The Ottawa Design Club is a group of creatives with a dream of uniting the design community in Ottawa. With inspiration from the Montreal Design Club, our founder, Isabelle (Izzy) Poirier, and cofounder, Ariane Bédard, came together in 2020 to create a safe and inclusive space for local artists to share their work and meet new people with a similar passion.
The club primarily hosts speaker events, where attendees can expand their network and learn from established creatives on a variety of topics. Due to our formation at the beginning of the pandemic, we started out with online-only events, which allowed us to reach a community even beyond Ottawa’s borders. However, we’re thrilled to be back to our original vision of in-person events after our successful and sold-out debut event in May 2022!
As a side-project during the pandemic, we also started curating zines. Our first zine, showcasing all the art and creativity that was born out of quarantine times, sold out in a matter of days. Since then, with the support of our community, we’ve been able to publish several more zine editions, each with its own unique theme, design, and multi sensorial experience.
We are an entirely volunteer-run organization, so all the proceeds from our events and zines go straight back into the club, allowing us to keep doing what we do best—bringing together creatives and helping to establish Ottawa’s art scene. Make sure to sign up for our newsletter so you can be the first to know what’s happening next!
And remember: if you like creativity, you’re in the club. It’s as simple as that.
The Design Club is a network of communities created by designers, for designers. Find us in Montreal, Ottawa, Marseille, New York and online! We bring together creatives from different backgrounds and showcase all things design. Welcome to the club!