Sustainability Initiatives by Student Researchers at OCAD U: Library Research Wednesdays

Promotional image with event title, project titles and speaker names, flanked by a drawings of a laptop and a book
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 12:45pm

On January 23rd, we welcome Victoria Gonzalez and Priscilla Lee to share their experiences of participating in field placements at OCAD University with a focus on sustainability.

Project descriptions:

Reducing Hazardous Waste in OCAD U Studios with Victoria Gonzales
Hazardous wastes are wastes that can pose a threat to health, safety and the environment. Plus, its disposal is expensive! OCAD U is trying to reduce the amount of inappropriate materials that end up in our hazardous waste bins (i.e. coffee cups, paper towels, and rags). This project aims to help studio users minimize their production of hazardous waste, encourage the use of less toxic products, and steer them towards proper reuse, recycling, and waste sorting. Victoria used their design skills to help conduct user research involving hardware prototypes, develop new organizing structures to keep the various bins easy to find and in the expected places, and create a poster series to communicate the initiative.

Victoria Gonzales is an emerging Industrial Designer from Chile with a passion for interior, health and sustainable design.

Sustainable Initiatives at Copy and Print Services with Priscilla Lee
Copy and Print Services provides the OCAD U community with its copying and digital output needs. This includes operating the Digital Print Shop and managing the University’s networked black and white printers, and its fleet of multifunction copiers. From pulp to print, paper is the lifeline of their operation. In this project, Priscilla worked to develop a sustainable and responsible outlook on this lifeline and make an impact in reduction.

Priscilla Lee is an Industrial Design student with an interest in human-centred design.


Both field placement projects were made possible through the collaboration of the Centre for Emerging Artist and Designers and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Sustainability Initiatives.


Research Wednesdays is a speaker series presented by the OCAD U Library. It's a forum for anyone (undergrad or graduate students, staff, or faculty) to present in a casual, supportive environment about research activities, collections and more. We apply a broad definition of research which includes a variety of activities within the domains of art, design, libraries and archives. This event is open to all members of the OCAD U community as well as the general public.

Interested in presenting about your own research experiences? Contact Daniel Payne at

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1, also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street

Material Innovation Centre presents: Print Workshop

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Join us in this workshop with Pat Navarro and Kirstyn Moore to learn about file formats, workflow, outputs, colour, resolution, and all things printing.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, Material Innovation Centre Room MCA530
Print Workshop

Photo Thesis Print Sale

Photo Thesis Sale
Thursday, February 7, 2008 - 5:00am to Saturday, February 9, 2008 - 5:00am

Just in time for Valentine's. Buy a print for your sweetie! Selling postcards, T-shirts and original photographs made by second-, third- and fourth-year students.

Venue & Address: 
Lobby 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Illustrator Fiona Smyth's CHEEZ 2 art show

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 5:00pm to Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 9:00pm


Opening Wed. March 16 6:00 to 9:00pm

Running March 15- April 3, 2016

Fiona Smyth’s CHEEZ was originally a monthly comic/drawing published in Canada's Exclaim Magazine over a ten year period from 1992 to 2002. There were no editorial restrictions on the work apart from the monthly deadline and the colour restrictions of the paper (the art work had to be black and white). Each strip was created shortly before the deadline and numbered in chronological order. The second incarnation of CHEEZ, running online since 2009 to currently, is a weekly offering continuing with the same numbering sequence and restrictive palette. 

Visual artist Smyth’s creative process is unrestrained in the CHEEZ series. Recurring motifs and icons inform a non-linear narrative that spans nearly twenty-four years. Feminist imaginings of female bodies are central to this drawing world. Smyth’s stream of conscious approach connects to a long lineage of drawers, cartoonists, and imaginers like Moebius, Giles, Gary Panter, Saul Steinberg, George Grosz, John Scott, Frida Kahlo, and Louise Bourgeois. 

A collection of the first one hundred strips was published as CHEEZ 100 by Pedlar Press in 2001

Gallery 50 is offering the sale of individual inkjet prints of the exhibited CHEEZ drawings upon request.

Venue & Address: 
Gallery 50 50 Gladstone Avenue

Buy a limited edition GradEx 100 print!

Gary Taxali poster with special characters and red numbers
Gary Taxali poster with special characters and gold numbers
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 4:00am to Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 4:00am

Buy a limited edition GradEx 100 print!

You can purchase a limited edition, signed and numbered silk screen print of Gary Taxali’s GradEx 100 poster starting Tuesday, April 7 at the OCAD University bookstore.  The bookstore is located at 51 McCaul Street in Toronto.

One hundred copies of the ‘red’ version are available for $100 each. These silk screen prints are signed and numbered. Ten copies of a gold wash version, each with a unique Gary Taxali illustration, are available for $1,000 each.  

You can also purchase the original promotional poster for $20 ($10 student price) 

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Bookstore 51 McCaul St. Toronto, ON
$10 + tax (original promotional poster - student price with valid ID)  $20 + tax (original promotional poster - public price) $100 + tax (red limited edition)  $1,000 + tax (gold limited edition)

Material & Impressions

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Les Smith, C.J. Graphics Inc. is an award-winning Toronto print firm. Their investment in proprietary techniques and eco-friendly technology has made them an industry leader in prepress, print and finishing.

Venue & Address: 
Material Innovation Centre Room 530 100 McCaul Street