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Image: Detail from The Sanix Hub by Industrial Design undergraduate student, Julien Benghozi. 

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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President's Speaker Series

OCAD U is hosting one of the UK’s most influential curators Dr. Zoé Whitley and famed Star Trek Discovery costume designer Gersha Phillips, as part of the President’s Speaker Series featuring BIPOC leaders in art and design.

Sustaining Black Creativity:
A conversation with Dr. Zoé Whitley

January 11, 2022 - 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (EST)
Register for Sustaining Black Creativity: A conversation with Dr. Zoe Whitley

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Join us for a conversation with one of the UK’s most influential curators and cultural leaders, Dr. Zoé Whitley on the future of Black art. The free-ranging conversation will cover the sustainability of diverse talent in the arts community, including how we can support the mosaic of artistic talent, while building a future where BIPOC artists thrive, including our galleries, monuments, street art and infrastructure. This includes the present and future of expanding art history and shifting institutional frameworks for artists. The talk will be hosted by Dr. Fatona, Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Canadian Black Diasporic Cultural Production.    

About Dr. Zoé Whitley

Dr. Zoé Whitley is an American art historian and curator who has been Director of Chisenhale Gallery since 2020. Based in London, UK, she has held curatorial positions at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Tate galleries, and the Hayward Gallery. She is a Black leader in the arts and is at the forefront of empowering diverse voices. Her work promotes exceptional Black and BIPOC art through local activism that reverberates globally. Her research interests include contemporary artists and art practices from Africa and the African diaspora. The sustainability of diverse talent is in the minds of many in the artistic community.

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About Dr. Andrea Fatona

Dr. Andrea Fatona is an independent curator, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Art at OCAD University and a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Canadian Black Diasporic Cultural Production. She is concerned with issues of equity within the sphere of the arts and the pedagogical possibilities of art works produced by Black Canadians in articulating broader perspectives of Canadian identities. Her broader interest is in the ways art, ‘culture’ and ‘education’ can be employed to illuminate complex issues that pertain to social justice, citizenship, belonging and nationhood.  She is the recipient of awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and was the 2017/18 OCAD U-Massey Fellow.

Dr. Andrea Fatona will guide Dr. Whitley in free-ranging conversation on how she thinks we can sustain the multiplicity of artistic talent, while building the future where BIPOC artists thrive, including in our galleries, our monuments, street art, and art infrastructure.

How to Dress a Terran Emperor: A Respectful Dialogue with Costume Designer Gersha Phillips

Postponed. Check back to register for newly scheduled date/time (formerly scheduled for February 11, 2022 at 10 a.m)

Join us for a conversation with winning costume designer Gersha Phillips who will discuss the thinking and making of costumes for Star Trek: Discovery and her long list of film and television credits. Topics will include the role of 3D printing and other innovative technologies in costume design; diversity and inclusion in the film and television industry; and tips on where design students might find opportunities in the Toronto film and television industry. The talk will be hosted by OCAD University’s Dean of the Faculty of Design, Dr. Dori Tunstall. 
 

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About Gersha Phillips

Gersha Phillips' merits an international eye for fashion. Born in England to parents of Caribbean and African descent, she and her family moved to Canada when she was twelve years old. Since then, her work has carried her all over the world. 

Phillips is currently designing for the feature film, “The Woman King” in South Africa, starring Viola Davis, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, scheduled to be released in 2022. Phillips is best known for her Costume Design work on the TV series Star Trek: Discovery (2017-2021), for which she won the Canadian Alliance of Film and Television Costume Arts and Design (CAFTCAD) award for Best Costume Design in TV Sci-Fi/ Fantasy in 2021. 

Phillips and her team have been nominated for three Costume Designers Guild (CDG) Awards, an Online Film and Television (OFTA) Award and a Canadian Alliance of Film and Television Costume Arts & Design (CAFTCAD) award. Alongside the seasons of Star Trek: Discovery, Gersha has designed eight Trek Shorts, also streaming on CBS All Access. Phillips was the Consultant on the first four episodes and Co-Designer of episode 101 of the eagerly anticipated Star Trek: Strange New World. After Star Trek: Discovery, rumour has it she’ll beam onto another Star Trek endeavour, keeping her creative energy in orbit for a while to come.  

Phillip's film credits include, but are not limited to, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2", “Miles Ahead'', "Life", and "The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones", which was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award. Limited television credits include "Incorporated", "House of Cards" and “Falling Skies.” Gersha is a member of IATSE 892, 829, and 873 Toronto. Phillips is a founding member of CAFTCAD, the Canadian Alliance of Film and Television Costume Arts and Design in 2008. 

Her costume design work was shown in exhibitions such as Otherworldly: The Art of Canadian Costume Design (2001 – 2012) at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the 12th Annual Art of Television Costume Design Exhibition (2018) at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) Museum in Los Angeles and in 2022 (dates TBA), Phillips Star Trek Discovery fans will be able to view Phillips costumes live and in person at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC which is scheduled for 2022.

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Dr. Dori Tunstall
About Dr. Dori Tunstall

Dr. Tunstall is a design anthropologist, public intellectual and design advocate who works at the intersections of critical theory, culture and design. As Dean of the Faculty of Design at OCAD University, she is the first Black and Black female dean of a faculty of design. She is a recognized leader in the decolonization of art and design education.  

With a global career, Dori served as Associate Professor of Design Anthropology and Associate Dean at Swinburne University in Australia. She wrote the biweekly column Un-Design for The Conversation, Australia. In the U.S., she taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago, organized the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and served as a director of Design for Democracy. Industry positions include UX strategist for Sapient Corporation and Arc Worldwide. Dr. Tunstall holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stanford University and a B.A. in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College.

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OCAD U mourns the loss of faculty member Michael Miller

The OCAD University community mourns the passing of Michael Miller, an accomplished architect and beloved member of the Faculty of Design. Professor Miller, who passed away on October 19, 2021, worked closely with colleagues in the Environmental Design program. 

“Michael was both a contributor and a witness to an important era of Canadian architectural history,” notes Gayle Nicoll, Professor in the Faculty of Design. “He held leadership roles in both Arthur Erickson and, later, Ron Thom’s architectural practices -- two of the most creative and world-renown Canadian architects in the modern era. Michael taught both studio and professional practice classes. Students loved to hear stories of these practices as they embraced the training of their own future careers.” 


About Michael Miller

Miller was born in Vancouver in 1939 and studied architecture at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Throughout his career he contributed to numerous notable Canadian buildings including Trent University (Peterborough), the Metro Toronto Zoo and the Westin Prince Hotel (Toronto). 

In the early 1980s, he opened his own award-winning practice with locations in Toronto and Dallas, Texas and continued to work on significant commercial and residential projects, including Buttonville Airport (Markham). 

His practice went beyond the design of large housing projects and single-family residences. In 1986, he designed the $27 million Ontario Pavilion at Expo ‘86, which housed the province’s exhibitions for the major event and was held that year in Vancouver. 

“My conversations with Michael didn’t start with the onset of the pandemic or the deterioration of his health; they simply moved from my office on the fifth floor of the Rosalie Sharp Centre for Design to weekly telephone chats from our respective residences. We shared a strong memory of our time as graduate students in the Faculty of Architecture at UBC. Although Michael was many years ahead of me in school, we both fell under the directorship of the eccentric Henry Elder. His unorthodox approach to teaching architecture was in direct conflict with the university and the Faculty of Engineering (under which Architecture fell) and was further exacerbated when Henry had all the fixed drafting tables removed from the studio and thrown out,” remembers Bruce Hinds, Associate Professor in OCAD U’s Faculty of Design. 

He continues: “Michael and I, along with others would seem to be the product of this educational model that the Commonwealth of Architects described as ‘unique in the English-speaking world.’ We often compared notes on studio briefs that would be composed of a singular statement such as ‘Design a Going Concern’ or ‘Perform a Greek Tragedy.’  Michael agreed that our time at UBC had shaped the way we would eventually view practice, teaching and, in fact, the world. He often ended our conversations with the statement, can you believe that?”. 

In 1991, he joined the Department of Architectural Science as chair at Ryerson University, a position he remained in for a decade. Even after retiring from architecture, Miller continued teaching as a part-time lecturer and studio critic at universities and colleges in Canada, the United States and Europe. 

Donations in his memory can be made to the Michael C. Miller Travel Award in the Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson University, which was established in 2019 on the occasion of his 80th birthday.  

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New campaign to increase vaccine confidence among Black Torontonians

A new campaign, Vaccin8 for the Culture, seeks to tackle vaccine inequity by promoting vaccine literacy and confidence while celebrating Black health and culture in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). 

The initiative is being led by the Solid Black Collective, whose members are four Black OCAD University assistant professors Angela Bains, Kestin Cornwall, Michael Lee Poy and Dr. Kathy Moscou, in collaboration with the Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA). 

“The Vaccin8 for the Culture project is an example of university-community engagement. It demonstrates the innovations that can emerge when artists and designers work with kids in the community to identify and address issues that they feel are important. That is a powerful outcome of community-based collaborations,” says Dr. Moscou who is also Interim Associate Dean in the Faculty of Design. 

“The youth vaccine ambassador posters are featured on TTC routes that pass through many Black neighbourhoods in the GTA (Jane and Finch, Eglinton West and Malvern). Posters are installed on the interior bus panels, on the rear of buses and in subway cars,” explains Cornwall. 

The campaign materials, co-designed by the OCAD U professors with Black youth, will be featured until October 13 on the TTC. The colourful and creative posters reflect their perspectives, depict images that resonate with their Black, African and Caribbean peers and express why vaccination is important. 

“The JCA is proud to support Vaccin8 and many other vaccine initiatives geared to our communities." says JAC President, Adaoma Patterson.

Dr. Akwatu Khenti, the Special Advisor to the City of Toronto’s Targeted COVID Equity Action Plan and the Chair of the Black Scientists’ Task Force on Vaccine Equity commented, “Vaccines are a way of preventing death. That’s why these vaccines are so important. And that’s why the misinformation, the myths, the lies, the distortions, the omissions are not just terrible, they’re offensive because Black people’s lives are being lost much more so than many other groups”. 

The Vaccin8 for the Culture campaign was inspired by the absence of campaigns and initiatives that speak to the lived experiences of Black community members.  

"We see the Vaccin8 for the Culture campaign as strongly connected to the preservation of Black culture by protecting our cultural icons and members of the Black community with historical and cultural knowledge," says Dr. Moscou. 

“Moreover, Black youth have agency and they are great drivers and advocates for causes, contributing unique concepts.  The Vaccin8 campaign provided an opportunity for Black youth to exercise agency in addressing a public health issue,” she notes. 

The project received funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada, through the Vaccine Community Innovation Challenge. 
 

Meet the members of the Solid Black Collective

Dr. Kathy Moscou is an Assistant Professor and Interim Associate Dean in the Faculty of Design. Her career combines experiences in visual art and health. Her lived experience, informs her art, focuses on Black cultural aesthetics, contemporary design for social justice and a commitment to the Black community. 

Angela Bains is the Graduate Program Director of Strategic Foresight and Innovation and an Assistant Professor in the Advertising program. In her professional practice, she is the Co-Founder and Strategic Director of TransformExp.com an award-winning creative agency.

Kestin Cornwall grew up in the Windsor, Ontario area. Over the past ten years, Cornwall has focused on creating relevant, progressive art. Cornwall explores culture and humanity's relationship with beauty, sex, nature and a long history of cultivation. In addition, Cornwall uses images to explore the notion that culture, entertainment, including film and other media, shape the mass public perception of Black people and people of colour in North American society. Throughout his practice he analyses our obsession with beauty, age and change. 

Michael Lee Poy is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Design. He is an Afro-Caribbean artist-activist and architect in Trinidad and Tobago. His practice and interests are centered on post-colonial Caribbean design and fabrication in the festival arts – especially Carnival. 

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Image: In Concern fourth year Graphic Design student, Binhwa Cho explores the fear of infection. 
 

A showcase of work responding to the pandemic by Karin von Ompteda's Graphic Design 3 class

Assistant professor, Karin von Ompteda’s third year graphic design class worked last fall to create artworks that visualize the staggering statistics of the COVID-19 pandemic. As Von Ompteda notes, “the physical manifestation of data can help people to meaningfully connect with the COVID-19 pandemic.”  

Professor von Ompteda leverages her background in science and her design practice of data manifestation that is, the communication of quantitative information through objects, installations and sensory experiences, to support students’ to think creatively in her class.    
  
Four projects that emerged from her Graphic Design 3 course show how art objects have the capacity to communicate overwhelming numbers and experiences, connect people and articulate incomprehensible magnitudes of loss. 

Professor von Ompteda will present the students’ work along with a research paper at VISAP'21, part of IEEE VIS, an annual conference on scientific visualization, information visualization and visual analytics which takes place at the end of October. The VIS Arts Program (VISAP) is a forum where visualization researchers, designers and media artists come together to discuss the annual theme. This year the theme is  “dis/connected” which will be explored through a range of data-driven artworks and design projects including interactive data visualization, web-based experience design and 3D printed sculptures.
 

A Blinding Truth by 2021 Illustration graduate Michael Zhang examines COVID-19 case numbers in the United States. 
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Yellow Mask by fourth year Graphic Design student, Lynn Liangtakes on anti-East Asian discrimination. 

A student wears a yellow face mask decorated with phrases related to anti-Asian discrimination

Mourning Globe by 2021 Illustration graduate Minah Leetranslates global deaths into a contemplative object. A yarn ball is transformed into a globe in this artwork.

 

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OCAD University Faculty of Design proudly present the work of the Graphic Design and Illustration Programs' 2021 Graduates at Fort York National Historic Site.

Running summer-long from June 14th , this open-air exhibition features approximately 100 projects from the 2021 graduating students in the 2D Undergraduate Design programs at OCADU.   

Open in the fresh air, in the heart of Toronto, this exhibition activates public space for people to get safely outside while exercising along the pedestrian pathway. 

Located on the East and South fences of Fort York National Historic Site (100 Garrison Road), this exhibition is free and visible during daylight hours.  Each poster in the exhibit has a unique QR code to link to further information and work by the student. The exhibit is installed along an asphalt pathway that includes a gentle grade change. 

Before your visit, please visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/zones-and-restrictions and the Roadmap to Reopen Ontario https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario#section-2 for information and guidelines. 

When visiting the site, please remember to keep a distance of at least two metres from people you don’t live with and wear a cloth mask or face covering when it is difficult to maintain physical distance. 

For more great Illustration and Graphic Design work visit: www.ocaduillustration.com and https://2021.ocadu.gd 

 @tohistorymuseums, @ocaduniversity, @ocaduillustration 

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The OCAD University’s Material Art and Design program is pleased to announce Debut, an exhibition showcasing a selection of art and design works by 16 locally-based graduating students from the program in 2021. The works are on display in the Craft Ontario’s feature windows now until July 10.

Participating students are: Anthia Barboutsis; Si Chen; Camila Garzon; Ellene Fu; Aichoucha Haidara; Melody Juthamongkol; Summer Lee; Yucan Liang; Leah Liu; Kaushika Nayyar; Moraa Stump; Ziyi Wang; Nathan Whitefield; Yuki Wong; John Xu; and Sia Zhang.

For information about each student’s work, please see https://www.craftontarioshop.com/blogs/news/debut-showcasing-works-by-material-art-design-2021-graduating-students-from-ocad-university.

Craft Ontario will announce its reopening information and how to book a visit on their website https://www.craftontario.com. When permitted, please visit the exhibition to congratulate the Material Art and Design 2021 graduating students on flourishing under the difficult circumstances and delivering absolutely stunning outcomes. Currently, the works can be viewed in the front vitrine from the street.

To see more works by the graduating students from the Material Art & Design program, including those outside Canada, please visit https://www.ocadumaadgrads.com and https://www.ocadu.ca/gradex2021/.

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We would like to announce the exciting news that a group of students from the Industrial Design and Environmental Design programs have been selected as finalists in the 2021 international Student Service Design Challenge! These students have worked very hard for 5 months to produce a service solution that answered this year’s brief: to design a service that addressed current reverse logistic/circularity issues while actively and willingly engaging the users of that service.  Congratulations to Jennifer An (INDS), Scott Do (INDS), Mary Chauvin (INDS), Rachel Morris (ENVR), and Samira Nassiri (INDS)! You can read more about the competition hereand see the OCAD U team featured here.

The winners announcement event will take place as part of the Barcelona Design Week on Friday June 11th from 11:00am-12:30pm EDT. The event will feature a keynote by Chris Grantham, Executive Director Circular Economy at IDEO, as well as a discussion with all the members of the jury, followed by the announcement of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners and a virtual chat between them and Robert Metzke, Head of Sustainability at Philips.

Please register for the event here and show your support for our students!

Best Wishes,

The Design Office 

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The Studio Technicians continue to be available for 1-on-1 assistance with your projects!

If you’d like to discuss project ideas and field questions about materials or techniques, or to discuss concerns about the safety of a material you plan to use in your home, schedule a 1-on-1 consultation with a studio technician through the Studio Services Bookings page! 

The Technicians available for the month of June are: Eric Steenbergen (Printmaking Studio), Greg Bauer (Jewellery Studio), Hugh Martin (Photography Centre), John Deal (Drawing & Painting), John Diessel (Fabrication Centre & Plastics Studio) Laurie Wassink (Textiles Studio), Woo- Taek Yang (Photography Centre), and Darrell Currington (Rapid Prototyping Centre).  

Choose from the following list of topics: Health & Safety, Materials Consultation, Fabrication & Construction Support, Print & Pigment Process Support, Electronics, Physical Computing & Digital Media Support, Photography & Documentation Support.  Access to the Rapid Prototyping Centre is also available, sign up for an RPC consultation and submission meeting at the following link: RPC Consultation & File Submission 

Watch this step by step video of booking a 1-on-1 session with a Studio Technician:

Feel free to contact StudioManagement@ocadu.ca for any other questions. 

 

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