Introduction

OCAD University’s BDes Illustration program places at its centre the importance of expressing a unique voice. With present and future applications in mind, our program delivers a contemporary interdisciplinary studio-based education encompassing editorial, book, institutional and advertising illustration; decorative and packaging design; graphic design; posters; hand lettering; wayfinding, information graphics and signage; merchandise, product and surface design; comics and graphic novels; storyboarding and concept art; animation; social, ecological and political commentary and activism; web site design; galleries and museums; private and public space installation; altruism and entrepreneurship.

Illustrations from students graduating in the last three years alone have graced the pages of TIME, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Business Week, The Atlantic, Forbes Magazine, The Boston Globe, the Miami Herald, LA Weekly, Billboard, Oprah Magazine, Runner’s World, Out Magazine, Bloomberg View, The Walrus, Village Voice, Las Vegas Weekly, ESPN, Condé Nast Traveler, Time Out Chicago, Canadian Business, and The Globe and Mail, and have represented clients such as Sony BMG, BBDO, Nintendo, General Electric, Teknion, DC Comics, Penguin Publishing, Spin Master Toys, Ted Baker, New York Fashion Week and Luminato.

This year, the Graduating Class of 2013 is set to follow the same path of its accomplished alumni, and is already making its voice heard by collecting an impressive 35 awards from prestigious design competitions, including American Illustration, The Society of Illustrators, 3×3, Creative Quarterly, and Applied Arts. Featured work in CMYK’S Top 100 Creatives and nominations for Society of Illustrators scholarships and the Doug Wright Spotlight Award echo these honours and underscore OCAD University’s international reputation as a leading institution for Illustration.

It is with great pride then that I introduce to you, on behalf of faculty and staff, the latest chorus of voices composed of talented illustrators, artists and thinkers. You’ll be hearing, and of course seeing, what they have to say for years to come.

Paul Dallas
Chair, Illustration