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MDes students 2023-2024

Meet some of our students from the 2023-2024 cohort

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Emily Bain

Emily Bain is a graphic designer, artist, and researcher focused on the intersection of spatial design and accessibility. Her work explores interactivity, tactility, and multi-sensory information as means to enhance or move beyond standard visual communication methods.  Informed by critical cartography, ethnography, and critical design studies, her thesis research examines the inadequacies in pedestrian and active transit infrastructure caused by car-centric urban design.

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Abygail Berg

Abygail is a designer located in Tiohtià:ke (Montreal). Their Master of Design research investigates how user-modifications to objects can influence designers to create more inclusive products, and asks about the ways our current systems of mass production fail our users. Abygail holds a Bachelor of Design from the University of Alberta in industrial design, and has since worked with medical and healthcare organizations in design and communications. They are interested in design for social change, inclusive design, accessibility, and speculative design.

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Florence Boucher

Florence Boucher is a designer and visual artist based in Tiohtià:ke (Montreal). Through her design practice, illustration, printmaking and zines, she shares her sensitive view on her immediate environment. Wonder, contemplation, long walks and interaction with the very small and very large elements of nature are at the core of her symbols. She is currently working on a MDes in research-creation which seeks to rethink design through the poetic experience of urban wastelands. The rest of the time, she picks bouquets of wild plants, prints cyanotypes in the sun, or identifies birds in the big tree next to her apartment.

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Anne-Marie Laflamme 

Anne-Marie is a clothing designer located in Tiohtià:ke / Montréal. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in fashion design from Université du Québec à Montréal and a Graduate Certificate in Digital Technologies in Design Art Practice from Concordia University. Her research within the MDes program focuses on textile circularity and zero waste manufacturing processes. Interwoven with her research, she runs the design studio atelier b (, where she explores sustainable practices. Additionally, Anne-Marie serves as a lecturer in the Design and Computation Arts department at Concordia.

Interests: slow fashion, sustainable design, circular economy, social entrepreneurship.

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Patrizio Mclelland

Patrizio emerged from a background in musical composition and performance, and is currently a Masters student in Concordia's Design program. At once a designer/musician/artist/learner, his practice speculates on sustainable urban futures and accessibility to our shared civic spaces. He has worked as a Research Assistant with Dr. Alice Jarry, and Dr. Carmela Cucuzzella.


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Angelica Pliego

Angelica Pliego is a Mexican Industrial Designer whose motivation is to empower entrepreneurs through innovative design solutions. She completed her bachelor's degree at CIDI (Industrial Design Research Centre), UNAM, and is a Co-founder of Armatoste, an Integral Design Agency that collaborates with other disciplines to transform creative ideas into feasible, desirable, and financially viable concepts. Under Armatoste, she had the opportunity to develop interdisciplinary projects that range from product to packaging design.

This perspective has helped her in collaboration with the team to win awards, such as 1st place in the National Design Biennial in 2015 in the category "Design for economic and commercial development or promotion." More recently, the project "Pirino", a chocolate souvenir experience, received a Mention in the Ibero-American Design Biennial in 2022.

However, one of the challenges encountered was that Mexican society was not fully aware of what industrial designers do and the potential value they can contribute. Therefore, as a current student in the MDes program, her interest is to conduct research on industrial designers in Mexico and explore ways to promote design and communicate the value these designers can provide to society. Her goal is to collaborate with other colleagues, disciplines, and sectors to bring design closer to the people.

Junior Vigneault

Junior Vigneault

Junior is an artist-researcher and creative developer based in Montreal. Through multidisciplinary interactive experiences, his work weaves absurd narratives and playful aesthetics, exploring how technology shapes our perceptions, influences our connections, and defines our digital identities. Currently, his research focuses on exploring the comedic potential of JavaScript frameworks.

Junior has a BFA in Computation Arts from Concordia University, a minor in Digital Music from University of Montreal and has completed a certificate in full stack JavaScript Development at McGill School of Continuing Studies.


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