Saturday, April 30, 2011

Ruby Hadley: Paper Valleys

Many of us were introduced to Ruby's paper folding prowess at her origami workshop last semester, but hyperbolic parabolas are child's play for the nimble-fingered Hadley. Check out some of her ridiculously complicated looking works on her blog, Paper Valleys.

Also, check out a consolidated list of blogs on the student blog directory (which has taken the shape of a separate page to prevent that sidebar from getting too messy). Let me know if I missed your blog!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Permanent Error

Scotiabank's CONTACT photography festival is happening this weekend in Toronto. If you can't make it, their site has profiles of all their featured artists. Pieter Hugo's work in Ghana happened to catch my eye, his images are really quite compelling and tell the grim tale of the effects of obsolescence in developing countries. Check out his gallery and other works here.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

It's all downhill from here




Featured CIDSA Blogger: Anthony Keeler

Where: New York City
Why: Internship with a small Manhattan firm
Duration: Four months

Live vicariously through Tony as he keeps us in touch with one of the biggest art and design hubs in North America. Hear first hand what a summer in the Big Apple is like for an aspiring industrial designer as he explores the city's art galleries, museums, and design studios. Look forward to updates from Tony after his internship starts in May -- we wish him the best of luck!

Saturday, April 23, 2011


Peace out: orange tiles, unfinished stools, and terrible studio lighting. More pictures after the jump!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Easter! and Announcements!

Hello everyone! Thank you all for another great year at SID! I would just like to wish everyone a Happy Easter.

I think it's finally safe to say that everyone's exams are done, and we can put this year behind us!
I want to thank the CIDSA team for their dedication and commitment, especially Carmen Liu, Jason Ham, Foong Ling Chen, Lena Sitnikova, Linette Brown, Jennifer Bin, Justine SDC, Minh Dao, and Phil So.

As your president for the year 2011/2012, I'd like to introduce to you next year's line up:

VP Internal: Justine Sun de la Cruz
VP External: Emma Peat
VP Finance: Lena Sitnikova
VP Publicity: Jon Cairns
VP Social: Laura Vo

Photographer: Maya Prasasto
Blog Master:Remi Ogundokun

We'll be looking for year representatives in September, so please don't hesitate to get involved, we're constantly looking for more hands, so the more, the better!

Stay tuned for more info about exciting plans for next year and keep on blogging.

Have a great summer everyone!

<3 Michelle Zheng

Thursday, April 21, 2011


Summer is here! Take it easy (but not too easy).

1. Steal Eastwood - The White Panda
2. High School Lover - Oregon Bike Trails
3. That's Just Me - XV
4. I Think I Like You - Donora
5. Angel [RAC Remix] - Mr. Little Jeans
6. I <3 U So - Cassius
7. The Race - Wiz Khalifa
8. Give Up Heat ft. Pharell [Phoenix ComaR Mash] - Twista
9. Mexico - Satellite Stories
10. Summertime - Girls

Download. Share your summer chunes!

50 Things Every Design Student Should Know

Super cool graphic designer Jamie Wieck posted a list of '50 things Every Graphic Design Student Should Know'. Well, just ignore the *graphic* part of the title, because pretty much everything on this list applies to us as well (okay maybe you don't need a printer friend).

I've posted a few of my favorites, or follow the link below to read the full list:



2. There is always someone better.

Regardless of how good you are, there will always be someone better. It’s surprisingly easy to waste time worrying about this. #the50



9. Curate your work.

Never stop editing your portfolio. Three strong pieces are better than ten weak ones – nobody looks for quantity, just quality. #the50



16. Don’t waste your internship.

A studio’s work can dip, as can its energy. Ignore this and be indispensable, the onus is on you to find something that needs doing. #the50


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Last day to check out the grad show... go go go!

Today's the last day of the show so go check it out if you haven't seen it! Meet the fourth years and find out what they have been doing all year...
9 am - 5 pm

Ottawa Love: Lyon South of Wellington

While I'm never really around this part of town, I find this archway absolutely fascinating.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Teddy and Torrin's adventure in studio

 Last month, two students from the fourth year class, Teddy Luong and Torrin Mullins, camped out in studio for a week. I wish I could tell you of their misadventures, but all they did was studio work. Although sometimes we feel like we eat sleep and breathe studio especially when our deadline is approaching, but that usually just entails one or two nights. These guys thought it would be fun to move in and do it for a week.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Last Post as VP Publicity

Thank you to the faculty and support staff, without your presence there is no Year End Dinner.

Thank you to the people whose auction bids will help in the relief efforts in Japan. I was absolutely moved by the enthusiasm and generosity demonstrated by our tight-knit family of designers.

Thank you to the fourth years for attending despite promptly returning to studio to finish their boards. I can only hope this dinner will be a memory that you take along with you on your journeys, wherever life may take you. Keep in touch!

Thank you to our DJs, Kenneth, Stu and Doug for keeping the party alive and making sure everyone had a good time well into Wednesday morning.

Thank you to those of you that, despite having an exam during the dinner, still came to party with us at night.

Thank you to those of you that attended despite having an exam the day aft. (This includes our guest DJ Doug.)

Thank you to all that stayed to see all three of our DJs perform, and an even bigger thank you to the select few of you that could stay with us until the very end.

Thank you to everyone that got on the dance floor at least once.

To anyone that bought a drink at least once, Lago thanks you as well.

And thank you to everyone that made sure that their friends, both new and old, made it home safely.

Thank you all,

T. Jason Ham
VP Publicity CIDSA

Old Bike

New Tricks

Monday, April 11, 2011



B.I.D. and MDes students,

Hey all. As the year comes to an end, CIDSA will need to elect a new council for the 2011-2012 school year.

Ever had any ideas for ways to improve ID student life? CIDSA organizes events and workshops specifically for the student body and joining the council is a way for you to bring your ideas to the table and put them to action.

If you wish to join us, please fill out a nomination form and arrive with it to the elections on WEDNESDAY the 13TH at 4PM in the review room.

President - Does it all.
VP Finance - Bookkeeping! Financial decisions!
VP Social - Event planning! Parties! Getting people involved!
VP Publicity - Posters! Facebook event making! Spamming! (you're welcome)
VP Internal - Keeping track of minutes! Being responsible!
VP External - IDSA! Connecting Carleton ID to the outside world!
Event photographer - Take photos! Maybe some video?
ID Blog Webmaster - Blog early and blog often! Hunt down more contributors!

Year reps will be chosen in September.

Elections will take place WEDNESDAY APR 13TH at 4PM, we urge all ID students to attend. Voting is fun. It will be good practice for the upcoming federal election in May.

-Jason, VP Publicity

Jennifer Bin: The Product Designer

It's that time of week again, blog feature!! This week we've shined our light on Jennifer, Jen, J bin. Check out her beautiful photography and all that inspires her. Most recent highlights of her blog document the second year mass pro trip to Teknion in Toronto. Take a look, leave a comment, let her know what you think here.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Patent Law Changing in the US of A

Sorry for the serious post and all, but life can't always be kitties and vomit.




The America Invents bill recently passed in the Senate and looks like it's gonna pass in Congress too, meaning big changes are happening to the way patents are filed in the US. Currently patents are given to those who are first to invent something, but with this bill, patents will go to the first to file. Sure, this doesn't affect the Canadian patent system, but US patents are still gonna extremely important no matter where you're located.


What's the moral of this story? Stop sitting on your great ideas and patent them already.


Get the full story at New Scientist

Monday, April 4, 2011

Blog Feature: Kevin Reid

Kevin Reid is a prime example of someone who does not let school limit their design play. He is a founding member and designer of Loose Cannons. It is evident that he draws inspiration from music, graphics, fashion, architecture, food, beautiful women and West Coast Living.

Digging his style? Well, you are in luck because their new tee is coming out in a few days, so make sure to check it out!

Ottawa Love: 254 Elgin

The only place I get magazines. :D


Sunday, April 3, 2011

Awkward Stock Photos

A hilarious collection of stock photos :)

Check it out!!


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