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Creative Directors' Speakers Series: #2 It Takes All Types To Do The Job

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 11:30pm to Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 1:30am

Does one size of (AD GRAD) fit all?

Creative Directors from Public Relations, Digital, traditional Ad agency, experiential and branding firms come and share their work, perspective and insights:

Our panel:

Joel Arbez – Executive Creative Director , Grey Canada
Jon Toews – former Executive Creative Director, Critical Mass
Andrew Simon – Executive Creative Director, Edelman Canada
Jonathan Smith – Executive Creative Director, Pigeon Branding
Graham Lee – T1 Agency, Chief Creative Officer, CD at T1 Motion

Q & A to follow.

Brought to you by the Advertising Program, OCADU.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, Room 190 (Auditorium)
Creative Director Speakers Series

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.”

Mayor John Tory visits Winter Stations

Mark Tholen, Jason Wong, John Tory and Mary-Margaret McMahon
Group of students and professor inside Steam Canoe
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 5:00am

Environmental Design professor Mark Tholen and his students were applauded by the Toronto mayor and city councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon on Sunday during a visit to the Steam Canoe installation.

Part of the Winter Stations exhibition on the Toronto Beaches, the structure is made of laminated wood panels curved like the prow of a canoe. Solar tubes at the rear of the structure generate fog by turning snow into steam.

Students Curtis Ho, Jungyun Lee, Monifa Onca Charles, Reila Park, Hamid Shahi, Lambert St‐Cyr, Jaewon Kim and Jason Wong worked with Tholen to create and install the temporary shelter.  

The exhibition, themed Freeze/Thaw, consists of seven installations built over lifeguard towers which visitors can enter, climb and interact with. OCAD U, Ryerson and Laurentian University were invited to submit their designs, while international artists and designers were selected via juried submission.    

Freeze/Thaw runs on the waterfront from Woodbine to Victoria Park avenues and continues through March 20.

Tables, Chairs & Other Unrelated Objects

Blocks and a paddle on a table
Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 12:00am to 3:00am

Exhibition: January 13-31, 2016
Reception: Friday January 22, 2016 (7-10pm)

For those of us who make furniture it is not always the object alone, that we pursue. As students within the furniture program at OCAD University, we are encouraged to explore and develop our thinking around the role of furniture -- as a medium for personal expression, as a reflection of social and cultural norms, and as an influence upon human behaviour. This exhibition presents a brief glimpse into to that discussion.

Curated by Alisa Maria Wronski and Claire Hamilton

The exhibition is proudly sponsored by Keilhauer and the Artworkers Retirement Society

We’re thrilled to be presenting this exhibition as a part of Toronto Design Offsite:

Venue & Address: 
52 McCaul Student Gallery
Blocks and a paddle on a table

Permission is a Design Material

Allan Chochinov
Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Allan Chochinov
Partner, Core77
Chair, SVA MFA Products of Design
Allan Chochinov is the Chair of the multi-disciplinary MFA in Products of Design program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and a partner of Core77, the design network serving a global community of designers and design enthusiasts since 1995. Prior to this work, Allan’s practice in product design focused on the medical, surgical, and diagnostic fields, working on projects for clients from Johnson & Johnson to Federal Express. He has been named on numerous design and utility patents, and speaks, moderates, and teaches around the world at venues from the Aspen Design Conference to the Rockefeller Center at Bellagio.

Permission Is A Design Material.
Historically, the “materials of design” have been refracted through the narrow lenses of form, function, and, well, materiality. But what are the contemporary materials of design, or more urgently, what are contemporary ways of looking at those materials? From complexity and information as design materials, to permission, participation, and subversion as design materials, this talk will present a rich palette of new design paint—resonant with power and urgency—giving designers a fresh set of tools with which to see and address today’s complex design challenges.

Venue & Address: 
205 Richmond Street West Room 510
Free - Space is Limited
Permission is a Design Material poster poster with event info

Meet YouTuber Canoopsy

Meet successful YouTuber and OCAD U Advertising student Isaac Mosna, known online as Canoopsy. We caught up with him to learn more about what he’s been up to and to pick his brain about what it takes to have a successful YouTube career.

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OCAD Grads Receive Awards at 2019 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

OCAD Grads Receive Awards at 2019 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair
Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 10:15am

Congratulations to Eugenia Chan (Material Art & Design 2018) and Elise Conlin (Illustration 2019) who were presented with awards at the recent 2019 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (TOAF). 

Elise received the 2019 Student Purchase Award, judged by House of IDEA and Eugenia was recognized with the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery’s Emerging Artist Award.

Both Elise and Eugenia were participating at the event as recipients of the OCAD U TOAF Career Launcher, along with 8 additional recent ILLU and MAAD grads. A full list of recipients can be found below. The Career Launcher recipients were provided with complimentary booths and the opportunity to exhibit in the 58th year of this annual event.

Now in its 58th year, the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair is Canada's largest and longest running juried contemporary outdoor art fair. The TOAF was established to nurture excellence and an entrepreneurial spirit, and to showcase contemporary work to the general public. This free public event showcases works by over 360 exhibitors and attracts 115,000 visitors each year at Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square.

As part of the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, the Career Development office supports the professional development of emerging OCAD U creative talent. The Career Launchers program offers unique, high-profile opportunities developed in partnership with industry leaders in order to help senior students and new graduates start their professional practice after school.



Eryn Lougheed
2019 – OCAD University, Illustration

Elise Conlin
2019 – OCAD University, Illustration

Xulin Wang
2019 – OCAD University, Illustration

Vivian Chang
2019 – OCAD University, MAAD

Sze Ngn (Mikayla) Li
2019 – OCAD University, MAAD

Vincie Cheung
2019 – OCAD University, MAAD

Fiona Chen
2019 – OCAD University, MAAD

Hiu Tung (Akatsuki) Siu
2019 – OCAD University, MAAD

Skye Stutt
2019 – OCAD University, MAAD

Eugenia Chan
2019 – OCAD University, MAAD

The Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research - invitation to Lunch & Learn

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 12:15pm to 1:45pm

Information Design for the Common Good

Designers are increasingly involved in the world of social good. Traditionally installed in commercial sectors, they are now collaborating with scientists, researchers and others non-designers who bring their own knowledge-base and processes. These interdisciplinary encounters are often new, exciting and challenging. Drawing on her experiences of this phenomenon, and on the research behind her upcoming book titled Information Design for the Common Good, Courtney Marchese will lead a Lunch & Learn on interdisciplinary design collaboration in global health.


Courtney Marchese is a professional designer with over a decade of experience specializing in data visualizations, information graphics, UX design, and usability studies. She is an Associate Professor of Graphic + Interactive Design, teaching a wide range of design theory, research, and technical skills at the undergraduate and graduate level.


DATE: Thurs. Aug. 8th, 2019

TIME: 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

LOCATION: Boardroom, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research (Suite 2150, 88 The Pond Rd., York University)


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Venue & Address: 
Boardroom, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research - 88 The Pond Road, York University, Suite 2150
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Anson Liaw winner of Hiii Illustration 2018 International Competition

by Anson Liaw
Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 6:15am

Hiii Illustration 2018 International Competition received 1700 pieces of works from more than 50 countries and regions around the world. 673 works have been chosen to enter the second round, 241 works have been chosen to enter the third round, including 54 works from the Commercial group, and 187 works from the Noncommercial group. The Organizing Committee will announce the winner lists in August 2019. (TBD)


The following Hiii Illustration 2018 competition award categories listed below will be completed by the judges and will be completed as a finalized list of winners from the remaining 241 works selected.


The finalized list of winning works for the following list of competition categories below will be announced some time during August 2019 after the 3rd & final round of judging is completed are:


Grand Prix

Jury Award

Best of the Best (Commercial)

Best of the Best (Nocommerical)

Merit (Commercial)

Merit (Nocommericial)

Most Popular Award

Nominations (Commercial)

Nominations (Nocommercial)


Anson Liaw's illustration entitled, Part of Us (version 3) was originally created during the 2017 and was donated to help raise money to help feed and house previously distressed and/or abused monkeys at the Story Book Primate Sanctuary.


This illustration and many others were collected by illustrator artist, Anita Kunz from various wonderful contributing artists from around the world were auctioned off.

All money was donated to help feed and house the monkeys at the Story Book Primate Sanctuary.


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dmi: ADMC 2020 Conference

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 4:00pm

dmi: Academic Design Management Conference
Impact the Future by Design


OCAD University

Toronto, Canada
5-6 August 2020



Call for Submissions - Abstracts Due January 29, 2020



The future presents new challenges and opportunities for design.  Those who manage design must equip themselves to confront rapid change on all fronts – economic, environmental, and social. Research and practice must increasingly collaborate to keep pace with the needs of today and the future.
ADMC20 will explore how design adds value to innovation, competitiveness, and social good. The latest design research and partnerships will be presented to help light a path towards impacting the future by design.



Who Should Attend?

This conference is open to everyone - every discipline and area of endeavor will benefit. 

  • Researchers
  • Design and Design Management practitioners
  • Educators
  • Business leaders
  • Public Sector leaders
  • Students



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