A big hello from the Industrial Design GradEx Committee 2020!

This year has been one of unprecedented change. 

It’s a yearly tradition for OCAD University to host GradEx, a culminating show displaying thesis work from its graduating students. However, on March 11th, WHO classified COVID-19 as a global pandemic, and GradEx was cancelled. The following day, OCAD U announced the suspension of in-person classes and access to studios. Despite the transitional period of grief, chaos, and anxiety, the Industrial Design GradEx student committee and faculty continued to work collaboratively to find and implement a plan B. This year’s theme is the “Fifth”, our vision of what the fifth industrial revolution could look like, and a tongue-in-cheek nod to the fifth floor, where we made our home for the past four years. This collection of projects seeks to investigate the identity of industrial design from our own points of view and pays homage to our cumulative years at OCAD U.



Opening Night Reception

We've finished our opening night talks! Our panel of OCAD U alumni and faculty covered topics such as how to define industrial design, navigating the job market during this pandemic, reality vs. expectations for fresh graduates, networking, and more.

We've recorded it so you can watch the whole thing below.






In Association with

Ontario College of Art & Design University

OCAD University's 105th Annual Graduate Exhibition

OCAD U Graphic Design 2020 Grad Showcase 

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Special Thanks

Thank you to Core77 for organizing a Student Showcase, linking North American year-end portfolio shows with a panel of industry professionals to review and feedback student works.


fifth: Industrial Design Grad Show Participants 

Adam Joaquin, Aidan Taylor, Allen Wang, Amy Kim, Ashley Butac, Auditi Dutta, Avery Guerin, Chris Panneflek, Claire Wu, Connor Novac, Curtis Kwok, Daniel Rosero, Dominic R. Lagman, Ethan Arff, Farzad R. Sadeghi, Greg Choi, Gregoire Dechaine, Jacob Hoang, Jamie Bursey, Jaywhy Kim, Jonathan Stowe, Kamil Shebli, Lorenzo Ignacio, Maria Fresco , Mathisan Paramanathan, Meaghan Robson, Mikayla Koo, Montserrat de Grau-Amezcua, Naoya Takahashi, Orville Seo, Paul Tom, Peidi Wang, Priscilla Lee, Rachel South, Reid Howes, Ryan Resplandor, Sam Chaaya, Samson Graham, Samuel Elharrar, Shaun Alfonso, SingYu Lam, Steven Angove, Taran Chhabra, Victoria Gonzalez, Victoria J. Beck, Yoksna Paramanathan, Zoe Yuan, ZongQi Jiang

Grad Show Committee

Project Management: Aidan Taylor & Claire Wu

Creative Directors: Mathisan Paramanathan & SingYu Lam

Team Leads: Adam Joaquin & Reid Howes

Committee Members: Farzad R. Sadeghi, Jacob Hoang, Priscilla Lee, Steven Angove & Yoksna Paramanathan

Faculty Advisor: Job Rutgers

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