Illustration students' selected for American Illustration 38

Amanda Arlotta - chosen
Joshua Middleton - chosen
Skylar Dunk - selected
Nathan Devlin  (aka Paliate) - selected
Mia Viva - chosen
Amanda Arlotta - selected
Nan Shi - chosen
Monday, April 22, 2019 - 8:00am

This year’s distinguished jury included: Christopher Brand, Crown Publishing;  Dennis Huynh, Buzzfeed;  Maria G. Keehan, Smithsonian;  Hannah K Lee, The New York Times;  Janet Michaud, Politico;  Aaron Rinas, Art + Mechanical;  and Marianne Seregi, National Geographic.

From over 7,000 submissions, the jury selected only 386 images to appear in the book and represent the best illustrations from 2018. The American Illustration 38 winning collection will be presented in print and in a digital slideshow sent to 50,000 creative professionals. The Archive will launch with a party set for November 7, 2019 in New York City. 


Congratulations, students!


Amanda Arlotta (2 pieces) (4th yr)

Paliate (1st yr)

Skylar Dunk (4th yr)

Mia Viva (4th yr)

Joshua Middleton (4th yr)

Nan Shi (4th yr)



OCAD U Advertising recent graduates to be featured in Applied Arts Magazine

Give a Care Campaign
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 9:15am

Canada’s most recognized design and advertising publication, recent winners from our Advertising Program from the past 3 years will be featured in the Student Award winners:


Graduates from 2017: Mariam Alqasim, Veronika Radeva, Ardit Hashimi and Maria Jose Arias won 'Entire Advertising Campaign – Series' for their work on ‘In-Betwiener’ for Schneiders. (all grads now employed at Toronto based shops, Havas, Zulu, Leo Burnett and Pigeon Brands)


Graduates from 2016: Grad Janet Wen winning for Hohner Harmonica. (working at Grey Canada)


Graduates from 2015: Grad Ariel Riske (Lg2), Zach Bautista (Lg2, ReThink)

Most recently, just picking up the coveted Silver and Bronze Cannes awards in France for ‘Give-A Care’ – Rethink Breast Cancer.

Ariel has been awarded an unheard of 53 National and International advertising awards and honours for her creative achievements in the short two years since her 2015 graduation. To put this in perspective, most creatives do not receive this kind of recognition in a lifetime.


All work will be featured in upcoming Applied Arts issue for November/December issue.


Congrats to our ever amazing Advertising grads!

give a care handcream
Harmonica C
Schneiders In-betwiener

OCAD Design Competition - Announcement of Winners

Design Competition
Thursday, February 7, 2008 - 3:00pm

The Faculty of Design is gearing up to announce the annual OCAD Design Competition, an intensive 4-day charette, in which interdisciplinary teams respond to a given design challenge. Past challenges included to design and promote a product, service, environment that could/should/will exist in 10 years time; to re-envision McCaul Street; to design ways to effect change in society by addressing excessive consumption; and to develop 'Humanitarian Emergency Life Packages'.

Established in 1990, this year's competition challenge will be announced on Thursday, January 31 at 9:30 am in the Auditorium (Rm 190). Teams will have until 5 pm on Monday, February 4 to develop their concepts and have them ready for presentation. Competition critique sessions with faculty members and guest critics will take place on Saturday, February 2, from 12 to 4 pm.

Jurying takes place on February 5 and 6, and at 10 am on Thursday, February 7, winners will be announced and awards will be presented as part of a closing event.

To save paper, this year's competition brief will be posted online when the challenge is announced.

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Illustrator Doug Panton has 2 pieces chosen in Creative Quarterly 42

Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 1:15pm

Illustrator Doug Panton has not one, but two pieces chosen as winners in the Professional Fine Art category of Creative Quarterly 42, New York.

Illustration students win big at international 3x3 Student Show No. 12

Illustration by Long Hui Wang
Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 4:00am

Six OCAD U students have won the honour of being published in the 3x3 Illustration Annual No 12. 3x3, The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration, is the first publication devoted entirely to the art of illustration. Published in the United States and distributed worldwide, its goal is to share what’s shaping international illustration.

Congratulations go to the following students whose work was displayed in the 3x3 Student Show:

  • Long Hui Wang (4th year) – Silver Medal/Multiple Merit winner
  • Hong Chen (2nd year) – Silver Medal/Multiple Merit winner
  • Lynden Joudrey (4th year) – Multiple Merit
  • Kaitlin Richardson (4th year) – Merit/Honourable Mention
  • Cornelia Li & Paige Clark (4th year) – Merit
  • Marley Allen-Ash & Heidi Berton (4th year) – Honourable Mention
  • Milena Bassen (3rd year) – Honourable Mention

All medal, merit and distinguished merit winners will appear in 3x3’s annual edition in print and online. Honourable mentions will be displayed online.

OCAD University students win first place at provincial competition

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 4:30pm

Two OCAD University students have been honoured at CONNECT: EnAbling Change -- a province-wide post-secondary design competition.

  • Third-year Environmental Design student Xiaoyu Xu (Sherry Xu) won first place in the Architecture category.
  • Rickee Charbonneau, a student in the Master's of Inclusive Design program, won first place in the Industrial Design category.

CONNECT projects explore design that is accessible to the greatest number of people regardless of age or ability across all design disciplines.  

Open to all Ontario post-secondary design students, the competition called for “project ideas that remove barriers for people with disabilities and promote greater inclusion”.

The winners’ work will be on exhibit Friday, May 8, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Design Exchange, 234 Bay St., Toronto.


Onsite [at] OCAD U exhibition celebrates the 10th anniversary of Flash Forward

The Passing by Jinyoung Kim

The Flash Forward 10: Uncanny Worlds exhibition on now at OCAD U’s Onsite [at] OCAD U gallery brings together works by a diverse group of past Flash Forward Festival winners from OCAD U, as the international photography festival celebrates its 10th anniversary. The show runs until December 20, 2014.

The collaborative exhibition could be considered a departure for Onsite, but Lisa Deanne Smith, the gallery's curator, was won over after talking with MaryAnn Camilleri, the director of the festival (and founder of the Magenta Foundation which hosts it) together with Barbara Astman from OCAD U’s photography faculty, and then reviewing the range of work.

“It was very inspiring to research each artist’s full body of work since they graduated from OCAD U,” Smith said. “The Photography department at OCAD U fosters experimental, critical, conceptual work and I was blown away by the depth conceptually as well as visually. The educational foundation these photographers received is evident in the successful manner in which they are evolving.”

What unifies the work of the 12 photographers in the show is how they build a complex conversation addressing the relationship of humans and the physical world. When you walk into the gallery and start looking around, you’ll see a wide range of images that you pull you into their worlds and tell engaging stories. In Jinyoung Kim’s video, “The Passing” a person stands against the backdrop of the ocean, slowly letting a fistful of sand blow into the wind. It could evoke a sense of release and letting go, or loss, depending on how you view it.

Danny Custodio’s series, taken in the St. Catherines suburbs, shows trees growing up around hydro poles and wires—nature accommodating built structures, and perhaps even thriving in spite of it.

In Meryl McMaster’s “Murmur #3” hundreds starlings swirl around a woman’s head, but the birds are made from paper, and she’s standing against a concrete backdrop.

The exhibition also showcases Sanaz Mazinani, Nathan Cyprys and Stacey Tyrell, described by Smith as having developed “challenging, rigorous, gorgeous work.”  She says she was drawn to the “formal qualities nearing perfection” of featured works by Geoffrey Pugen, Kotama Bouabane, Adrian Fish and Elise Victoria Louise Windsor, and notes Sebastián Benitez and Alex Kisilevich “employ humour and critique, always a difficult endeavor.”


“In its state of rapid change I find our world extremely exciting and often quite scary. Every day an article or conversation voices concern for our environment and the effect of humans on the earth. Every day there is someone, something or a moment that inspires and, I feel, makes our world a better place. The artists in Flash Forward 10: Uncanny Worlds do just that.” Lisa Deanne Smith, Curator, Onsite [at] OCAD U

Find out more:

Upcoming events as part of Flash Forward 10: Uncanny Worlds 

Flash Forward 10

Flash Forward 11 Call for Submissions 


Design competition winners with Colleen Reid and Dr. Sara Diamond

Members of Team Zoom couldn’t stop smiling as they found themselves atop their design world Nov. 14 by winning first prize in the annual OCAD U Faculty of Design Competition. 

“Some of us are graduating this year,” said team member Junghyun Yoo, a fourth-year Environmental Design student, who created the winning entry with teammates Seung Min Park, and Gi Woong Choi, also fourth year ED students, Hyo Shik Kim, a third-year Advertising student, and Bo Mi Min, a third-year Graphic Design student. “We’ve been working together four or five years, and this is a last, really good memory.”

Dr. Sara Diamond, the university’s president, announced the first, second and third prize winners at an awards ceremony in the Great Hall and surprised the assembled crowd by revealing an additional prize, due to a tie for second place. In addition to Zoom’s top prize, the second prizes went to Project X and to Feed, while Hakuna Matata earned third prize. 

The theme of the 2013 competition was the ecology of student wellness, and participants were challenged by the design brief to “consider ways of promoting wellness in your immediate environment: OCAD U.” They had four days to complete their projects once the brief was presented. 

Professor Alexander Manu from the Faculty of Design, a keynote speaker at the awards ceremony, said the committee decided on an internal focus this year. “We had tackled every subject outside ourselves and it was time to tackle us: student concerns,” he said. 

“OCAD U has been very courageous in talking about the way students have had mental health challenges at times,” said Dr. Diamond. “This is one of the ways we have to conduct a thoughtful dialogue.”

The members of Team Zoom created a project that reflects a belief that wellness comes from the inner self, as well as from connections between friends, between students and the university and between the university and society at large.

The project has three strands, the team members explained: mirrored visual images painted with key words, such as passion, to remind students why they were initially attracted to art and design; projections of student works on the exterior of the building to foster pride and inform the community about the work being done inside; and street furniture modelled on the OCAD U logo to show the public that art is something with which they can interact.

The second and third place winners took varying approaches to the challenge. Project X offered “a series of installations that embrace primitive engagement, collaborative human initiative and movement.” Feed created a “platform to help students understand personal values in their chosen fields,” and Hakuna Matata designed “neutral, non-territorial spaces where students can come together to de-stress and form new connections.”

The Project X team included Stephanie Bowles, John Mark Nicomedez, Calvin Hui and Joahanna Cabalu. Feed included Danielle Jedral, Julie Topp, Mary Bulnes Velez and Maya Das Gupta. Hakuna Matata was Rachel Jui Yun Ma, Alice (Ye Seul) Kim, Hongye (Amy) Li and Subbadra Venkatesan.

The contest entries will remain on display in the Great Hall until Nov. 20.

Story by Elaine Smith

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Faculty of Design

Design competition brief