VFS Digital Design’s Digital Media Specialist Danny Chan and former VFS External Examiner Dougal Muir were involved in the development of CANstruction Vancouver‘s annual Calendar for 2013. Dougal Muir (now Creative Director Muir & Associates) designed the calendar and Danny Chan provided photography. Some of Danny’s photos were used last year in advertising for the event too. Initially, for the calendar, they originally requested just a few photos, but they loved his work so much they decided to use his photos for every month!
The calendar has a very interesting design format: it comes as 12 separate postcard sized items, with the days of the month on one side and details about and an image of the CANstruction sculpture, featuring one of Danny’s photos, on the other. The cards have incisions at each corner and in the middle, which allows them to be connected together in order to make a CANstruction calendar construction — a very neat idea. The design was inspired by the Eames House of Cards.
“Canstruction Vancouver is an annual design and build competition that takes place every year. Teams of architects, engineers, designers and schools get together to canstruct fantastic, giant sized sculptures made entirely out of canned food. After the structures are built and the winners declared the creations go on view to the general public as giant art exhibits. At the close of the competitions 100% of the food used in the structures is donated to our Greater Vancouver Food Banks for distribution to community emergency feeding programs. Since 2002, Canstruction Vancouver has raised over 1,151,000 cans of food for our Greater Vancouver Foodbank.” (Description from Canstruction Vancouver’s website About section.)
The Greater Vancouver Food Bank is giving away the Calendar with a $10 suggested donation. This year’s event will take place from March 24th to April 4th,with a theme of Animation & the Arts, and Danny is scheduled to shoot the photos to use for next year’s calendar as well.