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    IMFTO Design

    IMFTO Design Workshop

    Cities like Toronto are made by design. Thus changing the city means that you have to design as well. The IMFTO Design workshop and How To Design videos will show you how to design.

    And by design, we mean that you:
    Step 01: Imagine (problems and solutions)
    Step 02: Make (something that solves them)
    Step 03: Connect (to others to have impact).

    On January 23, 2021 from 11:00am to 12:30pm, professional designers and faculty, students, and staff from OCAD University will walk you through your own process of Imagine, Make, and Connect.

    Register (after sign in) on the Workshop Registration page.

    After the workshop, you will make your own short 5-7 minutes video of your design process, sign in, and upload it to this site by January 25, 2021 at 9:00pm.
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    If you submit your video by the date, you will receive an honorarium of $75 CAD and an official IMFTO Swag Bag of t-shirts and other cool gifts.

    Your video of design ideas will be used for the Report and Advertising workshops.

    How To Design, Episode 01

    View How to Design Episode 01: What is Design?
    Learn about the design process as IMAGINE MAKE, and CONNECT; how design has been harmful to BIPOC communities, and then meet six BIPOC designers who are changing design: Mark Rutledge, Sage Paul, Julien Christian Lutz (pka Director X), Angela Bains, Gary Taxali, and Ranee Lee.

    Step 01: Imagine

    You ever have ideas in your mind and you don’t know where they came from? They come from your imagination. Designers imagine problems and solutions and then draw lots ideas of how to make things better. More Indigenous, Black, and POC designers are designing for us and by us so that the world can better reflect our cultures. What do you imagine to be the problems and solutions that you, your family, your neighborhood, and community face?

    Handing drawing words with white chalk on black paper.

    How To Design, Episode 02

    View How to Design Episode 02: How to IMAGINE.
    Learn from Dori Tunstall and Ian Kamau how to IMAGINE solutions to the five flavours of problems youth in BIPOC communities face, meditate with Julien Lutz (pka Director X) from Operation Prefrontal Cortex, and then Show & Tell us your own imagine process.

    Step 02: Make

    Once you have a solution, sometimes words and drawings are not enough to truly share it with someone else. Sometimes you need to make a model, or prototype (meaning, first kind of thing). The prototype helps connect the design to others so that they can give you feedback. What they tell you can help make the next version of your design better. 

    Ian Kamau shows off the cardboard prototype that he made.

    How To Design, Episode 03

    View How to Design Episode 03: How to MAKE.
    Learn from Ian Kamau how to MAKE models and prototypes of the solutions to problems and hear from BIPOC designers Mark Rutledge, Sage Paul, Julien Christian Lutz (pka Director X), Angela Bains, Gary Taxali, and Ranee Lee on how they made something that at first did not work, but then turned out okay.

    Step 03: Connect

    Connect to others in order to have impact by sharing your fresh ideas on how Toronto can recover from the COVID-19 Pandemic and address decolonization and racial inequality.

    Make your own short 5-7 minutes video of your design process, sign in, and upload it to this site by January 25, 2021 at 9:00pm.

    If you submit your video by the date, you will receive an honorarium of $75 CAD and an official IMFTO Swag Bag of t-shirts and other cool gifts.

    Your video of design ideas will be used for the Report and Advertising workshops.

    View Sumaya’s App

    Sumaya imagines the problem of youth isolation due to COVID-19. She imagines and models a solution in the form of an app.

    Microsoft Logo with four stacked boxes in red, green, blue and yellow. The word Microsoft is written in grey.
    Meet the Design IMFTO Team

    Dori Tunstall, OCAD U (co-lead)
    Sabina Dron, Microsoft (co-lead)
    Ian Kamau, OCAD U
    Daniel Kwan, Microsoft Minecraft Education

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