Current Students

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First-year students

Richard Bui

Richard is an urban planner, illustrator, and watercolour enthusiast. In his previous work, he specialized in community planning, public and open space design, and improving the public realm overall. In the past Richard had worked and collaborated with multiple organizations including The City of Toronto, and even the National Student Loan Service Centre of Canada. However Richard’s current fascination in creating to improve the lives of others while working in a collaborative environment has brought him to York University, to pursue his Master’s of Design. With a strong curiosity in interactive and emotional design, Richard hopes to explore how design breaks verbal and cultural communication barriers in everyday lives.

Allan Gomes

Allan Gomes is a Brazilian graphic designer, currently pursuing his Masters of Design at York University. He received his bachelor in Design at the Faculty of Architecture and Design of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Brazil. He also had an academic exchange of a full-year study in Bachelor of Arts in Design Communications program at Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) in Ireland. Allan’s academic background in addition to his professional experience over the past decade working as senior graphic designer has brought him closer to the field of packaging design, which he intend to continue on another level from now on.

Fredric Matovu

K. F is an industrial designer, Graphic artist, and  Computer Scientist. He brings with him over ten years of designing commercial furniture for airports, hotels, casinos, and cruise ships. Fredric has a Bachelor of Industrial Design majoring in transportation design, a Bachelor of Fine Art majoring in Graphics and Painting, Post graduate diploma in Computer Science, and an advanced diploma in video game design  and development. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Design at York University to expand his knowledge to information and data design, with a hope of providing design services to the ever enlarging space of data driven technologies and devices.

Carter Pryor

Carter is a graphic designer with a passion for typography, type design, and lettering. His personal typographic explorations led him to better understand how letterforms are read as both written communication and as image.  His current field of study lies in the translation of phonetics into their visual form. Using letterforms as a foundation, he looks to create visual representations of abstract vocal sounds to provide contextual meaning in written communication.

Second-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 the University of Toronto – School of Continuing Studies. Also working on certificates in Digital Marketing Management and Brand Journalism/Multimedia Storytelling at the University 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.

Marija Bacic

Marija’s 20+ years of designing and art directing in the retail advertising industry has provided her a diverse background upon which to expand her studies at York. Having completed a post-graduate certificate in digital media marketing at George Brown College, Marija continues to leverage her extensive experience with world class brands as she studies the intersection of visual design, design thinking and marketing. She is focused on exploring the relationship between brand identity and experience design within today’s visual landscape.

Lucy Bilson

Lucy Bilson is a British graphic designer currently pursuing a Master of Design and Graduate Diploma in Curatorial Studies at York University. Led by an interest in institutions and disciplinary issues, Lucy’s research explores the institutionalisation of graphic design and how it informs contemporary practice.

Carmela Cammisuli

Carmela Cammisuli is a designer, art director, and an abstract expressionist artist. She is currently pursuing her Master of Design at York University in Toronto to advance her knowledge in design and to pursue teaching in the future. Carmela has obtained a Certificate in Arts and Design Foundations and a Diploma in Graphic Design from George Brown College. She continued her studies and completed a Bachelor of Creative Advertising from Humber College. Aside from her love and passion for art and design, Carmela also likes to explore the realms of abstract art, creative writing, sports, and traveling.

Helen Yaqing Han

Helen worked as a graphic designer in Toronto and Singapore after graduated from OCAD University in 2014. She is interested in social media strategy since it has become a major part of her design practice. Currently, Helen is continuing her curiosity in the visual cultures of internet memes by studying at York University.

Bashar Kalash

Bashar Kalash is an artist and graphic designer from Syria. He holds a BA in Visual Communications from Damascus University. Currently pursuing his Master of Design at York University in Toronto to advance his knowledge in design. He has experience working on global brands in the gulf area with various creative agencies specializing in Arabic calligraphy and illustration. He offers new insight and cultural perspectives on graphic design from his background as an interdisciplinary artist.

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Christine O'Dell

Christine O’Dell is an accomplished Toronto-based designer, currently pursuing her Master of Design at York University. She holds a Bachelor of Communication Design degree from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design and has over ten years of experience in the design and marketing fields specializing in print and digital advertising for global brands in the automotive, health, arts and social good sectors. Christine’s research interests focus on user-centered design and service design leveraging emerging technologies.

Shenghui (Sarah) Zou

Sarah is a recent graduate of OCAD University Graphic Design, specialized in Strategic Branding, Visual Identity, and Packaging Design. With a heart for illustration and photography, Sarah expresses her idea through the intersection of design and art. She believes in developing visual solutions of real emotional connection.