Burton Kramer: President's Speaker Series

Burton Kramer
Greg Durrell
Burton Kramer with Greg Durrell
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Join us at OCAD University on February 6 for an engaging talk with Burton Kramer, renowned Canadian design pioneer and newly minted member of the Order of Canada, as he provides unique insight into his experiences in the nascent twentieth-century Canadian design industry and his career spanning nearly four decades.

Burton will be in conversation with director and designer Greg Durrell, whose film Design Canada (2018) chronicles the story of Canadian Graphic Design.

Burton Kramer, CM (2018), O.Ont (2002)., is a graphic Designer and artist who studied visual communication at Yale University School of Arts and Architecture and the Institute of Design (New Bauhaus) in Chicago.

He first worked as an assistant in the New York office of Will Burtin, then as assistant art director of The Architectural Record magazine, moved on to work as designer at Geigy Chemical Corp., then to Zurich, Switzerland to work as Art Director of the Erwin Halpern Advertising Agency.

In 1965 he was hired by Paul Arthur, Toronto, to art direct the new Toronto office on many aspects of Graphics for Expo 67. After a year, Kramer became Design Director at Clairtone Sound Corp.

In 1967 he founded Kramer design Associates, created the logos and comprehensive identity programs for The Ontario Educational Communications Authority (Channel 19), and in 1974 the now famous logo and identity program for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Kramer was a professor at OCAD University for over 20 years, and in 2003 was one of the first to receive an honorary doctorate from the institution.

The President's Speaker Series lectures are generously supported in memory of Honey and Barry Sherman.




Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street - Auditorium (190)
416-977-6000 x300

Beaver Tales: Canadian Art and Design

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, December 6, 2008 - 5:00am

Organized by the University of Toronto Art Centre, Beaver Tales: Canadian Art and Design showcases both emerging and established designers and craft makers, alongside seminal artists who spearheaded the tradition of interpreting and celebrating Canadian countryside and wildlife in their artwork.

Guest curators Rachel Gotlieb and Martha Kelleher selected just over 100 pieces, to illustrate how artists, designers and craft makers, working over the last two centuries, have managed to transcend the pitfalls of kitsch and cliché, while creating universal works drawn from and inspired by motifs of Canadian identity: antlered animals, the beaver, the Canada Goose, the evergreen, the maple leaf, and the trillium.

By bringing together works from art, design and craft, often regarded by scholars and curators as distinct and separate disciplines, the curators also address this low art/high art bias by revealing that Canadian symbolic flora and fauna are vital sources of inspiration and discourse across the craft, art and design communities.

Works by the following artists are included in the exhibition:
Alumnus Mauricio Affonso, Stuart Ash, unknown Anishnaabe artist, Natasha Bailey, alumna Mary Anne Barkhouse, Anne Barros, Amy Bélanger, Douglas Boyd, Carol Bradley, Keith Campbell, Emily Carr, Clarice Cliff, Brent Comber, E.B. Cox, George Dancy, Robert Davidson, Dominion Glass Company, George Emery, Excelsior Glass Company, OCAD faculty member Todd Falkowsky, Bob Ford, Michael Fortune, Bud Fujikawa, Andrew Fussell, Frank Gehry, Gordon & Keith, Frédéric Guibrunet, former OCAD faculty member Emanuel Hahn, Thor Hansen, Lawren S. Harris, Cynthia Hathaway, Arthur Heming, Robert Hendery, Heather Cooper Company, Sabina Hill, Robert Holmes, Hothouse Design Studio, Elizabeth Wilkes Hoey, George Huel, A.Y. Jackson, Virginia Johnson, J.W. Kilgour & Bros., Yvon Laroche, Tilman Lichter, former OCAD principal Arthur Lismer, Loyal Loot Collective, former faculty member JEH MacDonald, Thoreau MacDonald, Anthony Mann, Eric Matthew, Laura McKibbon, David Milne, Minton, alumna Katherine Morley, Melissa Morrow, Earl Muldoe, unknown Northwest Coast artist, Ontario Glass Company, Charles Pachter, Pierre-Yves Pelletier, Reeva Perkins, Ann Pocket, Pierre Poulin, Christopher Pratt, Mark Preston, Bill Reddick, Bill Reid, Bo Scaife Casey, Elda Smith, Steven Tracy Smith, alumnus Robert Southcott, Guy St. Arnaud, Harold Stacey, Thomas Furnival & Sons, Thout Design, alumnus Harold Town, Oksana Ulisko, Frederick Arthur Verner, alumna Anneke van Bommel, Edward Walley, alumnus Don Watt, Joyce Wieiland, alumnus Elizabeth Wyn Wood, Thomas Wyon, alumnus Thea Yuzyk, and alumnus Tristan Zimmerman.

Venue & Address: 
University of Toronto Art Centre 15 King's College Circle, Toronto, Ontario

Assembly Required presents: Out Of The Cold: Exploring Canadian Design

out of the cold
Thursday, April 10, 2008 - 10:30pm

Canadian design has often not been recognized as more than this idea of the Great White North. However, there is more to be acknowledged than just these romanticized notions of the country's natural landscape. This panel will be a discussion on the material culture of Canada both historically and at present, and will discuss the innovative work that Canadian designers have accomplished at home and overseas.

Funded by the Ontario Arts Council.

Venue & Address: 
XPACE Cultural Centre 58 Ossington Ave., Toronto, Ontario