We are deeply invested in redistributing power through creative design processes. We believe that self-representation and self-determination are paramount to capacity building and empowerment.
We seek to challenge and complicate the distinction between “designer” and “non-designer” by acknowledging the genius and wisdom that our participants already have. For us, design is all about re-imagination and creating new possibilities, and people with lived experience navigating and surviving systems of oppression and colonization already do this every day.
We ultimately want to help people be their best selves. Whether it’s leveraging co-creative projects into paid employment opportunities for marginalized folks, or providing references and enthusiastic encouragement beyond the life of the project, we are dedicated to providing caring supporting to our co-creators where it matters most. We meet people where they’re at and seek to name and celebrate their skills and their inherent value in the world.
In the fall of 2016, a group of students across disciplines at OCAD University participated in a workshop series focused on building a nuanced understanding of social justice, anti-oppression, consent culture and bystander intervention to resist and reimagine sexual violence in the OCAD community.
We worked with the peer youth leaders at the My MSG program to develop a calendar of affirming messages about themselves and each other. The group learned about composition, typography, image creation, and creating a design brief, culminating in this fifteen-month calendar filled with love.
The Public Studio
58 Lansdowne Ave.