Tasty Typography

Check out this snazzy student project done by Boca (aka Marcos Ceravolo) and Ryan Uhrich for the most recent term 4 Motion Design Class in the Digital Design Program. The piece is called Typographics. Here’s what Boca had to say about the piece on a DD discussion board:

“Our objective was to use type as the main aesthetic and design element to create awareness about the evolution and main characteristics of typography. Both the music and voice over used in the piece make reference to 1950′s TV and Radio advertising. We are targeting designers and non designers who have an interest in typography and want to learn more about it.”

Good Night, and Good Luck

DD Class 06 Well, another round of VFS graduations have come and gone.

All programs celebrate differently. Many graduations involve watching the students’ final films or reels. Some grads involve the shedding of joyous tears (we’re looking at you, Acting!). And some — like Digital Design celebrate awards-show-style, recognizing huge achievements by graduating students.

Congratulations to the recent winners of the Digital Design graduation awards:

Best Motion Design — Natasha Ali (My Love)
Best Communication Design — Maggie Chu (Lang Hwa)
Best Interactive Design — Stefan Belavy (Opium Harvest) / Jeff Greenberg & Eric Wada (The Dark Shield)
Outstanding Achievement — Ryan Clark
Best Portfolio — Stefan Belavy
Best Final Project — Stefan Belavy (LINK.tv)
Best Designer in a Supporting Role — Carlos Guimaraes

The graduates also recognized two faculty members: Brett Forsyth for Excellence in Instruction, and Gagan Diesh for Best Course (Branding).

Stay tuned for further glimpses into VFS program graduations!

Digital Design Grad Lands Rockin’ Job at MuchMusic

It causes the blood to race, induces a euphoric response, and comes from Colombia. That’s right – we’re talking about Ivan Mosquera‘s day job: writing, directing, and editing at CityTV‘s MuchMusic office in Bogota.

Ivan once stood amongst a crowd of faceless humans all rushing to nameless classes across the well-maintained lawns of a cookie-cutter University. But Ivan wasn’t like the rest – and he knew it. He loved computers and engineering, but suspected that a University degree wasn’t for him. Like many famous artists before him, Ivan left the comfort of traditional University and sought refuge in a world unknown, yet still familiar.

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Designing Down Under

They are in most everything we watch or read – titles, credits, graphics – and making them is an art in and of itself. For Kelly Falconer, the appeal of motion graphics was the opportunity to express ideas in a variety of forms. Wanting to learn more than just traditional design, she came to what was then the VFS Interactive Media Program (now Digital Design) to immerse herself in the discipline.

“By teaching 3D, audio, print, and animation, the program gave me a broader knowledge of the field,” says Falconer. “I find I am more technically knowledgeable than some of the other designers who come from just a classical design education.”

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Digital Design Student Wins Web Awards

The annual South By Southwest Interactive Festival, held each year in Austin, Texas, brings together some of the most innovative filmmakers, musicians, and digital innovators to share ideas and chart the future of interactive media. In addition to the festival’s featured speakers and performances, an awards gala honours designers whose products have pushed the boundaries of online creativity over the last year.

At this year’s March festival, VFS Digital Design student Mark Miller received the award for best student work. In addition to the South By Southwest award, Miller also recently won Best Canadian Student from the prestigious Flash in the Can Awards.

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