Art & Science is digital agency whose brand and name are born from the belief that art and science are not opposite ends of a spectrum but are rather two sides of the same coin. Our designers are as analytical as our developers and our developers as creative as our designers
In September of 2018, 4 students from Strategic Foresight, Industrial Design, and Digital Futures were placed with Art & Science to work on two projects. First was The Orpheum, a reactive art installation and musical instrument that fuses light painting, keyboarding, and gestural improvisation for the City of Mississauga. The second was VR Holodeck, a virtual reality space that allows networked play between VR players and other internet-enabled devices to create shared, social experiences. “A.Void”, the proof of concept game created with the help of the D4 team, immerses the participants in a sci-fi inspired world where the players must team up to hack into a cyber vault.
These projects explored and expanded the range of skills the students already had, from service design and user experience to rapid prototyping and digital development. These skills, along with the invaluable mentorship the students received from various teams at Art & Science including senior leadership, project managers, design/UX and developers, has translated to better performance in their design practices both inside and outside the classroom. For universities, the D4 initiative provides students with the opportunity to conduct meaningful work and adds significant value to their studies by generating interdisciplinary, collaborative learning experiences, which extend beyond what is possible in a traditional classroom. The D4 team’s immersive learning experience at Art & Science will undoubtedly have a lasting impact on each member’s design career, acting as the first stepping stone in the transition from student to creative professional.
In order from left to right: Zoe Trommer, Simran Dadlani, William Selviz, Andrew Walls
BDes in Industrial Design at OCAD U, designer currently living in Toronto. Having started with a background in drawing and painting, I am now applying my creative skills to a broad range of design disciplines; these include product design, apparel and environmental projects. Informing my practice is a strong grounding in ethics and sustainability as well as a critical approach to the manner in which media and technology collectively shape contemporary experience. I strongly believe that designers have a responsibility to not only create compelling and satisfying user experiences but also to contribute to the cultivation of a more humane and thoughtful world.
BDes Industrial Design 19’ Student, creative problem solver and funny person with a passion for culture. Simran enjoys being challenged with ambiguity, breaking it down and working with users to create meaningful solutions. She is always ready to learn something new. In her spare time, you’ll find her either biking around the city or *attempting* to bake a new sort of cake.
BDes Digital Futures 20’ Student, mixed-reality artist and creative thinker, William strives to merge the gap between art and technology. His curiosity and skills range between algorithmic design, data visualization, motion graphics, and ideation. William is also known for his work shooting DJs and events such as Coachella and EDC.
MDes Strategic Foresight and Innovation 19’ Student, award-winning social entrepreneur, and strategy expert. Andrew loves big, crazy ideas and playing with whiteboard markers. Andrew writes on Medium, and Quora about leadership, innovation, and design. In his spare time, Andrew runs triathlons and teaches workshops on Design Thinking.