DD SLAM winners

Congratulations to the winning teams from our recent 45-hour SLAM. These intense and fun collaborative design challenges take place three times per year. They provide great opportunities for students to test their design skills and to learn from each other. Slams also allow students to delve into cutting-edge techniques or technologies such as projection mapping and augmented reality. This Slam introduced students to the concept of geocaching.

Hunter-Gatherers (left to right): Paul Goerne, Stacey Krayzlyakh, Miguel Angel Barragan Arevalo, Julien Herras, Yoojung Lee, Roger Luo

Digital Nomads (left to right): BT So, Fabiola Ruiz-Ortega Perez, Ignacio Osorio, Ana Julia Nieto Colina, Pedram Rafie

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Light Painting Imagery

Digital Design Class 31 students recently created light painting images as part of a lesson in the Experimental Practices course. After an introduction on the technical requirements regarding lighting and camera settings, the students worked in teams to capture interesting light trails and patterns. Take a look at their eye-catching work.

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Packaging Projects by Class 30

We’re proud to share some recent packaging design projects by Class 30. They were completed for a course taught by Vida Jurcic, who guided the students through the entire design process. She covered branding principles, copy requirements, regulations, and guidelines for preparing files for printing. The results are stunning.

Descent by J.Y Lum


Teaesta by Jordan Barber

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Animated Typeface – Blackout Midnight

It’s that time again where students in Term 3 at VFS Digital Design get to work on the Animated Typeface project. Recap: It is a collaborative class initiative where each student makes a second long animated sequence for 3 – 4 glyphs. This time Blackout Midnight was used and this typeface was created by Tyler Finck.

These sequences needed to be 25 frames long using three or fewer of the chosen colours. It has been amazing to see the incredible work DD31’s turned in.

To view the full project, please check out:

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

David Cho

David Letters Process

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(guest post by Miguel Barragan)

One needs to say something new, or at least say something old better…

Sometimes, when it comes to telling stories, it seems as though everything has already been said, every story has been already told, and it’s difficult to come up with innovative ideas.

Through exploring one inner-most layers and digging deep into emotions and thoughts, it’s possible to find valuable hidden treasures that can trigger the true potential of an authentic piece of art or design. The studio Giant Ant is aware of this, and they decipher their clients’ minds effectively, sometimes when the clients themselves are working out their own thoughts.

The Giant Ant team finds inspiration by going out of their habitual environment, starting projects in new and unusual places, talking to strangers, and hopefully gleaning that small missing piece of the puzzle.

They start projects right away, wherever they are, and even though not everything might be very clear at the beginning, things usually elucidate once they’re already in the artistic process.

Sometimes, it even seems as though the solution finds them instead of them finding the solution. They tend to experiment with serendipitous moments. Ask them how one of their projects evolved, and chances are they could barely describe it, not because they don’t want to tell the story, but because they let the process flow naturally, and stories often write themselves.

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