Faculty in the Graphic Design & Interactive Media program are dedicated professionals who have achieved success and recognition in their field. Links to faculty members’ websites, which showcase their work and accomplishments, appear in the program’s faculty roster below.
With over 25 years of experience, Pheinixx specializes in composing the artistic and graphic look of a brand. This involves her in graphic design, art direction, brand development and marketing: and has worked with such international brands as Julien Macdonald and Roberto Cavalli, and here in Canada with GustoTV, Warner Bros. Music, Fashion’s Night Out, Mastercard Stylicity, TFI’s New Labels, and chef’s Rob Rossi, Rob Rainford and the spice goddess Bal Arneson.Pheinixx has designed layouts and graphic materials for Vogue, Elle, InStyle, GQ and W in Italy, Russia, China and Korea.
The daughter of a painter and fashion designer, Pheinixx grew up with a pencil or camera in her hand at all times. She studied design and advertising where she won awards for media, copy writing and graphic design. Pheinixx was also one of the finalists in Marketing Magazine’s Creative Face Off.
Pheinixx continues to build brands through strategy and design while leading the Graphic Design & Interactive Media programs at Toronto Film School.
Andres Sevilla studied his bachelor in Industrial Design at Tecnologico de Monterrey and later did his Master’s degree in Product Innovation with an experience abroad at the University of Jönköping, Sweden. His passion for innovating in all media led him to specialize in Graphic Communication, designing important identities including the City of Monterrey. In 2015 he founded Vanuva, a multidisciplinary advertising and design agency, which has worked with national and international companies and organizations. He is an advisor and tutor in different Business incubators and events. He has been teaching about design, business and entrepreneurship since 2011. He is currently teaching at Toronto Film School in Canada. His passion is solving problems through disruptive design and visual communication strategies.
Babar Khan is an image-maker with a focus on fashion and the portrait, and a graduate of Ryerson University. He has photographed projects internationally including work in Paris, Vienna and across New Zealand. Khan’s photography was the focus of a FashionTelevision profile in 2009, and in 2015 a large format monograph entitled Modern Icon was published. He has also earned awards from Communication Arts, the International Photography Awards, and OPIA.
Working as an freelance creative motion designer and producer, I assist non-profits, entrepreneurs, artists, and start-ups reach their creation goals by identifying how to effectively convey their vision through digital design.
I have done work with and for Impossible Studios, Spacing Magazine, Pneusoma Group, The CBC/CBC Arts, Ronley Teper and the Lipliners, The Heroic Collective, Canadian Men’s Chorus, Puppet Island and more.
Devin is a design leader who specializes in product design, editorial storytelling and visual brand strategy. He is currently Creative Director, UX for Texas Instruments. During his tenure as Design Director for The Globe and Mail (2012 – 2019) he was recognized with awards for art direction, design and visual storytelling from renowned organizations such as The Advertising and Design Club of Canada, The Association of Graphic Designers of Canada, The Society for News Design, and Applied Arts magazine. In 2016 and 2019, The Globe and Mail was nominated for World’s Best Design by SND.
Over a 20-year career, Devin has led major projects, redesigns and marketing campaigns for Texas Instruments, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Canada’s Walk of Fame, American Express, The Independent Film Channel and Alliance Atlantis Films. He is a certified UX designer (Akendi) and creative lead for The Trust Project. He’s an avid collector of post-war Canadian art.
Designer, writer, curator, teacher. Foremost graphic designer.
For the past 16 years Fritz has run the full gamut from agency junior designer to project lead for multi-agency, multi-national consortiums; art director for numerous corporations; design thinking, research & methodology projects; mentoring designers; teaching design; curate international design festivals all whilst maintaining his own design studio. He prides himself on carrying a conversation with a room full of >stuffy< Korean executives equally as well as talking shop with the printer foreman.
Fritz has worked on brands as diverse as LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, KIA Motors, IBK (Industrial Bank of Korea), KEB (Korea Exchange Bank), KT (Korea Telecommunications) to lesser known brands in mechatronics & hydraulics (DY), hospitality (GLAD Hotel), retail (Noon Square), fashion (MVIO) etc. all to widen the definition and potential of design in everyday life.
Although he dislikes awards and accolades his work has been recognized by the TDC, Monthly Design, Korea Society of Typography and others. Also, he has sat on the advisory board for numerous design organizations, periodicals, design biennials and festivals.
Fritz also speaks publicly and contributes frequently to design publications around the world. He has delivered talks and workshops in Korea, Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong and most recently here in Toronto.
Jeff has worked in Men’s Fashion retail for over 40 years. He has held the positions of manager; buyer; visual display designer; merchandiser; and sales associate. Concurrently, for 24 years, Jeff held the position of Art Director and Lead Designer at a special event design firm. In this role he designed and managed the production of décor props and costumes.
Jeff has a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Guelph. He recently instructed Visual Presentation at Toronto Film School in the Interior Decorating program.
Currently with the Yorkville University, Jeff is instructing an online Fashion Sketching course; History of Furniture and Decoration; Introduction to Interior Decoration, and an in-class History of Design course in the Graphic Design program at Toronto Film School.
For more than 25 years, Jennifer Cairns has been recognized for outstanding quality and creativity in corporate branding and marketing. Jennifer was Creative Director and Director of Brand Development at Revera Inc, where she established an award-winning advertising and design team, launched a new national brand identity, and executed complex integrated marketing campaigns. Over the past decade, Jennifer has been freelancing and teaching art and design, most recently working with Allcard Ltd, Canada’s leader in gift card production for clients such as Canadian Tire, Roots, and Air Canada. Jennifer is teaching the next generation of graphic designers at the Toronto Film School and Mohawk College, with emphasis on best practices, clear communication, innovative ideas, and creative exploration.
Through an ongoing career in different countries for more than 30 years, John has been honoured with hundreds of awards for creative excellence; he has held the titles of Art Director, Creative Director, Partner, owner and mentor.
His advertising career started in Los Angles, California at the prestigious Art Center College of Design, where he received a BFA. His schooling and talent lead to jobs in Los Angles, Chicago / New York and Toronto.
John has had the privilege of working on almost everything from A-Z, in marketing, promotion, packaging and putting it all together in advertising campaigns. Creating over 1200 TV commercials, movie Posters, titles and credits, hundreds of radio commercials and countless print pieces, from Annual reports, to posters, to complete advertising campaigns to designing startup magazines.
He has also had the good fortune of working with some of the best in the business both in the U.S., Canada and around the world.
As well as running an advertising/design agency, John teaches.
Kory is a graphic designer with over 20 years of experience. He is also a design educator being a part-time faculty member at both Centennial and Durham College since 2014. He has taught courses in both the Advertising and Graphic Design programs such as Â Design and Production Fundamentals, Â Design Theory, Design Tools (Adobe), Digital Illustration, Graphic Design for Digital Media, acted as the Creative Director for Campus Media Production, and instructed summer camps and workshops. Kory is still active in the industry and working as a designer in advertising agencies and most recently for cannabis licensed producers. He also holds a graphic design diploma from Durham College and an Instructing Adults certificate from George Brown College.
Lea Conte is an experienced Designer, Art Director and Post-Secondary Educator in Toronto. With over ten years of industry experience and over five years as an instructor, she is driven by her passion for design and love of teaching. Lea stems from a seasoned background of education and professional experience. She retains a BA in Cultural Anthropology, which has complimented her curiosity for teaching and understanding cultural dynamics. Perusing her natural creative interests, Lea went on to study Fashion Arts and Graphic Design, where she then became a successful Art Director. Sensing the need to foster her academic and cultural mind, Lea found herself teaching in the post-secondary environment. Currently, Lea wholeheartedly believes she has combined her passion for cultural understanding and design problem solving into a successful and fulfilling career. Lea takes the utmost pride in providing a paramount learning experience for her students and keeping them up to date with contemporary design practices and principles.
Martyn Lee has always had an interest in art and design. As a visual merchandiser he’s been exposed to many design fields and has developed a huge appreciation for the creative process, and what it takes to bring an idea to aesthetic fruition.
Martyn enjoys working with his students and sharing his conceptual approach, inspiring them to see design through more critical and objective eyes and watching their creativity develop.
Careers: Visual Arts and Graphic/Multimedia Design.
Graphic Designer, Art Director in BBDO and Young & Rubicam Europe, participates in the Venice Biennale of Art and exhibitions in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania. From 1998 in Toronto he freelances in web, print, video/multimedia. 2000÷2006: teaching Art Directing & Visual Communication + Web in OCAD, while freelancing in Paris, France and Toronto. From 2007 he teaches Theology + Art of Icon in St. Stephen’s University, US. Beginning in 2017 he teaches in Toronto Film School and Yorkville University. Author of ‘Concepts of Beauty’ course, Yorkville University. Multilingual: English, French, Romanian. Masters of Engineering, Visual Arts ( + BBDO, Young & Rubicam training in Visual Communication & Art Directing, post-diploma studies in OCAD ), Theology.
Piyush Mann is a designer, artist and educator. His research focusses on decolonizing design through digitization and equitable management of ownership of indigenous Knowledge. He holds a Masters of Design degree from the University of Alberta with research that cultivates new design sensorial methodologies to extract tacit knowledge found in practice-led methods and indigenous knowledge. He also has a Bachelor of Design degree from OCAD University (Ontario College of Art and Design).As a professional designer and creative director, he combines his background in visual-communication design with new media to develop solutions for political design, corporate design, communication design and interactive design.
An ideator, educator, and UX/UI designer with the proven ability to understand client needs and successfully meet goals. His life-long interest and background in storytelling, has provided him an acute empathy of users and what drives them.
With over a decade of industry experience, he has an in-depth understanding of all things digital and design. Randolph has worked on some of the biggest brands in the world including Google, AT&T, and Procter & Gamble.
Randolph also has a passion for design education and has been involved in several tech schools training new designers, as well as corporate training.
Ryan Taffe is an artist and designer from Toronto, Canada, focused on designing timeless, functional, and creative works. Educated in Graphic Design, Art History and Computer Science, he has paired a strong technical knowledge with a classic approach to design. Throughout his life, Ryan has always worked hard at balancing athletics and creativity. In his youth, he spent a lot of time on the soccer pitch playing for the Provincial & National youth programs, travelling and playing in Portugal. In addition to the teamwork and determination Ryan learned through these experiences, he was constantly analyzing and investigating to ensure that he was performing at his best. Ryan was taught at an early age that self-reflection and constructive criticism are imperative for one to improve. He was fascinated from a young age with art and design, and with the progressive advancements in technology changing how design integrated with everyday life. In his spare time, he was developing skills on the computer and playing music constantly to better his skill set with constant practice and experimentation. As a teenager, Ryan became heavily connected to urban and skate culture. In his high school years, he honed his skills as an artist and web designer. He designed and programmed his secondary school’s website, as well as creating some of the school’s warning music; all this was done while juggling his training for soccer and being on student council. This ability to connect with trends and culture pushed Ryan to examine and understand why designs are successful and how they connect with different people.
Shilpa got her start in graphic design after graduating from LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. With more than a decade of experience in illustration, art direction and graphic design, she still can’t get enough of the arts and dabbles occasionally in crafting and pottery.
Enhancing her skills, and leveling up to the highest standards helped Shilpa create meaningful work, over the years.
Having worked in Singapore, India, and Canada, she brings a unique design sense. Influenced by classic and eclectic design work, she’s up for any creative challenge – so as long as there’s a cup of coffee, brewing nearby.