Profile

Francis Benoit is a designer and educator based in Montreal. Working with different design agencies, he is developing expertise in design systems, design processes and prototyping. Francis is a versatile designer that enjoys working with every aspect of design, user experience and development. Right now, he focuses to bring his experience to the product design world, digital products and creative processes. His research interests revolve around design education, design thinking, criticism and new methodologies. Francis holds a masters degree in Design (MDes) from York University, in Toronto.

Statement

I’m interested in design as both a noun and a verb. My work focuses on design as a process; the act of forming ideas and giving them form. I use design as a form of inquiry to challenge what things could be. I have shivers when what I think, say, and do are aligned. Recently, I’ve been interested in design process of teams, but also of individuals, in the context of digital and product design. Recent work can be seen here.

In the last few years, I had the chance to teach in undergraduate design program at York University and Université du Québec en Outaouais. For me, the classroom is a place for exchange, collaboration, critique and teamwork.

I also host and organize races and event with the East Laurier Running Club, a community of runners and beautiful people. This place is where the lessons I learned in design take form in life: organization, passion, bonding, steadfastness, etc.

I am drawn to the idea of the ‘art monster’ from Jenny Offill’s book Dept. of Speculation where one’s interest is in working across mediums and disciplines without being constrained by disciplinary definitions.

I spend my free time running with my crew, reading books, practicing yoga and fermenting food.

Selected Clients

Bombardier Business Aircraft
Domtar
Espace pour la vie
Fondation Mira
Luminance
Michelin
Nurun

Recent Talks

York University, November 2016

Web à Québec, April 2017

World Design Summit, October 2017

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