Burton Kramer: President's Speaker Series

Burton Kramer
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.

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.




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

COW International Design Festival Illustration 2018 competition & exhibition

Unbreakable by Anson Liaw
A Whisper to a scream by Anson Liaw
Life, camera, reflection by Anson Liaw
Friday, November 16, 2018 - 12:00pm to Friday, November 30, 2018 - 5:00pm

The COW International Design Festival ILLUSTRATION 2018 exhibition & event will be running from November 16 to 30, 2018 in Dnipro, Ukraine at the Dniprovska Central Library [Voskresenska str, 23, Dnipro, Ukraine].

COW International Design Festival ILLUSTRATION 2018
EXHIBITION DATE: November 16 –30, 2018
PLACE: Dnipro City at the Dniprovska Central Library [Voskresenska str, 23, Dnipro, Ukraine]

Opening reception information and top 10 best of show winners to be announced soon.

Here's a link for you to review some information about the COW International Design Festival ILLUSTRATION 2018 competition and exhibition:




Attached are some of Anson Liaw's illustration images that were selected by the judges for the COW International Design Festival ILLUSTRATION 2018 competition and exhibition.

Venue & Address: 
Dnipro City at the Dniprovska Central Library
Digital Screen: 

The Practice of Puncturing - Making Spaces for Decolonized Graphic Design

Friday, October 26, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Kelly Walters is a designer and educator whose work investigates the intersection of black cultural vernacular in mainstream media. She feels her role as a designer is to understand how socio-political frameworks and shifting technology influence the sounds, symbols and style of black people. In her independent design studio Bright Polka Dot, she produces websites, print publications and environmental designs for exhibitions. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Communication Design at The New School in Parsons School of Design. >> http://www.brightpolkadot.com/ 

Ramon Tejada is an independent Dominican/American designer and teacher based in Providence. He works in a hybrid design/teaching practice that focuses on collaborative design practices working with not-for-profit and educational organizations. His recent design research interest lies in the area of Decolonizing Design—disruption of the Canon, inclusivity, diversity, collaboration and the expansion of design narratives and languages beyond the “traditional” Westernized narratives of design. Ramon is an Assistant Professor at RISD in Providence. >> https://ramongd.com/


This event is organized by Ali Qadeer, Patricio Davila and the Public Visualization Lab at OCAD University.


Venue & Address: 
OCAD U, Room 230
To get free tickets go to: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-practice-of-puncturing-tickets-51512173297
The Practice of Puncturing
Digital Screen: 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Student Designer – Design4 Program

Design4 logo
Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 8:30am

Note: Are you a current student who is looking to get paid work experience in design? See below for the link to the application form via the OCAD U Talent Network.
Design4 is a new externally funded initiative that introduces principles of experiential learning into the realm of paid professional opportunities for upper year students in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University, at both the Undergraduate (BDES) and Masters (MDES) levels. Design4 is geared towards current students in the Faculty of Design.

45 students will be selected to participate in Design4 and placed in smaller multidisciplinary groups of 3-4. Each group will be paired with an employment partner in one of the following sectors:

· Start-up/ new ventures (a small business that has just been started)
· SME private enterprise (small and medium enterprises that employ fewer than 500 employees)
· Arts and cultural (social and economic activity that focuses on artistic production)
· Social innovation/ not-for-profit entities (dedicated to furthering a particular social cause or advocating for a shared point of view)

Summary of Responsibilities:

The work will include creating solutions to various design challenges set by the employer. Students will be working on a part-time basis for 10 hours each week per student. Students will have mentorship and support from the employment supervisor, a dedicated Faculty member and a staff member from the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers.

Where will the work happen?

On campus in the new Rosalie Sharp building (115 McCaul), as well as at the employer’s place of work.

Is this a paid opportunity?

Yes. You will be compensated for your time.

Required documents

  • A 250-word statement explaining why this program would be beneficial to you and outline your design skills and interests
  • Resume (max. 3 pages)
  • Student e-mail, student ID number, program, year of study
  • Provide a link to your portfolio (included on CV or resume)
  • Where you are based (eg address, Etobicoke or downtown Toronto etc)
  • Due to low enrollment at OCAD University, priority will be given to students who identify as Indigenous and/or Black. Do you self-identify as a Black* person or as an Indigenous* person of North America? (Please see definitions below)



If you don't have a web-based portfolio, you can create one for free as a student on Format (https://www.ocadu.ca/services/career-development/format.htm)

* Indigenous: those who self-identify as Indigenous Peoples of North America or Peoples of Turtle Island. This can include status and non-status First Nations, Métis, and Inuit as well as those with mixed/multi-racial/multi-national identities

* Black: a person who is of and/or a descendant of African peoples AND who experiences systematic racism based on that heritage.

Note: To apply for this job you need to have some documents uploaded to the Talent Network. 


Deadline to apply: September 13, 2018

OCAD U students make the Adobe semi-finals

Illustration of tiny things floating
Friday, July 20, 2018

Some two-dozen students have made it to the semis of the Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA)! OCAD U is always well represented in this international competition for creative students of all disciplines. Categories include illustration, photography, package design and 11 more.

To see all of our finalists, go to the ADAA website and filter for OCAD U students.

For additional competition updates, follow the action on social media: @adobeawards.


Susan Campbell awarded at the Nth Degree exhibition in St. Charles Missouri

"Zoned Out" by Susan Campbell
"Zoned Out" by Susan Campbell
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 1:30pm

Graphic Design Sessional Instructor Susan Campbell has been awarded the Going Solo Juror's Choice Award for her sculpture installation called "Zoned Out" at the Nth Degree, a juried exhibition of works that uses numbers or mathematics, currently taking place at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles, Missouri. Two of her works are included in this exhibition. 

About the project:

"Zoned Out is a sculptural installation comprising of a large clearance zone, flanked by clusters of smaller zones, which converge and unfold on top of one another, competing and jostling for monopoly of a finite space. The homogeneity of the forms stems from a branch of urban semiotics associated with urban planning. The actual forms themselves are mapped and modelled from clearance zones found in public and private parking lots located in Oshawa’s central core.

The title Zoned Out refers to the use of urban planning tools and the potential exclusionary impact of zoning ordinances to segregate certain demographics while marginalizing or displacing others.

With this in mind, the installation amounts to a mapping of socially contentious zones, while attempting to document and interpret patterns of urbanization, pedestrian safety, and rezoning strategies."
- via susancampbellartist

You can see the list of the Award Winners here.


First Try

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 10:30am to Friday, April 14, 2017 - 5:00pm

"Exploration, experimentation, and iteration—first year has students engage in trial and error with the intention to learn from both successes and failures. But as with most things, this is easier said than done. Shifting from outcome-driven to process-based approaches is no easy endeavour. This show embodies the hot mess that is the first-year experience."

Venue & Address: 
Ada Slaight Gallery, 100 McCaul Street
First Try

Dennis Vidaic

Dennis has more than 25 years of design, advertising, and marketing experience. His areas of expertise include corporate identity, branding, print, packaging, environmental design, on-line, OOH, radio, signage & wayfinding, retail fixture and store design.

Monica Bodirsky

Toronto-based artist and designer, watercolour illustration, Illustrative and digital print techniques in fibre, shadowboxes. OCADU classes taught have included Think Tank (sustainability and equity in Design), Drawing techniques and processes for material artists and designers, Colour and 2D theory for designers, Professional Practice, Experience Design (user experience theory).

The Kaleidoscope Project

The Kaleidoscope Project
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 6:30pm to Friday, March 17, 2017 - 6:30pm

The Kaleidoscope Project is a two-part project that showcases the value that learning about cultures can bring to the art and design communities within OCAD U.

The First part is a film that sets the stage for the conversation following the interaction and reflection of sixteen participants who are students at OCAD. It showcases what we hope more people within the OCAD U community will do in response to the film. You can have a look at the trailer for the film here


"Presenting, The Kaleidoscope Project: Film & Open Discussion.


The short-film is a compilation of personal experiences and reflections of sixteen students at the university. It explores the importance of cultural interaction within the art and design worlds. The event will feature an OPEN DISCUSSION to allow for community engagement and feedback. We would like to hear your voices to find out ways in which we can make a stronger community at OCAD U.


Documentary Screening:

Date: March 03 2017

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: 100 McCaul Street, Room 284


Second Screening:

Date: March 17 2017

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: 100 McCaul Street, Room 284"



The Second part is an installation, that will be introduced on Monday, March 6th, is a call to action by creating an interactive opportunity for the larger OCAD U community to add their voices to The Kaleidoscope Project. The installation is a reflective piece to the short-film. The installation is a 7ft x 3ft peg board that will be put up on the wall in the lobby. 

The installation is an interactive piece that requests the audience to select a coloured string, assigned to one of the three questions:

What is community?
What is culture?
What drives change?

Students are encouraged to interact with this installation by making connections between ideas and concepts that they feel aid the selected question. Everyone’s perspective is an equal contribution to this project. Join us by adding to the creation of a kaleidoscope of culture, community, and change.



The team is formed by international students who were granted the 2016 Big Ideas Fund by the ODESI at OCAD U and involves a graphic designer, an art director and an industrial designer. We are not only culturally diverse, but also bring well-rounded multi-disciplinary ideas to the table.


Together we have created, The Kaleidoscope Project.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, Room 284 & Lobby