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I’m Umar Ansari and I’m an undergraduate student attending OCAD University in Toronto. Currently majoring in Industrial Design, I have strong interests in internet technology, “smart” products, and information architecture.

My prior educational ventures include attending a 1-year certificate program, Art and … Read More
I’m Umar Ansari and I’m an undergraduate student attending OCAD University in Toronto. Currently majoring in Industrial Design, I have strong interests in internet technology, “smart” products, and information architecture.

My prior educational ventures include attending a 1-year certificate program, Art and Design Foundations, at Centennial College in 2013. After which I decided to tackled Industrial Design as it peaked my interest the most.

I have also worked in the visual effects industry as a digital compositor. My credits include HBO’s Transporter (TV series), and motion graphics for the 100th CFL Grey Cup in 2012.

After completing my bachelor’s degree in design, I wish to use my skills to design products that have everlasting positive effects on users.

My Design Philosophy:

Every great designer I've come across thus far has a great design philosophy that defines his/her work. So I’ve thought a little bit about what drives me to design well.

A quote you’ll always find me referring to is this one by Apple’s Chief Design Officer, Jony Ive:

“Different and ‘new’ is relatively easy. But doing something that’s genuinely better is very hard.”

But what makes something 'genuinely better'? Personally, I find the answer to that question is detail. By focusing on the little things rather than what is outwardly present or the absence of cluttering and ornamentation, great designs come about.

And great designs lead to even greater experiences. Read Less
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