Our Community

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The MDes program provides students with a graduate experience that includes opportunities to interact with visiting designers and critics who offer varied models for practice and criticism and introduce students to an expanded realm of discourse in the greater design world. The program also offers graduate students the opportunity to participate in workshops with nationally and internationally renowned designers.

Past visiting designers and scholars  have included:

  • Majid Abbasi, (CA/IR) graphic designer and publisher
  • Alex Alter, (CA) graphic designer and artist
  • Reg Beatty, (CA) book artist
  • Michael Bierut, (US) graphic designer
  • Elgin Cleckley, (CA) exhibition designer and architect
  • Sean Donahue, (US) design researcher
  • Elliott Earls, (US) graphic designer
  • Paul Elliman, (UK) graphic designer and artist
  • Sameer Farooq, (CA) graphic designer
  • Ed Fella, (US) graphic designer
  • Maggie Fost, (US) graphic designer
  • Rob Giampietro, (US) graphic designer
  • Cyrus Highsmith, (US) typeface designer
  • Paul Kelly, (CA) Adobe Certified Software Instructor
  • Harmen Liemburg, (NL) graphic designer
  • Mary Louise Lobsinger, (CA) historian and critic
  • Isabel Meirelles (US/BR)) information designer
  • Fraser Muggeridge, (UK) graphic designer
  • Petra Müller, (SW) design professor
  • Winnie Ng, (CA), Ryerson Unviersity
  • Michael Renner, (SW) graphic design professor
  • Colin Ripley, (CA) architect
  • Matt Ratto, (CA) Critical Making Lab, University of Toronto
  • Nick Shinn, (CA) typeface designer
  • Gary Thomas and Jo-ann Cook/Crush, (CA) motion designers
  • Massimo Vignelli, (US) graphic designer
  • Scott Zukowski, (US) graphic designer