Welcome to the Design Lab.

Real design, that really matters.


Who we are

The Design Lab at York University is a new venture initiated by the Department of Design. It was created to serve the design needs of the York University community while simultaneously providing exceptional students with a professional-level office experience while they are still enrolled in school. The Design Lab reflects the professional standards of excellence for which the York/Sheridan Program in Design is recognized, and at the same time projects the vibrancy and creativity of design students.

Design Lab students are highly talented designers who undergone a portfolio review and are supervised by faculty and staff who have extensive business experience. Students work individually or in small creative teams and take responsibility for all project stages — design, production and implementation.

What we offer

  • Project research
  • Strategy development
  • Concept design
  • Client presentations
  • Production of print and web files

What we create

  • Logo, symbol and brand development
  • Website design and production
  • Promotional and marketing material
  • A wide range of visual communications
  • Signage and way-finding
  • Catalogues, proposals, books and posters
  • DVD packaging and digital materials

Student responsibilities

  • Independent work as well as part of a creative team
  • Research, analysis and creative strategy development
  • Design and implementation of creative solutions
  • Project management and liaison
  • Assessment and control time/cost factors
  • Involvement in a professional studio environment


Design Lab Projects

Over the academic year, the Design Lab students produce a wide range of projects for a variety of clients that form the York University community. Featured here are select samples of our Design Lab creative teams.

  • Client: Faculty of Science, Communication
  • Project: Series of videos on different science topics
  • Scope: Cinematography, lighting, sound, editing, directing, animation graphics, client liaison
  • Client: Centre for Automotive Research, CAR, Lassonde School of Engineering
  • Project: Corporate Identity, Logo, Stationery, Website
  • Scope: Research, design, concept presentation, production, proofing, project management
  • Client: Centre for Automotive Research, CAR, Lassonde School of Engineering
  • Project: Portable, curved exhibit display
  • Scope: Research, design, concept presentation, production, proofing, project management
  • Client: Centre for Automotive Research, CAR, Lassonde School of Engineering
  • Project: Retractable display banner
  • Scope: Concept design, client presentation, production, proofing, project management
  • Client: Faculty of Science, Glass Blowing Department
  • Project: Promotional brochure
  • Scope: Concept, design, original location photography, production, proofing, printing, project management
  • Client: Lassonde School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Project: Tensiometer software and hardware prototype
  • Scope: Concept development and presentation, UI / UX Design, Iconography, Prototyping, Mechanical drawings
  • Client: Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Visual Art and Art History
  • Project: Symposium branding and marketing communications
  • Scope: Concept development, design, production, proofing, project management


Contact Us

If you are part of the York University community

Before you plan your next project, contact the Design Lab course director at ydeslab@gmail.com and request a price and/or project list for your planning and budgeting information.

If you are a YSDN student

Before you enroll in any other 4th-year class, or 3rd-year winter class, consider the Design Lab option. Submit your resume to ydeslab@gmail.com (indicate the subject as "Portfolio submission – Design Lab”) and include:

  1. Your resume — 1 page only, PDF
  2. A sample of your work — up to 3 pages of one PDF document web resolution (not exceeding 1-2 MB in size) or a portfolio link
  3. Your email message to be written as a cover letter with clearly identifiable contact information

Space is limited.

Lyle Fraiman, Design Lab Course Director
YSDN Bachelor of Design Program
Department of Design
York University, Dahdaleh Building, Room 4008