Design For Social Enterprise

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 6:30pm

The Faculty of Design invites you to join us for a lecture on Toronto-based social enterprise ME to WE by Associate Director and lead artisan designer Kessa Laxton.

Ms. Laxton's will talk about ME to WE as a model of a successful social enterprise, how they leverage the artisanal skills of over 1500 women in Kenya and Ecuador to design for a North American market, and the challenges and rewards of creating products intended for prominent retailers like Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, and Fossil when your factory is a village. 


About ME to WE:

As an innovative social enterprise that provides products that make an impact, ME to WE empowers people to change the world with their everyday consumer choices. ME to WE measures the bottom line by the people empowered and the lives transformed. By creating options for consumers like you who want to make informed decisions about what you experience and buy, knowing your actions will help empower people and transform lives, making the world a better place.

About Kessa Laxton:

Kessa Laxton's creative genius drives ME to WE Artisans, from searching Nairobi markets for unique textiles to creating on-trend pieces at our atelier in partnership with mamas in Kenya and Ecuador. In a highly collaborative environment, every artisan is inspired to bring her own input and inspiration to the table. Kessa's eye for exclusivity and quality craftmanship continues to elevate each timeless collection. Aligned with the ME to WE philosophy, Kessa is also the founder of Patouche, a children's clothing company with a strong focus on great design and sustainability. Patouche has been featured in a number of publications including Canadian Family, Today's Parent and Eco Parent.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street Auditorium MCA190
Kessa Laxton Talks Design for Social Enterprise
Digital Screen: 

OCAD U professor talks to CBC about AI and accessibility

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre, Jutta Treviranus, is featured on the latest edition of Spark, CBC Radio’s program on technology in our rapidly changing world. Titled “AI's problem with disability and diversity,” the episode looks at how machine learning doesn’t take into account people who don’t fit into the “norm.” Treviranus’s work focuses on creating more inclusive and accessible technology, and how we can improve artificial intelligence systems so they can better serve everyone, including people with disabilities.

You can listen to the episode on CBC Radio One on Sunday Sept. 10 at 1:05 p.m. and Wednesday Sept. 13 at 2:05 p.m., or listen online

Faculty Talk: Isabel Meirelles- The Visualizing Spirit

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm


The second half of the eighteenth century saw most disciplines in the sciences and the humanities share a “quantifying spirit” characterized by the systematization of knowledge as well as a preoccupation with measuring all types of phenomena. This is not much different from our current obsession with collecting, quantifying and analyzing all types of data. A “visualizing spirit”, however, better describes the present passion and widespread use of visual-spatial techniques in the already quantified sciences, humanities and the arts. This talk will examine the antecedents and significance of our present “visualizing spirit” and will focus on recent visualization trends, their roles, affordances and limitations in helping us explore, extract and interpret information.


Isabel Meirelles is a designer and educator whose intellectual curiosity lies in the relationships between visual thinking and visual representation. She is a Professor in the Faculty of Design and a principal investigator in the Visual Analytics Lab at OCAD University, Toronto, Canada. In addition to collaborating with scientists and humanists in the development of visualization systems, Isabel’s research focuses on the examination of how information is structured and communicated in different media. She is the author of “Design for Information: An introduction to the histories, theories, and best practices behind effective information visualizations” (Rockport, 2013).

Venue & Address: 
Room 420, 205 Richmond St. W
Free, Coffee and light snacks with be served
Abstract:  The second half of the eighteenth century saw most disciplines in the sciences and the humanities share a “quantifyin

Sessional Instructor Myles Calvert's work will be featured in Guelph

Myles Calvert, Toasters
Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 11:00am to Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 5:00pm

Wall-based sculptural prints, using screenprint, wood, resin, and neon is part of the work of Sessional Instructor Myles Calvert that will be featured in "Chroma", an exhibition with a focus on colour. 

Opening Reception:
Thursday, September 7
5:00 - 7:00 pm

This show will run from August 31 to September 23 at Renann Isaacs Contemporary Art Gallery in Guelph, Ontario.

Venue & Address: 
Renann Isaacs Contemporary Art Gallery 5 Gordon Street, Guelph, Ontario
Myles Calvert fChroma Exhibition

Workshop: Surviving Art School - Toolkit for Artists & Designers of Colour

collage image of artwork attributed to Raju Rage
Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 3:30pm

Surviving Art School: An Artist of Colour Toolkit
with artist + activist Raju Rage

Thursday, 14 September 2017, 3:30–5 PM
Lambert Lounge (MCA 187), 100 McCaul St
OCAD University

Co-presented with the Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives and OCAD Student Union
Hot Lunch will be served starting at 2:30pm ($3 suggested for meal)

Using the 'Surviving the Art School' publication, produced by Collective Creativity (of which Rage is a member) and published by Nottingham Contemporary (UK), as a starting point, the talk and workshop will ask what this visually entails. During this workshop participants can expect to learn and share strategies for decolonising education. Participants are encouraged to bring with them a 'problem' of the institution to collectively strategise and create a surviving the art school toolkit. This workshop is open to students from all disciplines. 

A presentation of Collective Creativity: a Queer, Trans* Intersex People of Colour artist collective in London UK which aims to create radical, grass roots space for QTIPOC to interrogate the politics of art, in relation to queer identity, institutional racism, and anti-colonialism. CC is dedicated to creating space for conversations that challenge institutional racism and white supremacy within a cultural framework. We are concerned with how we decolonise our art educations, unlearn the histories that replicate the colonial gaze, re-formatting our own art educations and a re-positioning of this canon by re-centring artists and cultural producers of colour.

Raju Rage is an interdisciplinary artist who is proactive about using art, education and activism to forge creative survival. Based in London and working beyond, they primarily use their non-conforming body as a vehicle of embodied knowledge; to bridge the gap between dis/connected bodies, theory and practice, text and the body and aesthetics and the political substance. They work in performance, sculpture, soundscapes and moving image, focusing on techniques of resistance and utilising everyday objects and everyday life experiences in communicating narratives around gender, race and culture. They investigate history, memory and trauma, with an emphasis on colonial legacy, its continuation and impact on the body and contemporary diasporan identity. They are an organiser and member of Collective Creativity arts collective. 

For any accessibility accommodation requests to fully participate in this event, please contact Shamina Chherawala at or 416.977.6000 ext.3840 in advance.

Venue & Address: 
Thursday, September 14 at 3:30 PM - 5 PM Lambert Lounge, 100 McCaul Street
416.977.6000 ext.3840
Workshop is free! OCAD Student Union will be serving Hot Lunch from 2:30pm onwards (suggested $3)

Design Competition: Mickey Mouse's Home of the Future

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 11:45am

​Design Exchange and Disney invite students studying at OCAD University to participate in a design competition to win a chance to collaborate with Disney at EDIT this fall.

Mickey Mouse's Home of the Future envisions a not-so-distant future that focuses on a contemporary and sustainable way of living. Submissions should thoughtfully consider sustainable solutions to interior and industrial design while simultaneously communicating Mickey Mouse's personality. 

The winning submission will be fabricated and exhibited in Mickey Mouse's Home of the Future at EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology, an unprecedented, 10-day international design festival that explores how design, innovation and technology can address today's global issues and envision a world where all people prosper. From September 28 to October 8, EDIT will transform 150,000 sq.-ft. space at East Harbour (formerly Unilever Soap Factory) in Toronto into exhibitions, workshops, talks and architectural installations.

Currently enrolled OCAD U students and 2017 graduates may submit projects individually or as a group (maximum four students per group submission).

Extended deadline: Sunday, August 13 2017, 11:59 p.m.

Questions? Contact Carla Rojas in the Faculty of Design at


Mickey Mouse's Home of the Future is presented by Design Exchange in partnership with Mickey Mouse and the Walt Disney Company of Canada, and produced by Giant Containers. Partners: OCAD University and Giant Containers. ​

For more information about EDIT, click here.

EDIT Design Exchange


Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

The format is as follows:

Two qualifying rounds will consist of 20 artists each, 40 artists in total.

The top four artists from each round, voted on by the crowd, will advance to the finals.

The eight finalists will compete to become named the ‘Sneaker Design Tournament’ champion!

The MARTK’D ‘Sneaker Design Tournament’ champion will receive an educational scholarship + merch.


WHAT: MARTK’D- Sneaker Design Tournament  

WHEN: Wednesday October 12th 2017, 11:00am – 3:00pm

WHERE:  OCAD University, Great Hall, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, ON

Venue & Address: 

Faculty of Design Office move underway

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Faculty of Design Office closed at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 3 and will reopen Wednesday, July 5th at 11 a.m. in a new location: 230 Richmond St. West on the 9th floor.

Unless it is URGENT, please consider the office out of commission for the full week.

Any questions related to the move can be directed to Faculty of Design Office Manager, Margot Jeffery.

The offices of the Deans of Faculty of Art and FOLASS/IS are tentatively scheduled to move to the 9th floor of 230 Richmond St. W. in December 2017. The location of the Deans’ offices will be reviewed as the Creative City Campus project progresses.





Augmented Assembly for Tessellated Structures

Augmented Assembly
Monday, June 5, 2017 - 9:15am

Environmental Design Sessional Instructor, Parantap Bhatt presented the talk "Augmented Assembly for Tessellated Structures" at the Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design, SimAUD 2017, hosted by the University of Toronto (John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design).

Augmented Assembly for Tessellated Structures
Parantap Bhatt, Nicolo Bencini, Spyros Efthymiou and Antoniya Stoitsova

"This paper focuses on describing how augmented reality (AR) and object tracking methods can become tools for overlaying real-time information, for assembly of structures with tessellated geometries. Within this context, guided assembly is explored as an alternative to the energy intensive construction and demolition processes currently used in the building industry. For the research, sheet folding is chosen as the process upon which all assembly data is based on, and object tracking and augmented reality software are used as tools to guide the assembly of the proposed system. Experiments across multiple scales are conducted to study various methods of translating digital geometric information into a series of physical guided manipulations, which form the techniques for achieving a correct degree of folding within the component. Through large scale assembly tests, the viability of using guided assembly techniques as well as the potential of applying them in construction ascenarios is assessed. The paper concludes with a description of benefits and drawbacks in which such technology may be used for, and outlines suggestions for further developments of the system to become a viable tool for construction assembly."

*From SimAUD 2017 program

OCAD U student work on display at The Museum of Illustration in New York City

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Congratulations to seven OCAD U Illustration students, whose work is on display at The Society of Illustrators’ 2017 Student Scholarship Competition at The Museum of Illustration in New York City:

Andrew Watch "External Goods"

$4000 Nancy Lee Rhodes Roberts Scholarship Award*

KaYoung Lee "The Dog Walkers"

$1500 The Warby Parker Visionary Scholarship*

Varvara Nedilska "The Collector"

$1000 The Nancy Cheadle Scholarship Award*

Sarah Alinia Ziazi "Her Prologue"

$500 The Jonathan LeVine Gallery Blurred Line Scholarship Award*

Kendra Yee "Spam"

$150 In Memory of Ed Benfro*

Marlee Jennings Wanderer"

Wenting Li "Hanging Gardens"

The exhibit features the works of more than two hundred of today’s top college level illustration students.  A jury of professional peers, including illustrators and art directors, have chosen the most outstanding works created throughout the year. Pieces are accepted based on the quality of technique, concept and skill of medium used.

The Society, as well as other generous private and corporate donors, grant scholarships to the top students featured in the competition. The exhibit runs through June 3, 2017 and the students’ work will be published in a full-colour catalogue.

*The Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship 2017 Award Winners

More information here.