Studio Tour: Mozilla Labs

(guest post by Andre Kuznetcov)

Mozilla is a perfect example of a modern, flexible, people-oriented organization. The atmosphere of openness and creative freedom is everywhere, from the humble smile of David Ascher, VP of Product for the Mozilla Foundation, to welcome us, all the way through to the beautifully designed production office, and the nice little gesture of a box of Ferrero Rocher next to the registration tablet at the end of our journey.

Although most people know Mozilla for their most successful product, Firefox, and as one of the larger market players on a similar level to Google or Amazon, Mozilla is actually a non-profit organization.  Surprised? I was, as well as most of our group.

The tour was awesome. People were nice to us and very kind in sharing their expertise and knowledge. The office is one of the more technologically advanced and well-designed places I’ve seen, and David’s presentation was simple, concise, and engaging.  During the talk, we learned about Mozilla’s vision which includes the struggle for the freedom and transparency of the Internet, and actively sharing a big chunk of its interactive work with the general public online through GitHub. 

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Congratulations VFS Digital Design Class 29

Congratulations to Digital Design class 29! On December 18th, we held our graduation ceremony and Awards Show for class 29. Red Borrowman, Program Manager, oversaw the ceremony and introduced each speaker. Louise Lee, Head of Department, delivered the keynote speech, and Nida Fatima, Motion Design Instructor, offered one last lesson as the elected instructor speaker. Henry Chu and Scot Kroon were the elected student speakers who represented the graduating class.

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Experimental Light Painting

Digital Design Class 30 students created some stunning light painting images as part of a recent lesson in the Experimental Practices course. Instructor Dougal Muir led the first part of the lesson on crafting a personal mantra, quote or positioning statement. This mantra provided the students a starting point for the light painting visual experiments. I guided the second part of the lesson where I provided some sources of inspiration and talked about the technical requirements. By using slow shutter speeds and various light sources in a dark room, we captured a series of interesting light trails and patterns. The students also “wrote” a piece of their mantras using light painting techniques with the intention of further post-processing. This lesson consistently produces great work, and it is always fun to take part in it.

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DD30: What’s the Big Idea?

Our DD30′s after thoroughly wow’ing our Canuck Place client.

“What’s the Big Idea?”

During their year at VFS, Digital Design students have the opportunity to work with a non-profit organization on a campaign based on their client’s brief as part of the “What’s the Big Idea?” course in Term 3. This course is designed to give students the opportunity to work on real client projects from inception to final delivery, based on a client brief that incorporates interactive, branding, and motion elements. The course is structured to closely mimic a real-world client project. Teams are set up, project management tools are put in place, and the course begins with a client presentation.

This time round, we were lucky enough to work with Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and support the great work they do for the community. Canuck Place provides specialized pediatric palliative care for children living with a life-threatening illness and support for their families throughout British Columbia. Read More

Animated Typeface – ChunkFive

This time we stepped up the game by entering into new territories with the project – Animated Typeface, a collaborative class project by students in Term 3 at VFS Digital Design. Each student made a second long animated sequence for 3 – 4 glyphs to complete the typeface – ChunkFive created by Meredith Mandel.

These sequences needed to be 25 frames long using three or fewer of the chosen colors. It has been amazing to see the incredible work DD30’s turned out to be. We are most proud to showcase the awesome animated sequences DD30′s created.

To view full project please check out:
www.giphy.com/vfsdigitaldesign

Here is what some students have to share about their experience:

Juan Ignacio Osorio Santiago

Ignacio Letters Process

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