David Thorne

David started the firm in 1994 after working for several years at other corporate design firms in the Toronto area. Over the twenty years, he has served a wide variety of clients from many diverse industries and expanded the types of services he provides to offer more integrated communications across many different media. A believer in simple, conceptual ideas, he approaches his work with passion and great enthusiasm never loosing sight of the client's marketing goals.

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.

Borzu Talaie

Over the last decade, I have picked up a diverse, practical, and hands-on experience in the world of visual communication. From print production to web-design, and from motion graphics to interactive installations, I have constantly strived to enhance my skill set within each subspecialty.

Frank Newfeld Design Exhibit + Book signing of Drawing on Type

cover image of book, Drawing On Type
Friday, November 28, 2008 - 11:00pm to Saturday, November 29, 2008 - 2:00am

Please join the Communication Designers of Toronto as they honour design pioneer Frank Newfeld.


Saturday, November 29 – Saturday, December 6
Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

As a continuation of the Cdot’s Design Pioneers Exhibit, Communication Designers of Toronto (Cdot) honours OCAD alumnus Frank Newfeld, his historic design work and new book Drawing on Type at Swipe Books on Advertising and Design. Drawing on Type is the fascinating life-story of one of Canada’s most accomplished book publishing figures: Frank Newfeld, designer/illustrator/educator (retired) and author.

A true pioneer of Toronto’s early design scene, Newfeld has designed over 650 books and won over 167 international awards. From a humble studio on Spadina Avenue in 1954, he rose to become Vice-President of Publishing at McClelland & Stewart, head of the illustration program at Sheridan College and Co-founder/President of the Society of Typographic Designers of Canada (now the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada - GDC).

Space for the opening is limited!
Please RSVP by by Tuesday, November 25 to: info@communicationdesigners.org

Venue & Address: 
Swipe Books on Advertising and Design 401 Richmond Street West, Suite #121, Toronto, Ontario

Creative Type

Creative Type
Saturday, November 15, 2008 - 5:00am to Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 5:00am

Join students from the graphic design program for a celebration of creative typography and typeface design at OCAD. Posters featuring experimental alphabets and unique original fonts reflect the obsessive love of letters among the typographically-minded. Co-curated by Greg Van Alstyne.

Venue & Address: 
XPACE Cultural Centre 58 Ossington Ave., Toronto, Ontario

Public Presentation: Jayson Zaleski, Candidate for Tenure Track position, Graphic Design

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 - 3:00pm

Jayson Zaleski is a senior-level designer and brings 9 years of Toronto-based professional studio experience of high-calibre design to the position. Jayson continues to maintain his own design practice. He has 3 years of sessional teaching appointments from OCAD at the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year levels. Jayson has also lectured at both OCAD and Ryerson, both in the capacity of guest speakers. He has also been involved with redesigning the 3rd year Visual Communications final exhibit course at Medicine Hat College where he is currently teaching Graphic Design & typography in a full time capacity.

Venue & Address: 
Room 669, Level 6 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Book Launch: Pro Forma

Pro Forma
Wednesday, October 10, 2007 - 11:00pm

In Pro Forma (a three-volume series), editor Jessica Wyman assembles essays that consider the developments and directions of the use of text in visual art, exploring what personal, social or political motivations inspire artists to use text and how text-based art is understood.
Contributors: John A. Walker, Philip Monk, Eve Meltzer, Michael Maranda, Luis Jacob, Barbara Balfour, David Garneau, Michelle Jacques, Laurel Woodcock, Faculty of Art Assistant Dean (First-year) Simon Glass, Yvonne Singer, Paul de Guzman, Mireille Perron.

Venue & Address: 
YYZ Artist's Outlet, Suite 140 401 Richmond Street West, Toronto, Ontario

Book Arts Fair

Book Arts Fair
Sunday, December 2, 2007 - 3:00pm to 10:00pm

Every year in December, book artists, printmakers, papermakers, and private press printers gather at OCAD to show their work and demonstrate their skills in OCAD's Central Hall and Printmaking studios. The university community and general public are welcome to come and watch artists at work making paper, printing from litho stones, screen printing, hand typesetting, book binding, wood engraving, etching and much more. Many items are available for sale, providing unique ideas for holiday gift giving. Admission is pay-what-you-can.

Venue & Address: 
Ontario College of Art & Design 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Here and Now: The Art of Gary Taxali

Gary Taxalie prints
Friday, July 17, 2015 - 4:00pm to Monday, September 21, 2015 - 12:00am

Here and Now: The Art of Gary Taxali

Exhibition: July 17 – September 20
Joint Friday Night ART Live Summer Party: Friday, July 17, 7 p.m. with SHOW.15, Queen’s Square
Idea Exchange | Design at Riverside, 7 Melville Street South, Cambridge, ON

Seats available on bus from Toronto to Cambridge for opening night on Friday, July 17!
Departing from the Drake Hotel (1150 Queen St W, bus parked on Beaconsfield Rd) at 5:30 p.m. sharp.
Returning to Toronto at the Drake Hotel at 11:30 p.m. (Departing from Cambridge at 10 p.m. sharp).
RSVP to Cherie Fawcett, Gallery Assistant at cfawcett@ideaexchange.org.
Seats are $5.

Internationally renowned artist Gary Taxali brings his colourful, poignant paintings, books, objects and installations to Design at Riverside for the summer and early fall. Gary’s work incorporates humour and well observed social commentary in his personal drawing style that references depression era typography, packaging and advertising, but which is firmly planted in the here and now. The exhibition showcases a wide range of Gary’s artwork and object/product designs including apparel, toys, books, wine labels and commemorative coin designs, alongside paintings, assemblages, limited edition prints and a salon style display of hundreds of drawings. Gary will create a one-off artwork for the five exterior facing windows of the gallery and the short documentary film Gary Taxali: the Art of Whimsy will also be on view.

Here and Now: The Art of Gary Taxali marks the first comprehensive exhibition of his work in Canada.

Image: Gary Taxali. Serigraph Assemblage #3 and #7, mixed media, 2012. Images courtesy of the artist.

Venue & Address: 
DESIGN AT RIVERSIDE 7 Melville Street South, Cambridge, ON N1S 2H4 T: 519.621.0460 Tues – Thurs 12:00 – 8:00pm Fri 12:00 – 5:00pm Sat 10:00am – 5:00pm *Sun 1:30 – 4:30pm *Closed on Sundays from May 17 – September 6
Admission is Free


Image of a cityscape with the letter T superimposed
Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 11:00pm to Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 10:00pm

A Riveder le Stelle

Mary Hambleton and Sara MacLean Curated by Heather Nicol

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 22nd from 6–8 pm
Show: January 22 -- February 22, 2015

TYPOLOGY is thrilled to announce the launch of our guest curating program with the two person exhibition, A Riveder le Stelle. Featuring rarely seen works on paper by the late New York painter Mary Hambleton, and a video installation by Toronto-based Sara MacLean (OCAD U MFA '13), the exhibition is curated by interdisciplinary artist and independent curator Heather Nicol (OCAD U MFA '13).

Taking its name from the final line of Dante’s Inferno (1314), A Riveder le Stelle, “to gaze once more upon the stars,” is conceived as a virtual conversation between two artists, separated by time, place, and practice, whose work nevertheless manifests striking formal and conceptual correspondences. Among the many such convergences are a mutual interest in the body, the scientific gaze (particularly as it relates to diagnostic medicine), relationships between the infinitesimal and the celestial, and the sense of wonder such scrutiny engenders.
About the Curator and Artists

Toronto-based guest curator Heather Nicol received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts (NY), MA in art education from NYU, and interdisciplinary MFA from OCADU. Her curatorial projects often engage conditions specific to decommissioned and repurposed sites, and have fostered opportunities for large groups of artists working across a wide range of disciplines.

Mary Hambleton (1952–2009) was based in Brooklyn and exhibited her work in the US and abroad at venues including Leslie Heller Gallery, Littlejohn Contemporary, and Pamela Auchincloss Gallery (New York), and the Machida City Museum (Tokyo). Her many honours include the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial, Adolph Esther Gottlieb Foundation, and two Pollock-Krasner awards.

Toronto-based OCAD U Alum Sara MacLean (b. 1974) employs embodied camera techniques, darkroom experiments, sculpture, and set design to create subtly choreographed encounters with her time-based media projections. She has exhibited in North America, Europe, and Asia at festivals and venues including Anthology Film Archives (New York) and the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona.

TYPOLOGY is a not-for-profit project space devoted to curatorial and artistic experimentation in the production of exhibitions, editions, and related events.

Providing opportunities for independent curators and participating artists to mount fully realized exhibitions within a critical framework, TYPOLOGY seeks to build curatorial community and resources for the exchange of ideas on art and exhibition-making as a way to engage and inform audiences from all walks of life.

For more information and submission guidelines for artists and curators, please visit www.typology.ca. Subscribe to our blog for updates and invites to future exhibitions and events atwww.typology.ca/blog

Venue & Address: 
No. 302 -- Artscape Youngplace 180 Shaw Street Toronto | Ontario | M6J 2W5 Gallery / Office Hours When exhibitions are on, our hours are Thursdays 5–8 pm, Fridays + Sundays 12–5 pm, and by appointment.
647 930 6930