Posts Tagged ‘design’

Student Profile: Dennis Bartel – Graphic Design

Learning Zone: Can you tell us a bit about yourself?And the art you create?

Dennis Bartel: I’m in 4th year Graphic Design. I enjoy designing interactive forms like websites and PDF.

What influenced your decision to major in Graphic Design?

When I was working, designing was a way of relieving stress. Plus, I scored high in an aptitude test.

What inspires you?

Sports. Being a designer is like being an athlete; practicing and designing are the same because you are repeating a process over and over as it becomes more developed.

What is your creative process?

It depends on what I am designing. When designing typeface, I would research, do sketches and look at other work.

What is the best art tip you ever received?

Work in layers, start light and build up on it.

What two graphic design tools could you not live without?

Computer and pencil.

You have embraced social media as a material in your work. Why?

Because that’s the way people connect, to be part of things happening, I need to be connected.

Is there another medium you would like to work in?

Screenprinting, it’s a hands-on process.



How would you describe yourself as a graphic designer?

Conservative, but daring.

How do you promote yourself?

I promote myself using social media like LinkedIn, Facebook.

What do you enjoy most about studying graphic design?

Learning from failures.

What should potential graphic design students look for in an art school or art institute?

A place that has a good reputation in producing quality student work.

You opted for the graphic design thesis for your final year at OCAD, what was your project? Do you think that was the right path for your goals?

My thesis was on text message language and the creation of meaning. It was theory based, more about self-directed education than making a project. Not knowing the outcome and working through the process. I wish I had more time to produce more things.

What are your plans when you graduate?

Freelance, start a studio with other freelancers, and sleep.

What is your dream job?

Working identity design for a bowling centre.

What do you do to relax?

I go to movies and enjoy listening to the CBC comedy sketch show, The Irrelevant Show.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Getting my degree.

Is there anything else you want to share with us, any final thoughts?

No matter what the teaching style is, don’t let that stop you from learning.


04 2013

Student Profile: Tiffany Pang

LEARNING ZONE: Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

TIFFANY PANG: I’m in industrial design, finishing 2nd year.

What do you enjoy most about your program?

I enjoy the materials aspect of this program, being able to learn about different materials and techniques in order to use them.

How long have you been interested in art? How long have you known that this is something you wanted to pursue as a career?

I’ve been drawing since I can remember, my parents persuaded me away from studying art as a career. I tried engineering first but I knew that was not for me, so I went to study architecture. After completing my architectural technician diploma at Sheridan, I decided to come here, OCAD. I hated it at first but I’ve learned that it’s where I needed to be.

Where does your inspiration come from?

My inspiration comes from people with the mastery of their craft. On a personal level, I am impressed with the shop technician’s knowledge and expertise. I aspire to like them one day.

Do you have a best time of the day to work on your projects?

Usually late at night or early in the morning, when the shops are quiet.

What are your favourite tools to work with?

Hammers, lathes and milling machines.

What excites you most about the material you work with? Is there another medium you would like to work in?

I like hard materials like metals and plastics. I like them because they each have their own personalities and depending on what you do with them, they can respond differently; I like mastering how to understand them. I would also love to work with Tungsten.

Which project has given you the most satisfaction?

It was a failed project. We were briefed to make a tealight holder, so I tried to make a Stirling engine. I wanted the flame to power the engine — that was much too ambitious to complete in 2 weeks and having never lathed anything.

What two art supplies could you not live without?

Calipers and a square.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

I usually read technical books on how to do something. Do picture books count?

Is there any designer from the past you appreciate a lot?

Adam Savage. I admire his obsessiveness and dedication to his craft.

What are three likes and three dislikes of yours?

Likes: dogs, weaponry, watches; Dislikes: ginger, lack of integrity in work, the studio hours this term

Do you have a favourite place to eat around OCAD?

OCAD U free lunch!

What is your favourite thing about studying in Toronto?

I can bike everywhere.

Since you are involved in function and form in industrial design, you will appreciate the critical balance and its effectiveness in design. Do you think that these considerations map itself into your life or artwork?

I’ve always been interested in efficiency and practicality, but I’m not sure if aesthetics is a huge part of my life. I have been trying to embrace it.


03 2013

TDSB Open Art Exhibition


TDSB Open Art Exhibition

Currently on exhibition at the Learning Zone is the third annual Open Art Exhibition organized by the Toronto District School Board.

On exhibition are artworks from a variety of genres such as painting, photography, video, sculpture and mixed-media which showcase the talents and creativity of future artists and designers from over thirty schools in the TDSB.


Sir Wilfred Laurier C.I.

The opening reception was well attended, with generous support from parents, teachers, students and members of the OCAD University community. Speakers included Christine Jackson, Program Coordinator of the Arts TDSB, Sarah McKinnon, Acting President OCADU, and Jan Sage, Director of Admissions & Recruitment OCADU.

Special thanks to the TDSB Steering Committee for their dedication to the students and continued commitment to the arts, making the third annual Open another spectacular exhibition. Members of the steering committee included Lisa Sanders, Intsructional Leader, Visual Arts & Media Arts; Christina Yamoi, Martingrove C.I.; Andrea Rappos, Dr. Norman Bethune C.I.; Yolanda Mak, Ursula Franklin Academy and Mike Herman, Lakeshore C.I. As well as Robert Murphy, Exhibition Facilitator for TDSB Arts Department; Daniel Turner, Intern from OISE and the student MCs, Laila Straxds and Athar Mohiuddin from Martingrove C.I.

The exhibition runs until May 26th.


05 2012

And the Winner is….

We are so happy to announce that winner of the People’s Choice Award for the Mega Quarry Poster Show is Evelynne Malangyaon!

Evelynne’s poster, along with the other winners from the Mega Quarry Poster show (Best Poster winners Joanna Lu, Anton Mwewa, Man Yan Ashley Yip and Honourable Mentions Elvis Shao, Zhi Gao, Paul Bernier and Lauren Livingston) will be exhibited this weekend in The View From Here: Artists Against the Mega-Quarry Show & Sale in Honeywood, ON.

About the exhibit: Artists Against the Mega-Quarry is fighting the Highland Companies application to turn 2,300 acres of Ontario’s best farmland into the second-largest open-pit mine in North America. Our pieces are shown and sold in support of a broader effort to stop the proposed mega-quarry.

Visit to learn more about the mega-quarry proposal and how it could affect agriculture, quality of life and water security for over a million people in Ontario.


04 2012

Mega Quarry Poster Show – March 26th to April 5th

Mega Quarry Poster Show!

Mega Quarry Poster Show

Currently on exhibition at the Learning Zone are a collection of activists’ posters speaking against the Mega Quarry, designed by the first year graphic design students of Linda Montgomery’s Drawing and Translation class.

For this assignment, the students take on social and environmental accountability as young designers, driving change through their poster designs for the Mega Quarry Campaign.

The Opening Reception, held on Wednesday March 28th, 6 – 9 pm. was well attended with guest speakers Donna Tranquada, formerly of CBC Radio and Dr. Faisal Moola, Director General of the David Suzuki Foundation, Ontario and Canada’s North.

Awards for the best three Mega Quarry posters were presented to Joanna Lu, Anton Mwewa and Man Yan Ashley Yip. Honorable mentions were presented to Elvis Shao, Zhi Gao, Paul Bernier and Lauren Livingston. Congratulations to all students.

Braden Loi

Braden Loi

Come to the Learning Zone today, to see this engaging exhibition before it ends on April 5th and to learn more about the Mega Quarry.

“Every generation has a purpose. The generation faces social and environmental impacts on an unprecedented scale. As these problems become ever more complex, there is a need for more cooperation, collaboration and a pressing need for more socially and environmental driven graphics” adapted from Institute without Boundaries

Mega Quarry Poster artist list.



04 2012

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