Our GDV faculty is made up of accomplished artists, designers, architects, writers, photographers and educators: all producing an amazing array of projects within their own respective fields of practice.
“Sometimes it is the differences we bring to the table, that make it rewarding to interact at all.”
-Kwame Anthony Appiah, Cosmopolitan Patriots, Critical Inquiry 23, no. 3, 1997. (Kwame Anthony Appiah is a Ghanaian-American philosopher, cultural theorist, and novelist whose interests include political and moral theory, the philosophy of language and mind, and African intellectual history.)
Don Collins is the owner of Spacecraft TO, an architectural consulting business specializing in 3D visualization and CNC machined designs. Trained as an architect, he has contributed to the work of many important architectural practices, including KPMB Architects and Adamson Associates. His portfolio also includes many unique projects for the Susur Lee Family and Susur Lee Restaurants.
Sarah Crane is an artist and graphic designer with over 10 years of experience. Dedicated to creative thinking and problem solving, she has worked with a unique collection of small businesses and corporate clients. She is currently the owner of Frolic Art & Design, a multi-disciplinary practice producing a wide range of projects and media: including branding, website design, illustration and encaustic art.
Luke Despatie is an award-winning graphic designer, illustrator and printmaker. His work has been recognized internationally in publications such as Applied Arts, Communication Arts, Low Tech Print (UK), and Unexpected Packaging! (Japan). He was also named one of ten young designers to watch by Design Edge magazine.
With over 15 years of experience, Connie Dolstra has worked as a graphic designer and art director at some of the top agencies in Los Angeles, New York City and Toronto. She has a wide range of experience working for Tier 1 companies, from initial concepts through to final production, and currently runs her own agency.
Jake Dudas is an advertising copywriter with over 15 years of experience specializing in multimedia campaigns. Career highlights include stints at Cossette (Vancouver), PJ DDB/Rapp Collins (Toronto) and JAN Kelley Marketing (Burlington). He has won numerous awards, including two national RSVPs for his work with Tourism BC and the Vancouver Sun.
Tami Fujimoto has been an arts educator for over 25 years, working within Toronto’s most vibrant multicultural schools, serving as an integral member of many prestigious art departments and also as department head of visual and media arts. A key component of her teaching philosophy revolves around exploring innovative means for students to develop their artwork through art related community events. Her students have actively participated in unique installations with the ROM, AGO, Harbourfront Centre, Canadian Art Magazine and OISE.
Chris Gooderham has over 14 years of web design, development and digital communications experience. His portfolio includes a diverse range of projects and clients: from large sites for government agencies and environmental not-for-profits, to design projects dedicated to urban ecology, heritage landscapes and smart urban design.
Andy Guthrie is a prolific art director, project manager and cinematographer. He owns a creative production company that works with advertising agencies, non-profits, institutions and magazines. He has over 10 years experience in magazine design and has received a number of awards for his work with the Peterborough Regional Health Centre and the Peterborough Community Police Service.
Anita Matusevics, The GDV Studio Creative Director
Originally trained as an architect, Anita Matusevics is a designer with over 20 years of experience leading and collaborating on internationally-acclaimed art and design projects. As co-owner of Wonder Incorporated and former associate at Bruce Mau Design, she has built a practice based on visual communication and design-thinking. Her work spans diverse disciplines and clients: from the Guggenheim Museum to the Seattle Public Library; the Vitra Design Museum to Maharam Textiles; and KPMB Architects to the Manifesta Art Biennial.
Originally from St. John’s, NL, Rick O’Brien is a Toronto-based photographer with over 20 years experience in the hospitality industry. Specializing in food, editorial and interior photography, he has worked with top international hotels, travel companies, restaurants and Michelin Star chefs.
Peter Oliver is a senior art director, creative director and designer with thorough experience in all media: including interactive media, print, advertising and broadcast. He is as comfortable planning the launch of a new product as he is designing new packaging for an existing brand. Recognized by his peers, he has won many art direction awards, including two Clio Awards and a Gold Marketing Award for financial advertising. Peter also brings 35 years of teaching experience, having been a former Chair of Advertising and faculty member at OCAD.
Inspired by Canada’s lakeside wilderness, Matt Stimpson emigrated in 2005 from the UK. After years of working at communications agencies, including Porsche Club’s publications department, he started his own company and works today as the creative director at We Design in Peterborough.