Avery Kua's poster for the Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP). The poster includes the text "buildings kill birds."
Posters up in the store
Patagonia store manager Andrea Reeks with OCAD U President Sara Diamond.

First-year design student Avery Kua, and the Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) are the winners of the Patagonia poster competition, Colours for Conservation. FLAP receives a $1000 grant, and Kua takes home a new winter coat from Patagonia.

As part of the competition, 70 first-year students from OCAD U Design instructor Linda Montgomery’s Colours in Context course chose a community environmental organization to feature and created a colourful poster for it. After launching with an exhibition opening on December 5, the posters were on display at the Patagonia Toronto store on King Street West throughout the busy holiday shopping season. Exhibition attendees and customers voted on their favourite posters, and Kua’s poster was selected on December 31 as the people’s choice.

The poster competition was developed by Montgomery together with Andrea Reekes, store manager, and Blaine Van Bruggen, media relations, at Patagonia Toronto as a partnership project. Reekes and Van Bruggen got in touch with Montgomery after talking to contacts at Stop the Mega Quarry, who worked with Montgomery on a design competition last year. The Patagonia team wanted to draw attention to the local environmental causes it supports and suggested organizations the students could work with. Montgomery developed the Colours for Conservation concept, which other Patagonia stores are now talking about incorporating into their community environmental activities.

The overall goal of the competition was to inspire young designers and illustrators to use their talents to communicate urgent environmental issues. “The students have been fantastic,” says Reekes. “We got to go into their classes and talk to them about the organizations and they were so interested in community conservation and sustainability.”

Of course a significant part of the competition was applying the colour theory the students were learning into practice. “Ecological colour research played a key role in this project,” says Montgomery. “It was a natural extension of what the students were learning in class, and at the same time it was an excellent way to connect them to organizations in the community as ecological ambassadors.” Montgomery, who brings more than 20 years of experience as an illustrator to her role, also walked the students through the process of contacting an organization, learning about it and working on a design concept step-by-step.

In addition to FLAP, the student work represented a wide range of groups, including Friends of the Rouge Watershed, Not Far From the Tree, The Waterfront Regeneration Trust, Project Canoe, Fresh City Farms, and Lake Ontario Waterkeepers.

The posters will be on view again at the Green Living Show in April, as well as the Brickworks in May.

Let's Get Lost - A Walking/Reading Group on the Dismantling of Subjects and Spaces

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 10:00pm to Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 12:00am

Let's Get Lost - A Walking/Reading Group on the Dismantling of Subjects and Spaces: August 19, 6 to 8 p.m.

Hosted by Scapegoat: Architecture/Landscape/Political Economy

Responding to the proposition that we ‘get rid of ourselves’, this biweekly walking/reading group explores the spatial construction of subjectivity. Discussions focus around selected articles that highlight the contradictory values of individual freedom and private property underpinning the principle of the autonomous modern subject, as they appear in our contemporary moment of neoliberalism.

The belief in the free, autonomous subject, which emerged with 19th century Liberalism, produced the two great modern subjects: the proletariat, a worker “freed” from his or her obligations to the land, and the bourgeois owner who controlled the means and sites of production. While in our contemporary period the clear distinction between these two subjects as been blurred, we call this moment Neoliberalism because it involves of a return to Liberalism’s core principles. Contemporary economies emphasize individual creativity and self-reliance, while at the same time privatizing all public assets. It is no wonder that in the face of this contemporary political landscape, we are exploring new ways of dismantling, dissolving and erasing the self.

The journal Scapegoat: Architecture/Landscape/Political Economy has been exploring these ideas for the past four years, through its first eight issues: Property, Service, Materialism, Realism, Currency, Excess, Mexico DF/NAFTA and Incarceration. The reading group, facilitated by Adrian Blackwell and Marcin Kedzior, will examine the relationship between subjectivity and space by reading texts that have appeared in Scapegoat. For the first hour of each meeting, we will walk in the city, discussing the readings in pairs (a technique modeled on the Walking / Reading Group on Participation developed in 2013 by Ania Bas and Simone Mair). For the second hour, we will assemble in the gallery on Adrian Blackwell’s sculpture Circles Describing Spheres to connect the initial conversations.

The group will meet at Onsite Gallery, 230 Richmond St. W. from 6-8pm, every second Tuesday: August 5, August 19, September 2, September 16. Meet at Onsite Gallery, 230 Richmond St. W. To register and receive the readings please email onsite@ocadu.ca


August 5 - The Origins of Property in Liberal Individualism
Brett Neilson and Sandro Mezzadra, Fabrica Mundi: Producing the World by Drawing Borders
Shiri Pasternak, Property in Three Registers

August 19 - Precarious Actors of Neoliberal Urbanization
Irmgard Emmelhainz, The Mexican Neoliberal Conversion and Differentiated, Homogenous Lives
AbdouMaliq Simone, Water, Politics and Design in Jakarta

September 2 - Opened by the World
Georges Bataille, The Economy Equal to the Universe
Jane Bennett and Alexander Livingston, Philosophy in the Wild: Listening to Things in Baltimore
Jesse Boon, Kids on Buildings: Echos, Mirrors, and Ghosts

September 16 - Commonism, or Caring With Others
Wendy Jacob and Gina Badger, In the Presence of Another Being
Paige Sarlin, Vulnerable Accumulation: A Practical Guide
Isabelle Stengers and Erik Bordeleau, The Care of the Possible

The reading group will be facilitated by Scapegoat’s Adrian Blackwell and Marcin Kedzior.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite [at] OCAD 230 Richmond St. W. Street Level Toronto, Ontario
<p>416-977-6000 Ext. 265</p>

O-DAYS! International Welcome

Event Poster
Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

A Welcome Reception for International Students

New International Students should make plans to attend this special welcome! It will be a great opportunity to make new friends, ask questions and get advice. Watch your email for details. Current international students are encouraged to attend as Welcome Ambassadors.

Refreshments will be served. Watch your email for details.

Accessibility is important to us. If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate fully in this event, please make a notation in the appropriate field in the online RSVP form and submit it prior to August 22, 2014 so we can make the appropriate arrangements.

Lunch and snacks will be provided at O-DAYS!
It is your responsibility to email us and notify us of any allergies or dietary restrictions so that we may do our best to accommodate you. Please do so at your earliest convenience, no later than August 22, 2014.

Please be advised that OCAD U hosted events may be documented through photographs and video. These images may be used by the university for promotional, advertising, and educational purposes. By participating in our events, both on campus and off-site, you consent to allowing OCAD U to document and use your image and likeness. However, if you do not want us to use a photo or video of you, please don’t hesitate to let us know when you arrive at the event. You’re also welcome to get in touch with OCAD U’s Campus Life office.

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone Level 1, 113 McCaul Street Toronto, Ontario

UAAC Conference 2014

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Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 4:00am to Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 4:00am

Universities Art Association of Canada Conference hosted by OCAD University

Sessions are encouraged that explore - within any geographical and temporal context - issues from the full range of scholarship in the visual arts including art history, visual and material culture, creative practices and research in studio art, design practices and research, theory and criticism, pedagogy, and museum and gallery practices.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

AGO First Thursdays

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Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 11:00pm to Friday, September 5, 2014 - 3:30am

With OCAD U 2013 and 2014 Scultpure/Installation Medal Winners Shannon Lea Doyle and Alex Beriault

On September 4, Toronto’s most popular cultural night returns with a special celebration of the exhibition Alex Colville. Join us and headliner Bry Webb, frontman of the newly reunited band The Constantines, to celebrate this extraordinary exhibition, featuring more than 100 works by the internationally renowned Canadian icon, marking the largest exhibition of the late artist’s work to date.

Experience one-night-only artist projects and performances, stimulating tours and talks, as well as an interactive opportunity to engage with Colville’s oddly familiar scenes in surprising ways. The night will feature performances from contemporary dancer Katie Ewald, musician/artist Tor Lukasik-Foss, as well artists Alex Beriault and Shannon Lea Doyle who will present a three hour durational performance. Want some expert, on-the-spot info on Colville? The night will also feature Pop-up speakers including the exhibition’s curator Andrew Hunter, artist Simone Jones, academic Amy Lavander Harris and AGO Associate Curator Georgiana Uhlyarik.

In addition to Bry, the musical lineup also includes The Weather Station, result of our partnership with SappyFest, the beloved music festival in Colville’s adopted hometown of Sackville, New Brunswick, as well as DJ Leon Taheny.

Plus, one of the most talked about destinations at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, Grolsch Open House, brings its creative spirit to AGO First Thursdays. Featuring a performance by River Tiber, this dynamic Grolsch Open House teaser will take place in AGO's Galleria Italia, and will also include a DJ and interactive art-making.

Of course, it wouldn't be a First Thursday without amazing music from local DJs, the Out of the Vaults exhibition of rarely seen works from the AGO collection, delicious food and drinks, and a few creative surprises!

Tickets for the September First Thursday are on sale now. Regular-priced tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Admission for AGO members is $10 in advance and $13 at the door.

Party-goers can also purchase $22 advance combo-ticket packages for Alex Colville and September’s First Thursday. The exhibition will be open until 10 pm, with the last entry at 9:30 pm. AGO members enter the exhibition for free but are encouraged to book tickets in advance.

Image: Alex Colville, To Prince Edward Island, 1965, acrylic emulsion on masonite, 61.9 x 92.5 cm, Purchased 1966, National Gallery of Canada (no. 14954) © A.C.Fine Art Inc.

AGO First Thursdays Media Partner: NOW Magazine
AGO First Thursdays Supporting Sponsor: JOE Fresh
AGO First Thursdays Official Beer Partner: Grolsch Beer

Venue & Address: 
Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) 317 Dundas St. W. Toronto, Ontario
$10-$15 Admission (19+ Cash Bar)

OCAD Etsy Made in Canada Market

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 2:00pm to 9:00pm

The Made in Canada Market is a national grassroots initiative celebrating the crafters, collectors, and artisans in local communities across Canada.

30+ Canadian cities will be participating in this one-day event marking the first ever national marketplace movement. Vendors range from art to fashion to homeware. Join us for the first ever "Etsy: Made in Canada!!"

9 ETSY Sellers Will Be Attending:

RawBarrelCards Event will have Etsy vendors of varying backgrounds including stationary, household, vintage, fine art, and prints.

FlockofTeaCosy Smart, modern tea and coffee cosies, trivets and festive garlands in thick European wool felt. Nothing fussy or Victorian about them.

scting Handmade to be cute and quirky, these one-of-a-kind paper products and handmade accessories are everything you've ever wished for.

PrintsandNeedles Screen-printed apparel & accessories, including canvas zipper pouches & lunch bags

lifelonglove Handmade & Hand Lettered Treasures! Banners, Mini Chalkboard Signs, Illustration Prints & Buttons and Original Art. Please pop by!

CoolStuffIWant What do handcarved stamps, sassy greeting cards and enamelled jewellry all have in common? They look great with grumpy cats on them!

FitzyDesign Modern Leather Accessories: wallets, sunglass cases, bow ties, cord keepers, and some jewellery on sale.

contrabotanic Handmade felt succulents.

ROSECLIFFVINTAGE Jackets, sweaters, and boots OH MY! Get ready to bundle up in these great vintage finds!

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Great Hall 100 McCaul Street (2nd Floor) Toronto, ON M5T1W1
Event Poster

Sculptural Felt International

Rocky surface
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 4:00am to Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 5:00am

A traveling exhibition with work by Chung-Im Kim, Associate Professor, Material Art & Design

Featuring seven felt pieces by Chung-Im Kim and the works of twelve international artists from the USA, the Netherlands, Australia, Japan and Canada.  

Venue & Address: 
Traveling Exhibition Venues: Museum Nagele, The Netherlands, Sept 7 - Nov 23, 2014 Museum de Kantfabriek, The Netherlands, Jan 18 - Apr 12, 2015 Tamworth Regional Gallery, Australia, June 6 - July 18, 2015 Wollongang Art Gallery, Australia, Sept 5 - Nov 29, 2015

Citizen Centric Innovation - International Certificate Course

Event Poster
Monday, September 15, 2014 - 4:00am to Friday, September 26, 2014 - 4:00am

The Program
This program provides intensive executive training on methods and techniques to address complex or so-called “wicked” social problems in a multidisciplinary way. This particular session focuses on food waste in modern urban context as an example of a complex social problem to address. The methods and techniques learned are transferable to other complex social and environmental challenges.

What you will learn
You will receive intensive training in a range of disciplines including human factors, design thinking, system mapping,sustainable business models, and co-creation techniques and methods.

More importantly, you will apply your learning to find creative solutions to a complex problem: food waste in urban centres. The program includes daily field explorations of food-related aspects in each city, including visits to innovative social food enterprises such as Not Far From The Tree, The Stop Community Food Centre, and a private Jane’s Walk in Toronto; participating in a Tapas Lab; going on a Hidden City Tour of Barcelona (unique guided tour through the old town led by homeless guide); and engaging with organic farmers to understand the interdependencies and trade-offs in the complex urban food system.

Who we are
This special program is hosted in Toronto by the Strategic Innovation Lab at OCAD University (Canada's largest art and design school and third largest in North America). It is hosted in Barcelona by the Bau Design College of Barcelona affiliated with the Vic-Central University of Catalonia. Participants who complete the program successfully will receive a Certificate.

Who should attend
-Directors and managers in food related industry
-Government officials interested in urban and social issues
-Program Managers in foundations pursuing change in urban settings
-Directors of CSR in large corporations
-Executive directors of incubators for social entrepreneurship
-Politicians with interest in food security, resilient commuities or sustainability
-In general leaders or leadership candidates seeking to enhance their careers through acquiring new practical knowledge about addressing complex social problems.

When & Where
This session starts on Monday September 15, 2014 and ends on Friday September 26, 2014. Participants will spend one week in Toronto (Canada) followed by one week in Barcelona (Spain).

Citizen Centric Innovation (CCI) combines a human-centric participatory design approach with methods of multidisciplinary collaboration to enable exploring root causes of such complex challenges, reframing their issues differently, and developing innovative solutions.

We bring together a group of participants selected among highly talented professionals from around the world, with a team of instructors who are thought leaders in their fields. We leverage the power of such an intellectually rich and diverse environment to teach participants the leadership skills necessary for developing and implementing new solutions to old persistent problems.

You will work in small teams mentored by experienced instructors and innovation professionals on developing new out-of-the-box solutions to a specific problem, in this case food waste in the city of Barcelona and its potential impact on a range of other social problems such as poverty, health and environment.

Program fees are in U.S. Dollars and include: all program materials, welcome receptions, hotel accommodation in both cities (four-star, single occupancy), breakfast and lunch every day, visits to museums and exhibitions included in the program, one hosted dinner in each city, economy airfare Toronto to Barcelona, and local transportation during the program.

Visit the Eventbrite page for more information on instructors.

Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab) is a centre for research and development in design, innovation and strategic foresight at OCAD University. It is a growing community of scholars and practitioners, designers, business and policy professionals, teachers and students, who are passionate about envisioning possible futures. Located in the heart of Toronto, sLab operates on a model that integrates academic research, professional engagement, education and skills development for participants in the private, public, not-for-profit, and for-benefit sectors. sLab is closely linked with OCAD University’s Masters Program in Strategic Foresight and Innovation.

Bau Design College of Barcelona, Spain is a centre affiliated with the Vic-Central University of Catalonia that provides higher education in the field of design. Located in Barcelona, one of the leading cities in the field of design, Bau is situated in an industrial area of over 8,000 m2 equipped with custom studios and multi-purpose spaces designed to support research, creativity and innovation. The training offered at Bau leads to university degrees in graphic, audiovisual, interior and fashion design as well as Master’s and Postgraduate degrees. The college also offers other courses such as the Diploma in Design ‘Bau Nit’ (Bau Evening), in the specializations of Graphic Design and Interior Design, and the Summer University, in addition to a wide variety of monographic courses and workshops.

Registration required

Venue & Address: 
Strategic Innovation Lab (OCAD U) & Bau Design College (Barcelona)

OCAD University unveils its new visual identity

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 4:00am

(Toronto — May 6, 2011) At last night’s opening celebration of OCAD University’s 96th Annual Graduate Exhibition, the university unveiled its new visual identity to students, faculty, staff and guests. The university’s new logo was developed in collaboration with the internationally respected firm Bruce Mau Design (BMD).

“This dynamic new identity asserts OCAD U’s catalytic role within the creative sectors, the research community and industry,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, OCAD University President.

BMD worked with the OCAD U community to design an innovative and collaborative process that included participation from students, faculty, staff, community members and alumni from across Canada and around the world. The design process included a series of workshops last fall, where participants were invited to share their stories, experiences and ideas about OCAD U and what they envision for the university in the future.

“We are honoured to have had the opportunity to develop a new brand identity system that builds on the rich legacy of the school and projects the image of a dynamic and multivalent future for the institution,” said Hunter Tura, President and CEO, Bruce Mau Design. “What’s even more exciting is the partnership we have established with OCAD U, the epicenter of creative thought leadership in Canada.”

Inspired by OCAD U’s iconic and transformational Alsop-designed Sharp Centre for Design, BMD created a base of black and white pixel ‘windows’ — modular frames to hold actual student art and design work. Through these ‘windows’ the core of OCAD U is presented —conceptually strong, relevant, diverse, and compelling. “As we push the boundaries of art and design practice, education and research, so too does our new identity, giving the world a window into what we do here,” said Dr. Diamond.

The identity is dynamic and modular in design. Every year, graduating student medal winners will be invited to design a logo within the basic window framework, providing the university with a set of logos for that year. As OCAD U grows and matures, a living library of identities will emerge, recording the ideas and aesthetics that have shaped our culture over time.

Last night’s unveiled logo ‘window’ featured works by 2010 medal winners Adrian Forrow and James Gauvreau. This year’s medal winners were announced earlier this week as part of the lead up to this weekend’s Graduate Exhibition, which continues until Sunday at 6 p.m. Each medal winner will be invited to participate in the program to feature their work in the new identity going forward.

The unveiling kicks off a summer-long implementation process for the new identity. “We plan to welcome our next cohort of new students this September with our new look fully realized across campus,” said Dr. Diamond.

For more information and images:

About Bruce Mau Design
Bruce Mau Design (BMD; www.brucemaudesign.com) is an innovation and design studio centred on purpose and optimism. Since 1985, BMD has evolved from a graphic design studio to a leader in breakthrough design thinking, applying design methodologies to a wide range of business and cultural organizations with challenges in need of creative solutions. Creators of Massive Change®, the internationally acclaimed travelling exhibition, book, website and interview series, BMD is an interdisciplinary studio made up of artists, architects, graphic designers, filmmakers, brand strategists, biologists, publishers, curators and technologists. Some of the firm’s clients include: MTV, AGO, Coca-Cola, Arizona State University, MoMA and the feature length documentary The 11th Hour. BMD is a member of the MDC Partners network.

About OCAD University (OCAD U)
OCAD University (www.ocad.ca) 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 contact:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416-977-6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)