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.


OCADU Industrial Design Students Awarded at ACIDO Rocket Awards 2017

Primo by Richard Revie
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 2:30pm

Each year the Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ontario (ACIDO) hosts "Rocket" -a competition for Ontario's graduating industrial designers. 

Graduates nominated at the top of their class from OCAD University, Carleton University, and Humber College have the opportunity to pitch their thesis projects and compete for top awards. 

This year, OCADU Students represented 7 of 25 shortlisted student works and Richard Revie and Samantha Vanveen went home with three awards!

Primo – 2 ACIDO rocket category awards one for sports & recreation

“Primo provides a product, service, and social platforms to guide beginners through the challenges harnessing their behavior in a constructive pathway to optimize their success and safety.”

Richard Revie was supervised by ID faculty members Jules Goss and David Quan.

More info on his product can be found here


Azalea- Design for incontinence

1 Category award in Health & Wellness

Samantha Vanveen supervised by ID faculty members Job Rutgers and Ranee Lee

“Approximately twenty-five percent of North America’s population experiences incontinence, whether it’s a temporary or ongoing problem. Since the majority of these people are women, the goal is to provide a sustainable solution that allows the user to go about their day without the stress existing disposable products impart.”

More info on her product can be found here

All the shortlisted Rocket of OCADU entries can be found here:
- Primo by Richard Revie
- Azalea by Samantha Vanveen
- Living Water byVictoria Biglands
- Urban Egg Farming by Paolo Aguila
- O by Luke Park
- KODEN by Martin Luu
- Frego by Ji Yeon Han


Students Begin the Design Abroad:India Course

First Day - Group Photo
Monday, May 15, 2017 - 1:45pm

Nine students from the Faculty of Design have arrived in India to start the three-week Design Abroad: India course. Since the program began in 2013, this is the fourth cohort of OCAD U students to travel to India to engage in participatory, multi-disciplinary design projects with community-based organizations.

Follow the students on their journey as they co-design live projects by visiting the course blog.

Over the next three weeks, students will be posting about their daily activities and sharing their reflections about the projects and their experiences traveling and designing in India. For more information, contact Sarah Tranum, Assistant Professor, Social Innovation Design and faculty of the Design Abroad: India course.

You can also follow the course on instagram @designabroadindia


Alexander Manu - Opening Keynote at AdTech2017 Toronto

Alex Manu
Monday, May 29, 2017 - 8:30am

Industrial Design Tenured Professor, Alexander Manu, will present the Opening Keynote "Starting From Scratch" at AdTech 2017 Toronto.

As an author and leader in the field of strategic foresight, Alexander Manu surveys a marketplace in which online behaviour is transforming the ecosystem into a behaviour economy, changing the relationship between companies and customers. This is a major challenge to incumbent organizations, as their markets are being disrupted on an unprecedent scale.

To survive, brands need to understand that the new economy is not abuot change, but about transformation. As new technology (from artificial intelligence, to deep machine learning and more) changes the structure of our lives, it also changes the frameworks on which our experiences are built. 

To be providers of meaning in this new framework, brands must redefine their role within the story of each user.

Key Topics:

- Future-proofing your organization for the behaviour economy

- Strategic transformation in the subscription economy

- Everything social, everything augmented and everything autonomous

For more information click here.

Venue & Address: 
Scotiabank Theatre 259 Richmond Street West. Toronto, ON M5V 3M6

Adobe Creative Jam at OCADU

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

The Adobe Creative Cloud team will host the Creative Jam presentations. This one-hour design showcase highlights the work of 3 local creative leaders. 

At the same time, in the next room, student design teams will be competing in the Creative Jam tournament, a 3-hour design charrette showdown. This event will have two categories: motion design and graphic design. Once the Creative Jam presentations wrap, tournament participants will take the stage to share their creations with you. As part of the audience, you’ll vote on each submission and select the People's Choice winner. There will also be Grand Prize winners decided by a group of Judges!


Submission form:
Deadline: Friday, May 19 @ midnight
Acceptance notices sent:  Saturday, May 20


Local creative leaders will be on site and would love to see your work.

The reviews are a 1-on-1 opportunity to meet for 15 minutes with a creative professional before the main event. Getting feedback is valuable in knowing how to attract new clients and represent your work.

Sign up here: and we will provide you with the exact time and place of your review.


Doors open. Settle in, and meet your fellow creative community. Free soda and food available.
The tournament will be in full swing—pop your head in and see how it’s developing. Portfolio reviews will be taking place for those who reserved a spot before the event. 

Creative Jam Talks begin. Sit back as local creative leaders walk you through their personal creative process.

Creative Jam tournament competitors share their solutions, inspired by a theme announced just 3-hours before. Audience and Judges vote. Awards follow.

Everyone socializes and gets to meet the teams.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street Tournament in room 190, main event in room 230
Adobe Jam