OCAD U students win first and second place at Interior Design Show

First Place Winners Dylan Roworth (DRPT), Parker Galbraith-Nolan (ADVR)
Friday, January 27, 2017

OCAD U students win first and second place at Interior Design Show

Two OCAD U teams were awarded first and second place at the recent Kentwood IDS Design Challenge at the Interior Design Show (IDS) in Toronto. The show is Canada’s leading exhibition of design innovation and inspiration. Students were challenged to create a unique design utilizing Kentwood hardwood flooring, and five finalists were selected to ‘build out’ their visions at IDS, where their work was judged by a panel of industry experts.

OCAD U students Parker Galbraith-Nolan and Dylan Roworth won first place for their entry, “Empty Gestures.”

OCAD U students Annie Zheng, Avis Ho, Iris Ho and Sony Chen won second place (shared) for their entry, “Immersion.”

Congratulations to both teams!

Second Place Winners Avis Ho (MAAD), Sony Chen (ID), Annie Zheng (ID),  Iris Ho (ED)

Professor Isabel Meirelles receives OCAD University Award

Friday, January 27, 2017

Professor Isabel Meirelles receives OCAD University Award for Distinguished Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity

Professor Isabel Meirelles, Faculty of Design, has been presented with the OCAD University Award for Distinguished Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity. The award recognizes faculty members for their outstanding portfolio of research, scholarship and creative activity, and the impact that activity has had on the broad spectrum of art and design research and practice internationally. The award also recognizes contributions toward undergraduate and graduate research and scholarly training. 

Professor Meirelles holds many prominent positions in the field of Data Visualization. She is an Editorial Advisor for the prestigious Leonardo Journal, which is regarded as the highest standard of publication for this area of research. In addition to editorial duties, she has co-organized major international symposia for Leonardo for the past five years.

Professor Meirelles has published numerous articles in the field of data visualization covering technical problems as well as the role of data visualization in society, culture, and education. Her book, Design for information, an introduction to the histories, theories, and best practices behind effective information visualizations has received outstanding reviews, including a comparison to the venerable Edward Tufte in the review by Choice, a comparison of the highest nature in the field.

Since joining OCAD University Professor Meirelles has continued her own research program, but also started new initiatives both on her own and with her new colleagues.

StudentMoveTO is an initiative by the four universities in Toronto to understand the nature of issues of student transportation and how it effects their studies. Professor Meirelles has volunteered her time and expertise to be a Faculty representative for OCAD University on this important project. 

Photo of Professor Isabel Meirelles

Big congratulations go to B.H YAEL, Faculty of Art, for winning MOST ORIGINAL FILM BY A LOCAL FEMALE DIRECTOR of the Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF), for her film NO LIES.

graphic/photo image of children outdoors blowing bubbles
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 4:30pm

Big congratulations go to B.H YAEL for winning MOST ORIGINAL FILM BY A LOCAL FEMALE DIRECTOR of the Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF), for her film NO LIES.

The Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF), North America’s largest commuter film festival, celebrated its successful 10th edition with an awards ceremony hosted at the Gladstone Hotel where over $20,000 in cash and prizes was awarded to talented filmmakers from Canada and across the globe.

The jury’s choice for MOST ORIGINAL FILM BY A LOCAL FEMALE DIRECTOR was made easy by this mesmerizing memoir that employs an arsenal of animated techniques and elements to bring a girl’s diary to life. This perfectly succinct short about Dad’s double life and his daughter’s anguish over having to keep his secrets, is a raw, gut-wrenching and earnest exercise in hypocrisy. YAEL receives a 1-Year Associate Membership and a $1,200 Programming Pass from Women in Film and Television Toronto. 2 Benefactor Memberships to the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival for her film NO LIES!

“It was a remarkable year with tremendous talent,” says Sharon Switzer TUFF cofounder and Director and, President of PATTISON Outdoor. “These were difficult decisions but the acclaim is well deserved. We thank our dedicated filmmakers for their contributions and continual support over the past ten years and look forward to another ten years of TUFF.”

About Toronto Urban Film Festival - www.torontourbanfilmfestival.com | @TUFFest

North America's first, largest, and longest running subway film festival, the Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF), features silent, 60-second film video and animation from across the globe. Reaching more than one million daily commuters on subway platform screens across the Toronto transit system, TUFF blurs the line between art and reality within the utilitarian setting of public transit every September.

About PATTISON Onestop – www.pattisononestop.com | @onestopmedia

PATTISON Onestop, a division of PATTISON Outdoor Advertising Canada’s largest Out-of-Home advertising company serving 200 markets coast-to-coast, is a world leader in the development and operation of Digital Out-of- Home Media (DOOH) for mass transit, mall, retail, hospitality, residential, office, and outdoor environments. Art in Transit represents PATTISON Onestop’s ongoing arts and culture programme.

About Art for Commuters - www.art4commuters.com | @art4commuters

Art for Commuters (A4C) was founded in 2007 by Sharon Switzer, and brings over 100 artworks per year to the Pattison Onestop TTC subway platform screens. Through these projects, Art for Commuters offers a wide range of contemporary artistic voices the opportunity to showcase their work in the public spaces frequented by urban travellers.


Best in Design - student at the 18Karat Great White North Exhibition

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 1:45pm

Material Art & Design graduate (2016) won the "Best in Design - student" at the 2015 18Karat Great White North Exhibition. Janice's design  done in sterling silver, copper is called "Resting Trees Brooch" is inspired by Frank Johnston's 1918 painting, Moose pond.




Mhairi Robertson wins Packaging Consortium design competition

Mhairi Robertson’s jive+ winning design.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 4:00am

Earlier this month, fourth-year Graphic Design student Mhairi Robertson was selected as the top designer in the Packaging Consortium, formerly the Packaging Association of Canada, (PAC) student design competition.

The PAC competition challenged design students from Seneca/York, Durham College, Humber College, Mohawk College, George Brown College and OCAD University to create packaging for a hypothetical Berry Blend real fruit smoothie with added protein line of products. Each institution was assigned a different form of packaging, with one leading student submission to be selected to go forward into the competition. OCAD U was assigned to create a foil pouch package form.

With guidance from Associate Professor Stuart Werle, six OCAD U students participated in the project with three presenting final designs earlier in September. A small committee of faculty and students convened to pick the best design to move forward in the challenge, with Robertson’s jive+ design winning out.

“Mhairi understood from the very beginning that her design needed to sit between two different categories, the energy drink category based on the need to be sporty and energetic while appealing to a younger demographic, and the second, the health beverage category that needed to look nutritious, tasty and promoting a healthy lifestyle,” said Werle.

Robertson presented her design at the PAC’s “A Day in the Life” Symposium at the Steam Whistle Brewery on October 1 to an audience of more than 200 conference delegates who voted to make her the top designer via mobile devices.

Georgia Dickie wins Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Artist Prize

Work from Georgia Dickie's thesis series, Findings, 2011.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 4:15pm

Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts announced this year’s prize winners, offering a range of prizes recognizing achievement and supporting projects. Among this year’s recipients is 2011 Sculpture/Installation medal winner Georgia Dickie, who will receive $10,000.

“Georgia Dickie’s practice seems to transcend time and ordinary language and therefore propels us towards a future, where everything is malleable, where transformation is the only constant,” said the TFVA news release.