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The Intermission: Grad Show


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Industry Reception


Doors Open



The Liberty Grand

25 British Columbia Rd, Toronto

The Intermission is the 2016 York/Sheridan Program in Design’s annual showcase of the best work produced by its graduating class. It is a night for the industry to connect with emerging designers and explore their works, and for students to celebrate their past four years of hard work with you!

Getting to the Show

Getting to the Show

29 Dufferin → Saskatchewan Rd
504 King → Dufferin St
509 Harbourfront → Manitoba Dr
Lakeshore West → Exhibition
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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the show free?

Yes, absolutely. However, we do help fund the event through sponsorships. If you’re interested in supporting this or future years, get in touch.

What can I expect to see and do at the show?

The show is an opportunity to browse the work and meet in-person with grads from one of Canada’s top design programs.

Will there be drinks?

Yes, we’ll have a cash bar available throughout the night.

What is the 'Industry Reception' portion of the show?

We dedicate a part of the night exclusively to people working in the design and creative industries. All students will be there to answer any questions about their work and experience. No ticket or registration is required.

I'll be at FITC on April 19th. Can I still come?

Definitely! The FITC schedule ends at 6pm on April 19th. We’re open until 11pm, so there’s lots of time if you’d like to swing by in the evening.

Where can I park my car?

There is a parking area located beside the Liberty Grand that will be available.

Come Meet the Cast!

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Mobile Design

The App

Inspired by the lack of social media outlets dedicated to authentic place discovery, Sojourn combines the traditional model of following and unfollowing with geotagged videos to make place discovery a more genuine experience.

View the Sojourn landing page to get a better understanding of what my app actually does:

Launch Site


The purpose of this project was to create an app inspired by the theme of storytelling. I decided to conceptualize a social media app that focuses on portraying the story of a place through user-uploaded, geotagged videos. Sojourn allows the user to follow a place to view videos uploaded by users who were previously or are currently there. Users are able to upload their own videos, or discover places either by category or through friend recommendations.

The word “Sojourn” is defined as “a temporary stay”. I thought that this name was appropriate in its reflection of how users can quickly browse within place “feeds”. By doing so, the user is, in a way, temporarily staying or “sojourning” at a place.


I started this project by thinking about how storytelling is a way of sharing information — not just written, but visual and auditory. Sharing parts of our lives, such as in social media, and the things, places and people we interact with. I originally focused on creating an app that allows users to view and submit content from and to a certain location (through geotagging), as I found that not many apps focus on geotagging as a central feature.

Comparing my idea primarily to Instagram, I noticed that viewing videos or photographs of a certain location is only achievable through the “places” search option, the results of which disappear once the user searches something else. Therefore, I decided that being able to follow a place to view a consecutive stream of uploads could be a useful.

Experiencing Through Video

There are already a high number of location-based apps that help you find and filter through places near you. However, many focus on judging a place through reviews, while giving images a secondary role. Images that are included suffer the limitations of mobile photography, which leads to imagery that is catered and therefore less reliable. Images are static and are limited in their ability to portray the entirety of a place, which Sojourn solves by focusing on video content only.

Sojourn isn’t just about discovering somewhere new, following a place can allow you to view multiple events or to revisit a place of nostalgic or sentimental value (like a favourite bakery from a previous neighbourhood or even another country).

While I don’t think Sojourn solves a specific problem, I feel that it provides a more straightforward approach to browsing through place-related content. It eliminates reviews and focuses more on the experience of a place by using video-only content. This can be useful for those interested in geographical discovery or browsing. I also believe that it can be useful to enthusiastic place owners or employees who want to advertise their locations more genuinely by showcasing human experiences.

Some process sketches: