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207: Techno, Type, Zines and Chaos with Dominic Ayre



Welcome to the fifth of six episodes in this year’s magazine miniseries!


If you want to learn more about the magazine industry through conversations, I encourage you to check out the 15 previous episodes in this series: 055-057, 063-065, 119-121 and 149-154.


Our guest today is Dominic Ayre. Dom graduated from The Bournemouth & Poole College in the UK and has worked in Toronto as a designer for more than 25 years. As the Creative Director at Hambly & Woolley, Dominic focuses on high-level strategic initiatives with clients such as York University, CaseWare, University of Toronto, Horizon Trading Solutions, Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and RTOERO. Hambly & Woolley recently published the inaugural issue of their Journal for the Curious: Find. Currently on faculty at George Brown College, Dom is an enthusiastic mentor to new designers and is well known within the design community for his expertise in branding, typography, web platforms, design trends and popular culture. Dominic is also the designer publisher of Do Not Xray. A zine dedicated to the joy of experimental typography and techno music. 


The conversation focusses around a single question (“What is Do Not Xray zine?”) and Dom takes us on a wonderfully passionate and techno-filled deep dive about his upbringing, early hip-hop, and graffiti leading to his current space of creativity, professional publications and zine culture. Music lovers, typography lovers, zine lovers… this episode is for you.


This episode is part of a guest lecture series in CGCM 720 Magazine Production & Publishing, as well as DG 8111 Digital Publishing in The Creative School at Toronto Metropolitan University.


Buckle up and let’s listen in…





About Our Guest:

Dominic Ayre graduated from The Bournemouth & Poole College in the UK and has worked in Toronto as a designer for more than 25 years. As the Creative Director at Hambly & Woolley, Dominic focuses on high-level strategic initiatives with clients such as York University, CaseWare, University of Toronto, Horizon Trading Solutions, Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and RTOERO. Hambly & Woolley recently published the inaugural issue of their Journal for the Curious: Find. Currently on faculty at George Brown College, Dom is an enthusiastic mentor to new designers and is well known within the design community for his expertise in branding, typography, web platforms, design trends and popular culture. Dominic is also the designer publisher of Do Not Xray. A zine dedicated to the joy of experimental typography and techno music. 


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Music:

Weird Science - John Bartmann licensed under a CC0 1.0 Universal License


Talk Paper Scissors Theme Music: Retro Quirky Upbeat Funk by Lewis Sound Production via Audio Jungle


Boat Origami Photo: Boat Origami Photo by Alex on Unsplash

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