Cool Concept

Cool Concept


Cool Concept is a talk series about design projects done by the local Toronto graphic design, advertising, and illustration community. CC allows creatives to share their personal projects with an audience of fellow creatives and like-minded individuals. The selected speakers will talk about work that was done out of passion, joy, and curiosity, and specifically not for a client. It’s these personal and side projects that don’t get much attention in the blog and award circuit, but where designers and creators often come up with the most interesting work because they’re allowed to play and explore, without being hemmed in by client desires or budget restrictions.

Participation Opportunities


Cool Concept focuses on the personal passion projects of graphic designers, art directors, illustrators, and other creatives in the visual communication and industry. We highlight all kind of projects that fit into that category, like websites, infographics, comics, magazines, web apps, poster series, books, and any other big projects along those lines. Talks are about fifteen minutes each, and you’re expected to prepare slides to accompany your talk. Speakers get to share their work with a live audience of over 100 people and receive additional online exposure before and after the event, as well as a listing on our website. Speakers also get a free ticket for a +1 to their talk, and can attend any Cool Concept in the future for free themselves. If you’re selected in speaking at an event, fill out this form and we’ll be in touch.

Concept Loop

The Concept Loop is a gallery of rotating images that’s displayed at the end of each Cool Concept event. Up to ten creatives are selected to show one image of their work to our audience of over 100 people as they chat and have a drink. Work from the Concept Loop will also be posted on Instagram the day after the event, for additional exposure. Participating in the Concept Loop is free, just fill out this form to show us your work. If you’re selected to be a part of the ‘Loop, we’ll be in touch.

Upcoming Events

Cool Concept #4, February 28, 2019

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Past Events

Cool Concept #3, November 1, 2018
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Maegan Fidelino, Ephemera Magazine

Matt Greenwood, final_final

Cool Concept #2, August 23, 2018

Nuff, Shard

Blair Thomson, Canada Modern

Andrew Foerster, Tin Canyon

Cool Concept #1, April 6, 2018

Fidel Pena of Underline Studio, Everybody Newspaper Series

Marissa Korda, The Loneliness Project

Equal Parts Studio, Feelbot
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