Introduction to InDesign

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Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 2:00pm

Join us in the OCAD U Library's Learning Zone for a basic introduction to Adobe InDesign!


For those who learn best in person, this simple and casual introduction will give you enough skills to start working with InDesign (and suggest resources to develop more specialized skills down the line). This presentation is intended for current OCAD U students who are new to the software and will provide an overview to creating files and laying out a zine or book project. Bring your laptop to follow along, a notebook to take notes, and any questions you have. We're not experts, but we're happy to introduce you to this useful and powerful publishing tool!

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 122 St. Patrick Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 113 McCaul Street.
416-977-6000 ext.2529
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Canada Council Visualization: Training for visual analysis of complicated data

The Canada Council for the Arts engaged researchers from OCAD’s Visual Analytics Lab to meet a need for the visual analysis of complicated data from various industries, including the Canada Council’s Open Data set, the CADAC data set, and Parliamentary appropriation tables.

Researchers met with Canada Council staff to identify key challenges and gain an understanding of the user group that the visual analytics approach would first serve. They defined co-dependencies of this user group and, working closely with Canada Council employees, developed an appropriate approach to visualizing the various data sets.

A key component of this collaboration was the training of Canada Council employees in the methodologies and applications of data visualization.

This project culminated in the creation of a web-based interface and methods to guide users in exploring and gaining valuable information from the visual representations of grant allocation data.

See the data visualization tool in action on the Canada Council's website.


Canada Council for the Arts dashboard
Canada Council for the Arts dashboard
Canada Council for the Arts Logo
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 12:15pm
Lab Member: 
Dr. Sara Diamond
Dr. Ana Jofre
Afrooz Samaei
Marcus A. Gordon

Technology & Technique: Drop-In Tutorial Sessions

3D Printing
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 6:30pm to Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 8:30pm

The Material Innovation Centre is now offering help for all students in need of assistance with common 2D and 3D design program software. Student monitors with knowledge and experience using Rhino 3D, Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign are available on Tuesdays (3D) and Thursdays (2D) from 6:30- 8:30pm, throughout the Winter 2017 semester.


Come to work, drop-in to ask questions... get (or give) help... learn and share among your peers.


•       Technical advice and assistance for common design software

•       Troubleshooting, file checking and proper formatting advice for 2D and 3D outputs

•       Advice on 3D printing


The MIC is also starting to offer hands-on, student access to 3D printing technologies (Formlabs, Form 2 and Lulzbot Mini) This will roll out in the next few weeks... Stay tuned! We will be adding software tutorials sessions and access to 3D printers as the semester progresses. 


Everyone is welcome. See you there!

Venue & Address: 
Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:30-8:30 pm in the Material Innovation Centre. 100 McCaul Street, Room M530
MIC Workshops

Study Week Software Courses