and be inspired by some truly talented faculty. I’ll miss the ability to experiment in all of the labs.

What are you planning to do next?

Up next is work on a few web-based startups and laying the groundwork for my own agency.

Find out more about Ocean Fukuda

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Ocean Fukuda at GradEx 2014. Photo by Christina Gapic.
Wolf Door Light from Symbolic by Ocean Fukuda.

Ocean Fukuda’s medal award-winning project, Symbolic, is a result of a collaboration with an industrial woodworker/spiritual leader from Six Nations. Featuring clan symbols on wooden doors, the work aims to strengthen pride and promote awareness of the Six Nations community. Here’s how he describes it:

Symbolic is a project for the Six Nations of the Grand River. Six Nations is the largest First Nations Community in Canada and is located just outside of Hamilton. I collaborated with an Industrial Woodworker/Spiritual Leader from Six Nations to gain insight to the community and its unique needs. Together, we arrived at the primary project goals: to strengthen the visual identity of Six Nations, to encourage pride within the community and to promote awareness outside of the region. Symbolic, therefore, aims to create culturally representative objects with the Six Nations community.

What inspired you and motivated you to do this project?

Feeling moved and overwhelmed by the many complex issues facing First Nations communities, I asked myself if design could make a difference, even on a small scale or to a single community.

What part of the process of creating this project did you learn the most from?

The collaborative problem refinement process of this project was the most enlightening. I learned a critical lesson as a designer that I needed to listen and uncover the real needs and problems versus my initial ideas and proposals.

What aspect of this project are you the most proud of?

I’m proud of the unique visual integration of culture into a seemingly ordinary everyday object but more importantly the potential of the project.

How did you react to the news that you won a medal for your work?

With a lot of surprise, and then an excited phone call to my better half.

What’s your fondest memory from your studies at OCAD U, and what will you miss the most?

My fondest memories are being able to work with and be inspired by some truly talented faculty. I’ll miss the ability to experiment in all of the labs.

What are you planning to do next?

Up next is work on a few web-based startups and laying the groundwork for my own agency.

Find out more about Ocean Fukuda

Email