Adobe Creative Jam

Adobe Creative Jam

Adobe Creative Jam at OCADU

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

The Adobe Creative Cloud team will host the Creative Jam presentations. This one-hour design showcase highlights the work of 3 local creative leaders. 

At the same time, in the next room, student design teams will be competing in the Creative Jam tournament, a 3-hour design charrette showdown. This event will have two categories: motion design and graphic design. Once the Creative Jam presentations wrap, tournament participants will take the stage to share their creations with you. As part of the audience, you’ll vote on each submission and select the People's Choice winner. There will also be Grand Prize winners decided by a group of Judges!


Submission form:
Deadline: Friday, May 19 @ midnight
Acceptance notices sent:  Saturday, May 20


Local creative leaders will be on site and would love to see your work.

The reviews are a 1-on-1 opportunity to meet for 15 minutes with a creative professional before the main event. Getting feedback is valuable in knowing how to attract new clients and represent your work.

Sign up here: and we will provide you with the exact time and place of your review.


Doors open. Settle in, and meet your fellow creative community. Free soda and food available.
The tournament will be in full swing—pop your head in and see how it’s developing. Portfolio reviews will be taking place for those who reserved a spot before the event. 

Creative Jam Talks begin. Sit back as local creative leaders walk you through their personal creative process.

Creative Jam tournament competitors share their solutions, inspired by a theme announced just 3-hours before. Audience and Judges vote. Awards follow.

Everyone socializes and gets to meet the teams.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street Tournament in room 190, main event in room 230
Adobe Jam

World Sneaker Competition

Artur Wrona
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 10:15am

OCAD University's student Artur Wrona has made it to the next round of the 2017 Pensole World Sneaker Championship.
Voting is underway and it's open until the end of Friday.

To see the gallery and vote click here. 

Unexpected connections

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Katie Liang and Greg Smallwood

OCAD University advertising students and creative team Katie Liang and Greg Smallwood have been making waves lately. Their Unexpected connections campaign project for Scrabble was recently awarded by the Advertising & Design Club of Canada's student competition. The campaign also won a student award from Applied Arts.

"With this campaign, the alphabet was our playground. Scrabble is all about forming something new out of the existing, and we thought there was a great opportunity to showcase how easily one thing can turn into another - literally. All in all, we wanted to showcase the playful side of an iconic game," says Katie.




Advertising students Greg Smallwood and Katie Liang


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OCAD U Students among the finalists for The Kentwood Design Challenge

The Kentwood Design Challenge
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 4:00pm

Metropolitan Hardwood Floors (Metro) has announced the finalists in the 2017 Kentwood IDS Design Challenge. 

Metro is the exclusive manufacturer of the Kentwood line of premium hardwood floors and is a longtime exhibitor at the Interior Design Show (IDS), Canada’s leading exhibition of design innovation and inspiration, held in January at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.  

At IDS 2016, Metro introduced the Kentwood IDS Design Challenge. Rather than a traditional trade show booth, the company proposed to showcase the talent and creativity of students from some of Canada’s leading design institutions. 

Students were challenged to create a unique design utilizing Kentwood hardwood flooring, and five finalists were selected to ‘build out’ their visions at IDS, where their work was judged by a panel of industry experts and viewed by the over 50,000 visitors to the show.  The event was a resounding success, and the 2017 edition promises to be bigger and better, says Metro Vice-President of Sales & Marketing Brady Page. 

“This is the second year of the competition and as such we had a higher level of awareness and interest from the students. The quality of the submissions was really impressive and we’re looking forward to seeing them brought to life at IDS.” 

Three teams from OCAD University are among the six finalists that have been selected from the submitted designs:

  • Annie Zheng, Avis Ho, Iris Ho and Sony Chen of OCAD University for Immersion
  • Nazanin Minoei and Raha Rouhollahi of OCAD University for Embrace
  • Parker Galbraith-Nolan and Dylan Roworth of OCAD University for Plaster

All six finalists will now be challenged to bring their visions to life in the Kentwood booth at IDS, which runs January 19-22. Judging will be done during the Gala Opening on Thursday Jan 19 and the winners will be announced from the show floor on Friday Jan 20. The installations will remain on view throughout the weekend, and visitors will be invited to vote on a ‘People’s Choice’ award. 

About Metro: Metropolitan Hardwood Floors is a manufacturer and distributor of premium quality hardwood, laminate and luxury vinyl flooring. Founded as a hardwood flooring retailer in 1992, the company has grown to become a leading manufacturer and distributor of specialty flooring products, with sales and distribution centers throughout Canada and the US.  For more visit

About Kentwood: Kentwood is Metropolitan’s flagship product line, launched in 2003. This unique collection of premium quality genuine hardwood floors offers a wealth of ideas for the contemporary home, all bearing the Kentwood hallmarks of superior quality, inspired design, and outstanding value. Unique custom-designed colors, hand-worked artisan surface treatments and innovative finishes are just some of the high value features that have made Kentwood an international success story. For more visit

About IDS: IDS is Canada’s leading showcase of interior design. Begun in 1999, Canada’s design fair celebrates leading brands, innovative speakers and rising local talents as well as internationally known designers and manufacturers. The Interior Design Show has established itself as the breeding ground for design creativity, innovation and inspiration, bringing together hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of visitors each year. For the complete list of finalists and more information visit

Launch of the 2017 First Capital Realty Public Sculpture Competition!

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Monday, November 21, 2016 - 5:00pm to Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 9:00pm

2017 First Capital Realty Public Sculpture Competition. First Capital Realty, Canada’s leading owner, developer and operator of supermarket and drugstore anchored neighbourhood and community shopping centres, has made a substantial commitment to sponsoring a public sculpture competition available to all OCAD U students currently enrolled in 3rd and 4th year, Graduate Studies students, as well as recent graduates. Through this competition, in its 6th year running, First Capital Realty is offering the career defining opportunity of producing a sculptural work that will be prominently displayed on an exterior site of one of their shopping centres. 


The winner receives a $5000 prize, plus fabrication budget

Finalists each receive $350 materials budget



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Gingerbread House Competition

Thursday, December 4, 2008 - 5:00pm to 8:30pm

Teams of three (minimum) are invited to participate in this construction and decorating competition. Gingerbread kits and decorations will be provided while supplies last. First-come-first-served.

COST: Free, but each participant is asked to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the Daily Bread Food Bank.

Non-perishable food examples: canned milk or milk powder, canned tuna, Mac and cheese, canned stew, canned chili, canned pork and beans, canned vegetables, canned fruit cocktail, peanut butter, jelly, boxed sugar...

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario
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Gingerbread House Competition

Orangina Originals Competition

Orangina Originals
Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 4:00am to Thursday, November 6, 2008 - 5:00am

Since its introduction in the 1930s, Orangina has become a cultural icon. As one of Europe’s favourite sparkling citrus beverages, Orangina is celebrated as much for its distinctive taste as for its rich, artistic heritage.

In fact, in the 1950s French artist Bernard Villemot was so inspired by the joie de vivre of Orangina that he put his paintbrush to work, creating a collection of lively Orangina advertising posters. His work gained international fame, elevating the brand’s iconic status and creating a cult-like following for Orangina artwork that continues today.

Building on this tradition, Orangina is searching for original, one-of-a-kind, Canadian artwork through its first ever Orangina Originals student competition. The Ontario College of Art & Design (“OCAD”) students are invited to follow in the footsteps of Villemot and submit original Orangina-inspired artwork for a chance to win.

One artist will receive a grand prize of $15,000 which includes a bursary prize and purchase of the original artwork plus exclusive reproduction rights buy-out. The winning artist will be revealed at OCAD Whodunit? on November 19 and limited edition reproductions of their work will be sold throughout December 2008 to benefit OCAD.

A secondary prize bursary of $1,000 will also be awarded on November 22, 2008.

About Orangina
Comprised of the combination of orange, lemon and mandarin juices, Orangina blends juice and real pulp with pure sparkling water for a fresh taste that has made it one of Europe’s favourite beverages for more than 70 years.

To enter, visit during the Competition Period, print and complete the Competition Entry Form in full and submit with your entry to Orangina Originals, Attention: Rebecca Crittenden, c/o 184 Front Street East, 4th Floor, Toronto, Ontario, M5A 4N3. A short paragraph/bio about the entrant must also be included with the entry and completed entry form.

A separate entry form must accompany each piece submitted.

Entries must be two-dimensional and should be completed on an 11x17 inch surface. Work of any other proportions, or that is not two-dimensional will be disqualified and will not be accepted. Two-dimensional pieces can be horizontal or vertical. All works should be unframed and without mats.
Artwork must be Orangina-inspired.

Limit five (5) entries per person during the Competition Period.

All eligible entries submitted into the Competition will be judged by a panel of OCAD and Orangina representatives (the “Judges”) between November 6, 2008 and November 12, 2008. The first prize winner will be determined based on the following criteria:
• Expression of the Orangina spirit: 40 per cent
• Overall creativity: 15 per cent
• Technique: 15 per cent
• Artistic merit: 15 per cent
• Originality: 15 per cent

For complete contest details visit:


OCAD Design Competition - Launch

Design Competition
Thursday, January 31, 2008 - 2:30pm

The Faculty of Design will announce the challenge for this year's OCAD Design Competition, an intensive 4-day charette, in which interdisciplinary teams respond to a given design challenge. Past challenges included to design and promote a product, service, environment that could/should/will exist in 10 years time; to re-envision McCaul Street; to design ways to effect change in society by addressing excessive consumption; and to develop 'Humanitarian Emergency Life Packages'.

Established in 1990, this year's competition challenge will be announced on Thursday, January 31 at 9:30 am in the Auditorium (Rm 190). Teams will have until 5 pm on Monday, February 4 to develop their concepts and have them ready for presentation. Competition critique sessions with faculty members and guest critics will take place on Saturday, February 2, from 12 to 4 pm.

Jurying takes place on February 5 and 6, and at 10 am on Thursday, February 7, winners will be announced and awards will be presented as part of a closing event.

To save the cost of paper, this year's competition brief will be posted online when the challenge is announced.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

OCAD Design Competition - Deadline

Design Competition
Monday, February 4, 2008 - 10:00pm

Interdisciplinary teams participating in the 2008 OCAD Design Challenge must submit their ideas and presentations by Monday, February 4 at 5 pm!

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario