grOCAD Exhibition at the Learning Zone

grOCAD Exhibition banner, 2017

grOCAD Exhibition is the latest installation in the Learning Zone. This exhibition highlights grOCAD’s explorations, workshops and on-campus installations focusing on urban agriculture and sustainable practices since the group’s inception in 2011.

grOCAD is one of OCAD University many diverse student groups on campus, with an active interest in community building through plant life.

On exhibit are a small series of colour prints of concept drawings illustrating the creative process behind the works installed on campus, or exhibited at gallery shows.  Projects include the Pedal Farm Exhibition, Living Wall, 3rd iteration of Windowfarm, Moss Exhibition, and raised planters constructed during O-days.

 

The centre piece of this exhibition is the grOCAD banner capturing the collective spirit of the members working together from 2011 to 2016.

On until the end of September.

 

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08 2017

International Zine Month 2017

img_8270Every July — ever since American zine maker Alex Wrekk declared it in 2009 — zine creators, fans and collectors celebrate International Zine Month. There are various daily activity suggestions rolling around the internet, but this year the OCAD Zine Library decided to write our own list. We hope you take some inspiration from the list, look at some zines, maybe make a zine or two, collaborate with friends, and learn something about zine history and zine making!

  1. Read up on zines and zine history at ZineWiki.com
  2. Re-read your favourite zines/pick up a zine for the first time
  3. Make a no-staple mini-zine
  4. Read a zine made outside of North America
  5. Order a zine from a zine distro
  6. Search our Zine Library online!
  7. Make envelopes or postcards
  8. Make some mail art!
  9. Create and mail a ziney care package to a friend
  10. Visit the QZAP.org to read archived queer zines
  11. Try something new! If you usually write fiction, try writing a perzine (short for personal zine, which is a journal style zine)
  12. Join the OCADU Zine Collective!
  13. Zine Trade Day! Ask someone to trade zines
  14. ValenZINE’s Day! Write to your zine crush
  15. Leave a zine in public for someone else to find
  16. Visit the Toronto Zine Library (open today from 1-3pm)!
  17. Write and share a zine review
  18. Take out a book about zines from the library
  19. Zine Shop appreciation day! Visit a store near you that sells zines, like The Beguiling or Page & Panel
  20. Submit your zine to a zine library (like us!)
  21. International Zine Library Day! Give us some love
  22. Send your zine out to be reviewed (Broken Pencil, Xerography Debt and Razorcake accept zines for review)
  23. Make a one page zine
  24. Teach yourself a new zine skill
  25. Organize a zine event!
  26. Teach a friend or family member about zines
  27. Submit to a compilation zine
  28. Cook with a recipe from a zine
  29. Post photos of you with your zine or zine collection
  30. Visit poczineproject.tumblr.com to read up on zines by people of colour
  31. Read more Zines!

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07 2017

Relax, read a zine

Relax, read a zine poster

We always get excited when a new zine display is installed in the Learning Zone, especially when created by one of the LZ Student Monitors.

Hi Nikole,

LZ: What’s your relationship with zines?

N: I used to love reading books and also spend hours looking at illustrations. With zines I can enjoy those two worlds together!

Relax, read a zine display, 2017

Tell us why you selected these zines for the Relax, read a zine display.

Just like with books, I trust in great opening lines, lines that capture your attention and invite you to keep reading. I also selected entertaining zines, that can take you away from worries for some minutes of pure fun.

With the zines that I selected, I found Study Buddy by Chu/Michy and Coffee Hunters by Bill Bedard very funny relatable — most of the people that I know are addicted to coffee.

I love illustrations so when I opened Frequently asked questions about threesome by Hyein Lee, the illustrations were so cute and unexpected. For me the most daring illustrations were in A Jest of Nature by Marcel Ruijters but overall, all of the illustrations from the zines that I selected were beautiful.

All of the zines have interesting stories and comics, they keep you hooked and have a very happy tone.

Thanks Nikole, for sharing some of your favourite zines with us.

Zines on display:

Coffee Hunters: Book One: The Hunt by Bill Bedard

Study Buddy by Chu & Michy

A Jest of Nature by Marcel Ruijters

Boredom Pays #6 by Jason Bradshaw

Obviously Quo-tes Ontario

Coordinates by Beth Hyland

Papercutter #4

Frequently asked question about threesome by Hyein Lee

Pope Hats No. 1 by Ethan Rilly

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06 2017

Student Profile: Amanda Lam

Amanda Lam, Student Profile 2017Congratulations to our Learning Zone Student Monitor, Amanda Lam. Amanda has successfully completed her 4 years at OCAD U with a Bachelor of Design. Although, Amanda was born in Canada she moved with parents to Mauritius when she was four. Her exposure to the design world came at a young age because her dad worked in advertising and her uncle was in the graphic design field. Both her dad and uncle are now owners of their design company.

 

 

 LZ: What influenced your decision to major in Advertising?

AL: My dad told me that OCAD U was a really a good school and his creative directors studied there, so I should consider studying there too. When I came to Canada to study advertising it was primarily because my dad really encouraged me, but I ended up really liking OCAD, the design world itself and going into advertising.

Learning advertising at OCAD was really fun but also challenging. It was not what I thought it would be. At OCAD, the focus is on big ideas, concepts and how to bring an idea further and bigger. That’s what I really like about advertising; it puts the idea both squarely with problem solving of a business, and with the design and creative side — that’s fun.

With OCAD, I was exposed to real world clients and briefs and ended up winning the OCAD U Advertising Collaboration Masters Presentation, which was even more motivating. It was the first time I had the opportunity to work on real-life briefs, and it makes me want to do it more.

I’ve learned the importance of networking and making connections. Now that I’m graduating, I notice how more than ever how important it is to talk to people. For design there are a lot of opportunities, it’s just a matter of getting passed being scared about having no experience — just doing it even though you don’t know how to — that’s how I started. You make mistakes, but you have support from profs, parents, and friends to help you out.

Awkmob, Amanda's thesis group

My thesis group named ourselves Awkmob Agency because we bonded over awkward stories. Our group was considered the underdogs and nobody expected us to come in first and second in the Thesis Masters Presentations.

What did you most enjoy about your program?

I love the challenge. In the beginning, I went into the program thinking that I knew what advertising was about, big ads, fun ads but once studying advertising I learned things like copywriting, typography and the importance of design and a call into action. Brands want to see a return investment and getting your target to do something such as the poster may look nice but then what? It can be challenging.

I also liked all of my profs at OCAD, they were real world working people like actual creative directors. It was nice having their view on the industry especially because we are not close to that yet since we are still in school — they would be that step into the advertising world.

What was the most challenging about your program?

I think that advertising is very competitive and that competitive nature of advertising is reflected in our program, that was challenging. Seeing students from the other programs really friendly or chummy, kind of supporting each other but in our program, it is more like competition.

Coming up with new ideas that have not been done, it is something that any designer faces. In such a big world it’s kind of hard to come up with something completely new.

Amanda Lam, Bite project

What do you most look forward to after graduation?

I was looking forward to going back home to the island, to the beach and resorts, and under the sun, but because of the pressures of finding a job, I’m staying in Toronto.

I’m looking forward to finding a job that I will actually like, and to keep on learning. The working world will be so different from being in school, so that is exciting, and a new challenge. Hopefully seeing my work out there, on T.V. or online — that would be cool.

What will you miss the most about OCAD University?

Being able to talk to different design creative students from the different programs at OCAD U. When you go to Grad-ex, you get to see all the students’ work, that you don’t see all year because you are in your own bubble — it’s cool to see other projects and what they are doing. Most of my friends are from illustration program so I’m going to miss them as they will still be here doing a 5th year and I will miss my job at the Learning Zone.

 

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06 2017

Figure 1 Exhibition

Soft Pink Forms by Clara Lynas

This month and until the end of June, the Learning Zone presents Figure 1. It’s a new exhibition which “engages with the tradition of figurative representation”.

Figure 1 showcases artwork from twelve OCAD University students working in various media and artistic styles to depict the human form.

Approaches range from realistic life painting to the exploration of abstract forms.  Some artists chose to focus on expression, gesture, or emotion, while others tackled our relationships to objects, each other and the spaces we occupy.

Feeling Hot Dysphoria, 2017, Will Brask

Francis Tomkins curated Figure 1 and includes works by Misbah Ahmed, Alexandria Boyce, Wil Brask, Will Carpenter, Jisu Lee, Wenting Li, Clara Lynas, Natalie Mark, James Okore, Rem Ross, Brianna Tosswill, and Dalbert Vilarino.

Figure 1 Exhibition, 2017

On until June 29

 

 

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05 2017


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