Empathy: Underground Walk – Inclusive Design Institute – The PATH

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Friday, May 6, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

It is important to talk about diversity and inclusion, but our actions need to support our words. We value diversity in Toronto and see it as an asset. Inclusion, however, remains a challenge and many of our diverse population experience barriers each day. The way to address this challenge is extending our empathy. At the Inclusive Design Institute, we work on understanding the impact of design in everyday life. We believe that design for all of us begins with design for each of us. In this walk, we are going to mull over the largest underground shopping complex in the world and consider how it does and does not meet diverse needs. 

Venue & Address: 
Meet at 205 Richmond St W. - OCAD University
416 977 6000 ext 4672

The Decoded Company: Data is the New Creative—Jay Goldman & Rahaf Harfoush

The Decoded Company: Data is the New Creative—Jay Goldman & Rahaf Harfoush - Event Poster
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 10:30pm to Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 12:30am

Presented by sLab and the Strategic Foresight & Innovation Program

When we think about creative industries, is data the first thing that comes to mind? Creative outputs have long been considered as intangibles – hard to quantify and hard to measure – but that’s all about to change.

Thanks to the rise of data abundance, smart companies like Target, Amazon and Netflix have tapped into this new quantitative intelligence to better understand their consumers. Now, we are entering the next phase of this disruptive transformation: Companies are turning those sophisticated algorithms inward, using analytics to attract and retain the best and brightest minds. From Google to Starbucks and Gengo to Prezi, companies large and small are already using data to reverse flagging sales, improve performance, and prevent the repetition of mistakes. An analytical revolution is transforming creative industries. Are you ready?

Copies of The Decoded Company will be available for purchase & signing.

Jay Goldman is a managing director at Klick, focused on innovation and exploring opportunities in new channels and markets. He was previously head of marketing for Rypple, a venture-backed startup acquired by Salesforce in 2012 and now known as Work.com. He is the author of the O’Reilly Facebook Cookbook, and has been published in the Harvard Business Review. Jay has crafted UX designs for some of the world’s best known brands including IBM, Mozilla, eBay and John Hancock. He is an award winning visual designer whose work has been featured in Taschen’s Icons series, Web Design Studios 2.

Rahaf Harfoush is a digital innovation strategist who has a deep passion for exploring how technology is affecting the way we communicate, work and play. She is the author of Yes We Did: An Insider’s Look at How Social Media Built the Obama Brand (2009), and co-author of The Decoded Company: Know Your Talent Better Than You Know Your Customers (2014). She is currently working on her third book called “ArchiTechs: How to Work, Govern, and Learn, in a Hyper-Connected World.” Rahaf is a World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper, a Global Ambassador for the Sandbox Network, and a member of the Summit Series Network. She sits on the board of Taking it Global, and is on the advisory boards of companies like Enstituteu.com, OneLeap.to & SyriaDeeply.org. She writes about technology and innovation at Techonomy and The Next Web.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

The Artist Project 2014 Art Chats

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Friday, February 21, 2014 - 11:00pm to Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 12:00am

Opening Night Party: Thursday, February 20 from 7 to 11 p.m. in support of the Canadian Cancer Society and Why We Ink

Panel with President Dr. Sara Diamond moderated by Vandana Taxali

The Artist Project celebrates its 7th year with another exciting show featuring original works from over 250 top contemporary artists. Artists from a variety of geographic and creative backgrounds will converge and connect with patrons looking to get a glimpse of tomorrow’s Art Stars. From seasoned collectors and first time art buyers, to gallerists and interior designers, visitors will find this art fair a unique opportunity to meet and purchase work directly from artists from Canada and abroad.
Discover all mediums and experience special features, Art Chats and docent-led tours. The Artist Project takes place from February 20 to 23, 2014 at the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place in Toronto.

From The Art Experts: Starting An Art Collection
Join moderator and art lawyer Vandana Taxali in conversation with a panel of arts professionals as they offer insights and expert tips on how to start an art collection and buy art as investment. Panel members include OCAD University President Dr. Sara Diamond, Vice President of Waddington’s Auctioneers Stephen Ranger, gallery dealer Powell MacDougall, art consultant Isa Spalding and arts educator Natalie Ribkoff. Why are Damien Hirst’s work priced in the millions and other artists in the thousands? By the end of the panel discussion, you will be a savvier collector.

Venue & Address: 
Better Living Centre Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario

The Perimeter Series

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Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 11:30pm to Friday, February 14, 2014 - 12:30am

Hybrid Design: Collaboration in Practice

A0 (ALSO Collective + Mason Studio) invites you to The Perimeter Series, the first of a series of panel discussions on issues related to contemporary design practices.

"Hybrid Design: Collaboration in Practice” is the topic of the first discussion and investigates the value of working in cross-disciplinary formats. The panelists will explain how collaborative efforts in their professional practices have informed their current work, their forecasts for the development of these processes, and the risks and issues in collaboration. The ideas expressed by the panelists will begin to explore if and how adaptive modifications are required in a Canadian context to facilitate collaboration in practice.

The first event is hosted by the School of Interior Design at Ryerson University, and moderated by the Interior Design program Chair, Lois Weinthal. The panelist are:

Mark Argo (Aesthetec Studio)
Mike Lovas (PUSH Strength)
Marc De Pape (OCAD University)
Laura Fyles (Academy of Design)
Zaiba Mian (Humber College)

The Perimeter Series was developed by AZero, the joint efforts of ALSO Collective and Mason Studio. The studios share philosophies of design, but originate from two distinct practices. ALSO occupies a space in digital media and graphic design, while Mason inhabits the domain of physical interior space. The Perimeter Series was developed as an opportunity to share in the conversation between the studios to explore a shift in the boundaries of design. Come take part in our discussions!

This event is free. Please register.

Venue & Address: 
Ryerson School of Interior Design 302 Church Street Toronto, Ontario
Registration required

Bending the Horizon

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Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 4:00am to Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 4:00am

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 21, 7 p.m. to Midnight (the same evening of Toronto's first NUIT ROSE)

OCAD University's LGBTQI2S Student Art and Design Work. A Nuit Rose Event.

OCAD University is PROUD to present Bending the Horizon, an exhibition in celebration
of the work, diversity and lives of our LGBTQI2-S students, World Pride Toronto, and our collective future.

Bending the Horizon includes the work of over 30 students and runs Thursday, June 19 to Saturday, June 28 at OCAD University's Graduate Gallery.

The Graduate Gallery is located at 205 Richmond Street West (at Duncan). Enter the elevator and press G.

Work By:
Yarli Allison & Winky Cheung
Vicky Avramopoulos
Ebrin Bagheri
Connor Campbell
Andie Charalambous
Justin de Lima
Caitlynn Fairbarns
Adam Filek
Chanice Gray
Martin Godin
Eduardo Gutiérrez
Spencer Hatch
Andrew Hoang
Brandon Jones
Kike N. Otuije
Jared Prince
Erika Tran
Julian Reeves
Sean Rockwood
Mike Sirois

With Zines and Artist Multiples By:
Whitney Colley and Brittany Dhamalie
Emily Dynes
Jeff Fenwick
E Howey
Taikun Kambashi
Gwendolyn McLuhan
Josephine Norman
Zoe Roech
Matt Schachter-Tribe
and more!

Thank you to the Onsite [at] OCAD University Gallery, the Graduate Gallery
and the Art & Social Change Minor

Thursday, June 19 to Friday, June 20, Noon to 5 p.m.
Saturday, June 21, Noon to Midnight
Tuesday, June 24 to Saturday, June 28 Noon to 5 p.m.

Sculpture by Jared Francis Prince, My Dolly is Prettier than Your Dolly, 2013

A Nuit Rose Event

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Student Gallery 205 Richmond Street West Toronto, ON

Waking the Machines: Assistive Technologies and Prosthetic Agency

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Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 4:00am to Friday, August 15, 2014 - 4:00am

Led by Sara Hendren and Sponsored by the Inclusive Design Research Centre at OCAD University

InterAccess presents a three-part event series led by Sara Hendren, an artist who develops tools, applications and devices that examine adaptive technologies and possibilities for prosthetic agency. The series starts off with a lecture on art, assistive technologies, and performative prosthetics on August 14, continuing the next day with a workshop on August 15 that investigates the hidden, overlooked, deceptively simple technology of the inclined plane—or ramp, followed by a public discussion with multiple stakeholders invested in using this technology for radical leisure and radical access. Joining us for the the second day will be Ariel Stagni, Toronto skateboarder, skating advocate, and urban planning advisor for skate parks globally; Luke Wanders from the Stop Gap project, a barrier-free, wheelchair-ramp design initiative; Jennifer Tharp, Parks Planner from City of Toronto, as well people from architecture and planning professions.

This special off-site program is the first of InterAccess’s Agential Technologies series, which critically challenges predetermined ideas of an ideal or “normal” state by workshopping ways that emerging practices in art and technology may mobilize unexpected forms of agency. A focus for the first event in the series is given to mobility, urban environments and architecture.

The program is also part of Slope : Intercept, Sara Hendren's ongoing research into alternate forms of wheeled mobility, and the deceptively low-tech physics of the inclined plane as an inherent critique of the vertical-and-horizontal organization of many global cities.

Sara Hendren is an artist, design researcher, and writer in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She makes material and digital artworks, writes, and lectures on adaptive and assistive technologies, prosthetics, inclusive design, accessible architecture, and related ideas. Her work has been exhibited in the US and abroad and is held in the permanent collection at MOMA (NYC), and her writing and design work have appeared in the Boston Globe, The Atlantic Tech, FastCo Design, and on National Public Radio (US), among others. She lectures in the Industrial Design and Digital + Media departments at the Rhode Island School of Design, and she writes and edits Abler, a syndicated column now on Gizmodo. As of September 2014, she joins the full-time faculty at Olin College of Engineering as Assistant Professor of Design.

Lecture: Thursday August 14, 2014, 4 to 5 p.m.
Workshop: Friday August 15, 2014, 9 to 11 a.m.
Public Forum: Friday August 15, 2014 11 a.m. to noon

For more information please visit the separate event links below:
Lecture: Waking the Machines
Workshop & Forum: Mapping Access and Wheeled Mobility

Image: Song of the Machine, Superflux

Venue & Address: 
Open Gallery 49 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

The Perimeter Series: Design and National Identity

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 11:00pm to Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 12:30am

A0 (ALSO Collective + Mason Studio) invites you to The Perimeter Series—a series of panel discussions on issues related to contemporary design practices, academia, and industry. 

This third and final panel of our 2014 Perimeter Series tackles a topic close to home—or distant depending on your vantage point. Design and National Identity investigates the interplay between design, geography, politics, economics, history, and how they shape—and are shaped by—national identity.

This event is hosted by the Design Exchange, and moderated by Shauna Levy. The panelists are:

+ Michael Prokopow, OCAD University
+ Vanessa Eckstein, Blok Design
+ Todd Falkowsky, Canadian Design Resource
+ Catherine Osborne, Azure Magazine

The Perimeter Series was developed by A0, the joint efforts of ALSO Collective and Mason Studio. The studios share philosophies of design, but originate from two distinct practices. ALSO occupies a space in digital media and graphic design, while Mason inhabits physical interior space. The PerimeterSeries was developed as an opportunity to share in the conversation between the studios to explore a shift in the boundaries of design. Come take part in our discussions!

Venue & Address: 
Design Exchange 234 Bay St. Toronto, ON M5K 1B2
Free (registration required)