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What are you reading?

WHAT ARE YOU READING?

Welcome to the Learning Zone’s first post in the series “What are you reading?” We start this series with Graphic Design student, Camille Gan. Camille is also an avid zine collector and maker. When not reading zines, Camille enjoys reading art history books and discovering designers from the past.

Photograph of Camille Gan

Camille’s first impression of art began when she was 3 years old, doodling a spider web on a square piece of paper which she has long since lost; she is 99% sure it was because she took it outside of the house at some point. By the time Camille entered elementary school she would tell her teachers that she wanted to become either an artist, historian or archaeologist. In some ways she has become all three when she enrolled in OCAD U to study design. Since middle school, Camille has enjoyed reading art history, something that she still continues to do in her spare time.

What influenced your decision to major in Graphic Design?

I heard from many people that graphic design is a really flexible degree and it opens doors to many disciplines. For example, I can do packaging design, web design, branding or even illustrations. It seemed attractive since I’ve always been plagued with the idea, what if I don’t like this specialization?

Recital poster, Camille Gan

Who are your favourite graphic designers?

I tend to look at specific movements as inspirations more than individual graphic designers, to be exact, Art Nouveau and the Vienna Secession are my favourite movements, I think many people are familiar with Alphonse Mucha and I am also a big fan of Julius Klinger.

The later 20th century graphic designers I like have an illustrative approach to design; Tome Eckersley, Olle Eksell, Alvin Lustig and Hervé Morvan. I think the cartoony, boldly coloured forms used in their illustrations may look childish to some people today, but I think how clearly those designers expressed ideas in those illustrations is what makes their work endearing to this day.

One poster mockup, Camille Gan

What are you reading right now?

Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. Lately, I’ve been digging into Russian literature. I haven’t  encountered many people who have dabbled into that nation’s literary traditions. Despite the novel being over 800 pages long and over 150 years old. I think it still offers a great look at how the human condition and emotions haven’t changed.

Tolstoy Anna Karenina ebook

Have a passion for art history and Leo Tolstoy’s works? Please visit the OCAD U Library.

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04 2021

OCAD Zine Library has a new zine category!

OCAD Zine Library Multilingual Zine Display

New to the OCAD Zine Library collection, is the zine category Multilingual.

For those who have visited the Learning Zone recently, you would have seen our large Multilingual zine display, promoting this new zine category.

The zine library collection strides towards building a diverse and inclusive collection representing the OCAD U community and beyond.

Since 2007, the zine library collection has expanded to 14 zine categories. In 2012 we developed six new zine categories: FASHION, OCAD U, PERZINES, PHOTOGRAPHY, QUEER, SEX & SEXUALITY.

The Multilingual zines category encompasses all types of zines dealing with a range of issues. You will find subjects on travel, 2014 Hong Kong Occupy Movement, Spanish comics, art, politics, including two Spanish tribute fanzines dedicated to Nicolas Cage. The Multilingual zine category consolidates all of the OCAD Zine Library categories into one.

OCAD Zine Library signage

How did the Multilingual zine category come about? It came from a suggestion from Nikole Mc Gregor, a Learning Zone Student Monitor.

Nikole was performing her zine “shelf reading” maintenance task, and came across a zine written in Spanish. It’s true; we like to keep our zine collection organized, supported by weekly shelf reading. To find a zine written in her first language made Nikole feel good and connected to the zine library collection.

OCAD Zine Library Multilingual zines

We decided to perform a full search of the zine collection, and identified many more zines that were bilingual or written exclusively in French, German, Portuguese, and Chinese.

Presently we are cataloguing new zines to add to the Multilingual category, which now includes recently donated zines from as far as Hong Kong, Japan and Finland and as close as Toronto’s linguistically diverse communities.

We would love this new zine category to continue to grow, so if you would like to donate multilingual zines to our collection, please mail your donation to:

Dorothy H. Hoover Library, Zine Collection
OCAD University
100 McCaul Street
Toronto, ON
M5T 1W1

You can check out the titles for the multilingual zines on our big display at the library’s LibGuide OCAD U Zine Library: Zine Displays. The OCAD Zine Library is also searchable by visiting the online zine library catalogue at Arstor’s Shared Shelf.

 

 

 

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04 2018

OCAD U Library’s Research Wednesdays Presentations

Research WednesdaysResearch Wednesdays is a new speaker series introduced this semester by Librarian Daniel Payne.

It was held over six weeks at the Learning Zone, inviting students, faculty and staff to present their research or thesis in an intimate environment.

Stay tuned for the return of Research Wednesdays in January 2018. Bring your lunch and enjoy.

To find out how you can participate in Research Wednesdays please contact Daniel Payne at dpayne@ocadu.ca.

Let’s take a look back:

Ebooks and the Changing Landscape of Reading with Library Intern Lauren Orav, November 1

Can we still be alone with our thoughts? Ebooks and the Changing Landscape of Reading, Lauren investigated how digital publishing has impacted research practices and its consequences on reading habits, understanding and creating knowledge.

Research Wednesdays: Lauren Orav with Daniel Payne

Re-Placing the Library: Spatial practices in the 21st century library with Librarian Daniel Payne, November 8

Daniel Payne, Head, Instructional Services at the OCAD U Library posed the question What does the library mean to you? Daniel examined spacial practices in the 21st century library and how impressions of libraries in popular culture can be detrimental to envisioning the library in the 21st century.

Daniel Payne

All Hands on Tech: Craft, Pedagogy and the Digital Challenge with Lynne Heller and Dorie Millerson, November 22

OCAD U faculty Lynne Heller and Dorie Millerson (MAAD Chair) posed the question What does “handmade” mean in the digital age? Lynne and Dorie presented their research on the practice of digital craft at OCAD University from the perspectives of faculty, staff and technicians.

They examined how digital craft is impacting teaching and learning in the studio and speculated on how to understand objects fabricated or designed by digital tools instead of the use of traditional making methods.

Research Wednesdays: Lynne Heller, Daniel Payne and Dorie Millerson

 

 

20

12 2017

OCAD U Library presents Research Wednesdays

Research Wednesdays

OCAD U Library presents a new speaker series called Research Wednesdays.

Students, staff and faculty are invited to present a paper, thesis or research on Wednesdays between 1pm to 2 pm hosted by the Learning Zone.

It’s a great opportunity to deliver a presentation or discover new creative resources.

Empowering Creative Researchers at the Toronto Public Library – October 18

This first presentation of Research Wednesdays series was Empowering Creative Researchers at the Toronto Public Library presented by Irene Gotz.

Irene Gotz is an Arts Librarian at the Toronto Public Library, freelance illustrator and OCAD U alumna. Irene introduced many of the art specific resources and services available to artists and designers; online or in-person at a Toronto Public Library location.

Irene Gotz, Toronto Public Library Librarian

Celebrate Open Access Week at OCAD U with Chris Landry – October 25

Open access logoCelebrate Open Access week with Scholarly Communications Librarian Chris Landry. Chris will guide you through what Open Access is while dispelling any misconceptions about this international movement.

Learn about the OCAD U Open Research Respository (http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/) and how you can contribute to this growing portal that promotes OCAD U creative research to the world.

Librarians Chris Landry and Daniel Payne

Stay tuned for more Research Wednesdays presentations.

Interested in presenting your thesis or research at Research Wednesdays? Send an email to Daniel Payne (dpayne@ocadu.ca) and include:

  • brief 250 word description of your talk
  • indication of which Wednesdays would be available for you
  • list of technological heads
  • ideal set up of the presentation seating arrangement
  • description of any participatory activities that may be used. (NOTE: any focus groups or survey-type activities may need Research Ethics Board approval, so be prepared to include this in your proposal)

 

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10 2017

OCAD Zine Library Celebrates Fanzines!

Leading up to the OCADU Zine Fair on March 22 and 23, the OCAD Zine Library is celebrating the origins of zines through Fanzines.

fanzines

Fanzines originated in the 1930s as tributes to science fiction writing, often including letters from multiple sci-fi fans commenting on the work they were reading in more established science fiction magazines. Throughout the history of zine making we’ve seen fanzines in tribute to different celebrities, lesser-known artists, fictional characters and anything in culture that zine creators have felt compelled to make a zine about.

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Next Monday (March 20), student and zine maker Francis Tomkins will be running a zine making workshop focussed on fandom, in which they will provide prompts to help attendees approach the subject. The OCADU Zine Collective is accepting submissions for their fandom-themed collaborative zine until the end of March, so this workshop is not only an opportunity to explore fandom through art, but also to create a submission for a zine that will be published on the Risograph later this semester.

Finally, the OCAD Zine Library is currently displaying fanzines from the zine collection as inspiration. Stop by and check out zines on an array of subjects from Kanye West to Idris Elba to Queer Sailor Moon fan-fiction.

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03 2017


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