recap of DD Talks: Engagement and Emotion

On July 30th, VFS Digital Design presented a well-received DD Talks event with the theme of Engagement and Emotion: Interactive Digital Content and Public Multimedia PlatformsJorge R. Canedo Estrada, a DD alumnus and Associate Creative Director & Animator from Giant Ant, spoke first to promote Blend, a festival taking place this October. Jorge mentioned this festival grew from the online community of Wine after Coffee, a Vimeo channel dedicated to celebrating amazing animations. Blend will be a two-day gathering of some of the biggest names in the motion design industry with speakers from BuckGiant AntTendril and an inspiring mix of artists, some yet to be announced. This will be the first time we will see such a collection of art and design talent in Vancouver.

Next to speak was Amahl Hazelton, a producer from Moment Factory. Moment Factory is an industry-leading collection of over 150 multidisciplinary creators who create public multimedia environments around the world that integrate video, lighting, architecture, sound, and special effects to create stunning and memorable experiences. Their projects range from innovative live performances such as Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime show which they had a tight time frame of only eight weeks to produce to iconic permanent installations such as LAX and Vancouver’s own Canada Place Sails Light Show.

Amahl delighted the audience with stories and examples of Moment Factory’s work for Nine Inch Nails, Foresta Lumina, and Royal Caribbean International. Following his presentation, Amahl conducted a lengthy Q&A session where there was no shortage of questions from eager students.

The students were clearly inspired by the speakers. Thanks to Jorge and Amahl!

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Animated Typeface – League Gothic

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 League Gothic was used and this typeface was created by Tyler Finck, Micah Rich, and Dannci.

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.

To view the full project, please check out:

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

Hanna Cortes

Hanna Animated Type Screenshot

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recap of Draw By Night #41

On July 22nd, VFS hosted Draw By Night #41: Simulator Sickness. The event marked the return of Myron Campbell, DBN founder, for one evening, and featured live drawing by artist Mike Pelletier via his studio in Amsterdam. The theme for the drawing party was intended to inspire free and uninhibited drawings which included fun images that were so ugly that it made one dizzy, nauseous and queasy! As with most DBN themes, the results were surprising and actually beautiful! See you at the next Draw By Night!

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The Adobe Design Achievement Awards celebrate student work in disciplines of interactive experience, motion/video, and traditional media from the world’s top institutions of higher education. Prizes for this competition include Adobe software, cash and mentorship from creative professionals. Semifinalists for 2015 have been announced, and a number of Digital Design projects have been selected. Congratulations to the following alumni:

J.Y. LumDescent

Jonathan LaiThrill

Ignacio Osorio, Kirstin Smith and Shafakat ReshamvalaCanuck Place. Small but Mighty

Jordan Barber, Kien Nguyen, Jieun Lee and J.Y. LumHome Away From Home

Jordan BarberTeaesta

Kirstin SmithForm: An Art History Lecture Series

Hadi MuslimDuality

Yan JamacaruThe Offering

July 2015 SLAM

Congratulations to the winning teams from last week’s Digital Design 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 have also allowed students to delve into cutting-edge techniques or technologies such as projection mapping and augmented reality. Deliverables include both motion and interactive design components. Here are the winning teams that captured the prizes for Critics’ Choice and People’s Choice categories, respectively.

Team Houseboat (from left: Pablo Cesar Lopez-Helu, Ainara Sainz, Hanna Cortes, Sacha Floyd, missing: Jay Lee)

Team Toboggan (from left: Ignacio Florez, Carlos De Urquidi, Jenjen Chen, Ana Julia Nieto Colina, Alex Seebaran, Karam Mahmood)

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