Join host, Diana Varma, as she explores the wonderful world of design and printing, typography and branding, books and publishing. In each episode Diana aims to answer many age-old, deep philosophical questions such as: Where the heck did Comic Sans originate? Why do the majority of printed books have blank pages at the end? What is the world's ugliest colour? What does a sassy three-year-old have to say about the visible colour spectrum? Ready to have some fun? Let's talk paper scissors.

Intersection is a series exploring the creative practices of 17 diverse female artists and discovering the ways in which their experiences intersect.In this episode, you will meet Norwegian advertising professional and Photoshop artist, Inger Kristine Steinsland, who chats about the magic of happy accidents, visual simplicity and having fun in your work. She speaks to the importance of removing the toxic culture of fear, the possibilities of problem solving through design and the importance of enjoying the process. Inger’s experiences intersect with Brooke (the importance of failure) and Amelia (the journey is the destination).

Intersection is a series exploring the creative practices of 17 diverse female artists and discovering the ways in which their experiences intersect.In this first episode, you will meet Canadian realist painter and artist, Brooke Cormier, who chats about all things growth, the importance of experimentation, the challenges of running a business as a creative and that failure is part of the process. Brooke’s experiences intersect with many of the artists in this series, but namely with Diana (the nature of growth) and Inger (the importance of failure).

Intersection is a series exploring the creative practices of 17 diverse female artists and discovering the ways in which their experiences intersect. Over the course of 18-episodes there are 9+ hours of conversations with artists in 5 countries and that’s been 3 months in the making. In this primer episode, Diana introduces the series, explains how it evolved and shares her creative process to uncover others’ creative processes. You will be introduced to the voices of the 17 artists and their points of intersection are revealed. These are the stories between the stories where common themes, ideas and truths emerge and interweave from past to present to future. 

Letraset is a largely antiquated process for transferring letters and graphics onto various materials. It rose in the 1950’s and fell in the 1990’s. While most people in the worlds of typography, graphic design and printing have long since put away their dry-rub transfer sheets, one Toronto-based artist and zinester loves using Letraset in his practice as a way to incorporate analog processes into his design work. In this conversation we meet the magical Jonathan Valelly, who uses Letraset as a jumping-off point for digging deeper to the relationship between design and technology, including how using Letraset helps counteract the ‘Abdobification’ of design. Jonathan will delight and intrigue and challenge you, through the power of Letraset.

This is the sixth episode in a 6-part series all about Accessibility Changemakers: conversations with persons with disabilities, as well as allies of persons with disabilities, all of whom are working to make the world a more inclusive place through their creative leadership. Meet Kelly and Adam, both university accessibility specialists. In this conversation, they walk us through the current status of accessible publishing, including how technology has evolved in 15 years, as well as barriers that still exist today and what the library is doing to make access to accessible documents easier. Kelly and Adam describe the ways in which technologies (including AI) will not remove all barriers to accessibility and why humans will remain at the forefront of inclusion efforts for the foreseeable future. 

This is the fifth episode in a 6-part series all about Accessibility Changemakers: conversations with persons with disabilities, as well as allies of persons with disabilities, all of whom are working to make the world a more inclusive place through their creative leadership. Meet Theresa Mabe, a visually-impaired higher education marketing professional with a degree in digital media and web technology. Theresa is incredibly knowledgeable and beautifully articulate about digital accessibility. In today’s conversation, Theresa focuses on accessibility within social media platforms (primarily Instagram), including giving us the low down on which social media platforms are outperforming others when it comes to accessibility. Theresa also dives into two inaccessible practices that she sees all the time on social media (and why to avoid them!). Furthermore, her savvy marketing mind reminds us of the brand recognition benefits of creating accessible content, including examples of brands who are getting it right. This episode is for anyone who posts content to social media and it’s one you don’t want to miss!

This is the fourth episode in a 6-part series all about Accessibility Changemakers: conversations with persons with disabilities, as well as allies of persons with disabilities, all of whom are working to make the world a more inclusive place through their creative leadership. Meet Mel Sutjiadi, is a QTPOC multi-disciplinary creative director, designer, illustrator, developer, and educator who loves to solve problems through design. They are a Registered Graphic Designer (RGD) and they were recently announced as a finalist for the RGD’s ULTRABOLD Awards, celebrating emerging designers under 35 who are making an impact on the design community and beyond. In this conversation, Mel provides practical tips for thinking about and building more accessible digital experiences for as many people as possible. They expand our preconceived ideas about accessibility and share that accessibility needs are not as far removed from ourselves as we might think. Lastly, Mel reminds us of the power we have as designers and that with restrictions comes great design.

This is the third episode in a 6-part series all about Accessibility Changemakers: conversations with persons with disabilities, as well as allies of persons with disabilities, all of whom are working to make the world a more inclusive place through their creative leadership. Meet Josh Skinner, a Registered Graphic Designer (RGD), post-secondary instructor and senior product designer who is passionate about equity and accessibility. In this conversation, Josh discusses the design process and the role accessibility plays in it, the importance of truly defining what ‘accessibility’ means for your project and that accessibility can (and should) be more than a checklist. Furthermore, Josh sets the record straight that designing more inclusively does not have to mean losing your brand’s voice.

This is the second episode in a 6-part series all about Accessibility Changemakers: conversations with persons with disabilities, as well as allies of persons with disabilities, all of whom are working to make the world a more inclusive place through their creative leadership. Meet Lee Eldridge, a workflow automations specialist who has a long history of helping facilitate accessible communications solutions. In this episode, Lee helps us understand what many clients, large and small, are thinking when it comes to organizational accessibility efforts. Lee suggests the need for freely-available, legislation-compliant accessibility training provided by the government to help more individuals create accessible communication pieces. Lee also speaks to the ways in which he feels governments might start reacting to accessibility non-compliance in the near future.

This is the first episode in a 6-part series all about Accessibility Changemakers: conversations with persons with disabilities, as well as allies of persons with disabilities, all of whom are working to make the world a more inclusive place through their creative leadership. Meet Kevin Shaw, an entrepreneur with a mission to build, lead and inspire. Kevin grew up with low vision and lost his vision entirely at the age of 19. In this conversation, Kevin speaks to the medical model of disability versus the social model of disability, including the ways in which people aren’t disabled; rather it’s environments that are disabling. Kevin explains how he navigates physical and digital spaces, demonstrating screen reading technology within accessible and inaccessible digital environments. Finally Kevin provides his take on what companies are doing right from an accessibility standpoint and where they still have a ways to go, leading him to explain his latest technology venture, MenuVox. This episode is a must-listen for anyone who designs digital spaces and documents, including websites, software and PDF files.

Welcome Olivia Kane from The Weekly Typographic podcast! Just like your favourite crossover episode on TV (think the Jetsons and Flintstones or New Girl and Brooklyn Nine Nine), this, too, is a crossover episode… as it pertains to geeky typography-focused podcasts. In today’s episode, Olivia shares a Nerd Alert all about the Industrial Revolution’s massive impact on typography as we know it today, as well as the type revolution we’re currently experiencing. You don’t want to miss it!

In this special 2-part series, guest host, Mark Corrigan, explores the intersection of mindfulness and creativity. In this second episode, Mark unpacks mindfulness for creatives, including specific tools and techniques for individuals who rely on creative problem solving. Mark and Diana go back-and-forth throughout, bringing their personal experiences, thoughts and challenges to the conversation.

In this special 2-part series, guest host, Mark Corrigan, explores the intersection of mindfulness and creativity. In this first episode, Mark uncovers the foundational principles of mindfulness as a practice, attitudes of mindfulness and, more specifically, how mindfulness practice can benefit professionals in different parts of the economy. Mark and Diana go back-and-forth throughout, bringing their personal experiences, thoughts and challenges to the conversation. 

Toronto-based graphic designer and lettering artist, Christopher Rouleau, is back on the podcast one year after his first appearance, this time chatting about his newest project called The New Pop! He and Diana also chat about his other recent hand lettering and art projects, his creative process, as well as a very special source of inspiration from the home of his Grandmother. 

This is the third and final episode in this NEW 3-part magazine mini-series. These episodes feature conversations with amazing people doing amazing work in the world of magazine production and publishing. In this episode, Dan Thompson, Founder of Italic (a visual communications manufacturing company) shares ideas, trends and hope about the continued relevance of printed publications in a digital world. 

This is the second episode in this NEW 3-part magazine mini-series. These episodes feature conversations with amazing people doing amazing work in the world of magazine production and publishing. In this episode, Nicola Hamilton (Art Director of Best Health Magazine, design educator and President of The Association of Registered Graphic Designers) shares her vast experience designing magazines. In this conversation, she discusses digital versus printed magazine strategy, the importance of storytelling and her process as an Art Director. She also reveals her favourite magazine on the planet.

This is the first episode in a NEW 3-part magazine mini-series. These episodes feature conversations with amazing people doing amazing work in the world of magazine production and publishing. In this episode, L’Amour Lisik of The Malahat Review in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada shares her experiences working as a Managing Editor of a Canadian literary magazine. She discusses the role of a managing editor, as well as the role an editor has to play in fostering equity, diversity and inclusion.

This episode features Dr. Maha Bali, Associate Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo. In this final episode in the Virtual Reality podcast mini-series, Dr. Bali underscores the need for equality in virtual classrooms, designing for flexibility and taking the time to determine why and how we assess student learning. If you’re an educator interested in creating a more equitable, meaningful and just world inside of your classroom so that it can be modelled by students once they’re outside of your classroom, this episode is for you.

The debate around whether or not participants should be encouraged to keep their cameras on during virtual synchronous interactions is a hotly-debated topic. This episode features three reasons why instructors may choose to make their next classroom interaction ‘cameras optional’ or even encourage a ‘cameras off’ environment. Rooted in Universal Design for Learning (UDL), these reasons include levelling the playing field among students to encourage inclusion, removing unnecessary distractions, and encouraging participants to tap into their unique learning styles. 

This episode features Psychological Science graduate student Daryll Wilson, whose research is focused on teaching and learning. In this conversation, Daryll addresses some of the challenges he’s faced while learning online and he provides ways that instructors can help students by offering flexibility; both in how and when students work through course content, as well as with flexible deadlines. Furthermore, Daryll sheds light on his research about incorporating ‘consolidation pauses’ during lectures and why this is a promising strategy to improve the student experience.