Digital Design alumna Andrea Garza De Leon’s fan-made Google Doodle, themed around a pivotal moment of a recent World Cup match between Mexico and Netherlands, has gone viral. It has over 2.7 million views and counting on Vine after a few days. Great work, Andrea!
On June 5th, we hosted our Digital Design Talks event with the theme of Scary Pixels. Egbert Reichel from Digital Domain started the event by discussing his career path, the stages of production on a feature film, and his role as a compositor. He provided examples of his work on the recently released Maleficent. Egbert was kind enough to share his knowledge by answering the many questions the students raised during the Q&A portion of his presentation.
Marisa Brignole next presented Polly, her title sequence project. She spoke about her inspiration of the 1960s, her process, and the post-production techniques she used to create the look and feel of that era.
Henry Chu closed out the event by speaking about a collaborative project that grew from an in-class assignment. Students from Class 29 designed whimsical monsters and composited them into live action footage that they had shot. This group of students also went beyond the brief and created a poster to showcase their monster character designs.
Thanks to all of the speakers for making this a great event.
The Salazar Awards ceremony, presented by the BC Chapter of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDCBC) and Metropolitan Fine Printers, was held at the VFS Digital Design campus this past Monday night. This annual event celebrates excellence in student design work in British Columbia based on the criteria of “the quality of the design solution, the validity of the designer’s rationale for the solution, and the quality of the execution of the piece itself.”
Congratulations to recent Digital Design alumni Macarena Poo and Cesar Martinez for capturing the top prizes in the Interactive and Motion & Video categories, respectively. Both of them received a cash prize and an award certificate. Macarena won for Quins, a mobile app designed for the 2014 FIFA World Cup that allows users to predict the upcoming matches and win points based on their accuracy. This app also promotes local businesses by encouraging them to provide rewards to the users of the app.
In the early weeks of each new term, the students in Digital Design are encouraged to submit images from work that they did in the previous term. They are welcome to submit anything from character or logo designs, interface mockups, to even screen captures from their motion design work. The work is then posted online so that all of the Digital Design students can vote on the work, resulting in a “Of The Students, By The Students” selection of winners, who then see their work framed and mounted On The Wall around the campus.
Congratulations Digital Design Class 27! There is nothing more rewarding as a teacher, mentor, and design professional than seeing the remarkable work and dedication you showed throughout this amazing year, followed by the privilege of sharing a few last moments as you launch; and in some cases re-launch your design careers. For us it is bittersweet and it is difficult to let go of this experience. As educators we would love the opportunity to instill one last word of wisdom but the other hand we now get to welcome you as alumni, and more importantly, as colleagues.
Thank you DD27’s for an remarkable year, and on behalf of all the VFS instructors, TA’s, and support staff, we would like to wish you all the best in your journey ahead. It has been an absolute pleasure to share this experience with you.