SHAPE / SHIFT is an exhibition of Industrial Design graduating projects by students at the OCAD University in Toronto, Canada. The display showcases projects that unify people, technology and business into unique products and services that can have a profound impact on our society. Shaping addresses current or explicit problems and provides immediate value; it formulates innovative solutions. Shifting addresses unforeseen or implicit problems and provides prospective value; it expresses provocative questions. Design as a practice lets us see the world as a material to shape and a perspective to shift. It is a practice capable of transforming culture through tangible artifacts.


By re-imagining universal systems that serve the public. These designs aim to shape the process in which new models for behaviour and meaningful human interactions are created. They mark a shift in digital and urban landscapes and recontextualize our needs as a society.


A thriving well-being is fundamental to living a happy and balanced life. These designs aim to shift our approaches to physical and mental well-being through shaping innovative tools for health and wellness.


The spaces that we encounter shape our experiences and interactions. These projects aim to shift the relationships between us and our environments by creating inspired and engaging moments.


We form intimate relationships with objects inside and outside of our homes. These objects help shape and enrich our lifestyles by shifting our approaches throughout our daily experiences and engage us in unique ways.



Opening Night: Wednesday, April 29, 6:30 to 11 p.m.
Thursday, April 30, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, May 1, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 2, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 3, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


OCAD University: 100 McCaul St. Toronto



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