Donica Willis
graphic design, speculative design, painting, sculpture, digital illustration, sports, dance, photography, performance

IAMD, OCADUniversity

Donica is an ambitious and unapologetically black creative who lives and breathes all things design and art. She holds a BTech in Graphic Communications Management and is currently pursuing an MDes in Interdisciplinary Arts, Media & Design at OCAD University. By day, she works full-time at Ryerson University as a Graphic/Web Designer in their Storytelling & Special Projects Department and the remainder of her time is spent as the primary designer/owner of DW Creativ and other creative projects.

“I tend to use music as a tool to practice mindfulness. I use it to bring a sense of balance and to search for answers through problems and thoughts I might have in the moment. For example, over the past week with all that has been going on with black people and police.”

“With much of my current research being around speculative design in specific relation to the classroom - I’d like to use this residency to research the ways of which this pandemic has affected our ideas of the ‘normal’ classroom as well as perhaps how we can use this time as a way to further explore and embrace other ways of being and understanding the classroom that allows for different futures. ”