Michael Madjus — one of our two Creative Professionals-in-Residence this winter in the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers — has over 10 years of experience in design, marketing, and social media. With a degree from OCAD U in Industrial Design, and having worked with George Brown College, IMM Living, the Children’s Own Museum, and the CN Tower, he helps businesses increase their presence online and IRL in creative ways.
Currently, Michael is working to help advance design culture in Canada as Head of Marketing for DesignTO, Canada’s largest cultural celebration of design. Through the Festival, Michael and the DesignTO team turn the City of Toronto into a hub for creativity, making a platform for over 600 artists and designers every January.
The OCAD U Creative Professionals-In-Residence program is a mentorship initiative created to support the career success of current OCAD U students and recent alumni. The program sees invited professional guests, from a variety of art and design-related disciplines, present on a regularly scheduled basis over the course of the academic semester, in the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion for Experiential Learning at 115 McCaul Street.
We invite students to set up a casual chat or studio visit with our residents to talk about their projects, goals and questions. Visiting creative professionals are alumni and collaborators of OCAD University, invited to provide mentorship to current OCAD U students and recent alumni. Joining Michael in residence is artist, independent curator and photo editor Liz Ikiriko.