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Glenn McArthur, assistant professor, Faculty of Design, OCAD University, has been awarded first place in the poster competition at The International Colour Association (AIC) conference held in Buenos Aires in October. The poster highlighted the work of OCAD U first-year Colour and Two-Dimensional design students Alacia Karishma Jiwanand (Lisa), Brendan Callan and Carrie Ma.The conference's theme was the Geography of Colour and the poster was derived from a first-year OCAD U project that encouraged students to think about colour and patterns from specific geographic and cultural locations and about how local colour may be used in contemporary design, evoking and celebrating the essence of a place.

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In the lead up to the upcoming 2019 federal election, OCAD University and Instagram have teamed up to encourage Canadians to participate in the election. This past spring, OCAD U and Instagram launched the “I Voted” sticker competition, which provided design students at OCAD U and NSCAD with an opportunity to design an Instagram Story sticker that will allow Canadians to share their voting experience with the rest of the Instagram community. The sticker will also link to timely Election Day information on when and where Canadians can vote. Third-year OCAD U student, Charlotte Durnford-Dionne, won the competition, alongside Kassidy Bernard, a student from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD). Both will have their designs become official Instagram Story stickers during the election, received $5,000 cash and a trip to San Francisco, where they met with the Instagram team to finalize their design. “We are delighted to participate in this important partnership with Instagram to promote civic engagement and voter turnout,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University. “As Canada’s oldest and largest art, design and media university, OCAD U also plays a special role in stimulating critical thinking and nurturing highly qualified problem-solvers and creative makers that our diverse and complex world needs.” “Civic engagement is integral to a thriving democracy, where every Canadian has a voice and can contribute to building vibrant communities. At Instagram, we want to help our community share that they voted and connect them to timely and accurate information on when and where they can vote on Election Day,” said Jessica Smith, Public Policy Manager at Facebook and Instagram Canada. “We are proud to collaborate with local students to design the I Voted stickers that will be featured in this election, and thank OCAD U for their partnership to encourage strong voter turnout.” The winning stickers will be released on Instagram in the lead up to the federal election. In addition to the Instagram I Voted sticker, Facebook also announced today additional civic engagement tools to encourage voter registration, connect people to information about when and where to vote, and allow them to celebrate with fun ways to share they voted. The United Nations' International Day of Democracy takes place this Sunday, September 15 and celebrates the benefits that democracy has brought to people around the globe.  

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Image: Faculty of Design Dean Dr. Dori Tunstall presents Professor Emerit Avi Dunkelman with the Emerit designation at OCAD University's 2022 Convocation Ceremony. They are joined on stage with Chancellor Jaime Watt and President and Vice-Chancellor Ana Serrano. 
 

OCAD U honours faculty for their long service and dedication

OCAD University celebrated its faculty members at a virtual appreciation event on June 24 that honoured long-serving professors, retiring scholars and academic administrators who have completed their terms. 

“I want to thank you all for your incredible work, creativity, flexibility and commitment over the past year – it has continued to be a challenge with the ongoing pandemic, but as a community, you came together to ensure our students received engaging and enriching learning opportunities.,” President and Vice-Chancellor Ana Serrano expressed at the beginning of the event. 
 

Gratitude to academic administrators completing their terms 

The festivities included an acknowledgement of the academic administrators who will be finishing their terms.  
 
“These faculty members are integral to the running of the University and to student success. I appreciate their contribution and for leading our colleagues through the uncertainties of a second academic year characterized by the pandemic,” said Vice-President, Academic and Provost Dr. Caroline Langill. 
 
The following faculty members were thanked for their service:

Faculty of Art 
Jason Baerg, Acting Chair, Sculpture and Installation and Integrated Media 
Judith Doyle, Chair, First Year Experience 
Dr. Jana Macalik, Acting Associate Dean, Academic Affairs 
Wrik Mead and Veronika Szkudlarek, Co-Chairs Experimental Animation 
Dr. Dot Tuer, Interim Chair, Criticism & Curatorial Practice 

Faculty of Design 
Dr. Sugandha Gaur, Acting Chair, Advertising 
Dr. Jay Irizawa, Acting Chair, Advertising 
Dr. Kathy Moscou, Interim Associate Dean Academic Affairs

Faculty of Arts and Science 
Nick Puckett, Chair, Digital Futures 
Dr. Alia Weston, Acting Associate Dean 
Dr. Ryan Whyte, Chair, Visual and Critical Studies 

Graduate Studies 
Dr. Andrew Gayed, Graduate Program Director, Art Criticism and Curatorial Practice  
Dr. Ashok Mathur, Dean, Graduate Studies and Vice-President, Research & Innovation 
Dr. Michelle Wyndham-West, Graduate Program Director, Inclusive Design 
 

Honouring long-serving faculty 

The gathering also featured a celebration of long-serving faculty members who have recently marked a milestone achievement in their roles at the University. The following professors were honoured for their dedication to the community and continuing commitment to art and design education:  

20 years of service  
Bruce Hinds, Associate Professor, Faculty of Design 
Jean-Christian Knaff, Associate Professor, Faculty of Design  

25 years of service 
April Hickox, Associate Professor, Faculty of Art 
 
30 years of service 
June Lawrason, Associate Professor, Faculty of Design 
 
35 years of service 
Judith Doyle, Associate Professor, Faculty of Art and Chair, First Year Experience 
  

Reflecting on the vibrant careers of retiring faculty members 

The event culminated with a show of deep appreciation of seven esteemed faculty members who will be retiring this year including: 

Dr. Doreen Balabanoff, Professor Emerit, Faculty of Design 
Doreen Balabanoff is an artist, designer, educator and administrator who over her years at OCAD University served as Faculty of Design Assistant Dean, First Year Design, Associate Dean, Academic and Faculty and Acting Dean. She has taught in several Graduate Studies programs, Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design, Inclusive Design and Design for Health. 
 
Frederick Burbach, Faculty of Design Associate Professor 
Professor Frederich Burbach has practiced design internationally for over 30 years. Known for his exacting eye for design and generous feedback for his students, Professor Burbach has taught graphic design, design history, typography and advertising at OCAD University for almost 20 years. 

Avi Dunkelman, Professor Emerit, Faculty of Design 
A graduate of OCAD University (then OCA) in 1980, Professor Dunkelman has expertise in corporate branding and visual identity. After studying design in Switzerland, he went on to found his own design firm Avi Dunkelman Design+Communications Inc. which has served clients internationally.  

Dr. Martha Ladly, Professor Emerit, Faculty of Arts and Science 
Specializing in teaching and practice-based research in design, art, media and technology, Dr. Ladly has taught in the Digital Futures graduate and undergraduate programs and the Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design graduate program (IAMD) at OCAD U. Dr. Ladly is the former Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, former Graduate Program Director of the IAMD program and founding Chair of the Research Ethics Board. 
 
Dr. Gayle Nicoll, Professor Emerit, Faculty of Design 
A professor in the Environmental Design undergraduate program and Inclusive Design and Design for Health graduate programs at OCAD University, Dr. Nicoll is a trained architect who taught at Ryerson University and was the Chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of Texas, after leaving her post as partner at Nicoll and Robulack Architects in 1992.   
 
Dick (Edmond) Rampen, Associate Professor, Faculty of Design  
After graduating from OCAD University (then OCA) in 1980, Professor Rampen has been teaching for almost 40 years on subjects that include industrial design, plastics technology, prototyping and musical instrument design and construction.  

Michèle White, Professor Emerit, Faculty of Art Professor 
Professor White has taught for over 40 years and is well-known for her classes in the Drawing and Painting program. After graduating from OCAD University in 1978 (then OCA), Professor White has exhibited her encaustic paintings internationally, earning numerous grants and teaching awards along the way. She is celebrated for her commitment to equity and justice at OCAD U, championing the hiring of women and BIPOC faculty. 
 
Congratulations to all honorees! 

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Image: Measure of one (2020) by Azza El Siddique. Steel, expanded steel, water, unfired slip clay, slow-drip irrigation system, EPDM pond liner, cement bricks. Installation view at the Gardiner Museum, Toronto. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid

Azza El Siddique, who graduated from OCAD University’s Material Art and Design program in 2014, is among the the five artists shortlisted for the 2022 Sobey Art Award (SAA) The Sobey Art Foundation and the National Gallery of Canada recently announced.

As a member of the shortlist, El Siddique has been awarded $25,000 and is in the running for the grand prize of $100,000 — an amount that places the Sobey among the most valuable honours in the contemporary art world.  
 
The prestigious list has been whittled down from 25 visual artists from five regions across Canada. That longlist was announced earlier this year and included Stephanie Temma Hier, a 2014 OCAD U Drawing and Painting graduate.  

Globally recognized, the Sobey Art Award is a catalyst for the careers and work of Canadian artists. In addition to the monetary prize, shortlisted artists will be featured in an exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) in Ottawa from October 28, 2022 until February 2023. The winner of the SAA will be announced at a gala this fall hosted by the National Gallery. In 2019, Integrated Media graduate Stephanie Comilang was announced as the winner of the grand prize.  

Celebrating its 20th year, the awards are adjudicated by an independent jury consisting of curators from Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario, the Prairies and the North, and the West Coast and Yukon, in addition to an international juror, who oversees the selection process for each round of the competition.  

Born in Khartoum, Sudan, El Siddique’s family immigrated to Vancouver when she was four. She later moved to Toronto where she briefly studied fashion design at Toronto Metropolitan University before enrolling at OCAD U. Since then, she has completed graduate studies in Sculpture at Yale University’s School of Art and now splits her time between Connecticut and New York.  

El Siddique is known for her sensual engagement with materials, including vinyl, water, clay, glass and steel. The materials she works with often change once installed in the gallery, evolving throughout a given exhibition.  

“Things are calculated but at the same time it’s important to me for materials to have their own agency,” noted El Siddique in a 2020 Canadian Art Magazine article.  

“I don’t necessarily dictate how that form is going to collapse, where the water is going to penetrate, the way it decides to fall, the way it completely dissolves or the way it’s still standing but is missing a part. Those are the surprises.” 

Through sculpture and installation, she creates environments that often consider and stimulate the senses, beyond the visual. Her work is inspired by a wide range of sources including anthropological texts, mythology and a perennial confrontation of mortality.  

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Image: OCAD University's 2022 Medal Winners pictured on stage at the Celebrate Excellence reception on May 11. 
 

Celebrating OCAD University’s 2022 Medal Winners

On the evening of May 11, President and Vice-Chancellor Ana Serrano announced this year’s OCAD University Medal Winners at the Celebrate Excellence reception, a beautiful outdoor event that recognized 23 top graduating students, held in Butterfield Park. 

Annually, one graduating student from each of the University’s undergraduate and graduate programs is recognized with a medal, in honour of their creativity, innovation and technical mastery in their chosen discipline.  

“Tonight is very special – not only because we’re here together in person after two years – but because we’re going to recognize a group of exceptional students who have gone above and beyond expectations in completing their OCAD U degrees – and during a very challenging time,” President Serrano expressed. 

The reception also included a blessing by Elder Dr. Duke Redbird and speeches by medal winners, Emerald Repard-Denniston from the Drawing and Painting undergraduate program and Walter Yim from the Design for Health graduate program. 

“I have so much to be thankful for," remarked Repard-Denniston. "Here at OCAD U we have received a great education thanks to our talented and supportive faculty. We are prepared to move on and to take on whatever challenges and successes come next in our lives,” she continued. 

The bustling party also marked the launch of GradEx 107, OCAD U’s annual graduate exhibition, which showcases the works of over 600 emerging artists, designers and digital media makers across the University’s campus.  

The evening included live art making by three OCAD University undergraduate students, a musical performance by violinist Dr. Draw and his band, a DJ set by OCAD U student Paper Skies and a welcome from Mitch Gillin, Vice-President, Asset Development at Hullmark, representing presenting sponsors Hullmark and BentallGreenOak. 

All this activity took place amidst a crowd of OCAD U community members, many of whom were reconnecting in person for the first time in two years. More than 6,500 visitors attended the opening night festivities.  

The work of all medal recipients are on view during GradEx, May 11 to 15.  

Meet the 2022 OCAD U Medal Winners 
Undergraduate Programs

Advertising 
Maria Naqvi’s South Asian-Canadian background allows her to bridge gaps and think critically when solving issues that address minority communities. Naqvi thrives on challenges and always tries to implement new strategies for communicating stories that go against the status quo. Naqvi believes the future of advertising relies on new perspectives, diversity and inclusion and is excited to be part of it! 

Criticism & Curatorial Practice 
Fabiyino Germain-Bajowa is a Nigerian-Canadian writer, curator and interdisciplinary artist based in Tkaronto/Toronto. Her writing engages Afro-diasporic archives of thought and memory, passed down through oral history, food and acts of care. Her art practice and research centre Afro-diasporic experience to build an understanding of the ways archives of physical and immaterial knowledge are constructed in the Black community through the lenses of care theory, Afro-futurism, and archival studies. Her practice emphasizes community building and support, and her work is often based on her lived experiences as a Black queer woman.  
 
Cross-Disciplinary Art 
Parastoo Mahmoudi is a Canadian-Iranian visual artist currently living in Toronto. She studied human anatomy and portraits by drawing and sculpting life models and experimenting with different mediums and techniques. Mahmoudi's work is in collections worldwide, including in Tehran, Dubai and Toronto. Currently, she is working on immersive installations, performances, drawings and paintings to explore the relationship between her life experiences and how she became who she is. 
 
Digital Futures 
Sam Kingston is a designer exploring the relationship between humans and code, building robots that attempt to interpret and imitate thoughtful human interaction. His specialty involves identifying the subtleties in our built environments that are often overlooked during everyday interactions. He uses various 3D printing technologies to build mechanisms that interact with and automate objects which have been designed with people, not robots, as their intended user. 

Drawing & Painting 
Emerald Repard-Denniston is a queer Chinese-Canadian contemporary artist. She is committed to anti-colonial, anti-capitalist politics and activist work. Based in Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam/Vancouver and Tkaronto/Toronto, her practice focuses on the diasporic-Canadian experience through drawing, painting and digital media.  

Environmental Design 
Timothy Soribello is a designer who believes that rethinking the already built environment can unlock powerful possibilities in designing solutions. Soribello's thesis criticizes post-industrial ruins as culprits to the devastation of our environment. Rethinking these ruins, he used the abandoned Hearn Generating Station to magnify his argument's credibility. 
 
Graphic Design 
Maham Momin is a graphic designer and creative from Tkaronto/Toronto, with a specialization in expressive design. She's particularly interested in editorial and publication design that is speculative, critical and experimental. 

Illustration  
Toko Hosoya creates narrative-based images and objects. Originally hailing from Japan, her practice is currently based in Toronto, Canada. 

Indigenous Visual Culture 
Bert Whitecrow is a Two Spirited, multidisciplinary artist from Seine River First Nation. Their work explores methods of storytelling, through preserving and practicing ancestral knowledge. Indigenous futurisms, the belief of the inherent queerness in nature and their relationship to place are points of exploration throughout Whitecrow’s practice. 
 
Industrial Design  
Max Fine is a Toronto-based industrial designer student who is interested in the connection between sustainable technology and human behaviour. 

Integrated Media 
Marcella Driver-Moliner is a Toronto-based bilingual new media artist who hails from the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Driver-Moliner's practice is the joy of investigating the process of creating different visual languages and aesthetics to decipher unclear emotions such as loneliness, belonging, grief, self-depreciation and isolation.

Material Art & Design  
Aleena Derohanian is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores the intersection of alien and UFO folklore, pop culture and the sublime. Her style can be identified through her use of bright colours, organic forms and an amalgam of materials. With a background in jewellery and silversmithing, Derohanian expertly incorporates semi-precious metals and stones into her mixed media sculptures. Currently she is exploring lamp and lighting fixture design with her unique aesthetic. 

Photography 
Tizzi Tan was born in Yunnan, China. Her works are mostly lens-based, but are not confined to any specific medium. She focuses on the subtle perceptions of human activities and explores the meanings of existence under current social conditions.  

Printmaking & Publications 
Laur Flom is a multidisciplinary artist working mainly in printmaking and book arts. Based in Tkaronto/Toronto, their practice is largely conceptual, exploring themes surrounding identity, queerness and trans masculinity. 

Sculpture/Installation 
Evgenia Mikhaylova is an interdisciplinary artist working in installation, video, sound, drawing and performance. Her work examines the complexities of perception, communication systems, language and epistemology through interdisciplinary research-based practice that investigates parallels between the ways we experience the world through our senses and the ways we interpret the knowledge we acquire. 

Visual & Critical Studies 
Nadia Spaziani is a Toronto-based researcher and writer. Her area of study is Ancient Greek material culture, specializing in building on existing theories of the period with contemporary ideas of psychoanalysis and feminist theories. Spaziani’s practice is based in the mythology of the Greeks and how the characters shaped societal values. 
 

Graduate Programs  

Contemporary Art, Design & New Media Art 
Maya Burns is an emerging writer and researcher based in Toronto. Her work explores the critical and pedagogical potential of quotation and appropriation in contemporary art.  

Criticism & Curatorial Practice 
Kalina Nedelcheva is a multimedia artist-researcher, emerging curator and musician, based in Tkaronto/Toronto. She explores the ways in which human consciousness engages in the process of meaning-making and has an interest in writing and film as mediums for theoretical storytelling. 

Design for Health 
Walter Yim has been a practicing dentist in Toronto for more than 30 years. His most recent design work explores how we might innovate healthcare through the lens of compassion, by exploring patient-centred methodologies. 

Digital Futures 
Candide Uyanze is a multimedia, multidisciplinary and multi-hyphenate doer of things based in Tkaronto/Toronto and Anishinābe Akì territory. Her practice explores diasporic storytelling, immersive web experiences, open-source tools, accessible media production, African languages and speech recognition.  

Inclusive Design 
Josephine Guan is a Chinese-Canadian artist that has worked as an illustrator, graphic designer and arts instructor. Her thesis research focuses on using arts-based methods like drawing and writing with brain injury survivors. Throughout all of her work, she’s most interested in facilitating conversations and using multiple ways of communicating. 

Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media & Design 
Juka Almeida 

Strategic Foresight & Innovation 
Carly Benson explores new frontiers in disaster risk reduction through human-centered design and foresight 

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Congratulations to our graduands!

When more than 700 OCAD University graduands cross the stage to accept their degree on June 17, it will be a cause for celebration says President and Vice-Chancellor Ana Serrano. 

“Our community is so excited to gather together in person to celebrate the tremendous achievements of our graduating students,” says Serrano. “These emerging artists, designers and digital media makers are poised to use their creativity, skills and knowledge to make transformative change in our communities – here and around the world.” 

Convocation returns as an in-person event at Roy Thomson Hall on Friday, June 17 with two ceremonies. The morning ceremony at 10:30 a.m. will confer degrees to graduands in the Faculty of Design while the afternoon ceremony at 3:30 p.m. will celebrate the graduands in the Faculty of Arts and Science, Faculty of Arts and School of Graduate Studies. 

“Convocation is the highlight of the academic year and represents a significant milestone in the lives of our graduates,” says Serrano. “It will be a delight to share the energy and space with our graduates as they embark on this new chapter in their professional lives.”  

Students who graduated in Fall 2021, Winter 2022 or are graduating in Spring 2022 will participate in this year’s Convocation, which will also be livestreamed. 
 

Convocation to feature installation of President and Chancellor 

The morning ceremony will feature two installation ceremonies, one for Serrano, and one for incoming Chancellor Jaime Watt. Serrano is the University’s first BIPOC President and Vice-Chancellor and joined the University on July 1, 2020 at the height of the pandemic. 

Watt, who becomes the University’s fifth Chancellor, served as Chair of the University’s Board of Governors for the past four years. Well-known for his service and leadership at OCAD U, Watt has made outstanding contributions to advancing human rights and equality issues, and for supporting the arts and culture sector. As Chancellor, Watt will preside over Convocation and confer degrees. 

“It is a tremendous honour to be selected to serve as OCAD University’s Chancellor, especially as we work to meet the challenges left to us by the pandemic,” says Watt. “I am excited about the opportunity to contribute to the University in this new and meaningful way.”  
 

Honorary doctorate recipients 

Convocation will also include the presentation of five honorary degrees to exceptional individuals who have made significant contributions to the fields of arts, design, culture, education and to the ideals of OCAD U. The recipients were nominated by the OCAD U community and will be announced in June 2022. 
 

Health and safety protocols (updated May 24, 2022)

Wearing masks

  • Guests and graduands are required to wear masks when inside Roy Thomson Hall unless they are eating and drinking.
  • Graduands may remove their masks while crossing the stage during the ceremony (in support of photographs without masks).
  • All guests and graduands are encouraged to wear masks outdoors if physical distancing is not possible.

Additional measures

  • The OCAD University stage party will refrain from hand-shaking and remain physically distanced.
  • Guests and graduands should not attend the ceremony if they are feeling ill.
  • For graduands and guests unable to attend Convocation in person, or who may be immunocompromised, OCAD U is livestreaming the ceremony. Visit the Convocation Information Page on June 13, 2022 for more information.
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Image Credit: Palimpsests of Place (2021) by Susan Campbell
 

Enclosure + Exclusion Exhibition by Susan Campbell

An exhibition featuring work by Faculty of Design Instructor Susan Campbell
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Susan Campbell’s exhibition, Enclosure + Exclusion: A Visual Treatise, considers how urban environments are manipulated and shaped. Campbell’s process of apprehending inscriptions and boundary marks found on site explores societal patterns of impermanence and exclusion perpetuated by technological developments in the production of space.

The exhibition explores how urban frameworks engender a provisional landscape—one which, according to contemporary philosopher Bernard Stiegler, is relentlessly manipulated by “technological beings” whose settlement and migration patterns are programmed to deplete the earth’s resources, including the availability of fertile land. Absence of place is a common narrative throughout much of the work, conveying notions of “rationality” in the market, and how urban frameworks, born of capitalism, “seek to make space a blank slate upon which the agents of capital—merchants, industrialists, financiers, real estate agents, corporate executives—can inscribe their plans and desires” (Derek R. Ford).

The uniformity and homogeneity of the gypsum reliefs, molded from granite, asphalt, and concrete surfaces found in various topographic features, represents the turnover and erasure of existing land practices. The process of fabricating such reliefs allows Campbell to envision a series of synthetic topographies where parametric architectures collide and overwhelm the surface. The gypsum reliefs are cast over and over again and arranged into a mass-assembly that conveys the relentless production cycle, colonizing every last square mile of available land and emulating the forces of late capitalism.

For more information, please visit the DesignTO website.

With thanks to Gregory Phillips for 3D printing and consultation.
Susan Campbell acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council.
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Remembering Dr. Claude Gidman, designer of Toronto’s iconic streetcars

The OCAD University community is celebrating the life of industrial designer Dr. Claude Gidman, who passed away on April 21, 2022 at the age of 87.  

Dr. Gidman, who retired from his role as a faculty member and Chair of the Industrial Design program in 2000, had a collaborative spirit and dedication that influenced generations of creators and consumers. 
 
Known for his work in product and transportation development, he designed one of Toronto’s most recognizable icons, the classic Red Rocket streetcar for the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC).  

The development process began in 1974 and resulted in the Canadian Light Rail Vehicle (CLRV), which entered the public transit system in 1979. The final design, including the seat positions and signature bright colours, continue to inform the TTC designs that have proceeded it.  
 
“There’s a certain romantic aspect to what a streetcar should be,” he once said. “The question was whether you want the streetcar to blend in with the city or stand out. We decided it should stand out.” 

The legendary public transit vehicle is woven into the fabric of the city and can even be spotted in Disney Pixar’s latest animated film Turning Red, which is set in early-2000s Toronto.
 

More about Dr. Claude Gidman 

Born in Claresholm, Alberta in 1934, Dr. Gidman started out as a radio news reporter after graduating high school in the small farming town.  

He went on to attend the The Art Center School (now called ArtCenter) in California with a Ford scholarship and, while living in Los Angeles, worked at the Canadian Consulate. After graduation, he moved to the United Kingdom and worked for Ford of Britain, contributing to the style, design and ergonomics of commercial vehicles and automobiles.  

He returned to Canada and contributed to the coordination of several Expo 67 exhibitions that were part of the Canadian Federal Pavillion, including the Man and the Community and the Atlantic Provinces displays. After the event, which was held in Montreal in 1967, Dr. Gidman went on to found Gidman Design Associates as Design Director (GDA), which had offices in Calgary, Montreal and Mississauga.  

“Claude had a light touch, but this was always underpinned by his deep values. Though he took the stage in many venues, he was most comfortable in one-on-one free-ranging discussions, or enjoying the annual ritual of playing basketball with his graduating class of students,” reflects Sheila Waite-Chuah, former associate professor in the Faculty of Design at OCAD U. 
 
A versatile designer, Dr. Gidman developed products ranging from snowmobiles and Brita water filter carafes to construction machinery, amusement park rides and garbage cans for McDonald’s restaurants.  

“It doesn’t matter whether you’re designing heavy equipment or ski boots,” Dr. Gidman proposed in an April 2000 article published by Transit Toronto. “The design process is a process. It should start with a team of people from many different disciplines - engineering, marketing, design and so on.”  

His most impactful concept, aside from the streetcar, was perhaps the Orion II low-floor bus, developed in the 1980s specifically to support public transit travel for people with physical disabilities. This kneeling bus design continues to be used across Canada. 

In 1987, Dr. Gidman became the first industrial designer to win a Toronto Arts Award. The following year his work was featured in the exhibition, Art in Everyday Life, at Toronto’s Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery. 

He held the position of Chair in the Industrial Design and Fine Arts departments at OCAD U and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the institution in 2008. Dr. Gidman’s departure from OCAD U was accompanied by an exhibition of his design work at 100 McCaul Street’s atrium which included drawings, paintings, models and photographs documenting a career that spanned almost six decades. 

“Claude played a key role in shaping the Industrial Design program [at OCAD U], through student selection, curriculum development and faculty hiring,” noted then Dean of the Faculty of Design Lenore Richards at Dr. Gidman’s retirement in 2000. 

He developed and directed the Creative Design Research Unit (CDRU), partnering with the Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) and the University of Toronto, where he also taught product design. 

“Daily, Claude carried several leather bags with him to match his several hats – always full of drawing markers and renderings, headlight lenses, nuts and bolts and bits of clay stuck to his shoes,” remembers Barbara Parkinson, who joined GDA in 1983 as the Office Administrator and continues to have a strong relationship with the Gidman family.   

“In any given day he could have worked on a mockup in his studio, taught several classes at OCAD U, spent time with the fourth year University of Toronto Mechanical Engineering students at CDRU, returned for client meetings in Mississauga at GDA before heading to a church meeting in the evening,” she comments. 

“He poured his ingenuity, understanding, inspiration, compassion, acceptance, kindness, professionalism, and creativity into everyone in his life as well as his brilliant inventions. The world is a much less creative place with Claude not here.” 

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Designing the future of health care

Industrial Design students at OCAD University envision the future of health care in the virtual exhibition, Designing for Futures of Well-being, on view until January 30 as part of DesignTO 2022.

Organized by Faculty of Design Instructors Nadine Hare and Renn Scott along with Faculty of Design Associate Professor Ranee Lee, the exhibition showcases prototypes created in the fall by students enrolled in human-centred design (HCD) and design for health undergraduate courses. 

For the exhibition, the group of emerging designers leveraged human-centred design methods to re-envision everyday products in two key areas: aging and personal protective equipment (PPE). 

“Applying human-centered design methods produces more caring solutions for underserved populations as well as those who are typically forgotten in the design process (for example, older adults living with dementia),” notes Nadine Hare, who, in addition to being an instructor at the University is an Innovation Fellow at Women’s College Health Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care in Toronto. 

Human-centred design thinking, also referred to as user-centred design, is a philosophy that empowers an individual or team to design products, services, systems or experiences that address the core needs of those who experience a problem. 

“When imagining the future, we not only think about what people want and need, but also what they are using and have access to now. In some cases, we need to change people's expectations about what is possible. By testing and reiterating concept ideas we can understand if the opportunities we've identified are worthwhile,” says Instructor Renn Scott, who also runs a design consultancy firm called Daily Goods Design LABS. 

To create their prototypes, the students researched the needs of their target users. Then, they sketched solutions and developed low-fidelity versions of their designs. These were presented to end users and subject matter experts. Integrating their feedback, the students produced their final concepts.  
 
“In order to design truly relevant and impactful solutions, designers must begin with an empathetic and holistic understanding of the people they are designing for,” explains Ranee Lee.

In addition to the online exhibition, viewers are invited to visit a window exhibition at All Ours Studio located at 62 Geary Ave. in Toronto, which showcases the prototypes digitally.

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Designing for Dignity in Aging 

Featuring the work of Fife Ashley, Sahar Athari Nikounejad, Connor Dudgeon, Kevin Ernst, Sabbrina Hassan Ortiz, Victor Josic, Kai Mackenzie, Anas Mehta, Mariana Mejia, Esteban Poblona, Henry Rudman, Shoji Ushiyama, Cheuk Wing Yu and Catherine Xayabanha. 
 
Together with Baycrest Health Sciences, OCAD U students imagined what purpose, connection, choice and autonomy could look like for older adults living with Alzheimer's. This component of the exhibition explores what health means to older adults themselves and asks, “how might older adults living with dementia continue to engage in the activities that make them feel fulfilled?” and "how might clinical-looking assistive products be re-designed to foreground dignity and comfort?”. Rooted in a deep understanding of the daily experience of aging, the featured designers developed a series of products that can support older adults in finding physical, emotional and social well-being. 

The works in the exhibition include: 

Smoothie Snacks for Older Adults by Cheuk Wing Yu and Catherine Xayabanha is an appealing, nutritious, care-giver friendly snack to keep older adults with dementia healthy. 

& Tableware by Connor Dudgeon, Shoji Ushiyama and Victor Josic destigmatizes tableware for adults with dementia that uses colour theory and styling from high-end tableware to encourage food consumption and create a meaningful eating experience.  

Family Oriented Mindfulness App by Fife Ashley, Esteban Poblona and Henry Rudman is a group-based and cognitive-centric digital application that integrates mindful practices in everyday household tasks. 

Sensory Self Care Kit by Sabbrina Hassan Ortiz, Anas Mehta and Mariana Mejia is a grooming kit inspired by vintage wares that helps reconnect women with dementia to grooming memories while boosting their self-esteem.  

Hugging Hearts Vest by Sahar Athari Nikounejad, Kevin Ernst and Kai Mackenzie is a caretaker identification tag to support smoother communication between residents in long-term care and their caregivers. 

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Imagining the future of personal protective equipment (PPE) 

Featuring the work of Sabrina Barona-Reinoso, Julien Benghozi, Ryan Carney, Katya Koroscil, Erin MacGregor, Samira Nassiri and Parna Rashidkhani. 
 
This exhibition examines how innovative designs that integrate antiviral and antibacterial materials and emerging technologies can be used to help protect us. Representing yet unseen scenarios, we see how casually worn masks, shields and accessories represent optimism, while technology that supports how we interact with others helps communicate a message of caution. The prototypes shown in this exhibition propose personal protective equipment for the not-so-distant future.  

The works in the exhibition include: 

Purified Bubble Pod by Sabrina Barona-Reinoso is a transparent bubble and portable environment that provides up to five people with a safe space filled with natural sunlight that they cannot get when isolating indoors. Equipped with a ventilation system, which creates a form of sanitization, the whole dome can be disinfected after it detects that there are no people inside. 

The Sanix Hub by Julien Benghozi includes the Sanix Cabinet for fast access, easy disposal and the disinfection of medical masks. The Hart Mask is sanitized and charged within the cabinet, which helps keep healthcare workers safe while also increasing their ability to communicate and do their work effectively.

Re-inventing Remote Learning by Ryan Carney purposefully uses emerging technologies to enhance human abilities and perceptions. Its intention is to make sure that those who face learning, language, financial, geographical, self-discovery and mobility barriers experience their education with as few limitations as possible. 

Hoodi by Katya Koroscil is a wearable, which includes a mask with a medical insert, an adjustable neck warmer and hood, all of which connect using recycled magnets. Its modular design eases clothing transitions and outfit changes within the flow of a day, as the magnets allow for simple and varying points of connection. Like the city we live in, we are always moving, Hoodi will keep us warm, healthy and protected along the way.  

The Raincoat by Erin MacGregor allows users to communicate through the use of panels of innovative e-textile ChroMorphus fabric and haptic sensors in the cheeks of the face covering. With just a push of a button on their smartphone users can send friends a kiss on the cheek or turn red like a chameleon to say, “Please! Just leave me alone!”. The face covering can also be buttoned up or down for the wearer’s comfort. 

Creative Covid Mask by Samira Nassiri is inspired by beekeeping face shields and is designed to motivate young people to maintain their physical distance. Its multi-layered design means it can expand horizontally. It has multiple purposes including the ability to carry many objects by hand when the wearer doesn’t need or want to carry them on their back. 

Grip N’ Roll by Samira Nassiri and Parna Rashidkhani is an accessory that helps people feel safe when they take transit. Washable and reusable, the rectangular shaped accessory can be snapped onto any type of bar and serves as a way for a commuter to hold onto, but not touch, public transit bars and handles.

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Image: Pachinko Games (2020-2021) by OCAD University Faculty of Design Professor Jason Lujan.
 

DesignTO 2022 features OCAD U creators

Canada’s largest design festival, DesignTO, opens in Toronto tomorrow. From January 21 to 30 more than 100 projects will be presented online and in person, celebrating design’s unique power to address needs, improve lives and inspire innovation. 

Ambitious works by dozens of OCAD University students, faculty, alumni and staff will be on view in galleries, storefront windows and outdoor spaces across the city.  

In its 12th year, DesignTO celebrates the practices of emerging and experienced multidisciplinary creators. Through a broad range of exhibitions, online talks, virtual workshops and installations, the festival brings design, in all its forms, including architecture, fashion, furniture and interiors, from the studio to the urban environment.  

“DesignTO is one of the most significant design events in Canada,” noted Dr. Dori Tunstall, Dean of OCAD U’s Faculty of Design. 
 
“I am always so proud of the students, alumni and faculty who participate in the festival each year. They are showing tangible manifestations of OCAD U’s Respectful Design ethos to the world,” she continued.  

There are many opportunities to view works that are part of DesignTO outdoors, via the festival’s more than 40 window installations. 

In addition to the festival’s exhibition programming, DesignTO annually presents a symposium that features local and international leaders in the field of design. This year, the event will be held online and is titled, No Such Thing as Normal. Faculty of Design Professor Dr. Jutta Treviranus will be featured alongside 10 other experts to discuss inclusive design and new approaches.

Check out the list below of exhibitions, talks and installations featuring members of the OCAD University community!  
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DesignTO Symposium: No Such Thing as Normal 
Featuring: 
Dr. Jutta Treviranus, Faculty of Design Professor  
 
January 25 to 26, 2022, 6 to 8 p.m. 
Online 

DesignTO’s seventh annual symposium brings 11 multidisciplinary experts together to discuss how we can dismantle the long-accepted idea of “normal” in order to design for diversity, specifically in the context of a global pandemic. 
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Circular Over Linear 
Featuring works and participation by: 
Ranee Lee, Faculty of Design Associate Professor 
Deanna Badi, BDes fourth-year, Industrial Design 
Eske Schiralli, BDes 16, Industrial Design 
Walter Yim, MDes second-year, Design for Health  
 
Launching January 24, 2022 
Online
 
Circular Over Linear asks viewers to consider where our things come from and where they end up. The online exhibition includes a collection of soft goods that reflect on the sustainability of materials. 
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Designing for Futures of Well-being 
Organized by: 
Nadine Hare, Faculty of Design Instructor  
Ranee Lee, Faculty of Design Associate Professor  
Renn Scott, Faculty of Design Instructor 
Prototypes designed by OCAD U undergraduate and graduate students 
 
January 22 to 30, 2022 
AO Artspace 
62 Geary Ave. 
In person 
 
This exhibition explores how design can bring into being more healthy and dignified futures through two central themes: designing for dignity in aging and innovations in personal protective equipment (PPE) design.  
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Dirty Sweep 
Featuring work by: 
Lauren Schaffer, Continuing Studies Instructor  
 
January 21 to 31, 2022 
17 Withrow Ave. 
In person 
 
This exhibition features small sculptural works and field recordings in video and audio form. 
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Dying.exhibits 
Co-curated by: 
Dr. Kate Sellen, Faculty of Design Associate Professor 
 
Postponed 
Artscape Youngplace 
180 Shaw St. 
In person 
 
Dying.exhibits is an exhibition series that invites participants to think about their relationship with death and dying.  
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Enclosure + Exclusion: A Visual Treatise 
Featuring work by:  
Susan Campbell, Faculty of Design Instructor  
 
Postponed (to July 2022)
Artscape Youngplace, Hallway Galleries, 2nd Floor 
180 Shaw St. 
In person 

In this exhibition Susan Campbell considers how urban environments are manipulated and shaped. Her process of apprehending inscriptions and boundary marks found on site explores societal patterns of impermanence and exclusion, perpetuated by technological developments in the production of space.
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Here & Now
Featuring work by: 
Davin Cowper, BDes 13, Industrial Design 
 
Postponed 
Stylegarage  
78 Ossington Ave. 
In person 

Teaming up with furniture retailer Stylegarage, Krebs will present an installation that features his new hand-woven floor pillow collection.  
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HOME Beautification signed by Yaw Tony 
Featuring work by: 
Yaw Tony, BDes 13, Environmental Design 
 
January 21 to 30, 2022 
italDESIGN Showroom 
325 King St. East 
In person 
 
HOME Beautification presents everyday home decor pieces stamped with maximalist beauty. 
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In the Family 
Featuring work by: 
Filipa Pimentel, BDes 08, Ceramics 
 
January 20 to February 1, 2022 
Saudade 
1191 Dundas St. W. 
Window Installation 
 
In the Family is a collection of new work created by a dynamic group of artists. Together they explore themes of family, home and heritage. 
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Libations for Liberated Living 
Featuring work by:  
Gord Peteran, Faculty of Design Professor  
Meichen Waxer, Lead, Graduate Recruitment, Alumni & Community Engagement 
Alastair Martin, BFA 18, Sculpture and Installation 
 
January 21 to March 6, 2022 
the plumb 
1655 Dufferin St. 
In person 
 
The idea of turning garbage into gold is as old as alchemy and artists and designers have always been at the forefront of these explorations. Creative practice has the capacity to shift our expectations of the nature of materials. This exhibition will feature the reconfiguration of everyday things.  
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Pachinko Games 
Featuring work by: 
Jason Lujan, Faculty of Design Professor 
 
January 21 to 30, 2022 
Studio Kokoro 
58 Mimico Ave. 
Window Installation 
 
Professor Jason Lujan presents a window display of two reactivated and reimagined vintage pachinko machines from Japan. These machines have had certain elements replaced with Indigenous visualities and newer materials while also retaining original parts and mechanics; creating contemporary understandings of objects as they have been filtered through time and dis-use. They are tools for understanding and interpreting the processes by which different cultures approach each other as a result of travel and communication. 
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Place Making 
Featuring work by: 
Brian Jiang, BFA 20, Illustration 
Enna Kim, BDes 20, Digital Futures 
 
January 21 to 30, 2022 
The Gallery at Mason Studio 
91 Pelham Ave. 
In person 
 
DesignTO Youth is a community engagement program which offers youth access to creative disciplines and professionals, culminating in a public exhibition of their work. Working in partnership with SKETCH Working Arts, this year’s DesignTO Youth program focuses on place making, involving critical reflections on our individual and collective relationships to space.
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Slanted/Enchanted 
Featuring work by: 
Keillor MacLeod, BDes 18, Industrial Design 
 
January 21 to March 8, 2022 
ESP Gallery | Erin Stump Projects 
1558 Dupont St.  
In person 
 
In the studio designers frequently use ad hoc processes to represent industrial ones. These improvised methods are more interesting than the ones they represent. The purpose of this show is for participants to engage in experimental crafts which may fall outside the traditional canon of their discipline.
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Smartphone Studio Workshop
Featuring work by:
Emily Condie, BFA 21, Drawing and Painting

January 29, 2022
3 to 4 p.m.
Online

Smartphone Studio invites you to explore the process of making art on your phone. Join Toronto-based artist Emily Condie as she guides you through an approach of making digital paintings and process sketches from anywhere, using functions available on any smartphone.

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TORN
Featuring work by: 
Olivia Mae Sinclair, MFA 21, Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design
 
January 21 to March 8, 2022 

405 Roncesvalles Ave.
Window Installation

TORN is a self-referential project that discusses personal struggle through material exploration. Using screen-printed linen, trauma-based artist Olivia Mae Sinclair shares intimate images and text about her relationship with herself others.
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VO (A Vaginal Medical Device) 
Featuring work by: 
Azad Razzagh, MDes 21, Design for Health 
 
January 21 to 30, 2022 
Saul's Beauty Shop 
904 Dundas St. W. 
Window Installation 
 
VO is a female-oriented medical device designed for applying vaginal creams and medications. It prioritizes comfort and ease of use and is sustainable, reusable, eco-friendly and economical. 
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What If Parks Were Safe For Everyone? 
Featuring work by: 
Jennifer Chan, MDes 18, Strategic Foresight and Innovation 
Mathura Mahendren, MDes 19, Strategic Foresight and Innovation 

January 27, 2022
Artscape Weston Common 
34 John St. 
Online
 
This project asks its viewers to consider who parks are designed to be safe for and how they can be made safer for future generations.
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Women that Make, Create and Innovate 2022
Featuring:
Veda Adnani, MDes 20, Digital Futures
Nadine Hare, Faculty of Design Instructor  
Renn Scott, Faculty of Design Instructor 

January 27, 2022, 12 to 1 p.m.
Online

Daily Goods Design LABS (DGDL) hosts a round table discussion featuring women changing the landscape of design by intersecting it with fashion, science and technology. 
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Yue Moon 完滿: Tiger With Wings 如虎添翼 
Co-led by Meegan Lim, BFA 21, Illustration  
Art assistance by Aysia Tse, BFA third-year, Life Studies 
with support from OCAD U’s Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers (CEAD)

January 21 to February 28, 2022 
Located beside Dragon City Mall 
280 Spadina Ave. 
In person, outdoors 
 
In its third iteration, Yue Moon comes to life through a series of hands-on, intergenerational arts workshops that culminate in a public art exhibit of community co-created lanterns. Inspired by the traditional Chinese Palace Lantern design, each panel in the installation showcases an illustration created by a workshop participant. Images of Chinatown’s histories, personal memories and intentions for the new year create an immersive, luminous outdoor experience during Lunar New Year celebrations. 
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Shared Terrain 
Featuring works by: 
Laura Millard, Faculty of Art Associate Professor 
Justine Woods, MFA 21, Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design  
 
January 27 to March 20, 2022 
Artport Gallery, Harbourfront Centre 
235 Queens Quay West 
In person 
 
Shared Terrain is a group exhibition that fosters cultural exchange between the Nordic Region and Canada. This exhibition is structured around exchange and conversation between 10 creatives from distant locations who are collaborating with each other for the first time. 
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If you are a member of the OCAD University community, your DesignTO project is not listed above and you would like it added pleased contact sdoherty@ocadu.ca.  

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