btalaie@faculty.ocad.ca
OCAD University
Borzu Talaie
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Design
btalaie@faculty.ocad.ca

Area(s) of Expertise

Time-based media, Interaction Design, Typography

Overview

Over the last decade, I have picked up a diverse, practical, and hands-on experience in the world of visual communication. From print production to web-design, and from motion graphics to interactive installations, I have constantly strived to enhance my skill set within each subspecialty.

Education

Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design // OCAD University

September 2011 - August 2014 (expected) // Toronto, Canada

Professional Certificate in Digital Design // York University

April 2008 // Toronto, Canada

Honours Bachelor of Design Degree (BDes) // York University/Sheridan Institute

September 2005 – April 2008 // Toronto, Canada

Associate Degree in Graphic Design // Applied-Sciences University of Tehran

January 2000 – July 2003 // Tehran, Iran

Professional Experience

Borxu Design // Principal

July 2006 - Present // Toronto, Canada

Providing wide range of visual communication services in a variety of mediums.

Department of Design, York University // Adjunct Faculty

September 2011 - Present // Oakville, Canada

Instructing Interactivity Design One and Two courses offered at The York University/Sheridan College Joint Program in Design. YSDN emphasizes creative, critical and strategic thinking, by synthesizing practice, theory and history.

Department of Design, OCAD University // Sessional Faculty

September 2010 - Present // Toronto, Canada

Instructing Advanced Typography, Editorial Design, Interaction Design Studio and Graphic Narrative, Animation & Motion courses in the Graphic Design program. With a strong focus on design process, typography, image making and strategic thinking, students discover the larger impact of graphic design in the context of cultural and societal issues.

Department of Design, Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning // Assistant Professor

January 2010 - April 2011 // Oakville, Canada

Instructing Interactivity Design and Type in Motion courses in the York/Sheridan Joint Program in Design. Supported by design studies and presented in a context of rich multi-disciplinary experience, courses in design at YSDN are concentrated in the areas of typography, information design, and interactive domains.

School of Animation, Arts & Design, Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning // Assistant Professor

January 2010 - December 2010 // Oakville, Canada

Co-teaching the Design and Implementation of Multi-Media Documents and also History and Development of Design course in the Communication, Culture & Information Technology program. CCIT is an interdisciplinary program for study of the art and science of human communication, how communication builds knowledge and creates culture, and how information technology affects the way humans communicate.

SCHOOLOFDESIGN, George Brown College // Assistant Professor

September 2009 - December 2009 // Toronto, Canada

Devised course outlines/thought Interface Design, Multimedia Production and Project Development courses in the Advanced Digital Design program. This one year post-graduate program responds to a growing need within the design industry for a new skill-set—one that crosses the traditional discipline boundaries of advertising, environmental design and new media design.

Department of Design, York University // Communication Assistant

September 2007 - April 2008 // Toronto, Canada

Coordinated the 50 Years of Iranian Typography and Calligraphy exhibition at York University. Designed and updated the event’s website. Created electronic invitations and announcements for the Helvetica movie night. Printed a series of limited-edition letter-pressed posters.

Pylon Design Inc. // Design and Production Assistant

Summer 2007 Internship // Toronto, Canada

Assisted the design team with projects such as: Toronto Society of Architects website, Cadillac Fairview 2008 ARC Awards, Canadian Interiors Magazine, and typesetting the first issue of Pylon Newsletter.

Department of Design, York University // Work/Study Position

November 2005 - February 2006 // Toronto, Canada

Organized the York/Sheridan Joint Program in Design student exhibition, collaborated with a diverse design team, designed the exhibition’s theme, posters, and invitations.

Kanoon Informatic Co. // Advertising Consultant/Project Manager

April 2001 - June 2004 // Tehran, Iran

Developed new strategies and guidelines in advertising for businesses. Training staff of the graphic design department in application software and systems.

Daarvag Advertising Agency // Consultant/Computer Instructor

November 1999 - April 2001 // Tehran, Iran

Provided production and coordination services for print projects. Training staff of the graphic design department.

Kish Training Centre // Supervisor/Computer Instructor

January 1997 - April 2001 // Tehran, Iran

Supervised the design department. Established teaching strategies and devised course outlines. Trained over 300 graphic students based on Adobe CIB series.

Tarasheh Andish Ltd. // Design and Production Assistant

October 1993 - January 1997 // Tehran, Iran

Designed titles, charts, illustrations, typesetting, and preparing spreads for output.

Selected Exhibitions

Creative Type 3

Palmerston Gallery // Toronto

April 19 - May 1, 2011

Design Exchange Awards 2010 Exhibition

Design Exchange Building // Toronto

November 24, 2010 - March 27, 2010

Applied Arts 2010 Winners’ Exhibit

Artscape's Wychwood Barns // Toronto

November 10 - 11, 2010

Design Exchange Awards 2009 Exhibition

Design Exchange Building // Toronto

November 25, 2009 - February 21, 2010

Applied Arts 2009 Winners' Exhibit

Studio 1 // Toronto

November 5-6, 2009

Design Exchange Awards 2008 Exhibition

Design Exchange Building // Toronto

November 26, 2008 - March 1, 2009

Applied Arts 2008 Winners' Exhibit

Burroughes Building // Toronto

November 18 - 19, 2008

RGD Student Awards Exhibit

Metro Hall Rotunda // Toronto

June 30 - July 4, 2008

SPLICE

BDes Graduate Show/Exhibit

Distillery District // Toronto

April 13 - 18, 2008

Awards \ Grants

Adobe Design Achievement Awards // August 2011

Finalist - Innovation in Interactive Media in Education

Adobe Design Achievement Awards // August 2011

Semifinalist - Print Communications

Applied Arts Awards // April 2011

Young Blood - Editorial

Design Exchange Awards // October 2010

Silver - Content Development and Editorial

Applied Arts Awards // June 2010

Young Blood - Design

Young Blood - Editorial

Design Exchange Awards // October 2009

Honorable Mention - Content Development and Editorial

Function 13 // April 2009

Best Handmade Typeface

Creative Quarterly // Spring 2009

Runner-up - Professional Graphic Design

Applied Arts Awards // March 2009

Interactive Media Awards - Wireless

Interactive Media Awards - Offline Digital

Design Exchange Awards // October 2008

Award of Excellence - Content Development and Editorial

Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario (RGD) // June 2008

Co-winner - Herlequin Award for Book Design

Honorable Mention - Crescent Award for New Media Design

Honorable Mention - TAXI Award of Excellence for Central Ontario

Applied Arts Awards // May 2008

Student Awards - Editorial Design

York University // April 2008

Summa Cum Laude

York University // April 2008

Harry Rowe Award OSOTF I

York University, Department of Design // December 2007

Department of Design Scholarship

York University // April 2007

Faculty of Fine Arts Opportunity Award

York University // April 2007

Harry Rowe Award OSOTF I

York University // March 2006

Faculty of Fine Arts Discretionary Award

Applied-Sciences University of Tehran // July 2003

Graduated with Honors

Selected Publications

Applied Arts Magazine // Vol. 26, No. 3

July/August 2011

Wallpaper Magazine* // Architectural Photography

May, 2011

Applied Arts Magazine // Vol. 26, No. 1

March/April 2011

The Globe and Mail // Architectural Photography

December 9, 2010

The Globe and Mail // Architectural Photography

December 3, 2010

Applied Arts Magazine // Vol. 25, No. 5

November / December 2009

The Globe and Mail // Architectural Photography

August 27, 2010

The Architectural Review + // Architectural Photography

March 30, 2010

v2com press wire // v2com.biz

25 November 2009

Applied Arts Magazine // Vol. 24, No. 2

March 2009

Canadian Business Magazine // The Annual 'Rich 100' Edition

December 2008

Applied Arts Magazine // Vol. 23, No. 5

September 2008

Yfile // York University Daily Electronic Bulletin

August 5, 2008

Verso // 2008 Design Annual

Graphic Perspectives 7

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario

Provisional Member