Faculty of Design
416-977-6000, Ext. 1791

Area(s) of Expertise

Design Communications, Environmental Graphic Design, Typography


Debbie Adams, AOCA, RGD, RCA, SEGD, was born in Burnaby, BC. She attended the Ontario College of Art in Toronto, graduating with honours in 1983 and was awarded the medal for top student in the Communications and Design Department.

In 1986, she co-established the partnership of Adams/Bhandari Inc. and subsequently, her own firm, Adams +Associates Design Consultants Inc. in 1988. Her firm has created a wide variety of projects including: corporate identity, signage programs, environmental graphics, exhibitions, communications design systems, books, magazines, posters, retail packaging and websites.

Adams has designed 31 postage stamps for Canada Post Corporation including the Urban Transit series; the Gardens series; Polio; the Expo 86 series; a pair of stamps, one featuring a hologram, commemorating Canada's Achievements in Space; the Migratory Species series and the Kite series and most recently, a stamp commemorating the FIFA U-20 games. She has also designed a gold maple leaf coin for the Royal Canadian Mint.

Adams has taught at the Ontario College of Art & Design since 1994 and previously at Sheridan College in Oakville. She has served on the board of directors of the Graphic Designers of Canada, Ontario Chapter (GDC) and is a professional member of the Registered Graphic Designers of Canada (RGD) and the Society for Environmental Graphic Design.


Ontario College of Art, AOCA

Kootenay School of Art, Diploma

Selected Exhibitions

2005, 2004, 2002: Design at Work, annual RGD juried group exhibition

2001: Light, 7 collaborations, Furniture Collective, York Quay Gallery, Harbourfront

1996: Type Culture, juried group exhibition of contemporary typographic work, Design Exchange

1995: From Toronto, l?actualit? du design graphique, group exhibition of Canadian Graphic Designers, Maison du livre, de l?image et du son, Lyon,France

1992: The Chair Exhibition/fundraising auction, The Power Plant, collaboration with Peter Fleming, (group exhibition)

1989: Never Leave Well Enough Alone, Gallery 76, Ontario College of Art, work of Adams/Bhandari and Portico

Awards \ Grants

2007: SEGD Award of Merit

2007, 2006, 2004, 2002: RGD - Design at Work

2004 Gold, 2000 Silver, 1993 Gold, 1987 Silver: ADCC

OAAG: 2004-1 First, 2001-1 First, 1997-2 Firsts, 1993-2 Firsts, 1990-2 Firsts, 1988-2 Firsts

Selected Publications

Symbols and Trademarks of Canada, Volumes 1 & 2, G?rard Bochud and Gilles Robert

Magazines Inside & Out, Steven Heller & Teresa Fernandes

Typography Today, by Edward Gotschall

Licking Illiteracy, Applied Arts Magazine

Culture in a Cold Climate, Eye Magazine

ID Magazine

Azure Magazine

Equinox Magazine

Idea Magazine

Studio Magazine