Duelity Makes Motionographer

Duelity, the ambitious final project (yeah, you know the one) by Digital Design grads Marcos “Boca” Ceravolo and Ryan Uhrich, has been written up by Justin over on Motionographer.com. And we have to agree with Justin: we hope they keep collaborating too.

Update #1: Since the new Duelity site launched, the video’s swept through science blogs, got linked by well-known blogger Jason Kottke, and has sparked a spirited debate on its official blog.

Update #2: We asked Ryan about all the controversy, and he’s obviously taking it in stride: “We were hoping to make people think. Looks like they are!”

I Am Legend: Awakening

Still from I Am Legend: Awakening 'Isolation' The release of the post-apocalyptic Will Smith action flick I Am Legend is looming, so there’s a wealth of tie-ins, and Digital Design grad Eric Wada had a hand in one of them.

I Am Legend: Awakening is the prequel series of comics by DC’s Vertigo imprint, and Eric was an animator on the “digital graphic novel” version – a tie-in of a tie-in, if you will. It’s a cool intro to the world we’ll be seeing in the film.

Take a look: I Am Legend: Awakening “Story 3: Isolation”.

Blast Radius Blasts Off

Blast Radius, the interactive agency which was founded by a gaggle of Digital Design (then a 40-week multimedia program) alumni in 1996, was acquired last week by WPP Group PLC – a sign of just how successful it’s become, to the tune of $41.8 million in sales last year. It’s been a fixture of the Vancouver scene since the mid-’90s, and has always been home to a lot of VFS grads. The next step towards global Digital Design domination? Time will tell.

Exploring Design

seb-mark-indy.jpg A little more than a week ago, Toronto’s Metro Convention Centre was packed with 5,000 high school students — all gathered for Explore Design, an expo to help young people explore the possibility of a career in the design world.

Digital Design Head of Department Sebastien de Castell and graduate Mark Miller gave the Keynote Address, speaking to a rapt audience of teens.

Mark, on thehappycorp blog, said: “We chose to use our combined experience to give the students five areas of focus, things they could do that day walking out of the presentation, to help them decide if they should continue pursuing design.”

mark-miller2.jpg Sebastien shared his thoughts on the approach: “What we wanted to bring to the audience were concepts and stories that could help them bridge the gap between people’s preconceptions of design and the strange and wonderful reality of being a designer.”

For more on what that means, here’s a video of Sebastien at the event, discussing good design.

If you’re wondering where you know Mark from, we wrote about him when he graduated from Digital Design, and when his blog won awards at South by Southwest and Flash in the Can. Yeah, he’s that Mark Miller.

The Multi-Functional Designer

shark-week.jpg Anyone who goes through Digital Design knows the philosophy of the program: a good designer is a provider of creative solutions, who can work in any medium, and is equally adept freelancing or working as part of a team at a large studio.

Graduate Renee Alarid couldn’t embody that philosophy any more if she tried. We caught up with Renee to hear about her career thus far, from the Discovery Channel to AOL.

How do you describe yourself as a designer?

I describe myself as a multi-functional designer… some days I am a print designer, or a web designer, or a motion graphic designer. It really depends on what job I need to accomplish. I love all three and I can’t really focus on one aspect of ‘graphic design’.

What kind of design do you enjoy most?

egypt.jpg Oh, that’s a toss up… for me, print is the most enjoyable part of design. A lot of people forget that print design is still a huge part of the industry. I love it… I find it to be very creative and rewarding. I had an ad that was in Time, Newsweek and The New Yorker; let me tell you, it was such a thrill to see it in those magazines. I remember it like it was yesterday, I was at Barnes and Noble jumping around like a child at Christmas’¦ needless to say, I bought four copies of each, and told everyone that I created those ads.

How did you first get started doing work for the Discovery Channel?

I started working at Discovery Channel on a two-week contract in March of 2006. I was hired to work on the Affiliate campaign of Shark Week. From there, my contract was extended, and I worked there for a year and a half.

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