Canada, gender and the Summer Olympics: A visualization

Curious about the balance of male versus female athletes competing for Canada in the Summer Games? Here, 2016 Graphic Design grad Jessica Yao takes a closer look at the numbers.

View more of Jessica’s work online.

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Five OCAD U Students are finalists in 2016 ADCC Student Competition

Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 6:45pm

Five Students from Advertising and Graphic Design were selected among the finalists in the 2016 ADCC Student Competition.

Winners will be announced at the Directions 2016 Awards Show on November 17, 2016 in Toronto.




The Trading Post
James Pacitto & Charlie Glassman – OCAD University

Unexpected Connections
Katie Liang – OCAD University

Wong Wing
Molly McKay, Charlie Glassman, James Pacitto & Chris Walker – OCAD University



Tiger Balm
Evelyn Wong – OCAD University

La Famille
Yisu Yu – OCAD University

All details are available on the website of The Advertising & Design Club of Canada

Art Below presents its 2016 Summer Show

Destiny illustration photo of framed portrait illustration of Prince Anson Liaw
Monday, June 20, 2016 - 3:00pm to Sunday, July 3, 2016 - 10:00pm

Illustrator Anson Liaw, who resides in the Graphic Design Program, is one of 25 artists to exhibit 2 pieces of illustration artwork for the Art Below Summer Show 2016 in London, England.

Art Below now in it's 10th year presents its 2016 Summer Show featuring a variety of work by 25 emerging and established international artists. 

The Summer Show will open with a Private view launch event on the 28th of June at the Tabernacle Gallery in Notting Hill, West London. For two weeks time and during the show at The Tabernacle art gallery, a different selected piece of artwork created by each selected artist and aside from the artwork shown at The Tabernacle gallery will also be available to view on billboard spaces across major London Underground stations. 

Heralded as 'The Taj Mahal of Kensington', the Tabernacle was originally built as a church in 1887. Today the Tabernacle serves as a cultural arts and entertainment venue, including a theatre, meeting rooms, music studio, art gallery, bar and kitchen, conservatory and a garden courtyard. 

Anson is pleased to have his selected illustration artwork entitled, Destiny to be on exhibition and available to view for two weeks time as a large size print on a billboard space within one of the major London Underground stations from June 20 to July 3, 2016 and to have his selected framed portrait illustration of American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor, Prince Rogers Nelson, entitled, Purple Rain Forever to be on exhibition as a framed piece of artwork at the Tabernacle art gallery.

Private View - Tuesday June 28, 6.30 - 9.30 pm

Visitor Information:
The Tabernacle, 34-35 Powis Square, London W11 2AY
Exhibition opening hours: 11am - 6pm (including weekends) 
Exhibition runs from June 20th to July 3rd, 2016

Selected artist List: 
Nasser Azam
Francis Akpata
Jim Anderson
Louise Barrett
Holly Carlson
Olly Chaplin
Noah Da Costa
Anthony Ferreira
Nina Fowler
Carne Griffiths
Keith Haynes
Natalie Ioannou
Antoon Knaap 
Robert Lee Davis
Anson Liaw
Alex Lovell
Leo Moore
James Mylne
Ernesto Romano
Eloise Wall
Amanda Wigglesworth
Kerry Zacharia

"Directional art with an unorthodox backdrop lends Art Below its fresh, original edge thats currently causing a creative awakening amongst commuters."


Venue & Address: 
London Underground stations The Tabernacle, 34-35 Powis Square, London W11 2AY, United Kingdom

Works by Saskia van Kampen

Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 4:00pm to Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 10:00pm

Drop by and see SHED: patterns of lives by Graphic Design Faculty Saskia van Kampen.

Opening reception is: Thursday, July 7, 7:00 to 9:00 pm


Venue & Address: 
Graven Feather 906 Queen St. West Toronto
Graphic Design Faculty Saskia van Kampen.

Wearable art show attracts capacity crowd

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Wide shot of auditorium fashion show
Male model
Three models
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 4:00am

OCAD University’s auditorium was transformed into a quasi-catwalk on Friday April 22 for Not Just a Fashion Show. The event spotlighted 100 wearable works of art created by 23 students from 12 programs. Mirrored masks, sparkling crystals and LED-infused fabrics added a glow to the outfits, which ranged from whimsical to highly functional.

The high-energy student-led project was developed and curated by Ali Haider (Graphic Design) and Jasmine So (Industrial Design) with support from faculty members Tarah Burke and Dorie Millerson and funding from the Office of the President.

Student models wore the outfits by designers from across all three faculties:  

  • Aine O’Neill, Industrial Design
  • Amie Blechta, Drawing & Painting
  • Arpanaa Logedas, Illustration
  • Ava Cochrane, Photography
  • David Yun, Industrial Design
  • Elizabeth Aguilar, Drawing & Painting
  • Hatley Walker, MAAD
  • Hillary Dube, MAAD, Fibre
  • Ilan Max, Industrial Design
  • Iman Khan, Graphic Design
  • Julia Yeh, MAAD, Fibre
  • Kaitlin Smith, Graphic Design
  • Kevin Dela Cruz, Industrial Design
  • Kristi Chen, General Arts
  • Madeleine LeBlanc, MAAD
  • Miranda Victoria, MAAD
  • Mudassir Iqbal, Digital Futures
  • Rachel Clarke, Industrial Design
  • Suki Lai, MAAD, Jewellery
  • T’mikah Fridal, Advertising and Wearable Technology
  • Sheldon Storey, Sculpture/Installation
  • Ali Haider, Graphic Design
  • Jasmine So, Industrial Design
  • Yovska, MAAD, Fibre

If Star Wars had sports teams

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Star Wars Logo 2
Star Wars Logo 3
Matt Doyle

​OCAD U student Matt Doyle has put his design talent to work by designing logos based on characters from Star Wars.

“After seeing the new Star Wars film, I was inspired by the amazing new costume art Disney had created for the characters. Simply, my goal was to portray these new characters in a style that would resonate with sports, and subtly connect two completely different worlds together through nothing more than a stylized illustration,” says Matt.

Stars Wars Logo 1

Stars Wars Logo 2

Stars Wars Logo 3

Matt Doyle

Student Matt Doyle

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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. (20min 20sec).

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

Pitfall Planet makes indie game finals

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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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