First Year In Three Dimensions

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 9:00am to Friday, February 24, 2017 - 3:00pm
Venue & Address: 
Great Hall, 100 McCaul St.
First Year In Three Dimensions

Interior Designers and the Future of Humankind

Mediabank Place by HASSELL
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 6:00pm

Interior Designers and the Future of Humankind

*Open to the public

Dr. Agustin Chevez

Senior Researcher at HASSELL and Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre For Design Innovation, Swinburne University in Australia.


“Advancing machine intelligence is the most important problem facing the world today”.
Robert Schiller


Fears of a jobless society are not new. Automation has already replaced the human body in various industries. As cognitive computing evolves to replace the human mind, Interior Designers hold the responsibility of designing environments that nurture the last competitive advantages of humans over machines; and with that, they hold the future of humankind.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St, Main Auditorium Room 190
agustin chevez


Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 11:15am

“Brilliant’’ showcases the diverse work of first year students from Colour in Context and Colour and 2 Dimensional Design courses in the Faculty of Design.


Venue & Address: 
Ada Slaight Gallery (Transit Space) 100 McCaul Street, 2nd Floor

OFF Course - Work in progress by design students of OCAD University

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Monday, January 16, 2017 - 2:00pm to Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 6:00pm

17 students from the Industrial Design and Graphic Design programs at OCAD University feature their self-authored work-in-progress through print, prototypes, and full scale models. The projects raise questions and respond to global issues through visual, physical, and interactive outcomes. Reflecting the varied passions of students, topics include urban agriculture, gender equality, cosmology, immigration, and automation.

The exhibition is mounted with an intention to engage the public, such that conversation and observation may be thoughtfully integrated into graduation projects: a culmination of four years of study within a Bachelor of Design at OCAD University.

Visitors to the exhibition will find students working in the space, which has been created to foster collaborative opportunities across the Industrial Design and Graphic Design departments at OCAD University.

Paolo Aguila |
Sonia Aryan
Victoria Biglands |
Sisley (Siyun) Hu |
Topher (Christopher) Kong |
Jasmin Liu
Rebecca Manoharan
Kiefer Shanks
Lucas Stanois
Kristen Thomson |
Stein Zhenyu Wang |
Annie Zheng

Calvin Calenda
Hailey Kuckein
Saadia Kardar
Lisa Qin
Lulu Skachkova

Karin von Ompteda, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, OCAD U |
Koby Barhad, Assistant Professor of Industrial Design, OCAD U |
Angelika Seeschaaf Veres, Associate Professor & Program Chair of Industrial Design, OCAD U |

Venue & Address: 
12 Ossington Ave Toronto, ON M6J 2Y7
OFF Course TO DO Festival

Tables, Chairs & Other Unrelated Objects - Six

TODO Tables, chairs
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 12:00pm to Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 5:00pm

For those who make furniture it is not always the object alone that is pursued.

Students of OCAD University are encouraged to explore and develop their thinking around the role of furniture as a medium for personal expression, as a reflection of social and cultural norms, and as an influence upon human behavior.

Presented by the OCAD U Student Gallery, this exhibition showcases furniture for much more than its aesthetic and functional existence, but for the messages it can convey.

Now in its sixth year, ‘Tables, Chairs & Other Unrelated Objects’ is exhibiting as part of ‘Come Up To My Room’ (CUTMR) at the Gladstone Hotel, curated by recent graduate Alisa Maria Wronski.

Exhibition ticketed hours (CUTMR):
Thursday: Jan 19, 6-8pm
Friday: Jan 20, (Student Day) 11am-8pm
Saturday Jan 21, 11am-11pm
Sunday Jan 22, 11am-5pm

via TO DO Festival

Venue & Address: 
Gladstone Hotel 1214 Queen Street West Toronto ON M6J 1J6
Jan 19-22: from $10
TODO Tables, chairs

Poster Design Workshop

TO DO Poster Workshop 2017
Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 12:00pm to Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 5:30pm

Introducing participants to the expanded field of visual communication and the broad definition of the discipline. This workshop is an exploration in research, concept development, illustration, photography, and typography.

Participants will be given a theme, and are required to research and develop the concept through a series of two or more over-sized posters. The objective is to create a cohesive and unique solution to a given problem. This workshop is meant to challenge design thinking, processes, methods, and to help participants explore typography and composition in an experimental and purposeful way.

Click here for a PDF with full event details or visit the TO DO website.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul Street, Room MCA 554 Toronto ON M5T 1W1
RSVP contact: Participants are required to submit a short bio and a few points of interest to
$210 per person
TO DO Poster Workshop 2017

TODO Talks Symposium: Design and the pursuit of well-being

TO DO Talks Symposium: Design and the pursuit of well-being
Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm

TO DO’s second annual symposium brings 12 multi-disciplinary experts into one room to discuss design and the pursuit of well-being. The four-hour event features keynote speaker Jamer Hunt, three thematic sessions, and an opportunity for fulsome discussion among those in attendance.



Imagine a world where homes, neighbourhoods, and things make you feel good about yourself, where your lifestyle and workplace help you reach your full potential, where everything around you is designed to keep you healthy and safe, and enable you to be compassionate and reach a state of flow.

Multidisciplinary experts discuss how well-being is understood and created through design, innovation, and change at the second annual TO DO Talks Symposium on design and the pursuit of well-being.

Registration begins at 1:30pm on Saturday, January 21, 2017.

Ticket holders need to arrive by 2pm to guarantee their seat.



Keynote Speaker: Jamer Hunt

Session 1: Well-being in the workplace

The future of work and the powerful influence of design
Maggie Dempster, Workplace Consultant
John Roberts, Design Strategy Lead
Herman Miller

Play to Perform: Why Play is the Future of Work
Farzad Sedghipour, Futurist
Farzad Innovation

Designing a Culture: Experiments in rapid behavioural prototyping
Erika Bailey, Innovation Designer
The Moment



Session 2: Well-being and health

Designing beyond the health service
Robbie Bates, Design Director

Role of Design in Synthesizing Different Kinds of Truth about Health and Wellbeing
Dr. Kate Sellan, Director, Graduate Program in Design for Health
OCAD University

Designing for Health in a Connected World
Dr. Kamran Khan, CEO and Founder|
James Yoon, Director of Design



Session 3: Well-being and society

In Light of Dark Matter
Daniel Rossi, Visual Maker

The Art of Building Community: How JAYU builds safe spaces to share human rights stories through the arts.
Gilad Cohen, Founder & Executive Director

Designing for Meaning
Len Senator, Founder/Owner, The Depanneur & Co-founder, Newcomer Kitchen
The Depanneur


* For full session descriptions please visit the Toronto Design Offsite Festival website*


Funding generously provided by the Ontario Arts Council. Special thanks to our institutional partner OCAD University, and sponsor Gladstone Hotel.

TO DO Talks Symposium is a signature event organized by the Toronto Design Offsite Festival.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul Street Main Auditorium (Room 190) Toronto, ON M5T 1W1

The Steam Canoe receives Materialica award in Munich, Germany

 Environmental Design Students Amy Jungyun Lee, Aruvi Rajasingham and  Assistant Professor Mark Tholen
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 7:15pm

On Tuesday, October 18th, the Steam Canoe, an OCAD U project originally designed for the Beaches Winter Stations installation, received the Materialica Award in the Student Category at the Materialica Expo in Munich, Germany.


Pictured: Environmental Design Students Amy Jungyun Lee, Aruvi Rajasingham and  Assistant Professor Mark Tholen.

How to start your own design company

Sure, you can find a great job. But, why not make your own? Fourth-year OCAD U advertising student Elliott Muscat and his friend and business partner, Chris Godfrey, have started their own design firm, 83 Annette.

Here are the three top lessons Elliott learned along the way:

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Take a chance!

We didn’t think too hard about the logistics at the beginning. We were two friends who were both passionate about design, and we decided to put ourselves out there. Many people tend to exaggerate the difficulty of doing your own thing. There are a lot of challenges when starting your own business, but taking the first step shouldn’t be one of them. Just go for it!

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Event poster for Kristen Spencer Music

Be confident, be social.

First of all, the core of the business has to be strong. You’ve got to provide a great product or service. Once you have something you feel confident about, it’s all about putting it out there to as many people as you can. All our early clients came from friends, family, family friends, etc. Go to as many social events as you can, hound your clients for references and talk to everybody!

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Social media content for Louie’s Fruities

Values are valuable.

Something you will inevitably learn along your path as an entrepreneur is that the values you want your business to portray need to be defined. As you take on different clients and projects, you’ll be tugged and pulled in every direction. Make sure you know what your business stands for, and keep your brand consistent. People will want to work with you for a reason, so make sure you know what that reason is.

Photograph Elliott Muscatt and Chris Godfrey sitting on black chairs.
Elliott Muscatt and Chris Godfrey

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21st Trienniale Di Milano: A Presentation by Andrea Cancellato, Director-General

Instituto Italioano Di Cultura Logo with black, green and red text
Monday, September 14, 2015 - 10:30pm

21st Century. Design After Design

Andrea Cancellato, Director-General of Triennale di Milano will be in Toronto to announce the opening of Triennale’s “XXI International Exhibition 21st Century. Design After Design”, on display from April 2nd 2016 through September 12th, 2016.

The Triennale di Milano is an international cultural institution for architecture, art, design, fashion and audio-visual productions, which organizes exhibitions and conferences and, once every three years, according to its Statute, its great International Exhibition.

In fact, since 1933, La Triennale di Milano is the only institution taking part - not as a Country - to the BIE, Bureau International des Expositions, an intergovernmental organization in charge of overseeing the calendar, the bidding, the selection, and the organization of World and International Expos all over the world.

20 years since the last Triennale, for five months, the Triennale di Milano will become the epicenter of the multidisciplinary events of the XXI International Exhibition in 2016, that will involve spaces both public and private from Milan to Monza.

Each Venue of the International Exhibition (La Triennale di Milano, Fabbrica del Vapore, HangarBicocca, Museo delle Culture, ex Stecca delle Acciaierie Ansaldo, Politecnico di Milano, Università IULM, Università degli Studi di Milano, Museo della Permanente Villa Reale di Monza) will have its own curator for a thematic exhibition. The International Exhibition will become a territorial laboratory for discussion and the creation of narratives, that will make it possible to portray new forms of expression, allowing all participants to interact with visitors.

The subject of the Exhibition focuses on a very topical issue: “21st Century. Design after design”. Pioneer in the promotion of the arts and of projectual research, La Triennale has chosen a theme that involves the meaning and the role of design itself in a world that keeps on changing at an increasingly rapid pace. So, the purposes of the XXI International Exhibition are to investigate the spread of planning and design skills worldwide (from Europe to America, Asia and Africa) and the development of a global market, but also the multidisciplinarity of design, the evanescence of the boundaries between design, architecture, communication, visual arts and the new links and connections between different fields and domains.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 100 McCaul St, Toronto - 2nd floor, Room 230 
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