Posts Tagged ‘graphic design’

The Uncertainty/Copenhagen Interpretation Poster Exhibition

Currently on view until December 15th, at the Learning Zone, The Uncertainty/ Copenhagen Interpretation Poster Exhibition featuring poster designs by the students of Robert Appleton’s Graphic Design 1 class.

Here is an insightful overview of the exhibit by Sab Meynert:

The study and interpretation of the physical world has been looked at through classical mindsets for centuries, using methods of measuring quantities of the micro, to qualify and map out our macro world. With Quantum physics, these old methods of measurement have become more obsolete as we learn the conceptual and intangible angles of our multiverse. In quantum physics there is the Uncertainty principle, which suggests that the more a particle is observed, the harder it becomes for it to be measured in terms of speed and movement, because the implications of that observation condition the movement itself. This means that every measurement exacted upon every particle thus far has conditioned it differently from its true unobserved self, and that therefore these measurements are uncertain to be true. Students were asked to create posters around this supposition.


12 2012

My Skateboard – My Voice

Shweta Sharma

Shweta Sharma
(not on exhibit)

My Skateboard – My Voice is the latest exhibition at the Learning Zone, exhibiting over sixty skateboard designs from the first year Graphic Design students of Linda Montgomery’s Drawing Translation Class.

Working in collaboration with Moguls in Mocean, a sporting goods store, the students were given the freedom to use the company’s name and logo, designed by Canadian Typography designer Paul Sych, to express their voice through a graphic and visual design.

Awards were presented on October 1st for best design, runners-up and honourable mentions by Moguls in Motion owner, Evangeline Merkley and Manager Jacob Allen-Jordon both of whom selected the winning design.

Winner of best design belongs to Patrick Santos. Runner-ups are Alex Gebhardt, Shiva Tadayoni, Lauren Stewart and Shweta Sharma with Honourable Mentions to : Danyl Ahmed, Keeley Whitehead, Braden Loi, Evelynne Malangyaon and Dawa Bokhang.

My Skateboard – My Voice is on until October 31st.

Click to enlarge.


10 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

Student Profile: Josh Apostolopoulos


LZ: Can you tell us a bit about yourself and the art you create?

JA: I am a first year Graphic Design student. I’m still in the basic stages of my design work, learning the basic foundations, trying new things and reading lots of design books.

Where does your inspiration come from? What are you really into right now?

My inspiration lately is mostly bits and pieces I find throughout the internet. I cycle through a lot of different art and design blogs and just always tend to take note of something I find that I think is good design. Lately, I’ve been into web design. I started teaching myself HTML and CSS and I find that I’m gradually getting a sense of the difference between a well-designed web page and an over-designed web page.

What influenced your decision to major in Graphic design?

In high school I became aware of and interested in the world of graphic design. I became more aware of the design aspects of my school projects, probably even to the detriment of the rest of the project sometimes. Any opportunity that allowed me to create visual pieces, I got excited about, as it gave me a chance to explore what I could do visually, and gradually improve my abilities.

What are your favourite tools to work with?

I like pencils, X-ACTO knives, rulers, Adobe Illlustrator and Adobe Lightroom.

Where are you most productive? Tell us a bit about your creative space.

I’m 50/50 between the Learning Zone and my desk at home. It’s helpful to be in an environment where people are doing creative work but it’s also helpful to be in your own cluttered room.

What do you feel is the biggest challenge facing (students or artists) today?

Trying to find a unique and meaningful voice within such a huge population of very talented and creative people.

What two art supplies could you not live without?

Pencil and eraser.

What is your working style (do you work on multiple pieces at once, work best under pressure, etc.)?

I work well when I’m under pressure.

Do you set goals for yourself?

In terms of short term goals, I always have an idea of what I want to be working on, what needs to get done – in terms of long term goals, I’m looking forward to where I’ll go after school. My ideas of where I want to go are constantly changing, I don’t really know at this point what city I’ll be living in a decade from now, but I always have some sort of idea.

How would you describe yourself as a graphic designer?

I would say that I’m still at a very early stage in my abilities as a designer. At this point, I try to observe and learn about as much work as possible, in order to develop my own skills and tastes.

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

I’ve always been interested in art as long as I could remember. When I was younger I would take drawing classes and draw a lot in my free time. In high school I took a few art classes, but I never thought that I would end up in art school. After spending a year studying English and Philosophy, I realized that graphic design is what I wanted to pursue as a real career.

What are the most useful skills you have learned at school?

The importance of giving and receiving helpful critiques.

What advice would you give people considering enrolling in art school?

When making the decision of what to do after high school, the most important thing I’ve learned was that you should find what it is that motivates you, rather than just an area of study that you feel you should go into. Just because you may have a strength in something, doesn’t mean that it is what you must pursue. Having an interest in something is much more helpful when you are struggling to learn it.

What do you enjoy most about studying art?

I’ve find that, no matter what I’m studying, I always have a drive to create. Writing essays last year never really fulfilled that drive. Studying design this year has been so much more enjoyable since I get to work with my eyes and my hands, in addition to my mind.¬† I guess that’s what I find most enjoyable, fulfilling that urge to create something tangible that others can appreciate as well.

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

I’m thinking about possibly minoring in photography and screen printing. They can both compliment my work in graphic design, and they would be interesting mediums to incorporate.

What music are you listening to at the moment?

I’ve been listening recently to Sharon van Etten, and among a few other female musicians lately.

What do you do to relax?

Listen to music.

What are three likes and three dislikes of yours?

Likes: Saturdays, silk-screened posters, instructors who actually care about the class they’re teaching.

Dislikes: Line-ups, lazy critiques, instructors who don’t care.

What is your favourite place to eat around OCADU?

My favourite place to eat is Subway.

What is your favourite thing about studying in Toronto?

I like living in the city, it’s got a lot of diverse neighbourhoods, each have their own unique charm, a lot of places to potentially explore.

What are your plans when you graduate?

At this point I think that I want to work for a non-profit, working in-house, building my experience for a few years before I look for a job in a studio.

What is your dream job?

My dream job is working for a small design studio that works on interesting projects, not sure in what city though.



03 2012

Art & Design Annuals Collection

annualsDid you know that the Learning Zone holds a collection of Art & Design Annuals?

With publication dates from 1922 onwards, this collection represents historical content as well as contemporary titles.

A variety of annuals and yearbooks in a range of topics including advertising, graphic design, illustrators and photography are available as a reference resource, here at the Learning Zone.

So come to the Learning Zone to read, enjoy and create!




02 2012

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