Visit Tour: Scarab
(Guest post by Jessica Gaffney, DD44)
Scarab Digital is a content creation and post-production service company that specializes in Playback, Motion Graphics and UI Design.
The owner, Danny Ho, welcomed DD44 first thing in the morning with donuts and a big smile. The biggest takeaway from the presentation would be to “do what others can not.” When Danny started off, he offered extra services that made him stand out from the competition. With a previous love for computers and film, it was easy for him to take on the extra workload. He then emphasized that we should pursue what we enjoy, “if you don’t like designing brochures – don’t do brochures!” Ever since, Scarab has been working with big Hollywood productions like the X Files, Supergirl and Flash.
After the presentation, we went into the studio to speak with the creatives. They explained the process from beginning to end; from getting the script, pitching an idea, executing the design, to final delivery. It was amazing to see how they brought a concept to life (on their fancy huge computer screens) and then see their final product on the big screen.
Even though we only got to see a glimpse of what their workflow was like, it was a huge learning opportunity that opened our minds to countless possibilities.
Make the Work Meaningfulless
On September 20th, students and instructors of the VFS Digital Design program had the pleasure of listening to the engaging talk called “Make the Work Meaningfulless” by Joey Camacho, as part of the DD Talk speaker series. Otherwise known as Raw & Rendered, Joey is a freelance 3D motion and graphic designer based in Vancouver, Canada. He’s created conceptual and creative design work professionally for reputable global brands, as well as passionate local companies.
As part of his DD Talk, Joey shared about the steps to produce better results in your work and in your life. He took us on a journey through his own life, showing his beginnings as a graphic artist and emphasizing the key moments that made his career as a freelancer successful.
One of his key lessons was the power of the words we use – to ourselves and to others: “If you have a project in mind that you want to do, don’t say ‘I want to do this’. Instead, say ‘I will do this’ and set a time to start doing it – and then do it at the time you said you would.”He did this with his project “Progress Before Perfection”, a 365-day project using Cinema 4D where he created a render every day for a year in order to improve his craft and produce work more efficiently. Some days were easier than others, he shared, and what got him through was remembering his commitment to his craft and making sometimes choosing the hard option (completing the render for the day before joining his friends in the pool!).
Joey also showed us some of his freelance work for companies such as Microsoft, Nike, Pepsi, and BMW. His work is a clear example and proof that consistent practicing of your craft plus patience can be well-rewarded.
One of Joey’s most inspiring sentences was: “Design your life in such a way that you feel energized and excited about your work. Stop saying ‘I’m so Busy’!”
Thank you, Joey, for motivating us to achieve our dreams and to start now on working on them!