MDes Students


First-year students

Nadine Arseneault

Nadine Arseneault is currently working on her Masters of Design at York University. She combines more than 2 decades of experience in editorial design and a new certificate in Marketing from University of Toronto – School of Continuing Studies. Also working on certificates in Digital Marketing Management and Brand Journalism/Multimedia Storytelling at Univeristy of Toronto – School of Continuing Studies. She is principal at Bakersfield Visual Communications Inc. specializing in publications design and social media strategy for education institutions, business associations and publishers.

Jesse King

Jesse King is an emerging Aboriginal artist based in Toronto, Canada. He recently completed an undergraduate photography degree at OCAD University. Jesse is now pursuing his Masters degree in Design at York University. His work frequently explores the many facets of identity, including discussions of queerness, gender, and the importance of cultural representation and how artwork is so closely tied to the very core of culture. Jesse’s work has been exhibited internationally in Berlin, Germany and Tampere, Finland. His work has been printed in several independent publications including fashion magazines such as Wonderland Magazine.

Second-year students

Francis Benoit

Francis Benoit is a designer and Master of Design candidate at York University in Toronto. Working with different firms, he is developing expertise in branding, typography and generative design. Francis’ research interests revolve around the web browser as a tool, generative design and printed matters. Aside from design, Francis enjoys riding his bicycle, studying skateboard culture and search for the best coffee in town. He is the recipient of a Communication Arts Award and a LUX award in 2015.

Julia Grzeskowiak

Julia Grzeskowiak is a graphic artist and designer who treats her work as both a technical skill and a craft. Her work created and realized at the intersection of art and design – integrating and crossing disciplinary approaching and methodologies in my processes of making and thinking.

Mariana Fernandez Magnou

Mariana Fernandez Magnou is a Uruguayan Graphic Designer with a BA in Graphic Design and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Interactive Multimedia. She served as an Art Director for many years. At present, she is a second year Master of Design candidate at York University. Her research interests are in social graphic design, design for social impact, participatory design, critical making and DIY culture.

Arezoo Motavally

Arezoo Motavally received her bachelor in graphic design in Iran and obtained her advance diploma from Seneca College in graphic design. Her research interest is on typography both in Latin and Farsi and research on nationalism and internationalism and their role in design world. Her thesis project looks into the design strategy of Minimalist Design for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

Justine Rudnicki

Justine Rudnicki is a Toronto based graphic artist, specializing in print, communication design, and typography. With an emphasis on research and critique of design culture, her work aims to facilitate discussion and intrigue. Her design interests lie primarily in design theory, history, education methodologies, and disruptive forms of visual communication.