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September 17, 2013

4ormat Online Portfolio Joins OCAD U, the Largest Arts & Design University in Canada, in a Creative Partnership

Toronto, ON — September 17, 2013 — Online portfolio solution 4ormat officially announces a new partnership with OCAD U today, the largest arts and design institution in Canada and worldwide leader in design innovation and research. As of September 2013, all OCAD U students and faculty will be provided free direct access to the premium tools available on 4ormat. Used by creative professionals in over 120 countries, 4ormat is a powerful and easy-to-use online portfolio platform that allows anyone to build and grow a successful creative business. With access to countless features and professional themes, creatives are able to create and maintain a dynamic, professional online portfolio with ease through simple drag and drop site customization. In addition to the high touch customer support already included in their service, 4ormat will also host informational seminars for OCAD U students.

After a year long pilot test at the university, 4ormat is now free for all OCAD U students and faculty with plans underway to integrate the platform directly into the OCAD U curriculum. 4ormat will also remain free for students for six months after graduation. “It is very important to us to make sure our tools are available to the creative minds that will not only help shape our future, but define it,” says 4ormat CEO Lukas Dryja, who holds a Bachelor’s degree from OCAD U’s Graphic Design program. “We are very excited to be working with OCAD U and look forward to what other possibilities the future will bring.”

OCAD University was founded in 1876 in the heart of Toronto, and as Canada’s “university of imagination”, is dedicated to the advancement of art and design education as well as practice and research across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD U distinguishes itself through new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration, and the integration of emerging technologies for more than 4000 current students who will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture and technology.

4ormat, officially launched in 2010 by co-founders Lukas Dryja and Tyler Rooney, has become a leader in design and customization amongst online portfolio management services. 4ormat’s mission is to propel the creative professional forward thorough enabling them to easily and eloquently share their work with the world.

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