Industrial Design in Canada: An economic amble with John Arnott
Jan 24 2024
event: talk hybrid

In this talk organized by the Industrial Designers Society of America Toronto chapter, speaker John Arnott examines the considerable impacts of the industrial design profession on the Canadian economy and culture as well as future potentials.

Industrial Design (ID) activity began somewhere around 1847, long before anyone imagined it might become a profession. It was then that Hart Massey first started making farm implements for other farmers and found that to be more profitable than farming. Where much recent ID media has focused on appearances, this talk will examine the considerable impacts of the profession on the Canadian economy and culture. It will also view some future potentials for a revival of the profession in our post-globalisation environment.

This hybrid event begins in-person at 6:00pm with a networking and socializing session, including drinks and light refreshments. The virtual portion begins at 7:00pm.

John’s talk will be followed by a Q&A period.

Please note that this event will be recorded and the recording will be shared through page. By registering for an in-person ticket, you are acknowledging that you may appear in the recording.


John Arnott, Global Furniture Group, IDSA-Toronto


Industrial Designers Society of America logo
Global Furniture Group logo
IDSA Toronto chapter logo


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Mr. Harpreet Singh, IDSA
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