SCHNAP....Graphic Design Student's under-desk hammock

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 11:15pm

Graphic Design student Aqil Raharjo’s under-desk hammock has gone totally viral. You’ve probably seen it, but today it’s multiplying like rabbits. If you Google schnap and hit “news” you’ll get dozens of mentions.

OCAD U speaks out about new PC Logo

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 6:45pm

Graphic Design Faculty member David Thorne can be seen on CBC TV commenting on the new PC Logo. http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2684935725 (20min 20sec).

Also commenting, on the new PC Logo is Sheila Sampath; Derwyn Goodall at TheStar.com

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2016/03/06/graphic-designers-voice-skepticism-of-new-pc-logo.html

Pitfall Planet makes indie game finals

Pitfall Planet video game image
Pitfall Planet video game image
Pitfall Planet video game image
Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 3:15pm

A game designed by team of OCAD University and University of Toronto students has made it to the finals at the 2016 Independent Games Festival in San Francisco. Pitfall Planet is a co-operative puzzle-solving game where players help two robot astronauts return to their home planet.

Pitfall Planet is one of five games vying for the $3000 prize for Best Student Game, which will be awarded during the festival taking place March 14 to 18. Named Best Overall Game at last year’s Level Up showcase in Toronto, Pitfall Planet is the creation of the team behind Bonfire Games:

Laser cut skateboard art

OCAD U Graphic Design student Alex Bailey talks about his laser cut skateboard designs

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Amazing Race Canada finalist Brent Sweeney talks graphic design

Amazing Race Canada finalist Brent Sweeney talks about studying graphic design at OCAD University, and shows off some of his recent work. 

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How to get a dream graphic design job

Image of Tom Briggs with camera, shooting bike race
The MTN-Qhubeka team and bike at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam in front of The Night Watch by Rembrandt. Photo by Gruber Images.

Tom Briggs has a dream job. The OCAD University Graphic Design grad is a senior designer for Cervélo, a Toronto-based bicycle manufacturer. This year, he designed the new paint job for team MTN-Qhubeka, the first African team in the Tour de France. On top of that, he spent this past July travelling on the Tour shooting promotional videos.

Unbelievable, it's honestly a dream come true,” says Tom. “I was able to design one bike for last year’s Tour that was ridden by Sebastian Langeveld (the Dutch national champion at the time), but to do a whole team's fleet of bikes is something entirely different. Also, with MTN Qhubeka being the first African team to ever participate in the Tour's 102-year history, I feel like it's an honour to be involved in something so historic.”

Tom’s top three tips to landing your dream graphic design job

1. Content is invaluable. If you're passionate about the content you're creating you'll produce the best work of your life. Pushing pixels in Illustrator or Photoshop will hold your interest for a while, but the content really is what wins out at the end of the day so try and put yourself in the best position you can to work on something you love.

2. The people around you will influence your path as much as you will. Surround yourself with people you admire and who produce work you engage with. These connections will go a long way in helping you find what you want to do.

3. Work hard. I know everyone says this but, at the end of the day, it's up to you to make the choice to work until midnight or watch TV. Believe me, I spend my fair share of time being lazy just like everyone else. But, if there is a project that is important to you make sure you take full advantage of those opportunities, and don't stop until you are completely happy with the results.

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How to get a dream graphic design job like Tom Briggs, designer of Tour de France bikes

The MTN-Qhubeka team and bike at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam in front of the Nights Watch by Rembrandt. Photo by Gruber Images.
Photo of Cervelo Bike at  Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam in front of the Nights Watch by Rembrandt. Photo by Gruber Images.
Image of Tom Briggs with camera, shooting bike race
Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 4:00am

Tom Briggs has a dream job.  The OCAD U graphic design grad is a senior designer for Cervélo, a Toronto-based bicycle manufacturer. This year he designed the new paint job for team MTN-Qhubeka, the first African team in the Tour de France.  On top of that, he spent this past July travelling on the Tour shooting promotional videos.

Unbelievable, it's honestly a dream come true,” says Tom. “I was able to design one bike for last year’s Tour that was ridden by Sebastian Langeveld (the Dutch national champion at the time) but to do a whole team's fleet of bikes is something entirely different. Also with MTN Qhubeka being the first African team to ever participate in the Tour's 102-year history, I feel like it's an honour to be involved in something so historic.”

Tom’s top three tips to landing your dream graphic design job:

1. Content is invaluable. If you're passionate about the content you're creating work for you'll produce the best work of your life. Pushing pixels in Illustrator or Photoshop will hold your interest for a while but the content really is what wins out at the end of the day so try and put yourself in the best position you can to work on something you love.

2. The people around you will influence your path as much as you will. Surround yourself with people you admire and who produce work you engage with. These connections will go a long way in helping you find what you want to do.

3. Work hard. I know everyone says this but at the end of the day it's up to you to make the choice to work until midnight or watch TV. Believe me, I spend my fair share of time being lazy just like everyone else but if there is a project that is important to you make sure you take full advantage of those opportunities and don't stop until you are completely happy with the results.

 

OCAD University alumnus designs look of Tour de France bikes

Image of Cervelo bicycle
Image of Cervelo bicycle
Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 4:00am

Tom Briggs (BDes, Graphic Design, 2011) is watching his latest design project speed through the twists and turns of the Tour de France. The senior designer for Cervélo, a Toronto-based bicycle manufacturer, Briggs has designed the new paint job for team MTN-Qhubeka – the first African-registered team in the Tour’s history.

The bicycles’ paint job is an eye-catching chrome and yellow, with accent colours of the South African flag: blue, green, yellow, red and black. Briggs says one of the challenges of designing the look was working with the organic shape and design of the Cervélo bikes. “To find a completely flat surface is near impossible, so working with that and understanding the physical limitation of both paint and decal production and application was a tough balancing act.”

Across the top tube of each model are words that translate the Ngoni word Qhubeka: “Move Forward,” “Carry On” and “Progress.” Qhubeka is the World Bicycle Relief’s program in South Africa, which is dedicated to advancing education, health and economic opportunities by providing specially designed, locally assembled bikes to people in need.

Ordinarily, Briggs works out of Cervélo’s head office in Toronto, but he also journeys all over the world filming and art directing. He is currently travelling with the MTN-Qhubeka team on the Tour shooting promotional videos.  

Briggs says at OCAD U he learned to become adaptable and take risks. “I thought I wanted to make magazines and I've done that professionally, but I also feel I can take on things like working with 3D objects in the form of a bike and be successful there. My education gave me the mindset that you can take risks and, as long as you work as hard as you can, you can make whatever you want to make.”

 

OCAD University designers take home top packaging prize

Photo of competition winners
Image of front and back of cleaner packaging
Monday, June 29, 2015 - 4:00am

Dora Poon (BDes, Industrial Design, 2015) and Zhi Gao (fourth-year Graphic Design student) emerged victorious at the 2015 student design competition organized by the Packaging Consortium (PAC), beating out rivals from Durham, Seneca, Humber, Mohawk and George Brown colleges. This is the second year in a row that an OCAD University team has scored first place.

Professor Stuart Werle offered the contest as a project option for his Packaging Design 2 students in winter 2015. The competition rules stipulated that each team design packaging for a 710 mL bottle of Walmart’s Great Value Eco toilet bowl cleaner. Werle encouraged participating students to demonstrate how their branding and packaging for that product could translate to other items in the Great Value Eco line.

With only one entry permitted for each institution, Werle formed a committee — including Mhairi Robertson, who won the 2014 competition — to select OCAD U’s entry. Members chose Poon’s effort as the top design; however, seeing great strength in Gao’s design, Werle encouraged the two to collaborate.

On June 17, Poon and Gao pitched their work in a seven-minute presentation to more than 200 packaging-industry leaders at the PACEX Toronto packaging show. After all the teams had spoken, the audience voted in real time, with Poon and Gao coming out on top. For Werle, “the key to their design was the blending of very strong branding, packaging graphics and bottle form with truly unique and innovative sustainable elements, including a 5X concentrate EcoPak® that would enable consumers to reuse each bottle without having to recycle them.”

Students chosen as semi-finalists in international design competition

A Hole in the Bucket
Hometown
Ballet Noir
Friday, May 22, 2015 - 6:30pm

Three OCAD University students have been chosen as semi-finalists in the 2015 Adobe Design Achievement Awards competition.

  • Deshi Deng (Illustration) was selected for her work entitled A Hole in the Bucket. This series of quietly disturbing illustrations depicts several possible disappointing – and unexpected – outcomes of common “bucket list” items.
  • Danjie Jiessie Chen (Graphic Design) was picked for the evocative black-and-white Hometown photos taken on a trip to her own hometown in China.
  • Ashley Lo Russo (Integrated Media) got the nod for Ballet Noir – a short film that traces (partly through stop-motion animation) the bond formed between an animator and her puppet.

These OCAD U projects are up against other semi-finalists from around the globe. Finalists will be decided in September, and the winners will be announced in October. There are many prizes to be won (they vary by category), including cash, registration for and travel to the Adobe MAX convention in Los Angeles, Adobe software and mentorships with creative pros.

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