OCAD U teams up with Regent Park Sewing Studio

l-r: Dr. Dori Tunstall, Dean, Faculty of Design, Lisa Yi. Photo courtesy: Dayna Konopelny.
Monday, December 10, 2018 - 3:00pm

OCAD University teamed up with Toronto Centre for Community Learning and Development (TCCL&D) to pilot an innovative, hands-on design course. Over a period of three months, a group of second-year industrial design students worked with members of the Regent Park Sewing Studio to design and create ‘made-to-order’ textile goods. The finished products (soft goods like hats, bags and other wearables) were displayed and sold at the Re:Location exhibition at Daniels Spectrum, at Regent Park, on December 6.

Ranee Lee, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Design, OCAD U, has led the Design for Social Change project in Regent Park for the last four years. Participants learned and taught each other, making it a truly participatory design experience. “Only by approaching community differently, can we expect to achieve different results,” said Lee.

The Sewing Studio, a social enterprise incubation program at TCCL&D, includes a group of women from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Iran.

An exhibit featuring Re:Location works will be on display during Toronto Design Week on January 22, 2019 at OCAD U (100 McCaul St., Great Hall), along with a Design for Health exhibit featuring the work of third-year students, organized by Ranee Lee.

OCAD U participants. Photo courtesy: Dayna Konopelny.
OCAD U student Calum Ralston (far right). Photo courtesy: Dayna Konopelny.

Industrial Design student needs your vote in Sneaker Championship!

Rendering of sneaker by Artur Wrona, design student
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 4:00am

Artur Wrona, a second year Industrial Design student, has made it to the second round of competition in the World Sneaker Championship held by Pensole Footwear Design Academy in conjunction with Foot Locker.

The top 64 designs were announced Sunday March 20, voting continues through Thursday, March 24. Entries come from all over the world, including Poland, Hong Kong Sweden and Mexico.

Wrona describes his sneaker design:

“Inspired by Vancouver’s urban and natural landscapes, this lifestyle sneakerboot features a premium wool felt upper along with a lacing system that wraps around the perimeter of the midfoot allowing the wearer to lace the shoe in as many different ways as he can imagine.”

"Made in Canada", a presentation of designs by 2nd year Industrial Design students

Monday, December 10, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

The brief was to design two gift products that represent the Canadian Identity on every level, at price points of $20 and $50. The products are to fit in a suitcase in order to be brought around the world and embody the Canadian spirit when given. In this way, the class was challenged to materialize the Canadian identity.

The students explored the theme of identity through analysis of iconic brands, lectures from veteran industrial designers and polling of Canadians about their understandings of self.

Though the Canadian Identity may have seemed difficult to define at first, these students have come up with codified products that represent their findings about Canada emotionally, rationally, aesthetically, metaphorically and beyond.

Theo Richardson & Luke Ceolin designed a line of planters in maple wood containing maple tree seeds to give the gift of the iconic Canadian maple in a package that can fit in your carry-on.

Anna Lucia Zablah & Edward Chan designed a line of drinking accessories in stainless steel and wood that foster a Canadian atmosphere no matter where used.

Max Minuzzo and Justine Orbovic explored wood bending patterns to create unique light designs that use shadows and light to change the atmosphere of any space.

Connor Shopa has created two tabletop products, the mountain shaker and fire pit lamp that are inspired by Canadian elements and traditions.

Austin Mercieca and Nathan Henry designed arctic-inspired products including an inuksuk Aurora Borealis mood light made of walnut and a narwhal letter opener made from steel and maple wood.

Jason Cheng and Oleg Gorlenko designed a multipurpose rack and sunrise clock/light with Canadian materials and aesthetics in mind.

James Zhao and Ayomide Olagbemi designed the aurora light and the osan citrus fruit squeezer, perfect gifts for loved ones.

Danny Kim and Ethan Shin designed The Canadian Chessboard and The Gray Jay Hoodie to add a Canadian cultural influence into people's daily life.


Join us Monday, December 10th at 6:00 pm at Bergo Design, 28 Tank House Lane, to experience the future of design by the next generation of Canadian designers.



Venue & Address: 
Bergo Design, 28 Tank House Lane
Made in Canada
Digital Screen: 

Design & Innovation talk by Phil White

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Phil co-founded Cervelo Cycles with Gerard Vroomen in 1995. (the name Cervélo is a portmanteau of cervello, the Italian word for brain, and vélo, the French word for bike). Over the next ten years it became the engineering leader in the bike industry and, arguably, completed redefined it. With a focus on technical and marketing innovation, Cervelo grew from a garage startup to become the most popular triathlon bike in the world (based on the Ironman bike count) and the most popular bike in pro cycling (based on Cycling News reader polls). Tour Magazine recognized Cervélo as the continued engineering leader when they found it was the fastest bike in every category that they tested- aero road, lightweight road, and TT/triathlon. 

Cervélo was the first bike company in decades “to put our money where our mouth is”, and drive the sport forward by starting our own pro cycling team - the Cervélo Test Team- which became the #1 ranked team in the world within 6 months. But the Team also innovated in many other areas as well including fan engagement and product development as well as behind the scenes. 

After the sale of Cervélo to Pon Holdings in 2012, I stayed with Pon as the non-executive Chairman of Cervélo, and as a Board member & the Chief Innovation Officer of Pon Bike. In July 2017 Phil  left his positions at Pon and Cervélo to pursue other adventures in innovation, mobility, and performance. 

Phil continue to believe in the power of entrepreneurship, innovation, & design. He has been a guest lecturer on these topics at a variety of Universities and Colleges in Europe and America including, the University of Toronto, Ontario College of Art & Design University, Universities d’Ottawa, and École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). As well as an advisor and Board member to a number of companies and organizations, and has been a regular guest on various business & technical forums.


Venue & Address: 
115 McCaul Street, 2nd Floor
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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


Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 8:00am to Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 5:00pm

Assistant Professor Ted Hunter of the Industrial Design Program's company Roarrockit is supporting the Oasis Skateboard Factory Alternative High School Design Program, April 4 to 12.


Closing Party and Live Auction April 12 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm


Everyone is welcome!


Venue & Address: 
Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West
Roarrockit presents Skateboard Art Show and Auction
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3D show from 1st Year ED & ID Students

first year show
Monday, February 12, 2018 - 12:00pm to Friday, February 23, 2018 - 12:00pm

This year's show features work from the first year students showing their 3D skills. 

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U The Great Hall

OCAD U exhibitions selected for TODO’s Festival Features

Friday, January 12, 2018

Two exhibitions created by OCAD University faculty and students have been included in the Toronto Design Offsite Festival Features, a juried selection of the ten shows not to be missed.

Hacking Black Futures

Date: January 17 to February 12, 2018
Location: Band Gallery and Cultural Centre
19 Brock Ave., Toronto, ON

This exhibition presents design speculations on Black-centric societies that are devoid of oppression, discrimination, and systemic racism. What do these societies look like? How do they function? How can these futures be achieved? Participants provide opportunities to explore these questions in an immersive and collaborative environment.

Works of design speculation across a variety of mediums are on display, including prototypes, videos, and interactive experiences. Co-curators, Andre Baynes and Chiedza Pasipanodya showcase the intergenerational talents of twenty OCAD University Black-identified designers/makers and partners.

The Hacking Black Futures exhibition aims to directly address the erasure of Black people in speculative design as well as represent the growing ownership of our own future narratives and practices of making.

Designing for Health, Wellness, Action and Destigmatization

Date: January 16 to 21, 2018
Location: OCAD U Great Hall
100 McCaul St., Toronto, ON

This exhibition by the Faculty of Design’s undergraduate and graduate Design for Health and Wellness students includes a ‘how to’ guide’ for pop-up supervised injection sites (SIS) in response to the urgent need to provide safe spaces for those risking overdose, alongside re-imagined Naloxone (opioid overdose antidote) kits for various public locations.

Another group of Design students created solutions for independent learning and play for students with cognitive and physical impairments. A shortlist of the most successful projects will be on display, several of which have been manufactured and donated to a special needs school. Design students gained empathy through observation and benefitted from feedback of the teachers and occupational therapists working with the children.

This research project is supported by St. Clements School and the OCAD U Research and Innovation office.

Festival Features is a shortlist of 10 events, exhibitions, and/or window installations selected by a jury. The criteria for selection is entirely up to each juror, while considering the calibre of the work or event program, and appeal to a general public and specialist audience. This year’s jurors are Anahita Azrahimi (Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition), Nina Boccia (Design Exchange), and Brendan Cormier (Victoria and Albert Museum).

Visit the exhibition listing in the Festival Schedule to learn more about the exhibition.


OCAD U teams up with Regent Park’s Immigrant Creative Women’s Collective

OCAD U teams up with Regent Park’s Immigrant Creative Women’s Collective
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 4:00pm

Two Industrial Design classes at OCAD University teamed up with Regent Park’s immigrant Creative Women’s Collective to fashion hip, saleable sewn designs, based on their eye for fashion and market appeal. Over a period of three months, the Design students created and refined products, with feedback, expert insight and practicality from the group of women. The CWC took over the designs and produced them for sale at stores and events. The exhibit: “OCADUXYSM [Regent Park]: Elevation Through Creative Collaboration” took place on December 7 and 8, 2017 at OCAD University’s Graduate Gallery.



OCAD U teams up with Regent Park’s Immigrant Creative Women’s Collective
OCAD U teams up with Regent Park’s Immigrant Creative Women’s Collective

OCADUXYSM [Regent Park]: Elevation Through Creative Collaboration

The Graduate Gallery is featuring our industrial design students' participatory design efforts with a group of immigrant women sewers in Regent Park.