On Tuesday, April 16th, 2013, VFS Digital Design held it’s Industry Night event, Appetizers, for it’s 24th class. Appetizers is the penultimate event for Digital Students, held just two days before Graduation and the Awards Show (Thursday, April 18, 2013). It begins with a short meet-and-greet at 5:00pm, followed at 5:30 by the Graduate Project Presentations, which goes for about 90 minutes. Each student gets 3 minutes to introduce themselves, to explain the problem they’ve addressed, their process for coming up with a creative solution, the tools they mastered to help, and then show a brief video piece of their results.
It can be very difficult to tell the full story of your project’s development in just 3 minutes, but the students did a great job of it last night. Congratulations to them all for their hard work in realizing their creative ideas!
It was a full house last night, with many Design companies and studios being represented, including EA, Tidal, Ayogo, Relic, Switch, Design Stamp, Giant Ant, Dare, Taxi, DDB, Cossette, East Side Games, Blast Radius, Sequence, Axiom Zen, Aequilibrium, Invoke Media and Linetest.
After the presentations, during a mix and mingle, audience members are given the opportunity to learn more details about the students and their projects. Anyone who takes the time to speak with a student is rewarded with a ticket for a beverage of their choice, but more importantly, with more details about the students’ experience, their process and their skills.
It was a great night, with delicious bites of both food and design.
There were a lot of familiar faces in the audience, including some Digital Design alumni, who are now working in the industry themselves: Devin McInnis (Axiom Zen) and Laura Cortes (Switch) from Class 23, Lorcan O’Shanahan (Goldtooth Creative) and Nicholas Ferreira (Giant Ant) from Class 22, Estefania Acuna (VFS Marketing) and Paulina Solis (Ayogo) from Class 21, Levente Opelcz (Ayogo) from Class 20, Shawn Hight (Giant Ant) from Class 15, Christian Whiticar (Sequence) from Class 13. And also making a personal appearance were Cannes Lions recipient, John Haywood (Dare), Ellie Moon & Kristy Streefkerk (DDB), Gagan Diesh (Design Stamp) Jesse Spink (Ayogo), Jaybe Allanson (Switch), Carter Gilchrist (Unbounce) and Harry Tran (Blast Radius).
Below are the names of the students who presented their project ideas last night (in order of their appearance). Congratulations Everyone!
Vivi Prasetia : Booku
Francois Gauthier : UGMA
Cristina Bucardo : Wicca
Kevin Hubbard : MINIK
Larissa Hsia : DOUBLE BLUFF
Gary Duong : KOTD
Simba Sim :SCICON
Grigor Cheitanov : HeightEye
Michael Qin : Memo Hotel
Bhoomika Dutta : FUREVER
Medhi Nowroozi : Archetype
Robert Huynh : Nocturne
Stephanie Bailis : Planetera
Michael Stevenson : HILLSEEKER
Be sure to check back on OOMPH! for the results of the Graduation Award show!