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. Professional designers and faculty, students, and staff from OCAD University will walk you through your own process of Imagine and Make, in order to Connect to either Journalism, Policy, or Advertising.

All youth participants must complete the Design Workshop to proceed to the workshops that follow.

Location: If COVID-19 conditions become safer, the Design Workshop will be held on site at OCAD University 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1W1 in the Great Hall on the 2nd floor. 
Youth and facilitators will be provided with N95 masks to be worn at all times.
Otherwise, the workshops will be conducted online via Zoom.


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.



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?

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.

“All ideas begin with the imagination”



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. 

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.



Connect to others in order to have impact by sharing your fresh ideas on Toronto’s Biodiverse Futures. Upload a 5-7 minute video of your design idea to the IMFTO website by July 18, 2022 and then we can share it with your family, friends, and other youth.

Then, select one of three CONNECT workshops—Journalism, Advertising, and Policy—to bring your fresh ideas to the wider City.

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