bruce mau design: new OCAD identity
may 07, 2011
bruce mau design: new OCAD identity


the ontario college of art and design has a new identity designed by bruce mau design.
the new scheme is based on the iconic windows of will alsop’s ‘sharp centre for design’.


variations of the new logo


following text by OCAD U

‘for this new identity, the bruce mau design team worked collaboratively with OCAD University’s
marketing & communications team in an intensive research and engagement phase.
we involved students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members by facilitating interviews,
designing multiple workshops, disseminating questionnaires, leading classroom discussions,
connecting through social media — with the goal of excavating the stories and spirit of OCAD U.
the synthesis of this material led us to a robust set of design principles that would guide the
design work. the visual identity needed to be a true reflection of what we heard and saw:
an inclusive, vibrant and vital institution built on creativity, risk and innovation.’

‘with this in mind, we asked ourselves, ‘can the visual identity reveal the extraordinary creative
energy that lives at OCAD U?’ inspired by the iconic and transformational alsop-designed building,
BMD created a base of black and white pixel ‘windows’ — modular frames to hold actual student
art and design work. it is through these ‘windows’ that we see the core of OCAD U that is often
hidden from view — conceptually strong, diverse, and compelling. this is a dynamic and modular
identity where every year, graduating student medal winners will be invited to design a logo
within the basic window framework providing a set of logos for that year. as OCAD U grows
and matures, a living library of identities will necessarily emerge, recording the ideas and
aesthetics that have shaped our culture over time.’


‘sharp centre for design’ will alsop
image
© will alsop


the new mark is based on the windows of the sharp center for design by will alsop


envelope


business card


one variation of the letterhead


disposable cups


variations of the new stationery


banners and tee-shirts


pamphlet


poster

further details of the new identity can be found here

 

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