Wow. They weren’t kidding when they said my time at school is going to fly by. It’s crazy to think that the first semester of design school is done, and the second starts tomorrow—four months done in the blink of an eye.

I’m gonna keep the writing on this one short; I have a tendency to get a little long-winded about the tiny details sometimes, so I figured I’d let the photos of this post do most of the talking for me this time around. The few sentences I will write, however, are an ode to fifteen intensive weeks of learning, progress, personal growth and excitement for the future. Oh, and coffee. A whole lot of coffee.




The Adventure Continues: Semester 1 Recap


I had no idea what to expect going into a degree program with a focus in graphic design and business. A lot of hands-on, project-based application work? Research papers and essays coming out of my ears? Lengthy exams based on textbooks the size of my head? I quickly found that all of the above were true. Rather than simply teaching us which buttons to press in the latest version of Adobe CS and how to change the aperture on a DSLR, this program is designed to produce creative leaders, visual storytellers, and conceptual thinkers that see the big picture. In essence, the Bachelor of Design program focuses on the “why” as opposed to the “how”; collectively, these classes combine the theory, history, contemporary uses and industry standard practices of design with a global scope of how people interact and communicate into a program that is jam-packed with excitement and opportunity.

The Bachelor of Design’s emphasis on global design is one of the things that perked my interest most; it’s a big world out there, and the travel opportunities presented by this program make working abroad infinitely more exciting. The projects and assignments not only push me to constantly progress and strive for greatness, but also allow me to tie in client work with real-world application. Most enjoyable of all, however, is the interaction and community found within the group of people I now see every day. It’s been amazing to be able to share a classroom with some of the brightest young designers I’ve ever met; the level of talent is through the roof, and it’s inspiring to see personal growth and skill development in my classmates every day. I feel privileged to be a part of such a talented group as we all continue along this crazy journey to design awesomeness.

I feel like I was made for this. The knowledge I’ve gained in a single semester has opened my eyes to just how much I’m capable of, and the experiences I continue to have are a constant reminder of why I signed up for this in the first place. There’s a lot one can learn online or through life experience, but at the end of the day a post-secondary education in this field I love so much is proving to be the best decision I’ve ever made.

Here’s some photos of a few of the larger projects I cranked out over the past few months, with the help of a lot of coffee and a lot of sleepless nights.




Book cover designs for Visual Design class. Concepts were developed into a final series of six covers, with three made into physical book mockups.



Historical Product Ad for History of Graphic Design class. The idea was to create a poster advertisement that was stylistically accurate of a given historical time period.



Poster design for Typography class. A lesson in presenting large amounts of text information in a comprehensive and visually appealing way.



15″ x 20″ Prismacolor pencils on illustration board. Analogous colour scheme study for Drawing class.



A series of poster designs for Studio class. The goal was to create an effective way of telling people to keep noise levels down while on a busy commuter train.



Things got a little heated in Photography class.



Historical Propaganda poster for History of Graphic Design class. A contemporary world event was to be presented in a style that reflected a historical artistic time period; I chose to showcase the controversy behind the October 2014 Canadian Parliament shootings through Russian Constructivism.



Product branding and trade show booth model design for Studio class. Groups developed a product extension of an existing brand, and a scale model of a trade show booth was created to present the new product. 



Representation of the Elements and Principles of Design for Visual Design class. I created my own homemade paint, and applied it to illustration boards as a representation of six different elements and principles.



8″ x 10″ acrylic paint on illustration board for Colour Theory class. A painted representation of a celebrity figure using a colour palette that reflected the figure’s personality through colour psychology. Hugh Hefner’s controversy, passion, generosity and commitment to freedom of speech are presented through reds, violets, browns and skin tones.



Typeface design for Typography class. A complete alphabet with upper and lower case characters and full punctuation/number set was conceptualized, refined and hand illustrated to form a custom typeface.


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