DrNadine Ouellet


Dr Nadine Ouellet

Programme Leader, Diploma in Design Communication
  • Doctoral Equivalency, Graphic Design, Université Laval, Quebec, Canada (Quebec)
  • MFA, Graphic Design, Yale University School of Art, United States
  • BFA, Visual Communication, Université Laval, Canada (Quebec)

After completing her BFA in Visual Communication, Nadine worked for creative firms in Canada before pursuing her graduate studies at Yale University in the US. Nadine’s MFA’s thesis on Indexical Portraiture: Graphic Design as Evidence was supervised by the American academic, author and designer Jessica Helfand.

Nadine started her academic career at Université Laval (School of Design) in Quebec City in 2002, while she also pursued a Doctoral equivalency research project and various graphic design residencies. Nadine received her academic tenure in 2007 and lead the graphic design undergraduate programme for one year before moving to Hong Kong in 2008.

In Hong Kong, Nadine continued her academic journey at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University as a Visiting Professor and a Full-Time Professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD, Hong Kong campus). Apart from teaching undergraduate and graduate students, Nadine was also invited to participate in curriculum reconfiguration and school accreditation processes.

Nadine’s design practice has been revolving around clients in the cultural, governmental and educational sectors. She worked for creative firms in Quebec City, New York, Paris, Porto and Hong Kong. She has been working on design projects for clients such as Phaidon Press, Art Directors Club of New York, The Friends of the High Line, Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne University, Desjardins Bank, As Boas Raparigas Theatre, Quebec Government and Edipresse Media Hong Kong.

Her design expertise ranges from designing prints (books, catalogues, magazines and posters) and developing visual identities to creating in situ or digital experiences. Her latest research interests on the revival of traditions and historical sites through design has expanded her body of work with designed objects, textile’s experimentations and urban installations.

In 2012, Nadine co-founded OR Atelier, an experimental graphic design atelier, with Canadian designer Maxime Rheault. Their first project OR Play, a limited edition collection of design objects exploring the value of play, the love of nature and the importance of sharing traditions, was selected by the Quebec Beaux-Arts National Museum to be featured in their design boutique. A short documentary on the designer’s duo creative process was presented on Radio-Canada broadcast television network.

Nadine’s design work won various professional awards and has been presented in international solo and group exhibitions in Canada, France, Poland, Japan and the US.

Research Interests
  • Design Education
  • Revival of Traditions and Historical Sites Through Design
  • Indexical Portraiture and Visual Identities
  • Design for Social Issues
  • Typographic and Book Design