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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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Graphic Design
365 Gifts in 365 Days

How can gratitude and selflessness be expressed to foster kindness?

The initial research started in mental health — more specifically, how the adversities we face as a child linger on us through adulthood, often quietly damaging our mental health along the way. Looking more in depth, arose solutions on how heal from our struggles: practising meditation, self-compassion, gratitude and generosity. Focusing on the later two techniques, this project sought to communicate gratitude and generosity at a larger scale by sharing the exercise with the public in a way that everyone can relate.

I was really inspired by social experiments and movements such as:

Emotion Revolution

Just the little things

100 days of rejection

I found these projects heartwarming and real. I was also inspired by many self-help journals and posters. Motivated, I wanted to promote self worth and kindness.

My original sketches led up to do a book. Similar to a book of quotes, there would be one task of kindness per page for someone to do each day. The flaw of seeing all the tasks at once brought set backs to why someone would be motivated to complete the whole book.

I looked into design books and came across some calendar designs. I was influenced by the systems of organizing dates — I saw many rows, dots, and colour was used strategically. I saw some scratch and save approaches and thought that might be effective for my concept.

I created 365 tasks to fill a year and added the data into a poster calendar. Such examples are:
Arrange a surprise pizza delivery for a friend, make a loved one a cup of tea and buy a gift card to the spa and give it to a mom on the street.

I kept in mind the seasons and organized the tasks to correlate with certain holidays.

I did some tests with paint and dish soap for the scratch and save, and it works! I considered using tape for the scratch and save but laminating the poster was more efficient.

I wanted the poster to look clean and minimal. Hence, I chose a sans serif typeface and using the squares as a visual element. I experimented with different colours and motifs for the squares, but I found that black squares with pops of yellow is most graphic. I designed the poster to be narrow so it can be hung behind a door.

Challenges came with dealing with such a large mass squares — I had to build a methodical system to keep track of all the data and in aligning all the squares accurately in the painting process. Also, the fact that painting individual squares is not as easy as I thought it would be. Using painter’s tape, I had to measure the tape, cut, align it to the rows, paint, let dry, paint again, remove tape. Unfortunately, the paint seeped under some of the tape, so I used a coin to clean up the squares individually. Lastly, I used tape to “pick up” the debris as the paint sticks onto the poster. Take away: measure, measure, be patient, measure again!

The final reveal
356 gifts in 365 days is a fun scratch and save poster calendar that promotes the act of giving. Doable for anyone, it is about exercising self-awareness by reminding us to see the needs of others over our own and thanking them in ways that are more telling than physical gifts or verbal thank yous. I really enjoyed making it. There are still some details I would like to add (another series and a sticker surprise) so, there is more to come!