Isabel Meirelles Co-Organizes Second Annual Information+ Conference

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 11:30am

Professor Isabel Meirelles is responsible for co-organizing the second anual Information+ Conference, held in Potsdam, Germany, from October 19th-22nd. The biennial conference brings together researchers and practitioners in information design and visualization to discuss common questions and challenges in these rapidly changing fields. Information+ includes a variety of workshops, four keynotes, a two-day conference and an exhibition of historic information design, organized by the German Museum of Books and Writing. The event is hosted by the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. 

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Richard Hunt

Richard Hunt has worked in the design field for over 30 years, specializing in typographical practice and acting as a consultant to and collaborator of many designers, publishers and other institutions across North America, including Bruce Mau Design, Zone Books, Rizzoli and the Getty Institute. His interests include information design and typeface design for print and screen, book and magazine typography, the history, state, and future of communication technologies. He has taught in the York/Sheridan joint degree program in Design, Humber College, and OCAD University.

Christopher Moorehead

Chris is a licensed professional engineer and graphic designer specializing in the visualization of complex information streams. He has been a member of the Faculty of Design since 2011, and currently teaches Wayfinding & Information Systems. Previous courses taught include Advanced Typography, Typography 2 (Structures), Communication: Surface, Object, Space, Graphic Design 1, and Typography 1.

Canadian Art Encounter: Janice Kerbel

Janice Kerbel head shot
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 11:30pm

Forensics: Art Investigates Information

Disruption rules during this fall’s Canadian Art Encounters series, as three globally acclaimed artists talk about their groundbreaking work and our changing relationship with information.

Janice Kerbel is internationally renowned for her playful and inventive use of existing systems of information to create what she terms “strategies of deception.” Her work takes the form of elaborate instructions, theatrical and radio plays, detective stories, maps and scientific diagrams, all of which turn familiar narrative formats into new and fantastical realities. From producing an exhaustively researched manual for robbing a branch of a London Bank for Bank Job in 1999 to her “play for stage lights” as the sole means to present a dramatic narrative, Kerbel will have you wondering what is blank, what is missing and what needs to be filled in.

Kerbel was born in Toronto, and lives and works in London, UK, where she also teaches at Goldsmiths College. She has exhibited internationally, and is currently nominated for the 2015 Turner Prize.

Presented by BMO Financial Group

Supported by AIMIA Inspiring Loyalty

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St. Auditorium, Room 190
Tickets $20

Project AEGIS (Ontario) advances digital inclusion for diverse users

Woman using Tecla Access and a sip-and-puff switch
Fluid Infusion lets the user set their own preferences, such as line spacing and colour contrast.
Friday, July 24, 2015 - 8:00pm

Project AEGIS (Ontario) – led by OCAD University’s Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) – is wrapping up after six years of work. Since 2008, the interdisciplinary team sought to answer the needs of people who face challenges when using conventional information and communication technologies (ICTs).

“Our work was based on the recognition that, because people are not standardized, we need affordable alternatives to mass-produced products that are a better fit for human diversity,” says Jutta Treviranus, the IDRC director and Project AEGIS (Ontario)’s principal investigator.

Project AEGIS (Ontario) focused on two communities: developers of ICT infrastructure, applications and services; and end users who experience physical, sensory or cognitive disabilities that pose barriers to conventional ICT access. Researchers developed a wide array of innovative solutions to address these design gaps, including

  • websites that automatically respond to users’ preferences (Fluid Infusion),
  • a system that lets people with spinal cord injuries independently operate their smartphones and tablets (Tecla Access), and
  • a tool that lets researchers remotely measure the usability and accessibility of mobile applications in real world use (OpenVULab).

OCAD U’s IDRC led Project AEGIS (Ontario) in partnership with York University, Ryerson University, the University of Toronto, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and 21 other academic and corporate partners in Canada and Europe. Project AEGIS (Ontario) was a partner of Project AEGIS (Europe), and funding for the Ontario initiative was provided by the Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence Program.

OCADU President’s Speaker Series continues with talk by Jorge Frascara

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 5:00am

(Toronto — November 16, 2010) Dr. Sara Diamond, President of OCAD University (OCADU), welcomes educator, designer and author Jorge Frascara as the second keynote speaker in the 2010-2011 President’s Speaker Series on Wednesday, November 24 at 6:45 p.m.

Jorge Frascara is Professor Emeritus of the University of Alberta, Canada, Fellow of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, and member of the Editorial Boards of the Information Design Journal and Design Issues. He has held leading positions at the University of Alberta, Icograda, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, the Graphic Design Education Association (USA) and the Canadian Standards Council. He has published nine books and more than 50 articles internationally, and has lectured and made presentations around the world. He has consulted for organizations such as the Government of Canada, the Mission Possible Coalition (traffic safety), the Alberta Drug Utilization Program, and leading Canadian telecommunications companies. He now lives in Padova, Italy, and runs an information design consultancy with his wife Guillermina Noël.

In his talk “Design for need, and the need for design: Are we ready for this?” Frascara will explore the crucial role communication design plays in the social context. “Society today suffers from miscommunication and from lack of communication,” says Frascara. “Knowledge and wisdom are the privilege of the few, while hundreds of millions of people suffer abuse, disease, injuries, poverty, marginalization, addictions, and even death, because of lack of information and education. Challenges and choices require urgent action, and design schools have a central role to play. Is society ready for this? Are we, designers, ready for this?”

President’s Speaker Series presents
Jorge Frascara: “Design for need, and the need for design: Are we ready for this?”
Wednesday, November 24, 6:45 p.m.

OCAD University
Auditorium, 100 McCaul Street | 416-977-6000

All are welcome to attend, and admission is free.

About OCAD University (OCADU)
OCAD University ( is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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For more information and images, contact:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416.977.6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

Project Chroma Kick-off Event

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 7:30pm

Learn about our ERP solution

Please join us as we kick off Project Chroma, OCAD University’s ERP implementation project to replace the current Student Information System, Finance and HR/Payroll systems.

- Learn about our ERP solution, Colleague by Ellucian
- Meet the Project Team
- Preview the proposed implementation timeline

Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University
Dr. Christine Bovis-Cnossen and Alan Simms, Project Co-sponsors
Darin Lee, Director, ERP Implementation

If you require accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Volatiana Razafimandimby, Project Assistant (ERP) by email at


Venue & Address: 
Room 7315, 205 Richmond St. W., Level Three