DIGITAL DESIGN TALKS — Digital Chefs: Somin Heo, Gary Sylvester & Karen Whistler

The Theme of Digital Design Talks this time is Digital Chefs, since all of our speakers are going to talk about food and design! Two interesting subjects that we all love.

 Somin Heo: Our first speaker is one of our current VFS students in Digital Design. She turned our heads when she presented her branding project at the end of term 3. Somin is presenting A Healthy Design, which is an Identity and Branding package for a mobile food truck. With a background in Fashion Design, Somin has consistently showcased her talent and strength in design, since the beginning of her journey here at VFS Digital Design. We’re really looking forward to her presentation!


 Gary Sylvester: Our second speaker of the night is a Digital Design Alumnus. Gary is an Interactive and Branding Designer with a passion for food! He’s working as an Intermediate Designer at Noise Digital and Media Planet. He’s going to present The Sandwich Lovers, which is a multi- platform experience for people who love sandwiches. It seeks to create a unique community of people who share a passion for making and sharing delicious sandwiches and their recipes. Users will have a unified place to engage with like-minded people in a sandwich-only conversation. The best of the site content during a year will be published in both a interactive iPad and print magazine.


Karen Whistler: Our last speaker grew up in the Seattle area and attended Seattle Pacific University, double majoring in Visual Communication and Studio Arts. Early in her career, Karen worked on a wide spectrum of print and web design that included publications, advertising, brand strategy and development as well as marketing for a large digital agency. A few major clients included Expedia, Microsoft and T-Mobile. Karen recently completed her MA in Design from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, graduating top of her class as the valedictorian. During her Masters, she incorporated systems thinking into information, experience and interaction design. Her Masters’ thesis project used participatory design research practices to create a system for parents and children to collaborate with, making dinner together on busy weeknights. Currently, she is an Instructor at VFS and is working as a freelance designer for clients in Vancouver and Seattle.

Digital Design Talks is happening Wednesday, May 16th at 4:40pm in the Main Theatre at 420 Homer Street. Looking forward to seeing lots of designers there!

Digital Design Graduation : CONGRATULATIONS CLASS 21!

Congratulations Digital Design Graduation Class 21 — You guys all made it!

It has been an honor and a privilege being part of your journey, which is filled with wonderful memories. Remember to hold onto your value system, your work ethic and most importantly, your humanity. It is these qualities that will guide you further on your journey.

For those of you who didn’t get a chance to attend the ceremony, here are the nominees and the winners of the award show.

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Google Play is in Town

For those of you who are looking for new ways of entertainment, Google Play is your one stop shop! You can have access to books, movies, musics, games and  a lot of other apps. It was was formerly known as Android Market.

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Google Play claims that there are more than 450,000 movies, books and apps available for downloading to your desktop or Android phones.

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Pinterest with Interest!

  is the visual pinboard for collecting and sharing content online. It enables users to clip things they like. It emphasizes pictures over texts, which are more visually appealing and easier to digest.

The site has a similar function to Tumblr, providing a venue to showcase neat found-items from around the web.

How to become a member?

For now it’s by invite-only. Those eager to get Pinning can request an invite from Pinterest. Or, if you really don’t wan to wait shoot me an email and I’ll send you an invitation. you could link your account to your Facebook or Twitter account to make your life easier.

How to work with Pinterest?

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YOTEL, Affordable & Beautiful at Times Square

A hotel inspired by airplane seats and known for its tiny rooms at airports in London and Amsterdam, YOTEL has opened its first city-centre hotel in New York on June 2011, giving visitors everything you might find in a luxury hotel in under 200 square feet. The theory — smaller room, smaller bill!

The premium cabin, the basic room, begins at $149 a night (plus tax), which is not to be sniffed at in a city where affordable accommodation is found only in far-flung boroughs or bed-bug-happy hostels. The idea is to maximize the space and minimize the cost.

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