Design TO Festival re:LOCATION

ToDo Festival
Friday, January 18, 2019 - 2:00pm to Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 7:00pm

Opening Reception: Tuesday January 22, 7:00pm to 9:00pm

In a collaboration between OCAD University and the Toronto Centre for Community Learning and Development (TCCL&D), a second-year OCADU industrial design class taught by Ranee Lee was held offsite at the TCCL&D as a way to pilot an innovative participatory design framework. The course project tasked the students to design bespoke textile goods to be sewn and distributed by Regent Park Sewing Studio as part of their livelihood. The Sewing Studio, a social enterprise incubation program within TCCL&D, consisted of a few immigrant women sewers who, along with the students in the same classroom, learned and taught each other to create a truly participatory design experience. Creating an offsite classroom made for a real experiential learning studio course and through designing soft goods items, topics of locality, culture and identities were explored. In this new participatory learning framework, students went beyond the university’s walls and into the community where they researched and designed with/for the community. Only by approaching community differently, can we expect to achieve different results.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 100 McCaul St., 2nd Floor - The Great Hall
Digital Screen: 

TODO Offsite Festival and Kathleen Morris

Monday, January 15, 2018 - 7:00am to Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 7:00am

"Speaking the dialect of trees" tells a story of human affliliation with the living landscape. The textile alludes to a chorus of rhythms: the ripple of water, the gesture of grass, the trace of a thread, a breathing body.

Venue & Address: 
Souvenir, 1232 College Street

Off Course, TO DO Festival - Best of Toronto Design Week by Azure Magazine

Off Course Stein Wang
Friday, January 27, 2017 - 11:15am

Congratulations to Industrial Design and Graphic Design students that presented works-in-progress (prototypes and full-scale models) as part of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival. 

You can read the full article here.

TODO Talks Symposium: Design and the pursuit of well-being

TO DO Talks Symposium: Design and the pursuit of well-being
Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm

TO DO’s second annual symposium brings 12 multi-disciplinary experts into one room to discuss design and the pursuit of well-being. The four-hour event features keynote speaker Jamer Hunt, three thematic sessions, and an opportunity for fulsome discussion among those in attendance.



Imagine a world where homes, neighbourhoods, and things make you feel good about yourself, where your lifestyle and workplace help you reach your full potential, where everything around you is designed to keep you healthy and safe, and enable you to be compassionate and reach a state of flow.

Multidisciplinary experts discuss how well-being is understood and created through design, innovation, and change at the second annual TO DO Talks Symposium on design and the pursuit of well-being.

Registration begins at 1:30pm on Saturday, January 21, 2017.

Ticket holders need to arrive by 2pm to guarantee their seat.



Keynote Speaker: Jamer Hunt

Session 1: Well-being in the workplace

The future of work and the powerful influence of design
Maggie Dempster, Workplace Consultant
John Roberts, Design Strategy Lead
Herman Miller

Play to Perform: Why Play is the Future of Work
Farzad Sedghipour, Futurist
Farzad Innovation

Designing a Culture: Experiments in rapid behavioural prototyping
Erika Bailey, Innovation Designer
The Moment



Session 2: Well-being and health

Designing beyond the health service
Robbie Bates, Design Director

Role of Design in Synthesizing Different Kinds of Truth about Health and Wellbeing
Dr. Kate Sellan, Director, Graduate Program in Design for Health
OCAD University

Designing for Health in a Connected World
Dr. Kamran Khan, CEO and Founder|
James Yoon, Director of Design



Session 3: Well-being and society

In Light of Dark Matter
Daniel Rossi, Visual Maker

The Art of Building Community: How JAYU builds safe spaces to share human rights stories through the arts.
Gilad Cohen, Founder & Executive Director

Designing for Meaning
Len Senator, Founder/Owner, The Depanneur & Co-founder, Newcomer Kitchen
The Depanneur


* For full session descriptions please visit the Toronto Design Offsite Festival website*


Funding generously provided by the Ontario Arts Council. Special thanks to our institutional partner OCAD University, and sponsor Gladstone Hotel.

TO DO Talks Symposium is a signature event organized by the Toronto Design Offsite Festival.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul Street Main Auditorium (Room 190) Toronto, ON M5T 1W1