Oliver Oike, OOTS E1S2

July 2, 2018

Welcome to season two of OOTs, or, Out of the studio where we talk to Graphic designers about what makes them tick, their favourite colours, and random interesting thoughts about baseline grids.

This episode's music has been supplied by DJ Lorem Ipsum.

For the first episode of this season we were at Winnipeg’s Goodwill Social Club back in February of 2018 at the AGM, Annual General Meeting for GDC (Graphic Designers of Canada) Manitoba branch. We decided to do a live taping, not even in a studio, OOTS was OOTS and in front of a small but energetic live audience with Oliver Oike. 

Oliver is an Instructor in the Department of Graphic Design at Red River College in Winnipeg, where he has been teaching since 2012.

In 2000, Oliver graduated with his Bachelor of Communication Design degree from Emily Carr University in Vancouver. 

Over the next twelve years Oliver worked at agencies and studios in Vancouver and Winnipeg (Praxis, DDB Canada, Manlab), producing work for clients like the Canadian Tourism Commission, Telus, Bank of Montreal, Unilever, Sobeys, Travel Manitoba, The Virtual Museum of Canada, and Upper Fort Garry Heritage Park. 

For eight years, Oliver sat on the Board of the Manitoba Chapter of the Graphic Designers of Canada (gdc.net), first as Vice-President and National Rep, and then as Chapter President from 2009 to 2013. He continues to volunteer with the GDC, organizing events like Pecha Kucha Night, and sitting as a member of the National GDC Foundation Committee.


‘Segun Olude, OOTS E6S1

January 17, 2018

'Segun Olude

Designer Educator Learner Storyteller. Loves type, colours, light, shadows, refractions, reflections; and family, celebrations, faces, places + life.

'Seguin OludeBorn in Lagos, Nigeria, ’Segun Olude attended Methodist Boys’ High School Lagos. After moving to Canada, Segun graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Graphic Design Major, from the University of Manitoba and then joined one of Winnipeg’s leading design firms in 1994.

’Segun also holds a National Diploma in Fine Arts, from the School of Art, Printing and Industrial Design of well-known Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, Nigeria. He completed all course work for the ISDP-MA at Syracuse University and graduated with an MFA in Graphic Design program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, Vermont, USA. 

Currently, ‘Segun Olude runs a collaborative graphic design studio, Indigo Ink Studios, and teaches part-time as a Sessional Instructor at the University of Manitoba’s School of Art. His professional portfolio includes various editorial and magazine design, corporate identities, event branding, web design, commemorative postage stamps for Canada Post, and the event branding and collateral materials for TEDxWinnipeg since 2013.



Craig Medwyduk, OOTS E5S1

December 14, 2017

Howdy, I have been working as a creator for the past 20 years. Making successful visual work for clients like the Juno Awards, the Grey Cup, Federated Co-operatives, Canadian Country Music Awards, General Electric, Rogers… a mountain of awesome projects with great clients.

A career with peer recognition, is an amazing thing. To have worked with, and for incredible people is the cherry on top. And to pass that knowledge onto those who seek it… I don’t know what that is, but its really fk'in cool to see someone get it. The current studio, Odelay! is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Along with the love of my life Jacqueline, we create great things under this big blue prairie sky.


Craig and Evan and Leif


Kirk Warren, OOTS E4S1

November 11, 2017

Kirk Warren is a graphic designer, illustrator, educator and the principal of Kirk Warren Studio.

Kirk Warren completed his undergraduate degree, a BFA Honours in Graphic Design, at the University of Manitoba School of Art in 1992 winning several awards as a student.

Kirk worked at Grand Design for three years before leaving to start his own studio and do freelance work for several local studios. Since then he has created strategic partnerships within publishing and both interior and landscape/environmental designs where he enjoys the multi-disciplinary approach.

In 1995, Kirk Warren started teaching graphic design at the University of Manitoba School of Art and, in 1999, started teaching in the Faculty of Architecture eventually becoming Coordinator for Communications. In 2000, he became Area Chair for Graphic Design. He was an Assistant Professor/Area Chair for Graphic Design at the University of Manitoba School of Art until his return to professional practice.

In 1996, Kirk started working with illustration agency Rita Gatlin Represents (San Francisco). He no longer employs an agent but still considers illustration as a significant part of his work. He completed a masters degree (MA Illustration) at Syracuse University in 2003.

Kirk Warren, through Kirk Warren Studio, has worked on numerous publishing projects, corporate identity campaigns and environmental graphic systems including the 1999 Pan Am Games and the sign system for the Winnipeg Trails Association which won recognition in several international design awards annuals and exhibitions.

Kirk Warren was born and raised in Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada and now resides in the Wolseley area of Winnipeg, Manitoba with his partner and two children.

He spends a lot of time looking and thinking about what he sees.


Steven Rosenberg, OOTS E3S1

August 28, 2017



These things I believe:

Learning never ends.

It's the question not the answer.

Everything changes and nothing changes.

The world is always in need of repair and we all have a role to play.


Steven Rosenberg

Tétro, OOTS E2S1

July 17, 2017

Andrea: Andrea Tétrault is a partner at Tétro, a creative agency in Winnipeg co-founded in 1998 with her husband Paul. Yes, she's that old. Passionate and outspoken, she believes firmly in the value of good design, and has spent her career trying to create things that matter. She spends most of her time bossing people around, answering emails, and going for nice lunches, but they still let her design sometimes – which keeps her balanced and happy. She served as president of the Manitoba Chapter of the Graphic Designers of Canada and continues to be a proud member of the local and national design community. In her 'spare time', Andrea is an avid cyclist, hockey mom, wine enthusiast (because hockey mom), and sometime author of the blog “Winnipeg CycleChick”. 

Paul: It takes guts to start a business with your spouse. Some might even suggest a touch of masochism. But in 1998, a month before they were married, and in spite of dire warnings from friends and family, Paul and Andrea founded Tétro. Fast forward twenty years – business is booming, and they are still happily married.

As principal, partner and creative director at Tétro, Paul oversees designers in the studio and provides overall design direction. Paul is also a key member of the design team, providing elegant and impactful design solutions, some of which have won national and international acclaim. His mission is to ensure all creative work coming out of Tétro is held to the absolute highest of standards — challenging his team to consider better ways to integrate smart thinking and visual solutions. He is a professional member of the Graphic Designers of Canada and treasures the colleagues he calls friends — locally, nationally and across the border. When he’s not designing Paul loves playing dad, husband and right wing.


Rob Peters, OOTS E1S1

June 14, 2017

Robert L Peters is a graphic designer and founder/principal of the award-winning firm CIRCLE, the design consultancy he directed for 38 years. He is also a former president of Icograda (now ico–D, the International Council of Design); founding president of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, Manitoba Chapter; a foreign feature correspondent for Communication Arts magazine; former editor of the GDC Graphic Design Journal; and author of the book Worldwide Identity, published by Rockport. Robert has taught creative communications and design at Red River College and the University of Manitoba’s School of Art (as Chair of Graphic Design); was the recipient of the Koopman Distinguished Chair in the Visual Arts from the Hartford School of Art, University of Hartford; and served as Designer in Residence in the Visual Communication Design Department, Monash University, in Melbourne, Australia.

Robert is a humanist and lifelong environmentalist. Though retired from design practice in 2014, he remains active internationally as a consultant and design strategist, policy advisor, writer, juror, and guest lecturer. He was raised and schooled in Germany, Switzerland, and England, and has traveled extensively (more than 60 countries). For 35 years he has lived in a low-energy passive solar house that he designed and built in the woods of eastern Manitoba. When not immersed in art, design, or activism, he enjoys nature, mountaineering, and human-powered outdoor activities.