Area(s) of ExpertiseCorporate Graphic Design, Wayfinding
Annette Blum, MA, BFA, RGD, obtained her Master's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from York University, her Fine Arts degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and studied graphic design at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto and the Salzburg Academy of Fine Arts in Austria. She has extensive experience in corporate identity, signing-wayfinding systems and environmental graphics. Clients include CIBC, Cingular Wireless, Ontario Science Centre, Trent University, York Region District School Board and the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts. With her background in and passion for both the fine arts as well as graphic design, her research interests have involved the convergence of traditional and new media, focusing on the relationship between society, culture and design. Her initial research centered on women's visual culture in South Africa and Guatemala, and the use of art and design for empowerment of rural women in both post-apartheid South Africa and Guatemala. She is currently pursuing research on women's visual narrative in Chile.
Annette has been teaching Graphic Design at the Ontario College of Art & Design since 1997, and taught in the York/Sheridan Bachelor of Design programme from 1999 to 2008. She is faculty in both the Master's Programme in Inclusive Design, as well as the Interdisciplinary Master's programme in Art, Media and Design. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, South Africa, Austria, the United States and England.