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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

The Project

CutType is a typeface I designed to have constructed, architectural elements for use in promotional materials for the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). It was also later employed in the branding and exhibition design for an exhibition in the York University Department of Design, called ‘Future by Design’.

Founded in 1907, RAIC is a professional membership organisation and “the leading voice of architecture in Canada”. As an academic exercise, I proposed that they would initiate a series of exhibitions hosted by the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal, and that CutType would be used in the communication of these events.

About the Typeface

The intent for the typeface was that it be a display face which appropriately conveyed architecture through industrial, angular, constructed elements. It was to be used to give a sense of playful, constructed spaces and may be used in an abstract sense, letters layering over one another – building forms – rather than for body copy or important details.

The three events I proposed were retrospective exhibitions on the work of Richard Rogers, Renzo Piano and Canadian firm Saucier & Perrotte. Using my own photography of buildings these architects have designed, I then created exhibition announcements to be sent out to members of both RAIC and the CCA. As RAIC does not usually present exhibitions at the CCA, CutType was used to characterize these exhibitions, linking them as a series and distinguishing them from regular events, through its dynamic, instantly recognizable style. By choosing to take this approach, and design a custom typeface, recipients of the announcements would likely be intrigued, and investigate further into attending.

CutType came out of the physical construction of paper and ink, fragments of letter formsre-imaginedinto new structures. Drawing on forms with varying stroke widths, ball terminals and clean lines, the typeface embodies the process of its production. The process was very physical and done almost exclusively by hand, using cut up fragments of the existing typefaces, Archer and Bauer Bodoni. One refined, I then reproduced the letter forms digitally, to make a functioning, typeable typeface.

It was challenging to build these fragmented forms and maintain the intended constructed, disjointed style, whilst working to maintain the balance and legibility of each letter. The individual letters must be able to exist both in their own right, and work with the others as a unified voice, capturing the essence of architecture.

Exhibition Announcements

Once CutType was finished, I started designing the exhibition announcements, keen to continue the previous approach and effectively showcase the typeface. I experimented with paper folding, deciding that the announcements should be folded to be free standing, like buildings. They can also be unfolded to small, flat posters, and whether folded or flat, they present something to keep in view as a save the date, as the events approach.

Each folded piece has many sides, each facet holding a sliver of an image or piece of information about the exhibitions. The designs are bold, capture the attention of the recipient and are designed to stand out from regular newsletters or announcements – this is a special exhibition series. The folded designs also force the recipient to interact with the piece, unfolding and turning to collect scattered pieces of information, in the same way one might have to walk around a building to learn more of its structure. The announcements are successful in creating a very specific visual language for the events – the typography, colour scheme, style of fold and black and white fragmented imagery.


I learnt a lot about the details of typography and the challenge of hundreds of small elements (26 letters, upper and lowercase, plus numbers, symbols and punctuation) needing to work together as one unified system. Designing a full typeface is also seemingly unending, there always being something to slightly adjust or another symbol to add. In this sense, I feel that typefaces must always be works in progress, else take many more years to finish that I had to make CutType. I enjoyed playing with the paper folds, and because so much of the content followed fold lines precisely, this presented many print and production challenges.

Exhibition Design

As mentioned, CutType was also used in the design of an exhibition at the university. I designed the logo and used it both in advertising posters and in six feet high vinyl lettering applied to the walls of the space. Letters were also scattered on the building throughout the exhibition space, interacting with the architecture and drawing people through the building. It was exciting to see the letter forms not only so large, but in the context of architecture, which they were designed to reflect. There were interesting moments where letters wrapped around corners or light shone through the glass they were applied to, casting letter shaped shadows. It was an appropriate and dynamic pairing, not only having the letters interact so directly with the architecture but in an exhibition of student work – constructed and built upon previous works.