MEET OUR HOSTS
Meet Hasani Kendall. Hasani brings positivity to the classroom through his eccentric humour, dramatic antics, and creative ideas. They like 4 things: animation, aliens, alliteration and art in general. Also cooking but that's a different website. . .
Kirkland Lauzon, also known as Lauzon Lauzon Lauzon for the longest time, is an artist and gamer at heart. Quirky, dedicated, and a little bit strange, Kirk lives and breathes design. Working down to the most minute detail, Kirk creates everything from surreal illustrations to realistic pieces to abstract compositions. You can either find him in the studio at 5am, or away at home working on another project. A friend to all who allow him to be, Kirk is always ready for the next challenge and takes pride in capturing the beauty in even the smallest of things.
Duncan McFadden was born and raised in downtown Kitchener. Having never considered an artistic career, he didn’t take art in high school and had only the basics from elementary school under his belt. After graduation, Duncan realized how much he loved designing icons for his friends and, in an effort to switch gears, he hoped to take art classes in a victory lap year.
Scheduling didn’t allow that to happen and as he considered his career options of welder apprenticeship, full-time content creator or even a glamorous life of a bowling alley mechanic, Duncan discovered his next stepping stone - Design Foundations!
Persevering through a lack of art experience, along with partial colour blindness, Duncan has thrived. He not only found an incredible group of friends but has deepened his passion and drive to head down the path of branding and advertising where he will continue to make a name for himself in both the world of design and content creation.
A WORD FROM OUR FACULTY
On behalf of the Design Foundations faculty, I would like to congratulate our DF students on their efforts and perseverance throughout this year. While we do have a lot fun together, this program is rigorous and challenging. You all have worked so hard this year, which is obvious as we look at this online exhibition of work. The quality of the work, the uniqueness of the concepts, and the talent each student brings to the table continues to amaze us each year.
Throughout this year we have seen you rise to each challenge and commit to pushing yourselves as designers. You have explored new tools, media, and techniques. You have brainstormed, and thumbnailed to develop an original concept more times than you can probably count. You have stepped way outside of your comfort zone time and time again as you tried something new. As you look through your portfolio and the variety of pieces you created, be proud of yourself for the effort you put into developing that unique body of work that truly represents you as a designer.
While any year in DF is challenging, this particular year was met with challenges none of us could have anticipated when our school-year began. We had to quickly move online instead of collaborating together in the studio. Your professionalism, adaptability, and resilience through this transition has been astounding. You have showed up—even if it is in your pajamas!—dug into the task at hand, and continued to create high quality portfolio pieces without missing a beat. Although this has not always been an easy transition, these added skills you have developed will make you an even more adaptable designer in the future. You are creative problem-solvers and there is no challenge you can’t rise to!
As you move forward in your life remember to look back on this year, as a reminder of where you started and where you are going. Take the skills you acquired with you and continue to push yourselves creatively. Keep drawing every day. Please sharpen your pencils with a knife! And always push yourselves past the initial obvious concepts to the really juicy good ones we all know you are capable of.
We are very proud of you!
Congratulations to the Design Foundations class of 2020! You did it!
Jessica Massard, Program Co-ordinator
Branding for Skillz Manifesto 2020 created by Ben Wildfong.
Second Place: Milo Whittle
Third Place: James Levesque and Melanie Bruscain
A big thank you to our elected section leaders who aided in the editing of the website.
Editors: Rachael Primeau, Amanda Vazquez, & Chloe Wilhem