On October 20, 2023, OXD welcomed 20 students into our creative space, situated in the heart of Gastown, as part of the Design Professionals of Canada’s (DesCan) 2023 Launch! Student Conference. Students from the University of the Fraser Valley, BCIT, Capilano University IDEA School of Design program, Emily Carr University of Art + Design Communication Design Essentials program, Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Wilson School of Design, and newcomers to Canada looking to get into the industry attended the event. This initiative was aimed at supporting and empowering the next generation of designers. The office tour provided a quick overview of how an end-to-end design and technology agency operates.
During the tour, students were able to ask several OXD designers questions about the processes, techniques, and collaborative efforts that drive innovation and creativity in the industry.
Deborah MacKenzie, Senior UX Designer at OXD commented, "They were a wonderfully enthusiastic group of students whose interests spanned a lot of different areas under the umbrella of design."
The DesCan Launch! Student Conference, spanning two days, aimed to provide emerging designers with essential knowledge and skills to kickstart their design careers. Beyond the studio tours, students had access to immersive learning experiences, career guidance, and portfolio reviews from industry experts.
OXD is dedicated to supporting and inspiring the next generation of designers.