By Design - OCAD University/Report on Business series

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 4:45pm

In 2016, OCAD University partnered with the Globe and Mail Report on Business to publish a series of six op-eds titled “By Design,” highlighting design thinking, related issues and innovation. Click on the PDF below to see the series. 

By Design - OCAD University/Report on Business series part six

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 4:00am

"Gaming our way to understanding the barriers faced by women in tech" is the final installment in the in the six-part OCAD U/Globe and Mail summer series “By Design." Written by Suzanne Stein, associate professor and director of the Super Ordinary Lab, and Prateeksha Singh, graduate research assistant, the op-ed examines gender imbalance in the Information Communication Technologies (ICT) sector.




By Design - OCAD University/Report on Business

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 4:00am

The OCAD U/Globe and Mail summer series “By Design” continues with an op-ed written by Sarah Tranum and Alia Weston, leaders of the Minor in Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation. Their piece,  A social economy, or a precarious one? discusses how to prepare this generation for the shifting economy and employment market.




This project intends to develop tools to support media companies in transition from print to digital through addressing the following research questions:

1) How do subscribers and non-subscribers consume print and/or online media – what is similar and what different?

2) How can social media data be leveraged to build and retain readers, and to inform a sophisticated next generation personalized recommendation system?  


The Globe & Mail


Dr Sara Diamond and Dr Steve Szigeti


Diamond, S. & Szigeti, S. (2013). Social Media Data Visualization Case Study: Globe and Mail. Workshop: CIVDDD Collaborative Research in Big Data Analytics and Visualization. At CASCON 2013, November 18-20, 2013. Toronto, ON.conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’12), pp. 1493--1498.

Oliver, S., Gali, G., Chevalier, F. & Diamond, S. (2012). Discursive Navigation  of Online  News,  in ACM  Proceedings  of the Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS’12), pp. 82—85.

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Monday, August 11, 2014 - 3:45pm
Lab Member: 
Dr. Sara Diamond
Dr. Fanny Chevalier
Symon Olivier

By Design - OCAD University/Report on Business series

Friday, August 12, 2016 - 4:00am

The second opinion piece in the OCAD U/Globe and Mail summer series “By Design” has been published. In the op-ed, "Urban agriculture may be inefficient, but it’s a model for a sustainable future,” Dr. Ian Clarke, Associate Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, writes about how striving for efficiency is counterproductive for job creation and for the environment. Dr. Clarke has been conducting research on urban agriculture, his Passive Urban Greenhaus project can be seen on top of the Sharp Centre. 

OCAD University/Report on Business series: By Design

Monday, August 8, 2016 - 4:00am

The Globe and Mail Report on Business published the first of six opinion pieces in an OCAD U/Globe and Mail summer series. The series, titled “By Design”, explores design thinking, issues and innovation. The commentary published on Saturday, August 6, There’s no innovation agenda without design thinking, is written by Dr. Sara Diamond and Karel Vredenburg, head of IBM Studios Canada.