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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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Package Design
Skull & Bones Whiskey

The idea for this project was to create a branded premium whiskey that reflected the secretive nature of the Skull & Bones society. The objective was to immerse the user in activities that both go with drinking, but could possibly take place within the confines of the society’s meetings. Creating a set of items that included cards, a seal with wax and four coasters was designed to accommodate a party of four (often a number required to play poker, and to reflect what would be considered a gathering in the society). Overall my goal was to replicate the feel of being inducted into a secret society, while still creating a kit centralized around whiskey. It is made to be a premium, sophisticated brand for the dedicated whiskey connoisseur, demonstrating its luxury through the limited colour pallet of gold, black and white.

Making the Logotype

The first requirement of the project was to create a unique typographic logo. The logotype had to be iconic, harking back to classic techniques with a flowing yet still solid style. Stylized off other storied Whiskey brands like Johnnie Walker and Jack Daniels, the type had to stand out in a black and white brand, so it had to be memorable and bold. In the end I decided to use an existing typeface with heavy modifications to achieve the desired look.

Creating the Package

Perhaps the most difficult part of the process was creating the final packaging for the container. I decided to create a wooden box, shaped in the essence of a coffin, to hold the contents of the kit. The box was manufactured with a cedar board, to emulate the body of the Whiskey, smooth and ashy. Cut using a laser cutter (making the box have burnt edges, again, to go with the flavour of the Whiskey), the box features the main logo mark of the brand, a skull and crossbones medallion on it’s front door. The box also swings open, giving more to it’s illusion as a coffin, making it a great alcohol showpiece as well as a premium product.

Creating an Experience

The objective of Skull & Bones was to provide an experience for the product. Not only was it supposed to be a premium Whiskey brand, but it was also made to emulate an experience in a secret society. The contents of the packaging were made so that it would be easy for a group of friends to get together in secret, and drink the night away. It was designed with an air of exclusivity, made to drive home the premium nature of the brand.

The box contains many items needed for a night of revelry. Inside is a wax stamp and seal kit, for sending those hushed messages with a Skull & Bones branded seal. A deck of cards, for your friends to practice their poker face .A set of coasters, so as not to get your antique tables wet, and the bottle itself, smooth and bold, with secret undertones begging you to explore deeper.Also included is a letter, inviting you to your first meeting.

Perhaps the most iconic image is that of the wax seal applied to the top of the box. The seal embodies the brand, vintage, but a premium product, reminiscent of the golden age of secret societies.

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