Karim Rashid: From 15 Minutes into the Future

Karim Rashid
Friday, March 14, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, May 18, 2008 - 4:00am

The Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta hosts “Karim Rashid: From 15 Minutes into the Future” by internationally renowned designer Karim Rashid, an exhibition originating at the OCAD Professional Gallery in the fall of 2007.

Venue & Address: 
ACA Gallery of SCAD, Woodruff Arts Center 1280 Peachtree St, Atlanta, Georgia

Found and Crafted

Friday, November 23, 2007 - 5:00am to Saturday, December 8, 2007 - 5:00am

FEATURING: Andrea Chin, Andrew Morton, Amrita Takhar, Gina Yu, Joel Pollock, Grace Park, Erin McCutcheon, Marijan Zelic, Mike Kicul and Willie Tsang.
Artist, designer and educator Gord Peteran gives ten emerging designers the same brief: Go find a chair on the street, analyze the reasons behind its disposal and reconstruct the chair in any way desired'the outcome does necessarily need to be a chair. Through this restoration both history and newfound potential within the chair are exposed. Using this reconstruction as source material the designers make new chairs to highlight the discarded chairs strongest points.
Found and Crafted showcases the result of this innovative design
initiative: each new chair is displayed along side a photo of the discarded, restored chair.
The designers featured in this exhibition are students in their final year of the Ontario College of Art and Design 's prestigious Industrial Design program. This program investigates customer and commercial projects, furniture, interaction and experience design, strategic creativity and applied innovation. Engaging in extensive research and analysis, these emerging designers develop new products and experiences while addressing current and emerging human needs.
The work featured in Found and Crafted exemplifies innovative and rigorous design practice. Walking the blurry line between art and design, Found and Crafted examines the cyclical nature of objects, creating a discourse around what a chair as furniture is, and what it can be through investigation and manipulation.

Venue & Address: 
XPACE Cultural Centre 58 Ossington Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

ED Media 2015 - Ambient Experience Lab Paper Accepted

Monday, May 25, 2015 - 4:00am

The Program Committee of EdMedia 2015: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology, after rigorous peer review, has decided to accept our submission for presentation as a full paper. EdMedia 2015 will be held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, June 22-24, 2015.

Unpacking the Concept of Design Thinking Through a Competency-based Curriculum

(from the abstract) The primary aim of this paper is to report an in-depth analysis of OCADU Industrial Design program’s competency based curriculum, which, in turn, will unpack the notion of design thinking. The research question is to understand how OCADU faculty members designed and implemented a competency-based curriculum that fosters students’ ability in design thinking. The results show three initial principles for defining design thinking within K 12 and higher education: (1) Design thinking as situated within design ‘doing’ and ‘feeling’, (2) Design thinking embedded within different ‘design modeling’ languages’; and (3) building creative confidence by increasingly being able to connect experiences. These three identified design thinking principles need to be taught, documented, measured and organized in order to affect K12 and higher education. 


Wayhome installation is in progress!

Person installing panels of Cloud installation
People hoisting up a sculptural installation
Cloud installation being lifted into place with cranes
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 4:00am

OCAD University Industrial Design students and alumni are hard at work assembling The Cloud, their installation for this weekend’s Wayhome Music and Arts festival.

Alexander Young, Christopher Snell (Industrial Design, 2015), Jurģis Miķēns (Industrial Design 2015) and Sisley Hu designed the structure made of wood, plastic and LED lights. This is the second time OCAD University students have built an installation for Wayhome, an annual festival set in Burl’s Creek in Oro Medonte, Ontario.

Chatelaine features alumna who is revolutionizing STI testing

Photo of Jessica Ching, seated
Friday, July 8, 2016 - 4:00am

Jessica Ching (2009, Industrial Design) is profiled in the July issue of Chatelaine magazine. Ching is the inventor of Eve Kit, a product that allows women to screen themselves for sexually transmitted infections such as HPV, chlamydia and gonorrhea. Women can take a swab at home with a specially-designed device and mail it in to a lab for testing. Results are available within a week via a confidential web site.

Ching says a third of women don’t get screened regularly for STIs. There is a variety of reasons including lack of time, no family physician and discomfort with the process of getting tested.

The kit started out as part of Ching’s Industrial Design thesis project. She then co-founded Eve Medical, one of the first companies to come out of OCAD U’s Imagination Catalyst entrepreneurship and commercialization hub.  

Eve Kit is currently available for pre-order on Indiegogo, and it has already exceeded Ching’s crowdfunding goal.

Students exhibit accessible objects at Centre for Aging and Brain Health

Four women seated at a table exhibiting products
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 4:00am

OCAD University Industrial Design students from the third-year Design for Health and Wellness course took part in the opening of LaunchPad Studio at Baycrest Health Sciences on June 21.

Their exhibit, Accessible objects for people living with arthritis, featured items ranging from a toothbrush to a tea service, each designed to help people who have arthritis-related dexterity issues engage more fully and comfortably with the activities of daily life.

Projects on display:

  • Compression toothbrush – Melody Gamble
  • Cradle tea service – Paolo Aguila
  • Demi Pain Management – Zoe Worsnip
  • Crystal Package Opener – Quishan Tan
  • Flot : Adaptive paintbrush – Longchunzi (Elaine) Yu
  • Bagg – Houston Keil-Vine

OCAD U’s Design for Health and Wellness course explores interaction design through user expectation and behaviour, and its applications to product, information and interface design.

Students created their accessible objects as part of a course project focussing on individual customization using 3D design and printing.

Part of the Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation at Baycrest Health Sciences, LaunchPad is an innovation hub space where inventors and design thinkers can work with researchers and clinicians while interacting with aging adults.




Industrial Design students help make Regent Park Proud

Group of six students and faculty in front of display
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 4:00am

Messenger bags, placemats, hats and totes were on display at Regent Park Proud, an exhibition at the Student Gallery on June 17 and 18. The exhibition is the outcome of the second year Industrial Design class Identity Materialized, led by assistant professor Ranee Lee. Students in the class collaborated with members of a women’s sewing collective in Regent Park to develop prototypes for soft goods that could be fabricated by the collective and sold within and outside the community.  

Identity Materialized introduces students to the field of design for social change and engages them in experiential learning. OCAD University students had the opportunity to be immersed in the diverse backgrounds of the women from the Regent Park community and work with the Yonge Street Mission on a project that has the potential to reduce poverty on a local scale.

Lee and her students thank Zev Farber, manager of the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, and OCAD U’s social innovation hub, Impact Collective, for their support with the ambitious project.

To learn more about the students and the project read this story in the Toronto Star.




Bowtie takes top prize at Imagination Catalyst pitch competition

Umbra co-founder Paul Rowan and pitch competition winner Tanner Short
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 4:00am

The Umbra store on John St. was packed with some 90 spectators for the Imagination Catalyst’s fourth annual pitch competition on June 14. Tanner Wills Short, founder of Bowtie Interview Tool, took the top prize of $5,000, out-pitching four of his colleagues from OCAD U’s business incubator.

Bowtie is a puzzle-like toy that allows employers to determine the strengths of potential recruits during job interviews, rather than relying on common personality tests such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Bowtie can also be used as a team-building activity to improve workplace culture. 

Short, a 2016 graduate of OCAD University’s Industrial Design program, studied play theory to come up with his product.

Other Imagination Catalyst companies that took part:

  • Dice – Jinho Kim and Steve Kim
  • Lumos – Mulugeta Bisrat  and Alexandr Gerassimov
  • MeOrganics – Daneila Bratu and Nicol Rebello
  • Witnis – Anne Gorgy

The judges' panel comprised:

  • John Albright – Co-founder and managing partner, Relay Ventures
  • Dr. Sara Diamond – President and vice-chancellor, OCAD University
  • Allyson Hewitt – Senior fellow, Social Innovation, MaRS Discovery District
  • Paul Rowan – Co-founder and VP, Inspiration, Umbra
  • Daniel Sawaya – Founder and managing partner, AyaWas Investment Group

The Imagination Catalyst is based in a 3,000ft2 co-working space at 230 Richmond St. West. Currently, there are 77 jobs associated with the companies participating in OCAD U’s business incubator program, which has recently received renewed Campus Linked Accelerator funding from the Ontario Centres of Excellence. 

Regent Park Proud

Friday, June 17, 2016 - 2:00pm to Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 8:00pm

A relationship made in Toronto —
OCAD University Industrial Design, YSM, and
the Regent Park Women’s Sewing Collective.
Design as a strategy. Sewing as a skill.
Profits are made towards the Collective.

Venue & Address: 
Student Gallery 52 McCaul Street
Regent Park Proud poster with event info