Experimental Light Painting

Digital Design Class 30 students created some stunning light painting images as part of a recent lesson in the Experimental Practices course. Instructor Dougal Muir led the first part of the lesson on crafting a personal mantra, quote or positioning statement. This mantra provided the students a starting point for the light painting visual experiments. I guided the second part of the lesson where I provided some sources of inspiration and talked about the technical requirements. By using slow shutter speeds and various light sources in a dark room, we captured a series of interesting light trails and patterns. The students also “wrote” a piece of their mantras using light painting techniques with the intention of further post-processing. This lesson consistently produces great work, and it is always fun to take part in it.

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DD30: What’s the Big Idea?

Our DD30′s after thoroughly wow’ing our Canuck Place client.

“What’s the Big Idea?”

During their year at VFS, Digital Design students have the opportunity to work with a non-profit organization on a campaign based on their client’s brief as part of the “What’s the Big Idea?” course in Term 3. This course is designed to give students the opportunity to work on real client projects from inception to final delivery, based on a client brief that incorporates interactive, branding, and motion elements. The course is structured to closely mimic a real-world client project. Teams are set up, project management tools are put in place, and the course begins with a client presentation.

This time round, we were lucky enough to work with Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and support the great work they do for the community. Canuck Place provides specialized pediatric palliative care for children living with a life-threatening illness and support for their families throughout British Columbia. Read More

Animated Typeface – ChunkFive

This time we stepped up the game by entering into new territories with the project – Animated Typeface, a collaborative class project by students in Term 3 at VFS Digital Design. Each student made a second long animated sequence for 3 – 4 glyphs to complete the typeface – ChunkFive created by Meredith Mandel.

These sequences needed to be 25 frames long using three or fewer of the chosen colors. It has been amazing to see the incredible work DD30’s turned out to be. We are most proud to showcase the awesome animated sequences DD30′s created.

To view full project please check out:
www.giphy.com/vfsdigitaldesign

Here is what some students have to share about their experience:

Juan Ignacio Osorio Santiago

Ignacio Letters Process

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Agency Visit: Sequence

(guest post by Shafakat Reshamvala)

Sequence. Yes, we definitely did something right last term to have been given the opportunity to visit this studio that creates truly incredible work . We visited Sequence in the Railtown district of Vancouver for one of our four Industry IQ agency visits.

The Sequence Group – 2013 – Spring from Sequence on Vimeo.

Absolutely amazed by Sequence’s astounding demo reel, we, the class DD30, were warmly welcomed by Dan Sioui (Executive Producer) and Elisa Wolfenden (Production Coordinator) to the cozy theatre room at Sequence. Dan shared his experience at Sequence and revealed what makes it a beautiful process working at a creative studio of talented individuals. Sequence burst into the industry by producing motion comics, and now generates work that encompasses animation, advertising, title sequences, live action and visual effects.

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Agency Visit: Mozilla Labs

(guest post by Jordan Barber)

What do you think of when you hear “Mozilla?” Let me guess, Firefox. I think that is comes to mind for most people, myself included.

When we got the chance to visit Mozilla Labs for our Industry IQ class, three-inch shag carpet on the ceiling was the last thing I expected to find.

Having come from a corporate background full of cubicles and white walls I had imagined that Mozilla would be the same, another cookie-cutter workplace of the business world. After all, they are a company that works on a global scale with Firefox alone bringing in over 450 million users.

When we arrived at Mozilla Labs David Ascher, VP of Product for the Mozilla Foundation, invited us into their conference room. With large windows, couches, stuffed animals (including a fox and red pandas), an oversized bean bag chair and of course the shag carpet on the ceiling accompanying the conference table it could be described as more of a lounge.  Here we sat down to talk with David and learn exactly why Mozilla is so different.

Instead of conforming to the corporate business model Mozilla has turned it on its head. Unlike most companies that work on an international level, Mozilla is a non-profit. Founded from the ashes of Netscape, Mozilla focuses on keeping the web transparent, accessible, open and free. This creates an environment where the user is the primary stakeholder and user experience is the top priority.

To achieve this at such a large level Mozilla relies heavily on innovation, exploration and experimentation. They pull in the community by encouraging participation with volunteer positions and user research kits. How does that work within their business model?

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