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.

OCADUXYSM [Regent Park]: Elevation Through Creative Collaboration

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 6:30pm to Friday, December 8, 2017 - 6:00pm

OCADUXYSM [Regent Park]: Elevation Through Creative Collaboration 


29 Toronto Design students.

5 Muslim immigrant women.


How do they get together?


Skills, innovative thinking and the mutual goal to help alleviate the cycle of poverty.


Two Industrial Design classes at OCAD University have 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 will take over the designs and produce them for sale at stores and events.

The products and people will be in attendance at the exhibit: “OCADUXYSM [Regent Park]: Elevation Through Creative Collaboration”


The exhibit will open Thursday December 7 at 6:30 pm, and continues through December 8 from 10 am- 6pm, at the OCAD University Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond St West, SE corner of Duncan St. 

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U's Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond Street West
Industrial Design Exhibit
Digital Screen: 

Celebration of Life: Alan Todd (AOCA, 1966)

Alan Todd
Friday, June 23, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

A colourful tribute to a life beautifully lived! We invite you to join us in honouring our dear Alan (February 21, 1944 - May 22, 2017) the eternal joyful optimist. Alan wasn’t one to let convention interfere with the deeper things. His reverence for life was balanced with a belief in not taking it too seriously. In that spirit we wish to mark his passing with loving respect but not somber gloom; to celebrate him as he unfailingly celebrated all of us - with joy, sincerity, and great love.

Join us to remember, to cry and to laugh. As Alan would say, “let it all hang out!” Please come as you are comfortable, and not necessarily in black - perhaps inspired by your favourite crazy Alan Todd outfit! Help us raise a glass, literally and figuratively, to our one and only Alan. To paraphrase one of his often-used expressions, “it would be great to be seen by you!”

About Alan Todd (AOCA, Industrial Design, 1966)
Though Dad's humble spirit would hate it, we would go so far as to say that he was one of the pillars of the design world in Ottawa for most of his life. He spent 20 years as chief of design at the National Gallery of Canada and headed the design for the Dinosaur Hall at the Canadian Museum of Nature, the Bank of Canada Money Museum as well as many International Trade Exhibitions for the Canadian Government Exhibition Commission. In his retirement he acted as senior designer on many projects including: "Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man" and "Vermeer, Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Dutch Art Masterpieces" at the Vancouver Art Gallery, The Museum of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien: "Canada in the World", and the Brandywine River Museum. Full obituary: http://www.tubmanfuneralhomes.com/families-in-our-care/alan-todd/2163/

- Meredith, Brittany, & Jocelyn 

Venue & Address: 
Café des Beaux-Arts, National Gallery of Canada 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

OCADU Industrial Design Students Awarded at ACIDO Rocket Awards 2017

Primo by Richard Revie
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 2:30pm

Each year the Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ontario (ACIDO) hosts "Rocket" -a competition for Ontario's graduating industrial designers. 

Graduates nominated at the top of their class from OCAD University, Carleton University, and Humber College have the opportunity to pitch their thesis projects and compete for top awards. 

This year, OCADU Students represented 7 of 25 shortlisted student works and Richard Revie and Samantha Vanveen went home with three awards!

Primo – 2 ACIDO rocket category awards one for sports & recreation

“Primo provides a product, service, and social platforms to guide beginners through the challenges harnessing their behavior in a constructive pathway to optimize their success and safety.”

Richard Revie was supervised by ID faculty members Jules Goss and David Quan.

More info on his product can be found here


Azalea- Design for incontinence

1 Category award in Health & Wellness

Samantha Vanveen supervised by ID faculty members Job Rutgers and Ranee Lee

“Approximately twenty-five percent of North America’s population experiences incontinence, whether it’s a temporary or ongoing problem. Since the majority of these people are women, the goal is to provide a sustainable solution that allows the user to go about their day without the stress existing disposable products impart.”

More info on her product can be found here

All the shortlisted Rocket of OCADU entries can be found here:
- Primo by Richard Revie
- Azalea by Samantha Vanveen
- Living Water byVictoria Biglands
- Urban Egg Farming by Paolo Aguila
- O by Luke Park
- KODEN by Martin Luu
- Frego by Ji Yeon Han


Donovan Tapunha

In response to the rise of micro living and telecommuting, many residents are forced to use the little space they do occupy for multiple purposes creating unsuitable working and living conditions. The Shift table aims to seamlessly transform the experience of a given space allowing users to become more productive without sacrifcing functionality. Working from home “Blurs the lines between work and home.” Leading people to be less focused while they should be working.

Sisley(Siyun) Hu

We are living in a world of wireless technology. And no wires means there are lots of waves travelling through the air. These invisible waves are charged with negativity and consistently surrounds us. It raises many concerns since EMR (electro magnetic radiation) is one of the most potent and fastest growing hidden factors of many health threats.

OCADU's student Artur Wrona in the final round of World Sneaker Championship

Friday, April 7, 2017 - 4:00pm

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.