Illustration and Graphic Design

“Responding to emerging issues in media and civic awareness in Canada, this project highlights, examines and exposes characteristics of the digital space in order to enhance young citizens’ media literacy. The title of the thesis, “Concealing and Revealing” speaks to our relationship with the digital space that is all at once present, immediate and yet, invisible, and elusive. The creative work aims to illuminate the invisible power dynamics perpetuated by digital tools using information design and data visualizations, presented through a large sculptural installation and a series of illustrated notebooks. ”

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Alex Perlin is a graphic designer, illustrator and educator, who holds an MDes in Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design (2021), a BA in Studio Art from University of Guelph (2011), and a BDes in Fashion Communication from Ryerson University (2010). Specializing in fashion illustration and brand design, Alex has worked with brands including M.A.C Cosmetics, L’Oréal Paris, Adidas, Saks, and Hallmark. Alex teaches at Ryerson University in the School of Fashion and Creative Industries programs, as well as at OCAD University in Graphic Design. Alex first became interested in democratic engagement and media literacy because of work that her father, a political scientist at Queen’s University, was undertaking in the 1990s. After Ukraine broke from Russia, reformist leaders of the new country believed that democracy could only succeed if its citizens understood the rights and responsibilities of democratic citizenship. Alex’s father directed a program to introduce the study of democracy into the education system of Ukraine, and worked on this project intensively for almost two decades. During this period, Alex had the opportunity to develop design work that related to these projects and became interested in identifying ways in which design could be used to enhance democratic knowledge and youth engagement.
OCAD University
Master of Design, Interdisciplinary Master's of Fine Art, Media and Design
Major Completed, 2021
OCAD U - Graduate Studies
Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design (MA, MDes and MFA)
Major Completed, 2021
University of Guelph
Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art
Major Completed, 2011
Ryerson University
Bachelor of Design, Fashion Communication
Major Completed, 2010

Graphic Design Illustration Information Design Data Visualization Civic Literacy Media Literacy

2019, Florence Residency Independent Study
Florence, Italy
2018, Florence Residency
Florence, Italy
2018, Always Already Group Exhibition
OCAD Graduate Gallery
2019, Masters Alternative Media Awards (with Experiential Futures Class)
Association of Professional Futurists Award