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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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Type Design
RomCom Typeface

After doing a benchmark analysis of generic movie titles in the romantic comedy genre, I made a typeface that better reflected and communicated the spirit of that category. I researched romantic comedy movies as a genre and how they were perceived by viewers. The plots were similar and perhaps as a result, so was their visual representation, as can be seen below:

I looked at their posters and DVD covers and I saw little variety, particularly in typographic treatments. There was widespread overuse of generic, light sans serif typefaces, especially Helvetica. These are not bad typefaces. The problem is that there is little inherent personality to the letterforms themselves. They don’t convey the energetic, often over the top nature of the characters and plots of romantic comedies.

In response to this problem, I made a typeface that had a playful personality, but wasn’t sappy. I named it according to its purpose: RomCom. It is meant to better communicate the message of the typical romantic comedy, or subtly differentiate a more original film from the rest.

I looked at some examples in the Little Book of Lettering for ways I could handle the terminals. From research, I moved on to sketching the letters that form the backbone of every typeface: Hamburgerfontsiv. These letters give you the cap height,x-height, ascenders, descenders and key letters that can be reused, such as n/u and b/d.

I knew the characteristics I wanted RomCom to have, but I didn’t know exactly what features and shapes would best express that. At first, I tried rounding off corners and playing with curves and ending the terminals in a playful, curvy way. The idea of having the letters connect like a script came up during critiques, but I decided not to go in that direction.

Although the process was long, and at times, difficult — I persevered and made something I am proud of. I enjoyed making RomCom and I have since continued work on it. I am adding more heart ornaments and I have started an animated type specimen.