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.
On November 5th, VFS hosted Draw By Night #42: DOMINIONS. The theme for this free event inspired a cuteness overload of drawings: It was Minion Madness! Along with guests from the general public, we saw students from Digital Design, Programming, and Makeup take part. As per custom, snacks and art supplies were provided. It was fun to see all the different interpretations of the Minion characters. See you at the next Draw By Night!
(guest post by Kirstin Smith)
If you want to strike fear in the heart of any young hopeful, just remind them that life on the outside will be nothing like the experience of studying and that they are completely unprepared. During most of my years as a student this sentiment was the norm. It was all too often that an instructor referred to something called the ‘real world’. They explained that when we get out there it won’t be anything like the classroom.
My experience in Vancouver Film School’s Digital Design however, was unlike any I’ve had before. In the Digital Design program, we had the opportunity to work with a client; that’s right, a ‘real’ client. The experience instilled confidence and know-how that other assignments simple couldn’t have.
The class in which we worked with Canuck Place Children’s Hospice is called The Big Idea. The intention of the class is to allow students to have an experience working with a client and using their design skills to contribute to a good cause. The team at Digital Design assigns the client, always selecting a non-profit for students to work with. DD30 were lucky enough to work for Canuck Place, a children’s hospice with a small team and a big heart. We were all excited by the opportunity to work for them and immediately felt an emotional connection to the project.
The brief included both a micro-site and a promotional motion piece. With the encouragement of the staff at DD, each team began by researching our client.
(guest post by Karam Mahmood)
As design students, we value the time we can meet and be inspired by industry professionals. Vancouver Film School provided us the opportunity to visit an industry leader of user experience and interactive design. This was an opportunity to get hear stories and get advice from the interactive team of Habanero.
Studio visits are a part of our Industry IQ course, and it was great to see VFS alumni during our tours of Motion and Interactive Design studios. At Habanero, we were warmly welcomed by Bradley Smith, a Senior Interactive Designer, who can trace his roots from the first intake of the Digital Design program. Accompanying him were Christopher Parsons, Senior Front End Developer aka “The Coding Wizard”, Zak Woytowich, Interactive Designer and a Digital Design alumnus, and Senior Interactive Designer Kurtis Beard.
After we had all settled down, we were given insight into the process of a how a project develops from the initial client meetings to the final delivery. It was great to see how well the VFS Digital Design curriculum is devised to cater to the industry standards as we followed similar steps. Habanero has very strong views in building authentic relationships with clients. Getting to see inspiring projects that they worked on gave us a really positive vibe from them towards their clients in building a long-term relationship.
We took a tour of their office and got to see the rest of the team, all fully focused and involved in their tasks. We also learned about Habanero’s approach in occasionally shuffling seating arrangements so employees can collaborate and be inspired working with different minds.
Thanks to Louise Lee for arranging our visit, and many thanks to Habanero for hosting us!
(guest post by Jay Lee)
DDB is one of the most successful and award-winning international agencies. Digital Design Class 33 had the pleasure of visiting DDB Vancouver to catch a glimpse of their creative process. Upon entering the office, the walls proudly displayed framed work they have produced for various brands. We were escorted to the lounge, where we were greeted by Antonio Roman and Gabriel Santiago, Digital Design alumni who are now interactive designers at the agency, and Josh Fehr, the creative director of Tribal DDB.
After brief introductions, we were presented with some of their recent projects with EVO, Volkswagen, and Metropolis. The presentation was followed by a Q&A session where Josh and Antonio emphasized the importance of ‘share value’ in the digital era and original ideas that deliver tangible results. They led us on a tour around the office, where we experienced their creative process first-hand. The walls were covered with moodboards and style guides, which we have become very familiar with in our school curriculum. The team members were discussing ideas in a meeting with champagne in hand, which we learned is a fun Friday afternoon ritual at the office.