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Design in your world

2012 Fall Lecture Series









Design touches every part of your life. From cars to dish soap to magazine ads - design influences the choices you make. It can even alter your mood. What do designers know that we don’t?


Human Design


Wednesday, October 31, 2012 7:30pm

The heart of the machine


Design has always influenced our lives. But it wasn’t until the 1800s that it became a conscious, concerted response to the needs of its time. How did the forces of industry, commerce, and politics compel and inspire artists, architects and craftspeople to design products and images that would define the 20th century?


Seminar: Thursday, November 1, 2012 9:00 am

What good is design?


Will Novosedlick is VP business development at Idea Couture Inc. in Toronto. He has created and repositioned brands for many industries and is a nationally recognized thought leader, speaker and author on brand communication.


Thursday, November 8, 2012 7:30 pm

Solving the right problems: integrated design


Today we expect designers to balance business success with environmental responsibility, cultural relevance and consumer delight. What can we learn about the techniques of integrating products, systems, services and spaces to ensure innovative solutions? Find out from examples in healthcare, finance and the built environment.


Seminar: Friday, November 9, 2012 9:00 am

Understanding human-centred design: a hands-on experience


Helen Kerr is co-president of KerrSmith Design in Toronto and an associate professor in graduate studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U). Almost every household in Canada has an item designed by Helen Kerr. She has been recognized at the highest level by the Industrial Designers Society of America and Phaidon Press.


Thursday November 15, 2012 7:30 pm

Seeing design: out from under the radar


From the first crude micro-organisms, design is everything, everywhere. Form, function, material, colour, texture, smell, taste, sound: design can appear to be miniscule or the catalyst for change on a global scale. How do we incorporate design ideas to seemingly “undesign” areas of our lives? And where will that take us?


Seminar: Friday, November 16, 2012 9:00 am

Before and after: recent design interventions


Esther Shipman is curator of architecture & design for Cambridge Galleries’ Design at Riverside, and was formerly assistant commissioner for Canada to the 11th International Biennale of Architecture in Venice in 2008.


Thursday November 22, 2012 7:30 pm

Graphic design: bringing ideas to life


It has been said that "graphic designers are the visual ambassadors of ideas: their role is to translate, communicate and occasionally even agitate..." What type of projects are they involved in? How involved is the design process? Follow two case studies and learn how graphic design impacts the world in which we live and how it often affects the choices we make.


Seminar: Friday, November 23, 2012 9:00 am

Why are there 284 holes in my new shoes?


Bob Hambly is the creative director of Hambly & Woolley Inc., a Toronto-based, multidisciplinary graphic design firm he co-founded with his partner, Barbara Woolley. Over the past 20 years, the firm has received over 350 national and international design awards.


Thursday November 29, 2012 7:30 pm

A short history of Canadian design


A vibrant design consciousness emerged in Canada in the 1930s. From Clairtone’s radical Project G stereo that became the epitome of “bachelor pad” cool, to the wedgeshaped Contempra phone that quickly prompted homeowners to replace their boring telephones, Canadian design has entered our homes and shaped our lives. Rachel Gotlieb is senior curator at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto and serves on the OCAD U’s On Site Gallery Advisory Board. She co-wrote Design in Canada since 1945: fifty years from teakettles to task chairs (2004) and was founding curator of the Design Exchange in Toronto.


Seminar: Friday, November 30, 2012 9:00am

Design in Renaissance painting


Odilia Bonebakker is an art historian and curator specializing in Renaissance and Baroque art. She curated the international exhibition Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada (2004) and has published and lectured internationally. She is completing her PhD at Harvard University.


Thursday December 6, 2012 7:30 pm

The matter of taste: design in the home


Despite the rise of “good design” after 1945, every champion of clean lines and functionalism was matched by vociferous defenders of tradition and historical form. One’s choice was perceived to reflect character and temperament: were you conservative and conformist, or progressive and open-minded? How does aesthetic choice explain why “avocado green” and “harvest gold” were once so wildly popular?


Seminar: Friday, December 7, 2012 9:00 am

Prescriptions for living


Michael Prokopow holds a PhD in history from Harvard. He is a faculty member at OCAD U, and was formerly curator at the Design Exchange.