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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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Barbara Reid - Past, Present, Future

When tasked with creating a booklet that represents a Canadian artist, illustrators were mentioned. I immediately thought of Barbara Reid, and how fun it could be to represent her style. As a young kid roaming through the library, Barbara Reid was one of my favourites. Pictures were my main focus at that age, as my reading skills weren’t fully developed, so I came to love her work. Her illustrations brought a story to life, with enchanting textures and dimension. To this day her images captivate me, because plasticine seems simple and juvenile, yet the images she creates are complex and intricate. Her use of plasticine makes the images jump off the page, giving the urge to touch the page as if the actual plasticine sits upon the paper.

My personal style is fluid, and to ensure that I don’t get pigeonholed I actively take on projects with a variety of styles. I chose to capture Barbara Reid not only for her distinct and interesting styles, but also because of her fine art techniques. My fine art skills are weak, and working with Barbara Reid’s style proved to be both fun and challenging.

I designed this booklet as a printed synopsis of Barbara Reid’s website It represents her works, style, and narrative in a very static form. Her website has updated in design since I originally created this piece, and is overly simplified in a gallery-style manner, the actual content remains the same. The original site included a plasticine header, and featured her typography work whenever possible. It was covered in ladybugs and caterpillars, greeting you on every page.

My first step in creating this booklet was to mimic her techniques. Using her video tutorials online, I created the piece that is featured on the front and back covers of the booklet. This grassy landscape of ladybugs helped me understand her style beyond the medium, recognizing her use of rounded shapes, stark colour contrasts, and smearing techniques. Creating the ladybugs I also observed the personality behind these plasticinecharacters-Ichose to depict ladybugs because she stated they are her favourite to create. By following her processstep-by-step, I was able to concisely articulate her style throughout the typography and layout of the booklet.

As she has so many beautiful pieces, I chose one to feature on each spread. These images were not just for aesthetics, but solidified the message portrayed throughout the text.

For instance, the ‘Career’ spread features a piece from the first book she illustrated with plasticine ‘The New Baby Calf’. It not only represented new beginnings within the world, but also encapsulated her starting point as an illustrator.

The headings for each spread were also created after carefully studying her style. I based them off of Candara, which was used for my body copy. The letterforms flow nicely, and have a bubbly personality. Being spacious it also allowed an immortalization in plasticine that was legible. The highlighted quotes and introductory sentences are in Garamont, a font that she uses heavily in her own books. The greatest challenge with the design of this piece was remaining true to Barbara Reid’s style. This booklet is not a gallery of her works, but a story of how she became an iconic Canadian illustrator.