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Todd  Barsanti

Faculty, Art Fundamentals

Program Area: Material Arts and Design

Email: todd.barsanti@sheridancollege.ca

Contact Info: Ext. 8509

Education, Credentials

Graphic Design Diploma – Sheridan College, 1996

Master of Environmental Studies Degree – York University, 2011

Environmental and Sustainability Education Diploma – York University, 2011

 

Research Interests

Collaborative Learning, Integrating Sustainability into Educational Practice, Critical Thinking in Design and Design Education

 

Courses Taught

2D Design, Visual Language, Design & Image, Typography, Information Design, Design & Colour, Design Management, Corporate Identity, Packaging

 

Biography

A graduate of the Graphic Design program at Sheridan College, Todd Barsanti is an award-winning designer with 20 years of industry experience. Todd started out his career as a designer working with a variety of prominent design studios in the Toronto area, including Reactor Art + Design, Ove Communications, Spencer Francey Peters, and Hard Drive Design. In 1998, Todd opened his own studio, Elemeno Inc., and continues to work on contracts in this capacity to this day. An abbreviated client list for Elemeno Inc. includes Delta Airlines and Air Transat in the airline industry, Chive Inc., a vase wholesaler with global distributions, Smythe Les Vestes, an internationally recognized fashion house, and not-for-profits like Colleges Ontario and the Toronto chapter of Amnesty International, for whom Todd has been donating his design services since 2000.

 

From 2002 to 2012, Todd taught at Sheridan College in the York/Sheridan Bachelor of Design program on a contract basis and took on classes at York University in the same program from 2006 to 2012. He also taught at Centennial College, in their Graphic Design + Media program, in 2011.

 

In 2009, recognizing a lack of understanding of sustainability issues within both the graphic design industry and academia, Todd undertook a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies at York University. Graduating in 2011, he also received a diploma in Environmental & Sustainability Education. Todd’s area of concentration was entitled; Integrating Sustainability Into Design Education Trough Collaborative Learning Processes.

 

In July, 2013, Todd was invited to Chicago, IL for a training session with Former US Vice-President Al Gore as part of the Climate Reality Corps and is now dedicated to spreading the reality of our climate crisis through public speaking engagements.

 

Memberships

Communication Designers Association

Climate Reality Leadership Corps

 

Selected Publications

Designers as Facilitators of Change

http://www.livingprinciples.org/designers-as-facilitators-of-change/ –March, 2012

                 

Defining Sustainability for Designers

http://www.livingprinciples.org/defining-sustainability-for-designers/ – February, 2012

http://www.re-nourish.com/?l=articles_detail&id=113 – August, 2011

                 

Integrating Sustainability Into Design Education

http://www.re-nourish.com/?l=articles_detail&id=118 – October, 2011

 

Reflections on the Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training in Chicago

http://www.boomerwarrior.org/2013/08/reflections-on-the-climate-reality-leadership-corps-training-in-chicago/ – August, 2013

http://re-nourish.com/?l=articles_detail&id=141 – October, 2013

 

Presentations

Showcase of Teaching and Learning– presenter

Sheridan College

October 24, 2013

Topic: Sustainability in Education

 

response_ability: Ethics and Sustainability in Design Education  – panelist

AIGA – Toledo, Ohio

May 15 – 16, 2010

Topic: New Paradigms for Design Pedagogy? Collaboration, Sustainability,  Community, and the Education of the Citizen Designer.

                 

The Ninth Annual Graduate Conference in Education – presenter

York University – Toronto, Ontario

May 7 – 8, 2010

Topic: Open Space Technology as a model to encourage collaborative learning  in the classroom.