Kelly Small

Kelly Small is an award-winning creative director, communication designer, and writer with over 15 years of experience across design, marketing and advertising. Bridging commercial design and academia, Kelly's research and practice centres on the development and dissemination of accessible guidance toward enhanced ethical and inclusive practice. As a creative leader, Kelly’s aim is to support teams to work within problematic systems in order to incrementally transform the industry and realize meaningful change toward improved social equity and climate action.

Sugandha Gaur

I am Sugandha Gaur and my pronouns are she and her. I am a Creativity enthusiast with 10+ years of experience comprising of advertising practice, research, and teaching undergrad and postgrad students in various setups. I hold a Ph.D. in Media Arts - a highly valuable experience that enhanced my knowledge in unconventional communication approaches to implement change for good. 

Patricio Davila

Patricio Dávila is a designer, artist and educator. He is currently Associate Professor in Design at OCAD University, Director of Public Visualization Lab and member of the OCADU Mobile Media Lab and Visual Analytics Lab. His research focusses on developing a theoretical framework for examining data visualization as assemblages of subjectivation and power.

Isabel Meirelles

Isabel Meirelles is an information designer and educator whose intellectual curiosity lies in the relationships between visual thinking and visual representation. She is a professor in the faculty of design at OCAD University, Toronto, and the recipient of the 2015/2016 OCAD University Award for Distinguished Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity. From 2003 to 2104, she was on the faculty of Northeastern University’s College of Arts, Media and Design in the department of art and design, where she helped create the MFA in information design and data visualization.

Frederick Burbach

Frederick Burbach has thirty-plus years of experience in graphic design and strategic brand development.He has worked for clients in the United States, Switzerland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Germany, Austria, the United Kingdom, and Canada.

While in Switzerland, Burbach directed brand design projects for Swisscom, Swiss Bank Corporation, and the SIG Group at Wirz Identity, Deutsche Telekom, and BMW at Interbrand Zintzmeyer & Lux, and designed projects for EniChem, Balzers High Vacuum Technology, Contraves, and the Principality of Liechtenstein at Gottschalk + Ash Int–l.

In Progress: First-Year Graphic Design Illustration Exhibit

Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 3:30pm to Friday, November 18, 2016 - 11:00pm

"In Progress" is an exhibit from the first year Communication Design Course.

November 13-18

Ada Slaight Student Gallery

100 McCaul Street 

Venue & Address: 
Ada Slaight Student Gallery 100 McCaul Street
In Progress

Frank Newfeld Design Exhibit + Book signing of Drawing on Type

cover image of book, Drawing On Type
Friday, November 28, 2008 - 11:00pm to Saturday, November 29, 2008 - 2:00am

Please join the Communication Designers of Toronto as they honour design pioneer Frank Newfeld.


Saturday, November 29 – Saturday, December 6
Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

As a continuation of the Cdot’s Design Pioneers Exhibit, Communication Designers of Toronto (Cdot) honours OCAD alumnus Frank Newfeld, his historic design work and new book Drawing on Type at Swipe Books on Advertising and Design. Drawing on Type is the fascinating life-story of one of Canada’s most accomplished book publishing figures: Frank Newfeld, designer/illustrator/educator (retired) and author.

A true pioneer of Toronto’s early design scene, Newfeld has designed over 650 books and won over 167 international awards. From a humble studio on Spadina Avenue in 1954, he rose to become Vice-President of Publishing at McClelland & Stewart, head of the illustration program at Sheridan College and Co-founder/President of the Society of Typographic Designers of Canada (now the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada - GDC).

Space for the opening is limited!
Please RSVP by by Tuesday, November 25 to:

Venue & Address: 
Swipe Books on Advertising and Design 401 Richmond Street West, Suite #121, Toronto, Ontario

Cdot Design Pioneers Exhibit + RGD Design at Work Exhibit

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - 4:00am to Friday, October 31, 2008 - 4:00am

In case you missed it earlier this year, the Cdot Design Pioneers Exhibit will return alongside the 2008 RGD Design at Work Exhibit for a free public viewing at Metro Hall.

Communication Designers of Toronto (Cdot) presents the Cdot Design Pioneers Exhibit which recognizes the local designers who helped define a design discipline and some of Canada’s most recognizable brands. This exhibition features many OCAD alumni and former faculty members, including Stuart Ash, Hans Kleefeld, Burton Kramer, Clair Stewart, Don Watt, and many others whose early design work will be jointly exhibited.

View a rare collection of historic design pieces and learn about the local designers who designed them.

The Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario (RGD Ontario) presents the 2008 Design at Work Exhibit. This juried exhibit of professional graphic design demonstrates how design creates value for business. From annual reports to websites, consumer packaging to promotional literature, each Design at Work project is a miniature case study of how design can impact a client’s ability to communicate messages to key stakeholders.

Please join Cdot and RGD Ontario as we collaborate to celebrate groundbreaking work, both past and present, in a single venue.

Venue & Address: 
Metro Hall, Rotunda 55 John Street, Toronto, Ontario

Selected projects from First-Year Graphic Communication

Graphic in TS
Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 4:00am to Thursday, April 10, 2008 - 4:00am

This exhibit features the work of First-Year Design students in Graphic Communication. Using photography, illustration and multi media as visual communication tools, they will showcase book jackets, CD covers, Annual Reports, Magazine layouts and other creative and inspiring projects in the Art of Design Communication.

Venue & Address: 
Transit Space 100 McCaul St., 2nd Floor, Toronto, Ontario

Cdot Design Pioneers

Friday, March 28, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, April 5, 2008 - 4:00am

If you would understand anything, observe its beginning and its development. – Aristotle

Cdot Design Pioneers is an exhibition honouring Toronto's design pioneers--the majority of whom graduated from or taught at OCAD. These pioneers include Clair Stewart, Don Watt, Stuart Ash, Allan Fleming, Heather Cooper, Carl Dair, Hans Kleefeld, Burton Kramer, Ken Rodmell and many more.

A major objective of Cdot, the Communication Designers of Toronto, is to, “learn from and honour local communication design pioneers.” Our Association is the perfect platform for recording the history of communication design (commercial art/graphic art/graphic design) in Toronto. This exhibition honours veterans who had a profound effect on Toronto’s design industry and document their contributions.

As the communication design discipline progresses, it is important to look back and recognize those who contributed to our industry, enabling Toronto’s communications designers to enjoy a professional career today.

Presented by Cdot – Communication Designers of Toronto
Communication Designers of Toronto (Cdot) is a non-profit organization focused on uniting the largest design community in Canada. One of our key objectives is to record and preserve Toronto's design heritage.

Venue & Address: 
Open Studio, Level 6, Sharp Centre for Design 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario