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

OCADU Advertising Grads Win at Cannes and D&AD

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 3:00pm

Congratulations to several recent grads from the Advertising Program at OCAD, winning major awards at some of the most important industry award shows.

The most sought after awards in industry are Cannes and D&AD. Winners from of Young Lions Canada winners qualify to move onto  a chance to compete at the official Young Lions and Young Marketers competitions in Cannes. 

Congrats go out to:


Gold Film:

Jake Bundock, Art Director, Rethink


Bronze Film

Justin Luu, Art Director, Juniper Park/TBWA


Silver Cyber:

Alec Carluen, Art Director, J.Walter Thompson Canada



 Graphite pencil:

Ariel Riske, Copywriter,  Zachary Bautista, Art Director

Executive Creative Director: Nellie Kim


Winning a ‘graphite pencil’ from D&AD, London, England, is Ariel Riske/Copywriter and Zachary Bautista/AD pulled off campaign and identity for “Give –a-Care Collection”

ReThink Breast Cancer

We should also mention CD behind this is campaign is also grad Nellie Kim, co-founder of Lg2, Toronto, last year’s Agency of the Year!

Congratulations to all OCAD grads!

Donovan Tapunha

In response to the rise of micro living and telecommuting, many residents are forced to use the little space they do occupy for multiple purposes creating unsuitable working and living conditions. The Shift table aims to seamlessly transform the experience of a given space allowing users to become more productive without sacrifcing functionality. Working from home “Blurs the lines between work and home.” Leading people to be less focused while they should be working.

Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival - Photography by Design

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 5:00pm to Friday, June 9, 2017 - 5:00pm

OCAD University and the Faculty of Design are proud to present an exhibition of student and faculty work that emphasizes the role of design concepts within contemporary photography. Each work is a unique technical and conceptual exploration resulting in an exciting interpretation of the given subject, employing both traditional and alternative media practices.

*Reception: Thursday May 18 6pm - 8pm

Curated by Design Faculty
For more information click here

*Photo: Portrait in Black, Guy McCrum

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, Great Hall
Guy McCrum Portrait in Black

Industrial Design Online Fundraiser

Friday, April 7, 2017 - 3:45pm

Fourth Year Industrial Design Students at OCAD University have an ongoing online campaign to help them fund this year's GradEx.


You can support this/see more here.

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2nd Year Student Projects from ID at the Gardiner Museum this weekend!

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 10:00am to Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 3:45pm

2nd year student projects from Industrial Design at OCADU will be exhibited in the lobby of the Gardiner Museum this weekend- April 8 &9 2017.

Students from Sarah Tranum and Bev Dywan's ID2 courses designed and created personal transportation carts containing a display for ceramics. The classes partnered with Sistering Inspirations Studio, a social enterprise to train marginalized women in the production of pottery, which they sell at craft events for supplemental income. The women acted as clients and advisors, and the students' work iterated well designed, user friendly designs that will be built after Sistering fundraises the costs involved.

Please visit the Gardiner this weekend!

Venue & Address: 
Gardiner Museum - Lobby 111 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C7

Illustration Podcast - Season 2, Episode 4

Lauchie Reid and Kathryn Adams
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 1:45pm

For the fourth episode of the Second Season of the OCADU Illustration podcast, Lauchie Reid has a conversation with illustrator and faculty member Kathryn Adams.

You can listen to the episode here.

Don't forget to visit the blog to see more pictures and you can also follow the podcast on Facebook. 


The Illustrator Process Series

Illustration by Chris Kuzma
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 1:30pm to Friday, April 7, 2017 - 5:00pm

A new display up by 617 for the Illustrator's process series. This display features illustrator and faculty member Chris Kusma's work and it will be up until the end of term.  

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street - 6th Floor

First Try

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 10:30am to Friday, April 14, 2017 - 5:00pm

"Exploration, experimentation, and iteration—first year has students engage in trial and error with the intention to learn from both successes and failures. But as with most things, this is easier said than done. Shifting from outcome-driven to process-based approaches is no easy endeavour. This show embodies the hot mess that is the first-year experience."

Venue & Address: 
Ada Slaight Gallery, 100 McCaul Street
First Try

World Sneaker Competition

Artur Wrona
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 10:15am

OCAD University's student Artur Wrona has made it to the next round of the 2017 Pensole World Sneaker Championship.
Voting is underway and it's open until the end of Friday.

To see the gallery and vote click here.