DesignTO events

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:30pm to Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 10:30pm

Design for Health, Wellness, Aging and Inclusion

January 17-26, OCAD University - Great Hall, 100 McCaul Street. Reception: Monday, January 20, 5-7 p.m.

In this exhibition, OCAD U third-year Industrial Design students explore ways to better design our world that reflects the diversity of people's needs. Examples include a shaver and toothbrush designed for folks with arthritis and a grip-assist device for children with special needs. In collaboration with Baycrest Health Sciences, Beverley School and Safe Haven. Curation: Job Rutgers

Event Sponsor: Scotia Bank


re:LOCATION // an offsite OCADU design course in Regent Park

January 17-26. OCAD University - Great Hall, 100 McCaul Street. Reception: Monday, January 20, 5-7 p.m.

See work created by OCAD U Industrial Design students and women from The Sewing Studio in Regent Park’s Centre of Learning and Development. The bespoke textile goods created by students and these women will be sold by these women as a way to create an income. The Sewing Studio is a social enterprise incubation program consisting of immigrant women from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Iran. Curation: Ranee Lee

Event Sponsor: Scotia Bank


Off Course

January 18-26. 950 Queen Street West. Reception: January 23, 7-11 p.m.

Check out in-progress work by students from the fourth-year Industrial Design and Graphic Design programs at OCAD University including print, interaction design, prototypes, and full-scale models. Topics include intersectionality, immigration, sustainable fashion, sound pollution, and digital culture. Curation: Karin Von Ompteda, Koby Barhad, Angelika Seeschaaf Veres

Space Sponsored by Hullmark.


Tables Chairs and Other unrelated objects 9

January 17-26. Ignite Gallery, 165 Augusta Avenue, Toronto. Reception: Saturday, January 18 from 2-4 p.m.

See the best furniture designs by OCAD U students. This exhibition doesn't just focus on the final object, but encourages students to explore and experiment. Check out how furniture can go beyond function and be a medium for personal expression. Curated by Kristi Chen and Courtney Thompson. 



January 17-26Umbra Concept Store, 165 John Street, Toronto. Reception Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 6-9 p.m.

Prototypes respond to how half of the world’s population now lives in urban centres where real estate is expensive and space is hard to come by. In Toronto alone, average condo sizes have shrunk by over 100 square feet over the last ten years. This has resulted in a trend toward making small spaces more livable and efficient. At the same time, the nature of and ways to work have changed drastically. We no longer work 9-5 in standard office spaces. For the knowledge industry, co-working spaces, home offices, and digital spaces have proliferated. The boundaries between work, home, and “life” are hard to define.

‘Work/Life’ is organized by DesignTO in partnership with Umbra. A jury will recognize best-in-show with a Best Product award and a cash prize. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to cast their vote to award Fan Favourite. Participating exhibitors: Annie Tung Creative, Castor Design, Department of Unusual Certainties, Joseph Zhuang, Keillor MacLeod, Mezzaluna Studio, Mickey LaForge, Plural, radical norms, Studio Node


Bottē Design Exhibition

January 18-26. Bottē Gallery, 398 King Street East. 

This event is a celebration of colour in contemporary design and textile art. In this exhibition we will showcase a curated collection of contemporary carpets, textiles, furniture, and tapestry by local artists and designers. Viewers will also enjoy a great collection of contemporary middle eastern textiles imported from a region often overlooked by art and design lovers. In our modern spaces where carpets and textiles have gradually become a commercial product and are often used for functionality, bottē gallery is aiming to bring forth the artistic aspect of this historic medium. Our collection of contemporary rugs are designed by artists who have studied the history of carpets, and are inspired by the patterns and designs of their predecessors. Yet, they have adapted to the needs of this era to expand their body of art and to translate these forms to a universal language. Featuring work by OCADU faculty Claude Miceli and Jean-Christian Knaff, and alum Shayan Khosravi. The exhibit also features Heidarian Carpets and Mirmola Soraya.

Venue & Address: 
Various locations

Michael Madjus | Creative Professional-in-Residence

Looking for some feedback on a project? Want an opnion before a critique? Come chat with our in-house artists, curators and designers.

Michael Madjus | Creative Professional-in-Residence

Michael Madjus I | Creative Professional-in-Residence
Friday, January 31, 2020 - 10:00am to Sunday, April 19, 2020 - 5:00pm


Michael Madjus has over 10 years of experience in design, marketing, and social media. With a degree in Industrial Design (OCAD University), and having worked with George Brown College, IMM Living, the Children’s Own Museum, and the CN Tower, he helps businesses increase their presence online and IRL in creative ways.

Currently, Michael is working to help advance design culture in Canada as Head of Marketing for DesignTO, Canada's largest cultural celebration of design. Through the Festival, Michael and the DesignTO team turn the City of Toronto into a hub for creativity, making a platform for over 600 artists and designers every January.


On campus Winter 2020: Fridays 10am – 5pm (starting January 31, 2020)



The OCAD U Creative Professionals-In-Residence program is a mentorship initiative created to support the career success of current OCAD U students and recent alumni. The program sees invited professional guests, from a variety of art and design-related disciplines, present on a regularly scheduled basis over the course of the academic semester, in the new Rosalie Sharp Pavilion for Experiential Learning at 115 McCaul Street.

We invite students to set up a casual chat or studio visit with our residents to talk about their projects, goals and questions. Visiting creative professionals are alumni and collaborators of OCAD University, invited to provide mentorship to current OCAD U students and recent alumni. This winter’s residents are Liz Ikiriko and Michael Madjus



Current students and grads can use the OCAD U Talent Network to book appointments with our Creative Professionals-in-Residence. To book an appointment, please follow these four steps:

  • Log in at
  • Complete your personal and academic profile - you will not be able to book an appointment otherwise
  • Under the "Events & Advising" tab select "Workshops & Advising" and RSVP for a date/timeslot with your resident of choice that fits your schedule. The timeslot you select will no longer be available to others once you choose it.
  • Come to 115 McCaul St, 3rd Floor at the time of your appointment
Venue & Address: 
Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, 3rd Floor, 115 McCaul Street, OCAD University

OCAD Design Students Collaborate on DesignTO's 10 Year Anniversary Look

DesignTO bus advertisement rendering.
Thursday, January 2, 2020 - 12:00am

This year, DesignTO partnered with OCAD University’s Design4 program to create look and feel of the festival’s 10th Anniversary. Working closely with DesignTO and visual communications agency aftermodern.lab, this year’s refreshed look and feel builds on the existing DesignTO aesthetic, but with a fresh point of view. Design4 introduces principles of experiential learning into the realm of paid professional opportunities for Faculty of Design Undergraduate students in their third of fourth year of study, or students at the Master’s level. Three students, Edwina Mui, Minju Roh, and Tanveer Sobnack were selected to participate in this project.  

With a general understanding of the DesignTO identity, the design process began with research, pulling inspiration from the existing DesignTO logo, the city of Toronto, and the work of other artists. After completing their research, the team began brainstorming and mood boarding design ideas and mapping out the purpose of the design.

Learn more about this collaboration at DesignTO’s blog.

DesignTO is Canada’s largest annual celebration of design with over 100 exhibitions and events forming Toronto’s design week, January 17–26, 2020.


Radical Norms featured in Creative Applications Network blog

l-r: Instructor Daniel Daam-Rossi, Assistant Professor Koby Barhad and Associate Professor Angelika Seeschaaf-Veres.
Thursday, January 24, 2019

After being introduced at Design TO’s 2019 festival (ongoing through January 27, 2019) '100% Chair: Design for algorithmic landscapes' has been featured in CreativeApplications.Net (CAN), one of today's most authoritative digital art blogs.

Created by Radical Norms, 100% Chair is an exploratory project speculating on the near future where humans and smart machines live, learn and work together. The project explores design processes that consider Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) as a collaborator and a stakeholder. Radical Norms is an emerging design studio led by its three founders, Angelika Seeschaaf-Veres, Koby Barhad and Instructor Daniel Daam-Rossi, who are also teaching in the Industral Design Program. Having cultivated their respective design practices internationally, Toronto has become the place where they look to apply their knowledge and expertise as Radical Norms.

Launched in 2008, CAN tirelessly beat reports innovation across the field and catalogues projects, tools and platforms relevant to the intersection of art, media and technology.

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100% Chair: Designing for Algorithmic Landscapes - 78.2% Chair